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Daines, Feinstein to introduce wildfire protection bill

Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Steve Daines of Montana told The Associated Press they will introduce the bill after the Senate's August recess, but wanted to announce their plans now as the western U.S. states enter t… Continue Reading


Exclusive–Steve Daines Proposes Bill to Better Project Federal Spending

Sen. Daines introduced the Budgetary Accuracy in Scoring Interest Costs (BASIC) Act Thursday, which would require both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation to include projected interest expenses associated with legislative proposals. Daines said that including interest is necessary to accurately account for the budgetary cost of the legislation. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and David Perdue (R-GA), two fiscal hawks, also cosponsored Daines' BASIC Act. Daines' leg… Continue Reading


Daines introduces resolution condemning socialism, saying 'pivotal' moment has arrived

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines introduced a resolution forcefully condemning what he called the "failed experiment" of socialism on Monday, warning that the United States had "two paths to take" -- with one leading to "freedom," and the other, "complete government control, undermining our constitution and our American way of life." The resolution comes as a new Fox News poll showed 54 percent of voters thought the U.S. moving from capitalism toward socialism would be a "bad thing" -- eve… Continue Reading


Daines' bill on breastfeeding signed by president

President Donald Trump signed the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act on Friday, a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., which requires designated breastfeeding rooms in federal buildings. The law requires federal buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by federal employees or members of the public who are breastfeeding, Daines said. The… Continue Reading


Prescription drug pricing reform bill shows bipartisan support

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Senator Daines announced in a press conference this morning that the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed a bill that could potentially lower the cost of prescription drugs. Daines says months of work with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee have turned into the passing of a major bipartisan prescription drug reform package, "What we saw today is that bipartisan compromise isn't dead. Today was about making life easier for Montanans. It's about cutting out of pocket costs and … Continue Reading


Senators, state AARP praise advance of prescription drug bill

Sen. Steve Daines said a prescription drug pricing bill passed Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee will save Montanans and other taxpayers in the United States more than $100 billion for their medications. The Montana Republican spoke to reporters shortly after the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 moved out of the committee, where it is now headed to the Senate floor. He was joined by Tim Summers, state director of AARP Montana. Daines, who sits on the committee, said lawma… Continue Reading


Major prescription drug cut earns early vote, Daines support

A bipartisan attempt to cut prescription drug costs more than $100 billion passed out of Senate Finance Committee with the support of the U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The bill intended to save the Medicare program $85 billion and individuals $27 billion over 10 years passed on a 19-9 vote. Much of the savings comes from drug price caps. The savings estimate comes from the Congressional Budget Office. The bill is known as the "Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019." "What we saw t… Continue Reading


'It's a great scam': Montana hotel owners push Daines to revive bill to regulate phony booking sites

About every five days, a traveler shows up at the counter of Best Western Clocktower Inn in downtown Billings, insisting reservations have been made and prices agreed upon, but owner Steve Wahrlich will know nothing of it. The traveler will insist he's been to the hotel's website, or seems to have been on it. There will have been photos of the hotel, photos of the rooms, and the illusion of booking with the actual hotel. The website won't be Wahrlich's. There are five different booking… Continue Reading


Daines secures funds for asbestos research in Libby

LIBBY - Although the primary phase of federal cleanup is completed, health concerns continue in Libby, where residents continue to deal with the aftereffects of asbestos contamination. The US Environmental Protection Agency completed its major cleanup operations at properties around Libby and Troy last year. EPA removes a portion of Libby from the federal Superfund site Now, cleanup responsibilities have transitioned to state and local agencies to deal with the remaining contamination in … Continue Reading


Daines honors Miles City 2-Star General

Senator Steve Daines is honoring one Montana native for her achievements in our armed forces. Major General Barbara Holcomb is the first female commanding general at the US Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick. She's also the chief of the US Army Nurse Corps. Major General Holcomb grew up in Miles City. She first joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps following her first year of nursing school. Senator Daines is calling her a trailblazer and a Montana leader… Continue Reading


Daines says Lewistown worker faced retaliation

Sen. Steve Daines told a Senate panel Tuesday that at worker at a state-run nursing home in Lewistown told him she resigned after believing her supervisors retaliated against her for raising questions about quality issues. Daines, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, made his comments about the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center during a discussion the panel had on "Promoting elder justice: A call for reform." It was a discussion on the quality of care and safety for Medicare and… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: Trump Has Constitutional Authority to Enforce Immigration Laws

-- When it comes to the Constitution and illegal immigration into this country, Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority "to enforce the law." Daines added that he is "very concerned" about the "radical leftists" in the House of Representatives. At the U.S. Capitol on July 16, asked Sen. Daines, "Article 2 section 3 of the Constitution says that the president must make sure that laws are faithfully enforced. Do you believe that the… Continue Reading


LWCF is getting real traction — and Daines and Tester both deserve credit

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, is getting lots of attention these days, and for good reason. For over a half-century, LWCF has delivered real benefits in Montana and across the country, providing funds to protect and gain public access to the parks, forests, and outdoor recreation we all need. LWCF has a proud history of bipartisanship that continues today, even as mudslinging in DC gets worse and worse. A bill recently passed by the Democratic House and the Republican Senat… Continue Reading


Proposed water wells would supply 5,000 central Montana homes plagued with smelly, sometimes toxic water

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to drill a water well 3.5 miles west of Garneill in yet another step for a long-term project to bring well water to about 5,000 central Montana households. The federal agency has published an environmental assessment on the project and is taking public comment on the document through Aug. 9. The 8.75-inch diameter well - proposed to be drilled up to 2,800 feet deep into the Madison Aquifer - is the latest step in the larger Central Montana … Continue Reading


Steve Daines: Montanans Sick of ‘Anti-American,’ ‘Radical’ Democrats Trashing America

President Donald Trump taunted the "squad" of far-left first term progressive Democrats on Sunday, telling them to go back and fix the places they came from before telling the rest of the country what to do. Trump's tweets Sunday appeared to reference Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Trump's tweet pushed Democrats such as Reps. Omar and Ocasio-Cortez to quickly attack the president, claiming that he was "stoking white … Continue Reading


Daines sponsors bicameral, bipartisan bill to change federal funding formula for counties

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on July 11 introduced a bicameral, bipartisan bill to ensure counties around the nation receive their fair share of federal payment in lieu of taxes compensation. Sen. Daines sponsored the Small County Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Parity Act, S. 2108, with cosponsors including U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide for additional population tiers that would better balance how the federal government pays PILT funds to a county government to offset the loss of p… Continue Reading


Daines throws support behind Trump in controversy over tweets aimed at freshmen Democratic congresswomen

BILLINGS- U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana threw his support behind President Donald Trump over his tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen. In a tweet Monday, Daines wrote: "Montanans are sick and tired of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals. This is America. We're the greatest country in the world. I stand with @realdonaldtrump." Daines' tweet, which had more than 19,000 likes and 18,000 replies Monday evening, was in apparent r… Continue Reading


Republicans Take an Important Step Back into the Environmental Debate

Conservation and conservatism: The two are rightfully inseparable. Yet it is fair to say that the Republican brand has for many years been divorced from environmental causes in the public imagination. Widely associated with climate-change skepticism, unquestioning support of the fossil-fuel industry, and the blind harvesting of resources, the GOP's record on conservation is a bit rocky. But as voters become increasingly worried about the environment, Republicans on the Hill have finally realized… Continue Reading


Trump, Daines press for improved forest management to prevent wildfires

President Donald Trump is pushing better forest management as a big part of his plan to stop the number of large wildfires that have caused devastation in the western United States in recent years. In a speech at the White House this past week, the president touted an executive order signed last December promoting more active forest management. "You can't have dirty floors. You can't have fallen trees. After the first 17 months, they say a tree is like a piece of tinder," said Trump, a Republi… Continue Reading


Glacier Park International Airport Receives $5.7 Million for Terminal Expansion

Glacier Park International Airport has received $5.7 million in federal funds to help pay for its ongoing terminal expansion and the purchase of new firefighting equipment. The money was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program and comes on the heels of two other major FAA grants GPIA has received in recent years: a $7.5 million grant in 2017 and a $2 million grant in 2018. GPIA is currently in the midst of a three-year expansion project that will add a… Continue Reading

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