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Sen. Daines visits southern border


Daines on Southern Border – a crisis that is just getting worse


Daines, other Senate Republicans to visit southern border amid growing emergency


Daines bill would allow cannabis businesses to bank

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines on Tuesday introduced a Senate bill to grant banks permission to provide services to cannabis businesses, aptly timed for wider participation in Montana's upcoming recreational marijuana market. Movement on the federal legislation comes as Montana lawmakers are preparing to heave a 264-page piece of legislation through the remaining weeks of the legislative session. As marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, banks are prohibited by federal law from p… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines to Newsmax TV: Southern Border Crisis a Montana Crisis on Northern Border

Sen. Steve Daines said the overwhelming number of immigrants crossing the southern border is having a devastating effect on his northern border state of Montana, telling Newsmax TV that drugs and human trafficking are inundating the "Big Sky Country." "We border Canada in Montana," Daines said on "Spicer and Co." on Tuesday. "The reason it's a southern border crisis for us up in Montana is the drugs that are pouring into our state." Relating a story told to him only an hour earlier, Daines sai… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester backing bill to give marijuana businesses access to banking

HELENA - Montana's U.S. senators are backing a bipartisan bill that would give legal medical and recreational marijuana businesses in the state access to banking. Sen. Steve Daines is the lead Republican sponsor of the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or "SAFE Banking Act," introduced on Tuesday. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon is the lead Democratic sponsor, and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is among 27 co-sponsors. Cannabis businesses - even those that operate legally in their respective st… Continue Reading


Daines honors farmers and ranchers on National Ag Day

Montana is known for many great things, our national parks, skiing in the winter, fishing in the summer, beautiful mountains, incredible wildlife… and our rich agricultural heritage. Agriculture is the number one economic driver in Montana. From sugar beets, to wheat, to cattle and sheep, Montana relies on its ranchers and farmers. In many parts of Montana, especially eastern Montana, there is farm and ranch land as far as the eye can see. There's even nearly three times more head of cat… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines to Newsmax TV: ‘Southern Border Crisis’ Reaches Montana

Despite representing a state bordering Canada, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Newsmax TV said his state has "a southern border crisis" due to Mexican cartels trafficking drugs as the Biden administration is distracted with mass migration. "This crisis is 100% the result of President Biden's policies," Daines told Wednesday's "Rob Schmitt Tonight." "This started on Day 1 of his presidency." And it is not just the problem of an open border for mass migration and illegals, Daines told host Rob Sc… Continue Reading


$52 million Milk River Project bill introduced

Once again, Montana's congressional delegation is trying to rescue the crumbling Milk River Project, a critical irrigation artery for 18,000 Montanans along the Hi-Line. U.S. Sen Jon Tester, a Democrat, reintroduced a bill last week to provide $52 million for Milk River Project irrigation repairs. The bill, co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Steve Daines, compels the government to reconsider a funding formula that now requires locals to pay for 75% of the project's estimated $200 million in repair… Continue Reading


Daines offers bills to bolster rural areas’ accessibility to federal grants

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) recently introduced two bipartisan bills aimed at ensuring that America's rural communities have an equal opportunity to apply for federal agriculture and transportation grants. "This legislation will help ensure Montana's rural counties have better access in competing for, and securing, federal resources that are important to help grow their local economies," Sen. Daines said. On March 9, Sen. Daines signed on as an original co… Continue Reading


Daines urges White House to re-open Canadian border, welcomes Missoula students in D.C.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines is urging the White House to quickly and safely open up the border with Canada. Daines says that with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations down and vaccinations up, it's time to safely open the border because Montana agriculture and small businesses rely on the commerce. In other news, Daines took time to welcome students from Missoula's Valley Christian School to Capitol Hill. He met with them to discuss his role as their U.S. senator and answer all thei… Continue Reading


GOP Sen. Daines introduces amendment to ensure $130B in federal COVID-19 relief for schools is spent in 2021

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is introducing an amendment to the Senate Reconciliation Bill to ensure the nearly $130 billion in federal COVID-19 relief for U.S. schools is spent in 2021. The Senate is holding a marathon "vote-a-rama" session on Friday for President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package during which Republicans can offer unlimited amendments to the bill and force Democrats to take politically tough votes on everything from abortion to border security. Daines condemned Pr… Continue Reading


U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and his Senate colleagues introduces legislation to permanently ban earmarks

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R, Montana) and his Senate colleagues today introduced legislation to permanently ban earmarks. This follows a partisan agreement between Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro to bring the practice back to Congress. "Earmarks do nothing but add to the toxic, swampy culture that DC's known for," Daines said. "These back-room deals promote pay-for-play behavior that make lobbyists … Continue Reading


Daines leads Republican effort to permanently prohibit earmarks

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on Monday led nine GOP cosponsors in introducing the Earmark Elimination Act of 2021. "Earmarks do nothing but add to the toxic, swampy culture that D.C.'s known for," Sen. Daines said. "These backroom deals promote pay-for-play behavior that make lobbyists rich on the taxpayer's dime. It's time we get rid of earmarks once and for all." An earmark is a provision inserted into a discretionary spending appropriations bill that directs funds to a specific recipient w… Continue Reading


EXCLUSIVE: How the Senate GOP is scrambling to 'strengthen' 2nd Amendment in face of Biden 'threat'

Sen. Steve Daines, Montana Republican, on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to strengthen protections for gun owners legally bringing their firearms across state lines amid concerns about President Biden's call for stricter gun laws. The 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act [FOPA] allows for the interstate transportation of ammunition and firearms, provided they are unloaded and out of reach, but critics point out that lawful owners have been detained and even arrested for bringing guns across sta… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines introduce resolution designating National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines led a bipartisan group of colleagues Monday in designating the week beginning Feb. 28 as "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week" to highlight the importance of higher education in Indian Country. "As a former educator, I know how critical it is that every Montanan has the opportunity to unlock their potential through a quality education," Sen. Tester said in a press release. "Tribal Colleges and Universities give students the tool… Continue Reading


Bozeman scientific equipment supplier continues to grow in booming industry

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana Instruments started in 2010 looking to be a leader in the state and hopefully the country for cutting edge scientific equipment design and manufacturing. After graduating from Montana State University, Luke Mauritsen founded Montana Instruments which has grown to around 50 employees being cryogenic partners for quantum materials research and technology development. "To make it simple," Mauritsen said, "We make really, really, really cold stuff... and cryogenics is the… Continue Reading


Daines is top Republican on Senate health subcommittee

HELENA - U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has been named as the top Republican on the panel's Subcommittee on Health Care. Daines, who was re-elected last year, said this week the appointment will help him address many health issues facing Montana, such as the cost of prescription drugs, methamphetamine addiction in the state and health-care needs in rural areas. The Health Care Subcommittee is one of six within the full committee. Daines is one of 20 … Continue Reading


Daines honors Butte cop's heroism during visit to Butte

Butte Police Officer Nick Butorovich had a good reason to wear his dress blues Friday. He accepted honors from a United States senator. Sen. Steve Daines, in Butte to speak to the Montana Association of Counties at their winter conference, took time immediately afterward to hand Butorovich something the officer will doubtless treasure all his life: A Congressional Record honoring him for pulling an unconscious woman out of a burning car last September, saving her life and burning himself in the… Continue Reading


More than $20 million secured to help MT airports keep up with costs during pandemic

MONTANA - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced via press release Friday that 68 airports across the state will receive a total of $20,034,965 in grant funding to keep up with costs and continue projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was secured as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that was signed into law in late December. The grants are provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Coronavirus Response … Continue Reading

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