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Daines questions BIA over MMIW cases

Senator Steve Daines spent his afternoon on Capitol Hill speaking with the Bureau of Indian Affairs about the ever growing Missing and Murdered Indigenous People epidemic. Sen. Daines questioned the BIA's practices, specifically in Indian Country when it comes to communicating with families. "One of the most frustrating experiences for families is the lack of information being shared from federal law enforcement agencies. It seems like there is a black hole," said Daines Tara Sweeney, Assist… Continue Reading


RMEF Google ad reinstated after getting bumped for 'animal cruelty'

In what may have set a record for customer scandal/service, Google restored a paid ad from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation it had initially rejected because of animal cruelty issues hours after it received a letter from Montana's Republican congressional members. The Missoula-based hunting advocacy group was notified April 25 that its ads were disapproved, according to RMEF spokesman Mark Holyoak. The group appealed to Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, who sent a joint letter to … Continue Reading


Daines’ bill would provide tax relief to injured first responders

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on May 2 sponsored a bipartisan bill to certify that America's first responders don't have to pay taxes on disability payments received from any on-the-job injuries. "Montana's first responders risk their lives every day to protect our communities," Sen. Daines said last week. "This legislation will ensure these brave men and women will no longer endure unfair taxes or audits from the IRS as a result of the sacrifices they have made for our safety." Sen. Daines in… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester react to Missing and Murdered American Indians Awareness Day

On Sunday, President Donald Trump declared May 5 as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. "I call upon Americans and all Federal, State, tribal, and local governments to increase awareness of the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives through appropriate programs and activities," the president wrote in his proclamation. A bipartisan congressional coalition, including both Montana senators, also recently passed a resolution marking M… Continue Reading


Daines wants timeline for nursing homes action, audits

Citing concerns for incidents reported at a state-run nursing home in Montana, Sen. Steve Daines on Friday asked the head of a federal agency overseeing these facilities when a review will be completed of nursing home regulations and guidelines. And the Montana Republican asks Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) if her agency will provide a list of audits and findings and what steps the agency is taking to improve its rating system. "I am commit… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte demand action after Google rejects hunting ad

MISSOULA, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte are reaching out to Google after the company rejected a hunting advertisement for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. A Google representative told the congressmen the advertisement is considered "animal cruelty and deemed inappropriate to be shown on our network." Daines and Gianforte are demanding Google reverse its decision on the prohibition of hunting advertising. You can read their full letter and Google's response below:… Continue Reading


Bill Would Deny U.S. Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters

A U.S. senator is seeking to ban convicted child molesters from receiving government pensions after a U.S. Indian Health Service doctor was revealed to be drawing a six-figure retirement income following his conviction for sexually abusing patients. The Wall Street Journal and the PBS series Frontline reported in March that the doctor, longtime Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber, stood to get more than $1.8 million in U.S. pension payments during his prison sentence, which… Continue Reading


Daines: No pensions for federal workers convicted of child sexual assault

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines pushed ahead Wednesday an attempt to cut retirement benefits to Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber, who sexually assaulted Blackfeet children. The Republican senator for Montana questioned Assistant Surgeon General Michael D. Weahkee on Wednesday about Indian Health Service's handling of reports against Weber. The questions came as the assistant surgeon general appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee to make his case for the IHS … Continue Reading


Senator Daines co-sponsors drug pricing bill

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to shed light on the drug pricing process and the middlemen responsible for negotiating prescription drug costs. The Bipartisan bill, "The Prescription Pricing for the People Act of 2019", helps shed light on the pharmacy benefit manager industry by examining the effects of consolidation on pricing and other potentially-abusive behavior. Specifically, the bill requires the Federal Trade Commission to study the role and recent merge… Continue Reading


Daines calls for greater transparency on prescription-drug pricing

BILLINGS- More Americans struggle with paying for prescription drugs, and many times there's someone in between the drug company and the consumer who negotiates the price. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday he's introduced a bill to create transparency around what that "middle man" is doing. That includes looking into the effects of company consolidation on drug pricing. As many companies merge, it creates less competition and allows for an increase in drug prices, according to Dain… Continue Reading


Daines wants details on incoming Mexican meth, calls on Border Patrol to answer

Sen. Steve Daines on Wednesday urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to gather specific information on drug seizures at the southern border, and on what law enforcement there is doing to stem its rush into the U.S. In a letter to Acting Commissioner John Sanders, Daines wants to know the specifics of every seizure between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2018, including the amount seized, method of transport, location of seizure and the source of its production. A a roundtable d… Continue Reading


Daines’ conservation efforts invaluable to Montana

As the long time president of ConservAmerica and a relatively new resident of Montana, I'm dismayed at the partisan rhetoric aimed at Sen. Steve Daines. ConservAmerica has worked on the right side of the aisle since 1995 to restore the GOP's great conservation tradition. That legacy lives on in the heart of Steve Daines. Every great conservation and environmental act we take for granted today enjoyed broad bipartisan support in Congress. In other words, one party can't go it alone. Scor… Continue Reading


Daines hears local law enforcement's plea for more resources, tighter southern border

Montana Sen. Steve Daines on Thursday heard the plight of western Montana law enforcement agencies who've become embattled with the methamphetamine trade. "It's overwhelming our communities," Daines told reporters after the roundtable at the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. "Law enforcement does not have enough resources to deal with this crisis in Montana." Sheriffs, deputies, detectives, National Guard officers and community coordinators from Ravalli to Lincoln counties offered the … Continue Reading


Daines calls prescription drug pricing 'broken' at Helena event

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines told seniors in Helena that he expects a package of bills to move in the Senate this summer that will increase transparency and lower the costs of prescription drugs. Daines spoke and took questions from residents at Touchmark on Wednesday afternoon on prescription drug prices. The topic is one that he hears plenty about from Montanans, with many sharing stories of high prices. Daines, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, says members are looking at differen… Continue Reading


Support for tax deduction urged, good for agriculture

Farm and ranch owners are urging their Congressional delegations to support S. 1149, which is sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines and co-sponsored by Sens. Pat Roberts, R-KS and John Thune, R-SD. This legislation will make permanent the Section 199A qualified business income deduction, which is set to expire after 2025. The 199A deduction allows a business that operates as a sole proprietorship, partnership or S-corporation to take a tax deduction of up to 20 percent of qualified business income. … Continue Reading


Daines honors Great Falls veteran for his work with the VA

GREAT FALLS - A Montana veteran was honored Wednesday morning for his work as a nurse practitioner with the Great Falls VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Senator Steve Daines presented a congressional record to Jason Gleason after honoring him in November of 2018 when he spoke about Gleason on the Senate floor. "It is such a humbling experience to have the Senator come to our clinic," Gleason said. Gleason retired from the Montana Air National Guard in 2015. He was the officer in charge o… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines helps Tech celebrate 70 years of petroleum engineering

When Montana Tech graduated its first petroleum engineers back in 1949, there were eight of them. This year's class will include 65. Sen. Steve Daines, who was on the university's campus Friday to help celebrate 70 years of Tech petroleum graduates, celebrated the growth in the program over that time -- but also made a pitch for more of it. "We need more graduates in engineering," Daines said to an audience of students, faculty, alumni, and industry insiders gathered for the 24th ann… Continue Reading


Billings cadet nurse closely watching U.S. Senate bill that would grant her veteran status

BILLINGS - A Billings World War II-era nurse is hoping a new proposed bill will grant her veteran's status and allow her to be buried where she wants. Laura Koch-Natvig, 93, said Thursday she wants to be buried in the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, but her role as a cadet nurse during the war didn't qualify her. "It would be a blessing to be able to know where I'll be buried, anyway," Koch-Natvig said from her Billings South Side apartment. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., cosponsor… Continue Reading


Daines addresses Bureau of Indian Affairs official during committee hearing

During Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., Senator Steve Daines spoke about how the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis needs immediate attention. Daines said that communication between the different law enforcement agencies needs to improve to be able to combat the problem. "The murder rate of native woman are 10 times the national average," Daines said. Daines added that lawmakers must raise awareness and bring justice to these cases. … Continue Reading


Daines proposes bill to allocate college savings to apprenticeships

(HELENA) On Friday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines met with leaders from the skilled trades in Helena to discuss ways to encourage more students to consider apprenticeship programs. Daines visited the Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center, operated by local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association. The center offers a competitive apprenticeship program where young people who want to become electricians can … Continue Reading

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