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Daines urges HHS to stop pension for doctor convicted of sexual abuse

HELENA - Senator Steve Daines wants a doctor convicted of sexual abuse on the Blackfeet Reservation to stop receiving government benefits. Daines sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging him to stop Stanley Patrick Weber from receiving a pension while serving an 18-year prison term. Daines stated a report from earlier this week showed Weber could receive nearly $2 million while in prison. Weber's story was outlined in an investigation by the Wall Street Journal… Continue Reading


Geraldine students visit Washington, D.C. and meet with Daines

Students from a Montana high school recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. and met with one of Montana's U.S. senators. Geraldine High School students visited Senator Steve Daines at the United States Capitol Tuesday. The students also saw President Donald Trump as he was leaving the Capitol where he had lunch with Daines and other senators. Daines and the students spoke about what drove Daines to become a senator and about how to prevent future government shutdowns. They also talked about… Continue Reading


Daines questions transportation secretary on airport funding, future of Amtrak

The future of Amtrak's long-distance routes and airport infrastructure could be addressed in the Trump administration's new transportation budget, though it may not all be pleasing, agency secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday. The release of federal transportation funding could also implicate airport projects planned in Montana, including Missoula International Airport and its new passenger terminal, which is now under construction. "Our question was, with the government shutdown, what's the n… Continue Reading


Senator Daines hears veteran healthcare concerns

MISSOULA- Saturday veterans met in Hamilton and sat down with Senator Daines to discuss veteran healthcare issues. Earlier today a group of veterans had the opportunity to sit down with Senator Steve Daines and open up about positive and negative feedback with the veteran healthcare system. With Ravalli County having a strong model of what healthcare should look like for veterans, Senator Daines believes their model should be spread throughout all of the treasure state. "This is a great examp… Continue Reading


Daines tours future home of Family Services in Billings

BILLINGS- U.S. Sen. Steve Daines toured the future home of Family Services on Billings South Side Thursday. The nonprofit purchased the building at 3927 First Ave. S., a former warehouse, and will triple its space when it opens in May. Family Services leveraged money from the federal New Markets Tax program, which Daines supports and hopes to permanently extend. The New Markets program is designed specifically to provide seed money for economic development in blighted areas.… Continue Reading


Daines, Murkowski talk public lands in Bozeman

MISSOULA, Mont. - Many outdoorsmen are still celebrating after President Donald Trump signed the Public Lands Package into law. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Chairman, Lisa Murkowski and Senator Steve Daines discussed the recent legislation at the Wild Sheep Foundation in Bozeman Sunday. The president signed the bipartisan John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act last week. It was previously called Senate Bill 47 or the Public Lands Package and h… Continue Reading


Daines welcomes home troops in Kalispell

KALISPELL - Saturday night, Senator Steve Daines was in Kalispell at the Glacier Jet Center welcoming home Kalispell's 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. This is the same group of soldiers that Daines visited in Afghanistan this past December. At 11 p.m. Saturday, around 80 men and women returned home after nine months overseas serving the U.S. Families and friends of the soldiers waited eagerly for the arrival of their loved ones, and when they were reunited, it was quite emotional… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana farmers losing millions in sales to Japan

Lack of a U.S. trade agreement with Japan is costing Montana farmers millions in lost wheat sales. Tuesday U.S. Sen. Steve Daines implored the Trump administration to do something about it. Daines told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that Montana's malt barley farmers have been harmed by America's exit from the Trans Pacific Partnership. Trump dumped the 10-nation deal after taking office in 2017. The other nations involved in the agreement pressed on and are now benefiting from… Continue Reading


President signs Yellowstone mineral withdrawal, LWCF renewal into law

A massive public lands package including a ban on new mining claims north of Yellowstone and the renewal of a popular conservation fund has now become law. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed S. 47, a broad legislative package including land designations and more affecting areas across the country. It sailed through the House and Senate with lopsided votes in its favor. The bill includes two pieces that Montana's congressional delegation pushed for - the Yellowstone Gateway Prote… Continue Reading


Daines urges Forest Service to allow mountain biking in Bitterroot Forest WSAs

Sen. Steve Daines made one last pitch Thursday on why mountain biking should be allowed in two Bitterroot National Forest wilderness study areas. In a letter to the U.S. Forest Service, Daines urged the agency to either reopen the areas to mountain biking or push back its deadline for a decision so it could consider the facts he had gathered. Forest Service officials said the agency's final written response on the issue will be issued Monday, March 11. The agency's response follows ana… Continue Reading


Rankin Elementary School showcases STEM curriculum

MISSOULA- Friday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spent the day sitting in on a few stem classes at Rankin Elementary School, his goal was simple, to encourage students to keep learning. Teachers at Rankin Elementary say they're working hard to prepare their students for the 21st century and beyond. Implementing STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into their curriculum is one way teachers say they are able to do that. Senator Daines being a chemical engineer himself, says today's lesso… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana not equipped to deal with growing senior population

BILLINGS - While the number of seniors in Montana continues to grow, the number of nursing home facilities in the state have decreased, a trend seen in many rural areas across the country. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana talked about some of the challenges within the industry at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. "Twenty years ago in Montana, we had over 100 nursing homes serving this patient population," said Daines, a Republican. "Today, we have just over 70.… Continue Reading


Daines tours Kalispell hospital to learn about work with drug-addicted babies

KALISPELL, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines visited Kalispell Regional Healthcare Wednesday to discuss the work the hospital's NICU is doing with drug-addicted babies. "They're on the front lines of this meth epidemic in Montana," said Daines. "We must do all that we can to combat this crisis in Montana." In just the last four years KRH received three federal grants for their neonatal department. The most recent bought them an artificial baby called Super Tory that can simulate what a drug baby woul… Continue Reading


Daines: Hold hearing in Montana on missing, murdered Native Americans

Concerned about the way federal agencies investigate missing and murdered Native American women, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to come to Montana for a field hearing. The hearing would be a follow up to the committee's December oversight hearing of the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs' handling of missing women reports in Indian Country. It's believed that at least two dozen Native American women in Montana were reported murdered or missing in 2018.… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines outlines upcoming priorities in Congress

HELENA - Drug prices was one of the topics U.S. Senator Steve Daines discussed with lawmakers on Friday. The Republican addressed the legislature and spoke briefly with reporters about his priorities for Congress. When asked what solution he would like to see for border security - and keeping the government open, in two weeks - Sen. Daines said he still thinks a partial wall along the Southern border is a reasonable request. But, above all, he wants both sides to compromise. "The right answe… Continue Reading


Legislation including mineral withdrawal north of Yellowstone, LWCF to get vote in U.S. Senate next week

Permanently banning new mining claims north of Yellowstone National Park and renewing a popular conservation fund are closer to reality, as the U.S. Senate plans to take up a broad lands bill including the two measures next week. The bill, S. 47, contains a variety of public lands legislation across the country including two measures that have been important to the Montana congressional delegation - the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act and the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conserv… Continue Reading


Daines says Montanans want less government

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines told state lawmakers Friday that Montanans don't want a government that reaches "deeper" into their pockets and wanted courts with judges without political agendas. The Montana Republican spoke to state House members during a 30-minute speech in which he discussed topics such as the honor of public service, a memorial being approved for a slain Broadwater County deputy, job creation, term limits, lower prescription drug prices and the Keystone XL Pipeline. "I will n… Continue Reading


Daines cosponsors bill to repeal death tax

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R.Mont., has announced that he is cosponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019. The bill would fully repeal the federal estate tax, also known as "the death tax." "The death tax hits Montana's farming and ranch families the hardest and often results in the break-up of family farms," Daines said. "Families who are dealing with the death of a loved one shouldn't have to worry about what is going to happen to their land. I'm glad that were able to double the death tax… Continue Reading


Slain deputy's wife to be Daines' guest at Trump speech

The wife of a Broadwater County deputy slain in the line of duty in 2017 will be Sen. Steve Daines' guest at President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union address. Jodi Moore, wife of Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore, will join Daines Feb. 5. Deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed while on duty in May 2017. He left behind three children and his wife. "No spouse should ever have to go through the pain she and her family did when Mason was tragically killed. And because of that, … Continue Reading


Daines requests field hearing in Montana over growing MMIW movement

Sen. Steve Daines is requesting a field hearing in Montana to explore the growing issue of missing and murdered indigenous people. The Republican from Montana wrote to the chairman and vice chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs Tuesday asking for the meeting. He noted that May 5th is marked as a national day of awareness to shed light on the number of native women who go missing or are murdered. His letter lists several women by name who have made headlines for years in Montana. Case… Continue Reading

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