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05.27.15

Helena Independent Record: Capital High seniors build custom fly rods for charity

Glancing back over his shoulder at 15 gleaming fly rods, Capital High senior Kreston Stevens told the crowd assembled in the machining shop Tuesday evening that he and the five other rod builders had learned more than just job skills. "We've been part of some really great, amazing projects, but by far this project has outdone anything we've ever done both in complexity and meaning," he said. The fly rods built by the Capital High machining program will go to Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, a cha… Continue Reading


05.25.15

Missoulian: Missoula remembers fallen servicemembers at 11 Memorial Day events

"We're very proud, very blessed to have such a strong legacy of service in our state," Senator Steve Daines told the crowd in front of him. Small flags had been planted into the ground in front of each headstone at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery, where Daines spoke at one of 11 different Memorial Day events held in Missoula on Monday. Along the pathway through the cemetery was an avenue of more flags, part of a senior project by Aleesha Aasved while she was a student at Hellgate H… Continue Reading


05.21.15

ABC FOX: Sen. Daines Calls on NSA to Stop Obtaining Phone Records

Montana's newest senator is calling out the National Security Administration for collecting phone records. Along with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Senator Steve Daines is calling on the NSA to end its 'bulk meta-data collection program'. Under this program, millions of Americans' phone records are obtained and stored by the NSA for intelligence purposes. It's part of the Patriot Act, which congress is currently debating whether to reauthorize. Senator Daines says he has had his doubts with th… Continue Reading


05.19.15

KMMS: Daines Introduces Bill to Roll Back EPA Regs Read More: Daines Introduces Bill to Roll Back EPA Regs

Senator Steve Daines recently joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation that ensures Montanans have access to affordable energy and protects good-paying coal jobs. "The Obama administration's war on American energy is a war on American families and a war on American jobs," Daines stated. "This commonsense, bipartisan legislation will protect good-paying union jobs, our tribes' ability to develop their energy resources and Montana families' access to affordable and reliabl… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Billings Gazette: Daines: Fast-tracking trade agreements right for Montana's economy

Because exports to the Asian Pacific are crucial to Montana's economy, Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday he will support fast-tracking trade agreements for President Barack Obama. The announcement made between votes on the Senate floor was the first time Daines publicly confirmed granting Obama trade promotion authority, or TPA. TPA would bind Congress to an up or down vote on two major upcoming trade agreements, meaning Congressional amendments would be off limits on agreements n… Continue Reading


04.30.15

KRTV: Tester and Daines working for C-130 upgrades for the Montana Air National Guard

GREAT FALLS -U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) are working to keep the Montana Air National Guard flying. During a recent meeting of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Tester announced he was introducing legislation to make sure the C-130 fleet of the 120th Airlift Wing is upgraded. Tester said, "My fear is we end up with a fleet of C-130s that is incapable of operating in domestic air space, and they will end up sitting on a runway somewhere until they are mo… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Daily Inter Lake: Montana Sen. Daines honors three Kalispell students who were heroes of recent fire

Three Flathead High School students who saved an Inter Lake reporter from a house fire last week have been recognized as "outstanding" Montanans by Sen. Steve Daines. Daines today announced a new effort to recognize "Montanans who exemplify the Treasure State's strong legacy of community spirit and leadership." The inaugural award for "Montanan of the Week" went to three Kalispell students - Tanner Archuleta, Jacob Javorsky and Amanda Buxton - who recently helped save the occupants of a burnin… Continue Reading


04.25.15

ABC Fox Montana: Senator Steve Daines Hosts Academy Day

A lucky day for middle and high school students interested in pursuing careers in the U.S. Military, an information session was hosted by The Office of Senator Steve Daines at the Montana Air National Guard. Representatives from the offices of Senator Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke were at the event. They were joined by officials from the U.S. Military, Naval, and Air Force academies, ROTC and many more were there to give out information. "I think it's important for p… Continue Reading


04.20.15

Flathead Beacon: Montana Delegation Lauds Secure Rural Schools Funding

On April 14, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would require the federal government to issue SRS payments beginning in June. The House of Representatives voted on a similar measure last month. Sens. Steve Daines and Tester and Rep. Ryan Zinke all supported the legislation. In 2014, Montana counties received $21 million in SRS funds, part of more than $300 million doled out nationally. Lincoln County is one of the biggest recipients of SRS funds and will receive about $2.7 million each of … Continue Reading


04.15.15

NBC Montana: MT Republicans push repeal of 'Death Tax'

MISSOULA, Mont. - On tax day, Senator Steve Daines, (R) Montana, Representative Ryan Zinke, (R) Montana, and the Montana Republican Party touted their support of a bill that would eliminate the federal estate tax. Republicans call it the death tax. In a press release, the Montana Republican Party said the measure would "protect 28,000 Montana farms and ranches from being unfairly punished by the federal government and ensure that future generations don't face bankruptcy when their family farm… Continue Reading


04.14.15

KULR: FAA Commits to Safety Around Powder River Training Complex

The Federal Aviation Administration commits to ensuring air safety around the Powder River Training Complex. The organization approved expansion of the training complex for B-1 Bombers in March. All three members of our congressional delegation continue to express concern about the expansion. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Senator Steve Daines on Tuesday the organization will continue to work to make the skies in southeastern Montana safe and secure. Sen. Daines said to Huerta, "I'd l… Continue Reading


04.11.15

Helena Independent Record: Daines pushing for disaster funding for wildfires

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he is looking to add certainty to federal fire managers' budgets by reforming the way the worst wildfires receive federal funding. Daines was in Clancy on Friday discussing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 with a roundtable of state and federal forest managers, conservation and forest dependent business interests. Daines signed onto the act as a senator in January, which would likely end the practice of "fire borrowing" when suppression funding runs out and … Continue Reading


04.10.15

Sidney Herald: Daines meets with foreign leaders, U.S. troops in five different countries

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced that he recently returned from an official overseas congressional delegation trip to Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Daines had the opportunity to meet several Middle Eastern leaders and discuss political, economic and security issues facing Middle Eastern nations. Meetings included: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Afghan President … Continue Reading


04.09.15

Billings Gazette: Indian coal economy has suffered because of EPA regs, tribes say

The coal economy on Indian reservations is being endangered by tougher Environmental Protection Agency clean air laws, tribal officials told U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Wednesday. Members of the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Navajo tribes met with Daines for a Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing on "empowering Indian Country." Coal mining dominated the discussion, with challenges related to clean air laws and Pacific Coast shipping ports for coal taking center stage. "The EPA c… Continue Reading


04.08.15

KULR-8: Senator Steve Daines Talks Jobs and Coal in Indian Country

CROW AGENCY - Senator Steve Daines emphasized unemployment, the coal industry and jobs in Indian Country as part of a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Crow Agency on Wednesday. The hearing at the Little Big Horn College Health and Wellness Center lasted nearly two hours, and Attorney general Tim Fox and Crow Tribe Chairman Darrin Old Coyote were among the speakers. Sen. Daines discussed the importance of passing a permanent Indian coal tax credit. The temporary tax credit, w… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Missoulian: Senate's Asbestos Awareness Week resolution takes special note of Libby

LIBBY - Among a lengthy list of a U.S. Senate resolution's "whereases," Libby's long battle with asbestos has taken a special place. The Senate late last week unanimously passed a resolution - which specifically mentions Libby - designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. The resolution, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and co-sponsored by Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, also calls on the surgeon general to "warn and educate people about the pu… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Helena Independent Record: Helena native Dava Newman one step closer to high-ranking NASA position

Dava Newman, who was born and raised in Helena, was confirmed by a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday to serve as the deputy administrator of NASA. Newman is now a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was nominated for the NASA position last October by President Barack Obama. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, on which Montana Sen. Steve Daines serves, voted unanimously to approve her nomination. It will now go to a… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Great Falls Tribune: Daines says Congress is 'out of touch'

Members of Congress are more concerned with their own success than with their constituents' well-being and need to be held accountable, Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said Tuesday in his first major floor speech. Daines, who served one term in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate last fall, said Washington is "out of touch with the day-to-day struggles" of farmers and ranchers, union workers and tribal members. During the 11-minute speech, the former business… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Billings Gazette: Daines hot about EPA wood stove regs

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is burning up about the latest EPA regulations for new wood stoves. The regulations announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency don't affect wood stoves already in homes, but do require wood stove manufactures to cut air emissions on new models by 2020. Most new wood and pellet stoves already meet the 2020 standard, according to industry sources. Daines called the new regulations a direct threat to Montanans' access to affordable energy. "The EP… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Daily Caller: The EPA Is Ready To Regulate Americans’ Wood Stoves

The EPA has finalized a 344-page rule to make wood stoves more environmentally friendly, meaning that millions of Americans will soon be forced to buy more expensive wood-fired stoves. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule, saying it would harm millions in rural America that rely on wood stoves to heat their homes every winter. With natural gas and electricity prices on the rise, wood stoves can be an economical choice for many living in the countryside. "The EPA's shortsighted regulatory… Continue Reading

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