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KMMS: Daines: New VA Service Animal Rule is a "Step in the Right Direction"

Senator Steve Daines commended news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has revised its rules regarding veterans' ability to bring service animals to VA facilities. Veterans in some states, including Montana, have had difficulty bringing their animals into VA medical facilities. The VA's new rule will put clear guidance in place that allows the presence of service animals at VA facilities across the United States. "While there is still work to be done, today's announcement is a step… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines and Zinke Visit Local Tech Business

Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke met with a high-tech company Wednesday morning to discuss factors leading to economic growth in Bozeman. The Republican lawmakers received a guided tour of FLIR Systems from Kevin Tucker, vice president of surveillance, and Randy Equall, vice president of laser systems and scientific materials. The company was founded as Scientific Materials in 1989 by Ralph Hutcheson. Hutcheson grew the synthetic ruby cryst… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP Senator to Hold Roundtable on Aviation Funding

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is planning to hold a roundtable discussion on the future of the nation's aviation spending, as Congress approaches a deadline for renewing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding. The FAA bill, which includes funding for air traffic controllers, is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30. Daines is scheduled to meet with "aviation stakeholders" on Thursday to discuss the upcoming deadline at Montana's Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. ADVERTISEMENT "… Continue Reading


Iran Deal Lacks in Transparency, Accountability

If Iran's ultimate goal is to obtain a nuclear weapon, the deal reached by the Obama administration sets Iran on a course to do so. From the time this deal is agreed to, Iran has ten years to fill their coffers with tens of billions of dollars from newly unsanctioned oil sales and pursue the research and development of nuclear capabilities. As the world's leader of state-sponsored terrorism, it will only be a matter of time before Iran achieves its ultimate goal: obtaining a nuclear weap… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Billings Soldier Receives Purple Heart 44 Years After Earning Award

A big day for a Vietnam veteran, 44 years after he was injured in the Au Shaw Valley. Appreciation and perseverance brought the Purple Heart Award to a former soldier from Billings. Corporal Rick Ketterling received four awards in front of the Montana Purple Heart Memorial on Thursday afternoon. In February 1971, Ketterling was with the 2nd Battalion of the 94th Artillery Regiment. Ketterling was burned and injured when a Howitzer malfunctioned and exploded, killing one of his fellow soldier… Continue Reading


The Daily Inter Lake: Airport Gets Federal Grant for Upgrades

Glacier Park International Airport will receive nearly $4 million for critical construction and maintenance project, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. announced Friday. The $3,986,340 from the Federal Aviation Administration will go toward a full-scale reconstruction of the 3,500-foot cross runway and upgrades to the runway's lighting system. "The construction won't have any impact on commercial flights," Airport Director Cindi Martin said. "We'll begin work on Tuesday and it should be wrapped u… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Tough Montana Reception for Carbon Regulations

HELENA - The new strict carbon emission regulations announced by President Obama are getting cold reviews from Montana coal interests, but praise from some farming, alternative energy and environmental groups. The final Environmental Protection Agency rule calls for the states to reduce carbon emissions from their power plants by nealy one-third (32 percent) by 2030 from their 2005 levels. Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Montana) last fall touted a Montana Department of Environmental Quality report sayi… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines: Privacy and Security Both Matter in Cyber Reforms

Senator Steve Daines today underscored the importance of enhancing America's cybersecurity infrastructure while striking the right balance between protecting Americans from borderless cyber criminals and protecting Americans' privacy. "We must ensure that we have robust and transparent debate about cyber protections and what reforms must be implemented to protect Americans' civil liberties."… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Tribes scramble to avoid $1 million fines under Affordable Care Act

Montana's Indian tribes, which until recently thought the Affordable Care Act would pass them by, could face fines exceeding $1 million for not offering insurance to employees. Beginning in 2016, businesses with 50 or more full-time workers will have to offer at least a minimum amount of health insurance to employees. Those who don't comply face tax penalties, and that includes tribal governments. The requirement has been a surprise to tribes, said George Heavy Runner, Blackfeet Insurance Serv… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana congressmen rush to keep coal port review on track

BILLINGS - With Montana coal exports in jeopardy, the state's Republican congressmen are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ignore Indian tribe requests to end environmental review of a Washington coal port. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not abandon the environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Wash. The Lummi Tribe, which has fishing grounds next to Cherry Point, asked the Arm… Continue Reading


KULR: Deadline for Road Construction Funding Friday, Could Halt Projects

BILLINGS - Summer is construction season across the state, but that could be put on hold. Right now, Washington is in a standoff over transportation issues, which include paying to fix roads and bridges. The deadline for the decision is in three days. The House has accepted a five-month extension but the senate is hoping to get a six-year solution done by the deadline on Friday."Infrastructure is an investment, not an expense. Longer term highway bill that is payed for and prioritized is certa… Continue Reading


CQ Roll Call: Senate Freshman Appropriators Seek Their Place at the Table

When four Republican freshmen were tapped to join the Senate Appropriations Committee this session, it was taken as a sign of the panel's waning appeal in a no-earmarks era. Senators used to wait years to join the committee and even longer to rise up the ranks. Four of the once-coveted seats - and even a subcommittee chairmanship - were extended to Steve Daines of Montana, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. Since then, the newcomers … Continue Reading


KMMS: Zinke and Daines Respond to House Passage of the REINS Act

Today, Congressman Ryan Zinke voted in favor of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015 or REINS Act. REINS requires that any new major regulation will have to be voted on by Congress and signed by the President. A "major regulation" is defined as any regulation having an economic impact of $100 million or more. A bipartisan majority of the House approved the measure 243-165. "One of the founding pillars of our nation was 'no taxation without representation' and yet, … Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines: Country’s Most Sensitive Data Can Be in the Hands of Our Enemies Read More: Daines: Country’s Most Sensitive Data Can Be in the Hands of Our Enemies

Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, yesterday emphasized the growing threat of a serious cyber attack from the Islamic State- including the potential to penetrate America's vehicles, like the risk that spurred the recent recall from Fiat Chrysler. "Recent news reminds us that we must also consider the security of the cars that are driving on our roadways. In fact, just in the past week news broke that Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of 1.4 million vehicles du… Continue Reading


Forest reform needed to protect Montana communities

Montana's National Forests and public lands have been a treasured part of our state's heritage for generations. Growing up in Bozeman, I spent weekends hunting in the Bridgers, backpacking in the Beartooths and fishing the rivers and streams of southwest Montana. Cindy and I were engaged on a 10,000-foot summit in the Gallatin National Forest. The love of the outdoors is a tradition that I, like many Montanans, have been thankful to pass along to my kids. While Montanans recognize the importan… Continue Reading


The Hill: Senate funders vote to extend OPM fraud protection

A Senate committee has agreed to extend identity fraud protections for the victims of the recent hacks that have rattled the government. The provision came as part of a larger funding bill that would also boost funding and oversight for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency at the center of the recent data breach. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would allot $264.5 million for the OPM, which has been struggling to handle the fallout from two … Continue Reading


The Hill: Lawmakers introduce 'SEMPER FI' bill to arm troops at recruitment centers

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Marine veteran Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would give troops the ability to carry weapons at military recruitment centers, following fatal attacks on service members last week in Chattanooga, Tenn. The bill is called the Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative Act, or "SEMPER FI" - a shortened version of the Latin phrase for "Always Faithful," the motto of the Marine Corps. It would allow military officers, i… Continue Reading


CNN: Congressmen push for arming troops at military recruiting stations

(CNN) -- Lawmakers in Washington are moving quickly on legislation to allow trained members of the military to carry guns on bases and recruiting centers, but Pentagon officials and military commanders are exploring whether the possible legal change could raise additional security concerns. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California and Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, both Republicans, introduced a bill Tuesday that allows the military to authorize those who work at recruiting centers to be armed and per… Continue Reading


KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Calls UN Approval of Iran Deal an “Affront to the American People”

Montana Senator Steve Daines is voicing opposition to the Iran nuclear deal between the U.S., Iran, and five other countries after the UN unanimously approved it today, July 20. Daines chastised the president for taking the deal to the United Nations before debates in congress had had time to develop. "The President taking the deal with Iran to the United Nations before Congress even had its first full day to review the deal is an affront to the American people," Daines said. "The UN's vote wil… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Sen. Daines honors Polson student as 'Montanan of the Week'

Sen. Steve Daines on Friday recognized Shayne Pierre of Polson as "Montanan of the Week" for his exceptional heroism during a traffic accident in May. Pierre, 15, helped save 10 fellow students when a drunk driver collided with their school bus. Although Pierre was injured in the crash, he had started attending to the driver when he noticed a fuel leak and quickly got the students off the bus. As part of his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines submits a statement of recognition in the of… Continue Reading

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