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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


ABC FOX Montana: Senator Daines Talks Montana's Business Climate

BOZEMAN - Senator Steve Daines attended the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Club meeting Friday morning to talk about Montana's business climate, ways to improve the economy and job creation. Wake Up Montana's Nina Sveinson caught up with Senator Daines before the meeting.… Continue Reading


The Hill: Senators offer rival bill on student data privacy

The Senate now has competing bills aimed at restricting education companies from selling or using student data for targeted ads. Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Thursday introduced the Safe Kids Act. The measure would also require private companies to meet certain data security standards when handling student information. Federal regulators would be empowered to punish any companies violating the bill's provisions."The perils of privacy invasion and data abuse … Continue Reading


Senate bill would lift ban on goods made with legal ivory

GOP senators are trying to stop the Obama administration from regulating lawfully owned ivory found in antique firearms, musical instruments and other family heirlooms. The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015, which Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced this week, would lift the ban the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) placed on the importation, exportation and sale of lawfully possessed ivory in February 2014. Ivory is a har… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Daines taps Library of Congress book trove for Montana libraries

BILLINGS -- The Library of Congress receives 25,000 new books every day, and when there are duplicate copies, the extras go to the House and Senate lawmakers - for free. It's a "who knew?" kind of arrangement that surprised U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and his staff when they recently asked about connecting Montana's libraries with the nation's library of record. Daines figured he could take his share of the free publications and ship 150 books to Montana schools and public libraries every… Continue Reading


ABC FOX Montana: Helena Native Sworn-In as NASA Deputy Administrator

A Helena native is sworn in as the Deputy Administrator of NASA. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Dr. Dava Newman to the position back in April. On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke at her ceremonial swearing in. He calls Dr. Newman an inspiration for countless of young Montanans who are excited about not only space exploration, but also science, technology, engineering and math. Newman is a graduate of C.R. Anderson Middle School and Capital High School in Helena.… Continue Reading


KPAX: Montana veteran receives medals nearly 5 decades after service

BOZEMAN - Sunday was an emotional day for a Vietnam war veteran who was officially recognized nearly five decades after serving. U.S. Senator Steve Daines presented Tom Creasey with six medals, 46 years after serving in the Vietnam War. Creasey served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1966 until 1969. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, among others. Daines said too often veterans returned from V… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines throws support behind LWCF permanent reauthorization bill

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines has thrown his support behind a bill to make a popular conservation fund permanent. Daines announced late last week that he has signed on as a co-sponsor on a bill to make the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent, joining Montana's Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and a cadre of bipartisan sponsors from around the country. The bill, S. 338, was introduced by Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, in February. It would permanently reauthorize the fund,… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Tenderfoot Creek drainage land acquired by Forest Service

HELENA - Speakers at the Capitol on Friday celebrated the newest addition to the Lewis and Clark National Forest by rallying behind the uncertain future of the fund that made the acquisition a reality. Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie were among those who supported reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund at a celebration for completion of the Tenderfoot Legacy Project. The project was an eight-year, $10.7 million effort… Continue Reading


Roll Call: OPM Hack Snares Senators

Despite a number of congressional hearings and classified briefings, lawmakers are frustrated by the lack of information relating to the recent Office of Personnel Management data breaches, and it is now clear some lawmakers' records may have been affected. At least two current senators who were not federal employees were notified their information may have been compromised, signaling that retirement records for former House members may have been compromised in the first security breach, which… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Fire experts warn Daines of worst wildfire season in years

BILLINGS -- Montana is bracing for its worst wildfire season in years, officials told U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Speaking to Daines during a Thursday fire briefing in Billings, federal and state agencies said that extremely early snowmelt in western Montana and increasing thunderstorms in the east are setting the state up for a tough wildfire season. Western wildfire conditions are as bad as they've been in years. Eastern Montana, still green from spring rains, is now beginning to dry out… Continue Reading


KULR8: Senator Daines: It's Time To Start Classifying Wildfires As Natural Disasters

Why isn't a wildfire classified as a natural disaster? That's one question Senator Steve Daines asked the crowd at Thursday's Eastern Montana Fire Briefing. The conference was held with the Department of Natural Resources and Fire Conservation (DNRC) outside of the Southern Lands Office in Billings to address current and future wildfire activity. There, Daines expressed his support for a bill that would classify wildfires as natural disasters, and respond to them accordingly. "Like a tornado,… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Daines lauds Ten Mile efforts, calls for forest management reforms

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines toured timber projects in the Ten Mile drainage Tuesday, saying he wanted to see firsthand the combined efforts of state and federal agencies to provide jobs while managing the forest and reducing the risk of wildfire to the watershed. Daines toured the active Red Mountain Flume-Chessman Reservoir project and the proposed Tenmile-South Helena project with officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the city of Helen… Continue Reading


KBZK: Senator Daines tours Montana Forest projects

BOZEMAN - Montana Senator Steve Daines got to step out of his Washington DC office to take in the sights and sounds of his hometown Monday morning. Senator Daines is touring parts of Montana and looking at several Montana Forest management projects in the Treasure State. Today Senator Daines hiked the Chestnut Mountain Trailhead near Bozeman pass, which was the first conservation easement secured by the Land And Water Conservation Fund in 1990. The project allows trail access to public land cro… Continue Reading


KTVH: Sen. Daines Pressures NHTSA On Fire Truck Recall

Senator Steve Daines wants answers from the national highway traffic safety administration on a delayed recall, after an accident killed six people last year on Highway 12. A three forks fire truck collided with a pick-up truck due to a part failure on the fire truck. Daines pressured NHTSA during a committee hearing in D.C, as to why a full recall of the defective part took approximately one year to institute. Daines also pointed out the component was part of an initial recall from more than… Continue Reading


News Talk KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Pushes for Recall

Montana Senator Steve Daines spoke with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration June 23rd for updates on the delayed recall of a fire engine part. Daines remembered the deadly accident that occurred last year outside of Helena due to the failure of this component. "It's also the face of innocence here," Daines said. "The fire chief was returning back to Three Forks Montana, good daylight in a strait away, and you see this young couple and three kids in the back of a pickup. It's a ro… Continue Reading


Independent Journal Review: Montana Senator Demands Action as Impact of Hack Widens: OPM Head Should Resign

Senator Steve Daines is calling for Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to step down amid a hacking scandal which has compromised the information of "an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees." According to an emailed press release from the Montana Republican's office: "'Under Katherine Archuleta's watch, OPM allowed one of the largest breaches of federal employees' personal information in our nation's history. More, Ms. … Continue Reading

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