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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


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

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