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01.16.18

Real Clear Politics: Press Conference: Bipartisan Group of Five Senators Plans to Fillibuster FISA Reauthorization

A bipartisan coalition of five senators has announced their intention to filibuster the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bill that expands warrantless surveillance of American citizens. Last week, the House passed a nearly identical bill. Led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, the group of 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans held a press conference Tuesday about their own version of the bill, the USA Rights Act, which would require intelligence agencies to … Continue Reading


01.12.18

KULR8: Survivor Talks About New Sex Trafficking Act

BILLINGS, Mont. - Thursday was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the day by publicly supporting legislation to crack down on online sex trafficking. He called it a growing problem in the state of Montana and that we must take steps now to stop trafficking in the community. The legislation is called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. It eliminates federal liability protections for websites that knowingly assist, support or facilitate online sex tr… Continue Reading


01.07.18

Montana Standard: Wilderness Study Area release allows more public use

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recently introduced S. 2206, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. This bill would release five wilderness study areas in Montana that for 40 years have been called "study" areas. According to the law, these and other "study areas" were to be examined for no more than five years by the U.S. Forest Service to determine the validity of a wilderness designation. The main word in the name that stands out is "study." U.S. Sen. Lee Metcalf carried the bill that designate… Continue Reading


01.07.18

Great Falls Tribune: Public land in Montana should be of use to all of the public

The Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act introduced by Sen. Daines is meant to remove the designation from five Wilderness Study Areas (WSA's) and return them to the normal forest planning and travel planning process. Many of the following criticisms from letters in the local media are not based on facts. They are simply fear mongering from those promoting more wilderness and they need to be addressed. First, these WSAs weren't meant to be permanent. Sen. Metcalf's 1977 law established the… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Char-Koosta News: Daines introduces bill to combat meth use in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mitigating the Methamphetamine Epidemic and Promoting Tribal Health Act, or the Mitigating METH Act, to combat methamphetamine use across Montana and strengthen Indian tribes' ability to fight this epidemic. "Methamphetamine use in Montana is tearing apart families and taking lives," said Daines. "This is a crisis that needs immediate attention and more resources." Background: • In the 21st Century Cures Act, … Continue Reading


01.03.18

Clark Fork Valley Press: Missoula International Airport Gains Two More Direct Routes

Sanders and Mineral County residents can get excited as Missoula International Airport is set to pick up two more direct routes. Routes to Dallas and Chicago are all thanks to American Airlines. American Airlines will begin their daily service from Dallas to Missoula on June 7, 2018. A daily summer seasonal service from Chicago to Missoula will also begin on that date. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., applauded the airline for the two new additions when announced last week. "More flights in and o… Continue Reading


01.01.18

Daines introduces bill to combat meth use in state

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mitigating the Methamphetamine Epidemic and Promoting Tribal Health Act, or the Mitigating METH Act, to combat methamphetamine use across Montana and strengthen Indian tribes' ability to fight this epidemic. In the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted in 2016, Congress authorized $1 billion in funding over two years to address the opioid epidemic. The legislation would make efforts to combat methamphetamine use, alongside op… Continue Reading


12.31.17

US News & World Report: State Officials Seek Investigation of Food-Inspection Agency

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Montana's congressional delegation wants an independent investigation of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Montana Standard reports Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte outlined their concerns about what they termed "alleged misconduct" within the agency in a jointly signed letter to the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture. The delegation is seeking an investigation of the way the agency has treated Montana … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Capital Press: Senators call to renew voluntary access program in 2018 Farm Bill

Two U.S. senators are proposing to reauthorize a grant program in the 2018 Farm Bill that compensates landowners who open their property to public access. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced legislation Monday to renew the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, which was met with cheers from sportsmen's groups. Steve Kline, director of government relations for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Washington, D.C., said the VPA-HIP … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Seattle Times: Senate advances bills to preserve Montana creek, rename peak

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved measures to protect a creek that flows through south-central Montana and to rename a peak in the southwestern portion of the state. The bills approved Wednesday had backing from Montana's two U.S. senators - Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines. The East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would designate a 20-mile stretch of East Rosebud Creek as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The designation preserves rivers a… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Washington Post: How Republicans pulled off the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years

In the days leading up to a critical Senate vote this month on the GOP tax plan, Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) met secretly with Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) in the moderate Democrat's hideaway office in the basement of the Capitol. Manchin told Portman that he would consider joining the tax effort, if only a few changes were made. Chief among them: Instead of cutting the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, a top Republican goal, reduce it to 25 percent - and use the proceeds for bigger m… Continue Reading


12.19.17

KMMS: Montana Student Gets Appointed To The U.S. Naval Academy

Senator Steve Daines has called Montana high school student Gabriel Jourdonnais to congratulate him on his offer to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He also received nominations to the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. Jourdonnais is currently a student at Big Sky High School. "Jourdonnais possesses the highest ideals of Montana's character and work ethic. I know he has great potential as a leader in our nation's military," Daines said. "I look forward to continuing to watch… Continue Reading


12.18.17

Missoulian: Updated: Direct flights to Dallas, Chicago coming to Missoula

American Airlines will begin daily direct flights to Dallas and seasonal direct daily flights to Chicago from Missoula in June, the Missoula International Airport announced Monday. Both flights will begin June 7, with customers already able to book tickets, airport director Cris Jensen said. The Chicago flight will run through Aug. 20. "I think in terms of air services it's a big step for the community," Jensen said. James Grunke, chief executive officer of the Missoula Economic P… Continue Reading


12.16.17

Sidney Herald: Daines urges protections against terrorist threats

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., this week questioned General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for President George W. Bush, about threats to Montana's farmers and ranchers and U.S. agriculture infrastructure and food supply. Background:• Research from Rocky Mountain Research Lab, the state of the art biomedical research facility in Hamilton, Montana, has helped the country fight zoonotic diseases and has conducted substantial research into developing an Ebo… Continue Reading


12.14.17

Fox Montana: Senator Daines questions General on agriculture terrorism

Today U.S. Senator Steve Daines questioned general Richard Myer, the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for President George W. Bush about possible threats to Montana farmers, and the infrastructure of our food supply. The senator explained how many midwestern states economies rely heavily on the agriculture industry. For Montana it's the biggest economic power, bringing in 4.2 billion dollars a year. Daines asked how the United States would fend off man-made attacks on our agricult… Continue Reading


12.13.17

CharKoosta News: Daines bill to help tribal victims passes out of committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored, the Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "I am committed to ensuring that tribal members' public safety needs are met," said Daines. "The SURVIVE Act will provide victims with greater access to the resources and support they need to heal." The SURVIVE Act will increase needed tri… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: We must protect the public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action afterward. The Forest Service completed the study and determined that several of the study areas in Montana were not suitable for wilderness in its final plan. Thirty-five years later - we're still waiting for D.C. to get its job done and release the study ar… Continue Reading


12.11.17

KMMS: EPA Adds Montana For Targeted Superfund Sites

Senator Steve Daines just made the statement that the Environmental Protection Agency include both Montana's Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area and Anaconda Co. Smelter Superfund sites that need immediate and intense attention. The administrator Scott Pruitt is targeting places in the United States for his list of places that should be represented. This comes in response to a letter Senator Daines sent to Pruitt urging the agency to not forget Montana "By including the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area and … Continue Reading


12.11.17

Ripon Advance: Daines bill opens up public lands 40 years after feds’ recommendation

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines on Thursday introduced legislation to protect citizens' public land access and use in Montana following requests from the Montana State Legislature and local communities. The Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act would release 449,500 acres of the total more than 1 million acres in Montana's Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), as the U.S. Forest Service has recommended. The land would be available for boosting Montana's $6 billion outdoor economy and its agriculture economy, a… Continue Reading


12.09.17

Great Falls Tribune: Protecting public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action afterward. The Forest Service completed the study and determined that several of the study areas in Montana were not suitable for wilderness in its final plan. Thirty-five years later - we're still waiting for D.C. to get its job done and release the study areas.… Continue Reading

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