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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Missoulian: Daines calls for wide-ranging forest reform in phone-in town hall meeting

Montana needs timber management that addresses all 10 of the state's national forests, Sen. Steve Daines told listeners on a statewide conference call. The Republican senator from Montana questioned callers for about an hour on Tuesday evening from his office in Washington, D.C. He introduced the issue by noting Montana harvested 624 million board-feet of timber at its peak in 1987, but just 113 million board-feet in 2014. "We need to find a path forward to create economic opportunities in rur… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines joins U.S. Senate

Steve Daines was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, vowing to work to end gridlock in Washington. Daines, sporting a striped tie, was escorted into the Senate by fellow Montana Sen. Jon Tester. A smiling Daines stood on the Senate floor around 10:20 a.m. Mountain Time to take the oath from Vice President Joe Biden. Daines used a family Bible his grandfather received after getting confirmed as the pastor of a little Lutheran church outside of Ledger. The House also swore in all of its memb… Continue Reading

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