Daines to DOJ: Uphold Your Responsibilities to Indian Tribes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the Department of Justice's (DOJ) responsibilities under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), urging the DOJ to uphold its responsibilities to Indian tribes and implement the recommendations outlined in that report as quickly as possible. "The DOJ must fulfill its responsibilities to Indian tribes," said Daines, "There is an epidemic of violent crime… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes EPA on Behalf of Lincoln County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging they take into account Lincoln County's concerns regarding cleanup of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site. "I heard directly from Lincoln County leaders regarding their concerns that property owners and local government could be held liable for future clean-up costs of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site," said Daines. "I've asked the EPA to work with local officials and community leaders… Continue Reading


Daines, King Celebrate National Parks

Introduce bipartisan resolution to dedicate National Park Week U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21. "As a fifth-generation Montanan, I believe our national … Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Immediate Action on National Parks Maintenance Backlog

U.S. SENATE - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the National Park Service deferred maintenance backlog, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the National Parks Subcommittee, urged for immediate action to address the backlog. "Our National Parks in Montana and around the country make us uniquely American," said Daines. "We must ensure they remain in the best condition possible for future generations and accessible for all families." Daines questioned Lena McDo… Continue Reading


Democrat Minority Blocks Daines’ Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Jobs on Indian Reservations and Tribal Sovereignty

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after a Democrat minority in the Senate blocked his bipartisan bill to promote jobs on Indian reservations and tribal sovereignty, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. "It is time the federal government step out of tribes' way so they can make the right decisions for their communities and create good-paying jobs for their citizens," said Daines. Prior to the vote, Daines spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate, urging h… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Philipsburg Brewing Company

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Philipsburg Brewing Company for its achievements as a local brewery company and contributions to the Philipsburg community. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcome… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on National Park Fee Announcement

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke responded to the public's request that the National Park Service not move forward with a proposal to raise national park entrance fees at 17 parks from $25 to $70. Under today's proposal, most park fees will increase by approximately $5 dollars among other changes. Secretary Zinke extended the public comment period following a letter Daines sent Acting Direct… Continue Reading


Daines Voices Concerns of Montana Farmers and Ranchers to President

U.S. SENATE -Today, at a White House meeting with President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Steve Daines voiced the concerns of Montana farmers and ranchers to the President by urging the President to expand access to markets critical to the agriculture community. In response to Daines' request, the President expressed interest in reengaging in a trade agreement with Asia-Pacific countries that works for farmers and ranchers. This also follows a letter to President Trump that Daines led with 25 Senat… Continue Reading


Daines Champions Priorities for Tribal Communities in Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing, Healthcare Bill Passes Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' legislation to improve the Indian Health Service passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today. Immediately after the vote, Daines championed priorities important to Montana's Indian tribes in a committee hearing, including funding for the Blackfeet water settlement and maintenance improvements at Bureau of Indian Education schools. This week, he also sponsored a bill to provide Indian tribes much-needed tax relief. Funding Priorities Important to … Continue Reading


FEMA Agrees to Work with Daines to Fight Montana Wildfires

U.S. SENATE - Today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to work with U.S. Senator Steve Daines to improve the agency's effectiveness in assisting Montana in fighting wildfires. Daines highlighted the unique challenges Montana faces while applying for Fire Management Assistance Grants, and the need for FEMA to provide clear eligibility guidance to Montana's rural communities. Last year, following Sena… Continue Reading


Daines to Welcome Chairman Barrasso to 2018 Montana Energy Summit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman, John Barrasso (R-WY), will speak at the 2018 Montana Energy Summit. "I want to thank Senator Daines for inviting me to be a part of this important energy summit," said Barrasso. "Wyoming and Montana have led the way with the responsible development of our energy and natural resources. I look forward to discussing ways to maintain American energy dominance while increasin… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $350,000 Grant to Repair Roads in Mineral County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a $350,000 Department of Transportation grant to repair federally owned roads in Mineral County that were impacted by severe storms, flooding and landslides. "This important grant will repair roads in Mineral County so they are safe and efficient for the local community to use," said Daines. ###… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $50,000 Grant to Repair Roads in Tribal Communities

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a $50,000 federal grant to repair roads for tribal communities in Hill, Choteau, Blaine, Big Horn and Yellowstone Counties. "Flooding, severe storms and landslides have devastated Montana's tribal lands," said Daines. "This critical funding will help restore roads and fund infrastructure projects important to Montana's tribal communities."… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Kids’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE - On the same day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees after a data leak on the social network that is estimated to have impacted 87 million users, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect students' privacy. Daines spoke on the Senate floor to urge his Senate colleagues to support the bill. Download the video HERE. "Today our children's most… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Bozeman’s Jackson Redmon’s Offer of Appointment from West Point

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee Jackson Redmon's offer of appointment from the United States Military Academy. Jackson lives in Bozeman, Montana. "Jackson's love of country, commitment to protecting our freedoms and proven leadership skills makes him a great candidate for West Point," said Daines. "I look forward to following Jackson's future successes." "As a Senator, one of my greatest honors is appointing … Continue Reading


Daines Signs Amicus Brief to Protect Tax-Free Internet

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today signed an amicus brief, Amici Curiae South Dakota v. Wayfair, which urges the Supreme Court to rule against allowing states to implement an internet sales tax that would harm small businesses and consumers. "The Internet sales tax is a misguided policy that would raise costs for consumers and harm small businesses that are trying to break into new markets and create jobs," said Daines. Background: On March 13, 2018, Daines led a bipartisan coalit… Continue Reading


Daines Commends Court’s Decision to Allow Construction of Intake Diversion Dam

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow construction of a new Intake Diversion Dam. Construction of the dam was previously halted by a lower court's ruling against the Yellowstone Irrigation Project. "This is a win for the four hundred farms that depend on the Yellowstone Irrigation Project to irrigate their over 50,000 acres of cropland," said Daines. "The actions of environmental extremists should not be put before our fa… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Announce Bozeman’s Erik Manning’s Offer of Appointment from U.S. Military Academy

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee Erik Manning's offer of appointment from the U.S. Military Academy. Erik lives in Bozeman, Montana and attends Bozeman High School. "Erik has proven himself as a leader through his service and sacrifice," said Daines. "I know he would continue to lead by example and make Montana proud at West Point." "Congratulations to Erik on his offer of appointment to West Point. Erik is an outstanding s… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $2.7 Million Grant for Missoula Bus System

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a $2,726,888.00 federal grant to improve Missoula's bus system. "Strengthening Missoula's bus transportation system will continue to put Missoula on the map as one of the nation's most livable cities and attract new businesses," said Daines. The grant will be used to replace old busses and improve bus stops. ###… Continue Reading


Daines to Host Montana Energy Summit 2018

Registration now open at U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced registration for the Montana Energy Summit 2018 is now open. The summit will take place in Billings on May 30th and 31st, 2018 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Guest speakers and panel discussions will be announced in the coming weeks. To register for the Summit, click here. "Montana energy means energy dominance and high-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "In Billings, … Continue Reading

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