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01.17.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to End Abuse of Conservation Easement Tax Incentive

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT) today introduced the bipartisan Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019, a bill that would curb abuses of the popular conservation easement tax benefit while allowing it to continue to serve as an important tool for conserving land and protecting family farms and ranches. "The conservation easement tax incentive is meant to help conserve land and protect family farms, not be used as a tax shelter," Daines said. "This bill make… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Tricare Reserve Improvement Act National Guardsmen, Reservists

U.S. SENATE - A bipartisan coalition led by U.S. Senators Steve Daines (MT) and Joe Manchin (WV) today introduced the Tricare Reserve Improvement Act, which extends eligibility to all National Guardsmen and Reservists, regardless of their civilian occupation. Under current law federal employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve are prohibited from participating in Tricare Reserve Select (TRS). This disparity creates a financial incentive for transitioning service members … Continue Reading


01.11.19

Daines Pushes to Permanently End Government Shutdowns

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the End Government Shutdowns Act, which permanently prevents federal government shutdowns. "Shutdowns don't work. Yet we're seeing them happen time and time again," Daines said. "The End Government Shutdowns Act will hold Congress accountable to funding the government and ensure that hardworking folks aren't paying the price for the partisan, political games being played in DC." The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Senators Rob Portma… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Daines: Term Limits Will Hold Members of Congress Accountable

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined his Senate colleagues in supporting a constitutional amendment limiting senators to serving two terms and representatives to three. "Too often, career politicians lose sight of why they are in Washington, D.C. and who they are there to serve. When politicians become more focused on looking out for their own self-interest instead of the needs of their constituents, it's time for things to change," Daines said. "Term limits will help ensure tha… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Daines Fights to Protect Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined his colleagues in supporting the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in other states that also have concealed carry laws, while abiding by the respective state's laws. "As a concealed carry permit holder myself, I will always fight to protect Montanans' Second Amendment rights," Daines said. "This bill is commonsense - it simply allo… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Daines: If the Government is Shutdown, Members of Congress Shouldn’t Get Paid

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the No Work, No Pay Act, which requires all members of Congress to withhold their pay during a government shutdown until the government reopens. "In Montana and across our country, folks are suffering at the expense of the political games being played in Washington," Daines said. "It's simple - it is the fundamental role of Congress to fund the government and until that happens, they shouldn't get paid." Click HERE to download video… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Daines Cosponsors Bipartisan Public Lands Package with Critical Montana, Conservation Priorities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored a bipartisan legislative lands package that benefits Montana including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. "This would be one of the biggest accomplishments for conservation and protection of our public lands in Montana and across our country in decades," Daines said. "Last month I secured commitment for a vote on this public lands package, and I'm pleased … Continue Reading


01.09.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Gateway of Yellowstone National Park

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to protect one of our nation's great treasures, Yellowstone National Park. "In Montana, we're blessed to have so many of our nation's national treasures in our backyard. But along with that privilege comes the responsibility to protect those treasures," Daines stated. "Some places are just too special to mine, and the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone is one of them. That's why I'm committed to protecting th… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Daines, Gianforte Introduce First Bill of 116th Congress: No Balanced Budget, No Pay

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced their first bill of the 116th Congress, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, to strengthen accountability in Washington, D.C. "It's long overdue that members of Congress are held accountable for their dysfunction in government funding," Daines said. "Just like every hardworking Montana family and small business across this country - members of Congress shouldn't get paid until they balance the budget." … Continue Reading


01.06.19

Daines Will Withhold Pay During Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter requesting that the Secretary of the U.S. Senate withhold his pay during the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. "I believe all sides need to come together to enhance border security and reopen the government." Daines wrote. "Until that occurs and Border Patrol agents and other federal personnel again receive their paychecks, I think it would be inappropriate for me to receive my pay." Click HERE to read the full letter. Ba… Continue Reading


01.06.19

Daines Secures Funding to Keep Critical National Parks Services Open During Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured funding to keep critical National Parks services open during the government shutdown. In a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, Daines urged him to fund critical National Parks services during the government shutdown. After receiving Daines' letter, Bernhardt ordered the Park Service to use funds for critical those services. "Our communities should not be in danger as a result of the political games going on … Continue Reading


01.03.19

Daines Announces Committee Assignments for 116th US Congress

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his committee assignments for the 116th U.S. Congress. Senate Republican leadership has asked Daines to serve on the U.S. Senate Committees on Finance, Appropriations, Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), and Indian Affairs Committees. "It is an honor to represent the people of Montana in the United States Senate and I will continue working on their behalf in the new Congress," Daines stated. "I will continue fighting for balanced budgets, … Continue Reading


12.20.18

President Trump Signs 2018 Farm Bill, Montana Priorities Included

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement and videos following the 2018 Farm Bill. Daines secured critical priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers and strong forestry provisions to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. "As Montana's lone voice on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, I fought hard to ensure Montana ag priorities and forest management reforms were included in the 2018 Farm Bill," Daines said. "I'm pleased President Trump signed this critical b… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Daines to NIH Director: We Must Continue to Combat Montana Meth Addiction

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the Honorable Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to encourage the agency to continue working to find solutions to the meth epidemic in Montana and the nation. "In Montana we have a crisis wreaking havoc throughout the state: a methamphetamine epidemic. Meth is destroying families and communities, and disproportionately impacting Native American tribes," the letter states. "As Montana and… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byms of Sanders County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byms of Sanders County for their commitment and dedication of service to this country. 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 welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines' "Montanan o… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Daines, Hoeven, Gianforte and Gosar Lead Letter to President Trump on Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today led 42 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump to urge any immediate action necessary to move construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline forward "The Keystone XL pipeline will bring nearly 6600 high paying jobs in the near-term and nearly $4 billion in new capital investment next year alone," the letter states. "[O]ne of your first actions as President was to expedite the approval and construction of… Continue Reading


12.12.18

Daines to BIA: Time for Answers for Loring Heavyrunner Family

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) hearing on Indian Country's missing and murdered demanded answers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the epidemic of missing and murdered persons in Indian country. The hearing follows Daines' request to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee to hold the hearing. Daines also successfully secured Kimberly Loring HeavyRunner, the sister of missing Ashley Loring Heavyrunner of the Blackfeet … Continue Reading


12.11.18

Senate Western Caucus Applauds Trump Administration Rewrite of EPA WOTUS rule

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, chair of the Senate Western Caucus, and Caucus Members Senator Jim Inhofe, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Joni Ernst, Senator John Barrasso Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jeff Flake and Senator Jon Kyl, today applauded the Trump administration's rewrite of the Obama era "Waters of the US" (WOTUS) rule. The new EPA rule more narrowly defines "waters of the US" to focus on truly public waterways. "The Obama WOTUS rule took federal government overreach in ru… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Daines Calls for Passage of Blue Water Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined bipartisan senators and veterans to call for Senate passage of the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Click HERE to download audio "The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is about fairness, about justice and about congressional intent," Daines said. "The intent of congress was to ensure that those who served in Vietnam and were exposed to agent orange are getting the care they need and deserve. It's time to make this wr… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Daines Secures Critical Montana Priorities in 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the 2018 Farm Bill will include critical priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers and forestry provisions to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. The final compromise must now be passed by the House and Senate before moving to the President's desk to be signed into law. You can find the text of the Farm Bill here. "I'm glad to see that we're moving forward with the 2018 Farm Bill and helping our farmers and ranchers get the certainty … Continue Reading

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