Press Releases

Daines Praises Decision to Move Forward with Delisting Process for Grizzly Bear

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its plan to move forward with the delisting process for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). “This is great news for Montana. The science is clear—it’s time to delist the grizzly bear. I’m glad to see Fish and Wildlife Service listen to science, Montanans, and Governor Gianforte to move forward with the process to delist the grizzly bear in the Northern Continental Divide and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems,” Daines said.  Governor Greg Gianforte filed

Daines Demands Briefing from Biden Administration Regarding Spy Balloon Over Montana

U.S. SENATE – Following reports of a surveillance balloon detected over Billings and other parts of Montana, U.S. Senator Steve Daines demanded a full briefing from the Biden administration on the situation. Below and attached is Daines’ letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin: February 2, 2023 The Honorable Lloyd Austin Secretary of Defense U.S. Department of Defense 1400 Defense Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20301-1400 Dear Secretary Austin, I write regarding the concerning event of a high altitude surveillance balloon detected in Montana which has resulted in national security concerns as well as disruptions in civilian air traffic in Billings, Montana. The fact that this balloon was

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Bring Integrity, Transparency to MT Cattle Markets

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines helped introduce a bipartisan bill to return fairness and transparency to the cattle markets that are currently dominated by four major meat packers. “It’s high time we put an end to the price gouging and manipulation plaguing Montana cattle markets. Restoring competition and transparency to our cattle markets will make certain that Montana ranchers are competing on a level playing field and help ensure Montana families are paying fair prices at the grocery store. I will always support the Montana farmers and ranchers who feed our great state, nation, and the rest of the world,” Daines said.   The “Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act”

Daines, Tester, Zinke, Rosendale Restart Montana Coffee

(U.S. Congress) — Today U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and Congressmen Ryan Zinke and Matt Rosendale, announced that Montana’s congressional delegation will restart Montana Coffee on March 1st. The bipartisan weekly meeting provides an opportunity for Montanans visiting Washington D.C. to meet face-to-face with their representatives over a cup of coffee.  “Meeting with Montanans is always the best part of my day — I’m glad to finally resume Montana Coffee and welcome Montanans to our nation’s capital,” Daines said. “Congress is here to serve, not be served, and as Montana’s Senator, I believe it’s best to hear directly from Montanans about the

Daines Leads the Fight to Support MT Jobs, Expand Economic Investments in Local Communities

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a group of bipartisan Senators in an effort to support Montana job creation and encourage continued economic investments in communities across the U.S. by introducing legislation to make the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) permanent. “The New Markets Tax Credit is a win-win-win – it has been an invaluable tool for encouraging investment into our communities, creating good-paying jobs in Montana, and spurring growth in local economies across the nation. It’s time we make a permanent commitment to helping our Montana communities thrive and economies grow,” Daines said.  Senator Daines introduced the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act with

Daines Announces State of the Union Guest: Tom Schrapps of Butte, Montana

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced Tom Schrapps of Butte, Montana, will be his guest for President Biden’s State of the Union address. Schrapps, who lost his son Reilly to fentanyl poisoning in July 2022, will accompany Daines to the speech on February 7th and watch the address from guest seating in the balcony of the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reilly Patrick Schrapps passed away in July 2022 after taking a pill that was laced with a deadly dose of fentanyl. “It’s an honor to have Mr. Tom Schrapps join me for President Biden’s State of the Union. This

Daines Protects Montanans’ 2nd Amendment Rights from Unelected Gun-Grabbing Bureaucrats

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines helped introduce two bills to fight back against the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) recently announced unconstitutional federal registry for firearms with stabilizing braces. “The ATF has proven time and time again that they are hellbent on carrying out President Biden and Senate Democrats’ unconstitutional gun grabbing agenda. I will not standby as Washington bureaucrats seek to strip Montanans of their constitutional rights, and this new pistol brace rule is just the next step in their plan to undermine law abiding Montanans’ right to keep and bear arms,” Daines said.  The Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act will remove the unconstitutional taxation, registration, and regulation of firearms such as Short

Daines Announces Committee Assignments for Montana in the 118th Congress

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his committee assignments for the 118th Congress. Daines will serve on the U.S. Senate Committees on Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Banking, and Indian Affairs.   “It’s a great privilege to serve on these four important Senate committees, and I look forward to ensuring that the Montana way of life is represented every step of the way as legislation is crafted. Specifically, I’ll be fighting for policies that support American energy development, cut wasteful spending, common sense forest management, active management of our public lands and natural resources, as well as ways to strengthen our Tribal communities,” Daines said.  Daines’ committee assignments include jurisdiction over areas that have a major impact on Montana,

Daines, Feinstein, Newhouse, Peters Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Boost Efficient, Effective Forest Management

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Congressmen Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral “Root and Stem Project Authorization Act” to facilitate efficient and effective forest management by empowering collaboratives and public-private partnerships.  “Collaboration between the federal government and Montanans is key when it comes to common sense forest management. We should be encouraging public-private partnerships that will find creative and effective solutions to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, promote healthy forests and protect local communities. Season after season, Montana is facing devastating wildfires. It’s past time we restore active forest management