Press Releases

Daines Discusses Addiction Support at Senate Finance Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, and emphasized the rapidly increasing number of fentanyl-related deaths in Montana as a result of President Biden’s wide-open southern border. Daines also highlighted the importance of community partnerships and peer support in the addiction recovery process. Watch the exchange HERE. “I’ve spent a lot of time on the southern border, sometimes going the night shift from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., watching what’s happening. This vote this afternoon is a political stunt. If we’re serious about solving the crisis on the southern border, the Democrats should go down to the

Daines Leads Effort to Protect Montana Gun Owners from Burdensome Gun Tax

Senator Steve Daines helped introduce the “Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act,” legislation that would remove a burdensome tax imposed on firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. “It is unconstitutional for this Administration to punish law-abiding Montanans with burdensome regulations that make it impossible for them to exercise their Second Amendment rights. I strongly oppose this unnecessary tax from President Biden and stand with Montanans’ right to lawfully possess firearms,” said Daines. Text of the legislation may be found here. Background: The 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA) regulates short-barreled shotguns and rifles, fully automatic firearms, suppressors, and a catchall

Daines Talks Effects of Fentanyl, Crime in Montana

“Montana’s Tribal communities are ground zero for this destruction” U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the need to support law enforcement in Indian Country as they combat the devastating impact of the fentanyl crisis and crime on Native American communities. Watch Daines’ opening remarks HERE. “Each time I meet with Tribal leaders from Montana, law enforcement is their top priority. Indian Country is in a crisis. Tribal leaders I have spoken with have told me they feel like they are at war. Multiple reservations in Montana have declared a state of emergency in response to

Daines Helps Lead Effort to Block Biden Administration’s Rule Forcing Colstrip’s Closure

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, helped lead the introduction of a resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing its new rule. The rule would impose costly and burdensome Obama-era regulations on coal-fired electric power plants, like Colstrip, forcing them to close, jeopardizing grid reliability and raising electricity costs for Montana families. “Joe Biden has been on an anti-energy warpath since day one of his Administration. Colstrip already meets rigorous filtering metrics, but this new rule will reverse practical health and safety standards put in place by President Trump and will force Colstrip to

Daines on Democrat Border Package: “This is a Political Stunt”

Calls Senate Democrats Out for Anti-Border Security Votes U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference calling out Senate Democrats for ignoring the southern border crisis until it became a political crisis. Watch Daines’ remarks HERE. “Go back and watch the replays of what was going on in February of 2021 when Joe Biden reversed policies that were working to secure the southern border that President Trump put in place. “And now three and a half years later we’ve seen the Senate Democrats doing nothing to try to solve the border crisis that we

Daines Blasts Biden Administration for Allowing Deplorable Living Conditions for Disabled Veterans at Ft. Harrison

U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today in response to news that disabled veterans were told their HUD and VA-endorsed living conditions at Ft. Harrison were dangerous enough to pose a health hazard and possibly force them to move. The Fort Harrison Veterans Residences Limited Partnership is an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) facilitated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides housing for disabled veterans and their families.  “Joe Biden failed our disabled veterans at Ft. Harrison today,” said Daines. “The Biden administration did not fulfill its most basic responsibility

Daines, Gianforte, Zinke, Rosendale Blast Biden Administration for Killing Made in Montana Energy, Shutting Down Future Coal Production

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Congressman Ryan Zinke and Congressman Matt Rosendale today released the following statements after the Biden administration released a new Resource Management Plan Amendment prohibiting future coal leases in eastern Montana through 2038. “Since Day One the Joe Biden administration has been on an anti-energy war path in an attempt to appease far-Left environmental groups,” said Daines. “Shutting down future coal production in eastern Montana will jeopardize our energy independence, raise costs for families and kill good-paying jobs.” “Every action taken by the Biden administration is driving up the cost of affordable energy and threatening

Daines Grills FDIC Chair on Toxic Workplace Double Standard

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Banking hearing grilled Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg on the recent investigation into a toxic workplace at the FDIC. The report found that the agency, under Gruenberg’s leadership, has been plagued with sexual harassment and assault, bullying, discrimination and brazen misconduct. Daines pressed Chairman Gruenberg on President Biden’s pledge to fire employees engaging in misconduct: Senator Daines: On day one of his Administration, President Biden said, and I quote, “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you