Press Releases

Daines Slams Biden Administration for Continuing to Fail Montana Veterans

Votes against Biden’s pick to oversee EHRM program U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Biden’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Tanya Bradsher, who will oversee the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM). “This confirmation will cost taxpayer dollars, is bad for our Montana heroes and bad for the VA. Since President Biden took office, he has shown our Montana veterans time and time again that their needs are not his priority. Not only does Ms. Bradsher not have the experience or managerial skills

Daines on Biden Administration’s Energy Agenda: “Replacing American Made Oil and Gas with Chinese batteries”

To watch Daines’ remarks, click HERE. U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference slamming Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s recent failed electric vehicle tour and the Biden administration’s anti-energy agenda. “Senator Ernst talked about the Secretary of Energy’s challenges she had on her green energy tour most recently, and I think it demonstrates just how unrealistic the Democrats and this Administration’s green hallucination really is.  “You look at a state like Montana, we get a lot of windshield time in Montana traveling long distances. It’s farmers, it’s ranchers, it’s truckers or just folks going

Daines Applauds Decision to Protect Natural and Cultural Resources of the Blackfeet Nation

Final Oil and Gas Lease in Badger-Two Medicine Area Relinquished U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the U.S. Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Agriculture (USDA) announced that the final federal oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area will be relinquished in order to ensure the natural and cultural resources of the Blackfeet Nation are protected. “I’m glad to see a solution that all parties were able to agree on to ensure this land that holds such significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet Nation is protected. Decades in the making, this agreement will help generations to come

Daines Slams Biden for One-Size-Fits-All Staffing Mandate for Rural Montana Nursing Homes

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Biden administration proposed a new staffing mandate that would further strain rural Montana nursing homes. “Nursing homes in Montana, especially in rural, underserved areas, are already struggling with severe staffing shortages and President Biden’s new burdensome mandate will only make matters worse. This one-size-fits-all approach ignores the needs of rural facilities and ultimately hurts elderly Montanans seeking care. As President Biden continues to leave small-town Montanans behind, I will continue to push back against his heavy-handed mandates.” In January, Daines joined a group of bipartisan senators to

Daines Statement on Amended WOTUS Regulations

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, amember of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today released a statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the  “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.  “I’m disappointed that the EPA has once again missed the mark. This rule continues to lack clarity and neglects the concerns of those who know how to best manage land and water—the folks on the ground. I will continue to fight for the rights of Montana farmers, ranchers and landowners and push back on the Biden administration’s regulatory agenda.”  The amended rule comes

Daines Statement on Second Anniversary of Kabul Terrorist Attacks

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 13 U.S. servicemembers.  “Two years ago today we lost 13 brave servicemen and women during President Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. The service and sacrifice of these American heroes must never be forgotten, and we owe it to the families they left behind to hold this administration accountable for the disastrous policies that led to this tragedy,” Daines said.  Last year, Daines’ bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to the 13 servicemembers killed in Afghanistan

Daines Supports Glendive’s Request for Assistance with Erosion on Yellowstone River

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Colonel Robert Neebauer, district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, in support of the City of Glendive’s request for assistance with severe bank erosion along the Yellowstone River. Excerpt of the letter below: “For over a decade, the Yellowstone River has been eroding the bank and is now threatening city infrastructure. Recently, Montana State University completed an analysis of the erosion and found that 10,740.08 m3 (14,047.49 yards3) of riverbank material was eroded and displaced between August 2019 and May 2023. This erosion has necessitated the relocation of water lines

Daines Leads Letter with Zinke Demanding TSA Revoke Burdensome Employee Screening Policy

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA Administrator Pekoske urging the Biden administration to revoke a burdensome TSA employee screening policy that would add a significant strain to Montana airports. In a letter to TSA Administrator Pekoske, they wrote, “Ultimately, if implemented, the National Amendment would represent a fundamental shift in TSA’s screening responsibilities and undermine the role in which they were specifically tasked to perform post-9/11. Airport staff would essentially be required to duplicate the individual screening process that TSA screening officers are trained for, have equipment for, expertise in, and

Daines Calls Out Biden for Attacking Montana School Hunting, Archery Programs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to withdraw its outrageous plan to block funding for Montana elementary and secondary school hunting and archery programs. The letter condemns the Biden administration’s purposeful misinterpretation of last year’s gun control bill to justify blocking funding for Montana schools with these outdoor recreation programs. More than 500,000 students participate and are certified through hunter education courses each year in the U.S. These important programs help students learn how to handle firearms safely — in turn, decreasing firearm-related injuries and accidents. In the letter, the senators