Press Releases

Daines, Zinke Call on Governor Bullock to Issue Full Approval of the Montanore Project

U.S. CONGRESS – Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are calling on Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to expeditiously issue full approval for the Montanore Project, which would create much-needed jobs and economic opportunity in Lincoln County.  After more than a decade, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Montanore project was recently completed, clearing the way for the U.S. Forest Service and MDEQ to issue Records of Decision approving of Montanore’s plan of operations and required permits. MDEQ is considering a phased approval of the project, which would be inconsistent with the

Daines Announces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

HELENA, Mont. — Senator Steve Daines today announced his plan to reintroduce legislation repealing federal mandates for drivers’ licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005.  Standing alongside Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at the Montana Attorney General’s Office, Daines announced that he would be reintroducing the “Repeal ID Act,” which works to protect Montana’s right to reject the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) intrusive ID requirements by fully repealing Section II of the REAL ID Act of 2005.  “Montanans are fully aware of the power that big data holds and the consequences when that data is abused,” Daines stated. “Montana has

Daines Applauds House Passage of Bill to Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today hailed the House of Representative’s passage of legislation that repeals Obamacare, puts states on a glide path toward creating locally driven health care solutions and reduces the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years.  “Today marks the first time an Obamacare repeal bill will be on President Obama’s desk for his signature,” Daines stated. “I commend my colleagues in the House for joining me in standing up for the American people and fighting to protect hardworking families from rising health care costs, senseless fines and substandard care. It’s now up to President Obama to decide whether he’ll put

Daines Statement on Obama’s Unlawful Gun Grab

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama’s latest unlawful executive action on gun control as yet another power grab that threatens the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans: “President Obama is jeopardizing the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with his latest efforts to undermine the Second Amendment. It is a gross abuse of executive authority for the President to unilaterally move forward his ineffective, anti-gun agenda with the stroke of his pen. As Montana’s voice in the United States Senate, I will continue to fight against President Obama’s endless assault on Montanans’ Second Amendment rights.” ###

Daines Congratulates Stephen Reynolds of Missoula on Naval Academy Appointment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Missoula student Stephen Reynolds on his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Reynolds, a senior at Sentinel High School in Missoula, received a nomination to the Naval and Air Force Academies from Daines earlier this month. Reynolds is currently the student body class president, captain of the varsity football team as well as member of both the National Honor Society and Key Club. “Stephen Reynolds is a hardworking student excelling both inside and outside of the classroom who exemplifies the best of our state’s commitment to service,” Daines stated. “I am

Daines Wishes Montanans a Merry Christmas

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Senator Steve Daines is wishing all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Click here to watch Daines’ Christmas greeting. Click here to download Daines’ Christmas greeting.  Daines’ full Christmas greeting is below: “I want to wish all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and especially to the servicemen and women serving far away and in harm’s way. “As we gather together with our family, friends and neighbors, join me in saying ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women giving so much to defend our freedoms. For their service, and the sacrifices made by

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Mark Gollinger of Butte-Silver Bow

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today recognized Mark Gollinger for his faithful devotion to the veterans of Butte-Silver Bow. Mark is a US Navy retired Senior Chief who runs the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) from the Butte Job Service. One of the chief responsibilities of his position is communicating with veterans in the area and keeping them informed of what is happening around the community. 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’ recognition

Daines Votes Against Trillion Dollar Backroom Spending Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting in opposition to a $1.1 trillion backroom spending bill that fails to rein in the national debt:  “Once again, Washington’s inaction and govern-by-crisis strategy is getting in the way of providing the American people with the long-term solutions they deserve. We need an open discussion about how to support our nation’s priorities while also cutting wasteful Washington spending and reining in the nation’s debt. This 2000-page backroom deal fails to do either and only takes our nation further down an unsustainable path of more unbridled spending and more

Daines Slams FCC Rebuff of Montana Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to permanently protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the FCC’s 317-page “net neutrality” rules. Earlier today, the FCC rebuffed Daines’ request to provide small Internet service providers with a permanent exemption from their new so-called “enhanced transparency requirements,” which requires Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance.  The FCC offered a one-year extension of the exemption, which disregards numerous Congressional requests and the recommendation of the Obama administration’s Small Business Administration to provide a permanent exemption of the