Press Releases

Daines Helps Introduce Bill to Overhaul Broken U.S. Permitting System

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, helped introduce a permitting proposal to substantively reform the nation’s broken permitting and environmental review processes, which are currently delaying key energy, infrastructure and transportation projects in Montana and across America. “Our permitting system is broken, and Montanans are paying for it. Government red tape makes it harder to manage our forests and prevent catastrophic wildfires, cuts Montana energy jobs, threatens Montanans’ access to reliable and affordable energy and holds up projects that would improve our Montana communities,” said Daines. “This bill gives the permitting processes a much-needed update for

Daines, Tester Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, announced the passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution marking May 5th, 2023, as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. “On May 5th, the day Hanna Harris would have celebrated her 31st birthday, we take a moment to reflect on her and the far too many other murdered indigenous women, and those who are still missing. We need to keep their stories at the forefront of national discourse every day of the year and fight to bring their families the justice they deserve.

Daines: President Biden and Senate Democrats are Responsible for Impending Debt Default

“President Biden and Senate Democrats are Standing Between the American People and Responsible Spending Reform and Increased Domestic Energy Production” U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered the following remarks at a Senate Republican press conference slamming President Biden and Senate Democrats for their refusal to negotiate with Speaker McCarthy to increase the debt ceiling. In addition to increasing the debt ceiling through March 31, 2024, the House-passed bill includes provisions that would place responsible limits on federal spending, reclaim unspent COVID funds and increase domestic energy production through permitting reform. “I’m struck by the fact that as we talk about the debt ceiling, the Democrats

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Montana Children’s Safety Online

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines helped introduce the “Kids Online Safety Act”, a bipartisan bill to protect Montana children online and hold Big Tech accountable. The “Kids Online Safety Act” provides Montanans with the tools, safeguards and transparency they need to protect their children against online harms. The bill requires social media platforms to put the well-being of children first, helping ensure an environment that is safe by default. The legislation requires independent audits by experts and academic researchers to certify that social media platforms are taking meaningful steps to address risks to kids.  “Montana children are the future of our state and our country,” said Daines. “That’s why it is essential that we do everything possible to empower parents with the proper tools to protect their children from dangers

Daines to DOI Secretary Haaland: It’s time to Delist the Grizzly Bear 

Haaland Agrees Grizzlies Have Recovered but Refuses to Commit to Working with Daines Toward Delisting U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing pressed Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on committing to follow the science, complete the review in twelve months, and delist grizzly bears where they have exceeded recovery numbers in the region. Watch the exchange HERE. Senator Daines: Grizzly bears have now exceeded, exceeded recovery targets in both the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, and bear numbers are well over the objectives set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Grizzlies are ranging farther off the Rocky

Daines: Time for Biden, Senate Democrats to Get Serious about Responsible Spending Reform

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered the following remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference slamming President Biden and Senate Democrats for being unwilling to negotiate with Speaker McCarthy and Republicans on a debt ceiling deal that includes spending reform. “One thing we’ve seen over the course of the last several months in this debt ceiling discussion is when it comes to our colleagues the Democrats and spending, the sky is their limit. It’s unfortunate the Democrats want to jam a debt ceiling hike with no spending reform through a divided Congress. The polls are very clear.

Daines Supports Bipartisan Bill to Improve Outdoor Recreation Areas in Montana

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored the bipartisan “Lake Access Keeping Economies Strong Act,” or “LAKES Act” to improve outdoor recreation facilities in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-managed areas by providing opportunities for public-private investments and giving local districts more flexibility to reinvest their resources. “Outdoor recreation is part of our Montana way of life,” said Senator Daines. “Allowing local Army Corps sites greater control to invest recreation fees in boat ramp, dock and campsite maintenance and improvements will help protect and expand access to Montana’s lakes in order to support surrounding communities and allow Montanans to pass down an appreciation for the outdoors to

Daines Votes Against Biden’s Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominee Anthony Johnstone

Calls Nominee Out of Step with Montana Values U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after voting against President Biden’s judicial nominee Anthony Johnstone to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “The Ninth Circuit has substantial influence over Montana and our way of life. It is critical that Montana’s lone seat on this court is held by someone that better reflects Montana values, not someone who will be a rubber stamp for President Biden’s far-left agenda. Mr. Johnstone’s record proves that rather than upholding the rule of law and protecting Montana values, he

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Provide Credit Monitoring Services for Montana Servicemembers and their Families

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the bipartisan “Servicemembers’ Credit Monitoring Enhancement Act” to provide free credit monitoring for all Montana servicemembers and their families. Currently, only active duty servicemembers and members of the National Guard are eligible for free credit monitoring services.  “As the son of a United States Marine, I know firsthand the great sacrifice made by servicemembers and their families. The last thing they should have to worry about is credit fraud or identity theft. I’ll always work to find common sense, bipartisan solutions for Montana military families who have given so much for our state and our nation,” said Daines. The “Servicemembers’ Credit Monitoring Enhancement