Press Releases

Daines Goes to Twitter Jail Over Montana Hunting Picture, Thanks Elon Musk for Reinstatement

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after his Twitter account was locked because of his profile picture of him and his wife hunting and later restored after Elon Musk announced changes to Twitter policy. Download the picture HERE. “I am grateful Elon Musk reached out to me to resolve this issue and am glad that he recognizes that free speech is a bedrock of our country, and acted quickly to reinstate my Twitter account after being made aware of its suspension. The initial ban over the profile photo of my wife and me after a successful Montana antelope hunt was

Daines’ State of the Union Guest Tom Schrapps Heads to Washington, D.C.

U.S. SENATE – Today U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ State of the Union guest Tom Schrapps, who lost his son Reilly to fentanyl poisoning, left Butte, Montana, to head to Washington, D.C. ahead of the President’s address tomorrow night. “I look forward to having Tom in our nation’s capital to shine a light on the horrible fentanyl crisis that sadly took his son Reilly’s life and is plaguing Montana communities. I hope that the President will hear stories like Tom and Reilly’s and do everything he can to secure our southern border and stop the flood of dangerous drugs like fentanyl in

Daines Slams President Biden for Displaying Weakness on the World Stage on Fox & Friends

NEW YORK, NY—U.S. Senator Steve Daines appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends this morning to discuss President Biden’s mishandling of the Chinese spy balloon and the fentanyl crisis. Daines talked about Larry Mayer, the photographer for the Billings Gazette who took the first photos of the balloon. He also talked about the fentanyl crisis sweeping the country and how it is specifically affecting Montana. He talked about his guest for the State of the Union address this week, Tom Schrapps from Butte, MT, who lost his son to a fentanyl overdose. Excerpts of his appearance are below as well as the video of the full

Daines Joins All Republican Senators in Formally Challenging Biden WOTUS Rule Through Congressional Review Act

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, today joined all 48 of his Senate Republican colleagues in introducing a formal challenge to the Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval. The resolution comes after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a new rule in December 2022 repealing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), and changing the definition of Waters of the United States in a way that will expand federal regulatory authority. “This rule was put together by unelected Biden administration bureaucrats and infringes on the rights of Montana

Daines Responds to Chinese Spy Balloon Over Montana on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum

BOZEMAN, MT—U.S. Senator Steve Daines appeared on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum today from Montana to discuss the Chinese spy balloon that floated over Montana this week. Daines discussed the letter he sent to Defense Secretary Austin last night demanding a full security briefing from the administration in the situation. Full transcript of the appearance below. Daines on the Biden Administration’s Weakness on the World Stage “Well, first of all, this has been a tremendous embarrassment for the United States of America. It’s one more example of the weakness of the Biden administration on the global stage. Their

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