Press Releases

Daines, Cantwell Introduce Landmark Bipartisan Hydropower Bill

Largest Bipartisan Commitment to Hydropower in Two Decades U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster hydropower production in Montana, Washington, and throughout the United States. The “Community and Hydropower Improvement Act” would streamline the permitting process, increase tribal engagement and oversight, expedite low impact projects, promote healthy habitat and coordinate federal decision making.  “Montanans know an all-of-the-above energy portfolio is a critical part of ensuring folks in every corner of our state have reliable, affordable energy – that’s why nearly 40 percent of our electricity is generated by hydropower. Hydropower provides good-paying jobs and energy that is safe, reliable, affordable and

Daines Leads Bill to Ban DOD from Funding, Hosting Drag Queen Performances

Calls Administration’s Explanation “Inadequate,” Asks for Further Clarification U.S. SENATE— U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a group of his Republican colleagues in introducing a bill to stop the Department of Defense (DOD) from using taxpayer funds or taxpayer-funded facilities from hosting drag queen performances. The bill follows recent reports that Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, hosted a “Drag Story Time” targeted at children at the base library. In addition, Daines sent another letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asking for further clarification regarding the situation at Malmstrom. “Our military’s mission is clear: to provide the military forces needed

Daines Advises Pharmacies to Follow Federal, State Laws Restricting Distribution of Abortion Drugs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican colleagues in sending letters to seven major U.S. pharmacies that warn them of their obligations under federal and state laws, including longstanding federal laws that criminalize the mailing and interstate shipment of abortion drugs. “We write to express our support and agreement with 21 State Attorneys General, who have reminded you that Federal law in 18 U.S.C. 1461-1462 criminalizes nationwide using the mail, or interstate shipment by any express company or common carrier, to send or receive any drug that is ‘designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion,’” the Senators wrote.

Weekly Video Release: Montana Sheriff Highlights Dangers His Community Faces with Fentanyl

Daines Releases First Video in Series Illustrating Montanans’ Struggles with Fentanyl on National Fentanyl Awareness Day U.S. SENATE – On National Fentanyl Awareness Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he is launching a video series highlighting Montanans affected by the fentanyl crisis in Montana. Each week, Daines will highlight a video on his social media channels of a Montanan talking about how President Biden’s failure to secure the southern border and stop the flow of fentanyl into Montana communities affects them personally.     This week, Senator Daines is highlighting Lincoln County Sheriff Darren Short. Sheriff Short explains the dangers of fentanyl in small Montana communities and

ICYMI | New Daines Op-Ed On Drag Shows for Kids at Military Bases, Other Woke Biden Policies Weakening Our Military 

Chinese Spy Balloons over our Bases and Drag Shows in them – Montana is Ground Zero for Biden’s Wokeness & Weakness By: Senator Steve Daines May 5th, 2023 Link HERE.  Social “equity” warriors believe America is infected with systemic racism and social inequity and are working relentlessly to impose their radical, woke agenda on every aspect of society, including the military. Their use of the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress to enact their agenda through legislative and regulatory action is having dire consequences that are on full display for the entire country to see.  *** It is particularly disturbing for me to

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