Press Releases

Daines Honors Montanan of the Month for July: David Stamey of Stillwater County

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized David Stamey, Chief of EmergencyServices for Stillwater County, Montana, for his dedication to keeping his community safe, no matter what disaster may ensue. Through his “Montanan of the Month” initiative, each month Daines highlights a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the recipient’s honor into the Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Month” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: HERE. The following is the tribute Daines submitted to the Congressional Record to honor David Stamey: TRIBUTE

On Senate Floor, Daines Honors Marc Fogel, U.S. Schoolteacher with Montana Ties Who is Wrongfully Detained in Russia

Calls for State Department to Designate Fogel as “Wrongfully Detained” and to Work for Immediate Release U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate honoring Marc Fogel, a U.S. citizen who has been wrongfully detained in Russia since August 2021, and called for his immediate release. Daines has been working closely with Fogel’s family members in Montana to ensure the timely release of Mr. Fogel. Watch the full floor speech HERE. Daines’ remarks as prepared for delivery: “I’d like to use my time today to raise awareness about an important issue—actually—an important person. His name is Marc Fogel. “Marc is

Daines Secures Big Montana Wins in Defense Bill

Bipartisan FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Passes out of Senate with Daines Support U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted to pass several significant Montana priorities in the bipartisan “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA), including bills to strengthen national security, give U.S. servicemembers a much deserved pay raise, combat the fentanyl epidemic, and more. Click  HERE to watch and download statement as video. “The 2024 NDAA is a win-win for Montana. I was able to strengthen this bill with several key provisions to keep America safe and protect our Montana way of life. From fentanyl flooding our streets to empowered foreign enemies, the threats facing

Daines, Tester Led Fort Belknap Water Compact Passes Senate

Final Indian Water Rights Settlement in Montana one step closer to President’s Desk U.S. SENATE – Today, after decades of collaborative work to pass the final Indian water rights water settlement in Montana, the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) Water Settlement led by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester passed out of the United States Senate as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unanimously. The FBIC Water Settlement will ratify the FBIC Water Rights Compact with the State of Montana, provide resources for critical water infrastructure development like the completion of the Milk River Project, give certainty to both

Daines Talks Montana Ag, Forestry, Tribal Priorities for Farm Bill at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing

Welcomes witness from MT association to discuss Tribal access to ag programs U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing discussed Tribal priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill, including the Good Neighbor Authority to promote Tribal involvement in forest management and Tribal access to ag programs. Abi Fain, Director of Policy and Government Relations with the Intertribal Agriculture Council headquartered in Billings, spoke before the Committee. Watch and download Daines’ opening remarks HERE. “As the Senate crafts the Farm Bill, it’s important to ensure that Montana tribal ag producers and their voices are heard so that the next farm bill works

Daines and Tester Lead Bipartisan Resolution Demanding Russia Release Unjustly Detained American Marc Fogel

Montana Senators recently met with Fogel’s family, pledged to keep fighting to bring him home (U.S. Senate) — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce a resolution calling for the immediate release of Marc Fogel from Russia. Fogel is a U.S. citizen and career educator who has been unjustly imprisoned by Russia since August 2021. The resolution urges the Biden Administration to prioritize securing the release of Mr. Fogel, whose immediate family resides in Montana, and all other U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are wrongfully detained by Russia. “Marc

Daines Slams Biden Administration’s War on Made-in-America Energy

Blames Senate Democrats for Paving the Way for Administration Rule that Will Increase the Price of Energy for Montanans 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 highlighting the continued destruction of made-in-America energy by the Biden administration. Last week, the Department of Interior (DOI) proposed a rule that would increasethe cost of energy production. These costs would be passed on to consumers in Montana and across the country. It’s estimated that these new fees would amount to nearly $2 billion from now until 2031. “Not long after Vladimir Putin

Daines’ Bipartisan Effort to Prevent China from Buying American Farmland, Ag Businesses Included in NDAA 

U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bipartisan bill to blacklist China, Russia, Iran and North Korea from investing in, purchasing or otherwise acquiring land or businesses involved in agriculture was officially included in the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “Food security is national security and folks across Montana are rightfully concerned that China and our adversaries are buying up American farmland near critical military operations,” Daines said. “In order to protect our national security interests, especially after the Chinese spy balloon floated over Montana’s ICBMs and used American technology against us, we must stop our adversaries in their tracks before they threaten

Daines Calls on Biden Administration to Analyze Sawtimber Levels in Montana

Encourages public-private partnerships to bolster active forest management U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a group of his colleagues in urging U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore to analyze and release standing sawtimber levels in high priority firesheds in Montana. This data is important to motivate and focus collaborative work between federal land management agencies and private forest product companies as they work to remove hazardous fuels. Active forest management is the most effective means to preventing catastrophic wildfires. Additionally, utilizing public-private partnerships can simultaneously reduce fire risk and vitalize rural communities in Montana that rely on the timber industry. “Decades of wildfire