Press Releases

Daines Announces Nominations of Montana Students to U. S. Service Academies 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today announced he is nominating 16 Montana students to U.S. service academies. A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of the nation’s four service academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point.  “One of my greatest honors as a U. S. Senator is to nominate committed young Montanans to compete for an appointment to one of our nation’s service academies,”Daines said. “I commend these remarkable students for their commitment to serving our nation,

Daines Leads Bill to Unleash American Energy

Bill Mandates Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Lease Sales U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines led his Senate Republican colleagues in introducing the “Supporting Made in America Energy Act” to ensure that the United States maintains and grows its energy independence by supporting Made in America energy. The bill bolsters energy indepencence by requiring the Department of the Interior (DOI) to hold four onshore oil and gas lease sales in the top oil and gas producing states as well as requiring two offshore oil and gas lease sales in each available area in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

Daines Slams Biden Administration for Using VA Health Care Resources on Illegal Immigrants Instead of Veterans

Sends Letter to VA Secretary Asking For Accounting of Resources Being Used at Border U.S. SENATE – In a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, U.S. Senator Steve Daines questioned the alarming report that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resources are being diverted from our nation’s veterans to process the medical claims of illegal immigrants held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Daines asked the VA for a full accounting of its use of resources at the border including how many VA personnel are being utilized, how long the VA policy has been in place and

Daines Op-Ed in Washington Examiner: Biden’s climate agenda creates energy poverty in tribal nations

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance, authored the following op-ed in the Washington Examiner. Click here to read the full op-ed. Excerpts below: The White House is hosting its Tribal Nations Summit this week, and it’s important to note that the administration’s climate policy is bankrupting the tribes it claims to help. The president is sure to promise, as he has at previous summits, that his administration “will defend tribal sovereignty, self-government, and self-determination and will support tribal economies.” Unfortunately, the administration’s policies do the opposite. Specifically, the administration’s energy policy is crushing our nation’s tribes by robbing them of reliable jobs

Daines Presses Big Bank CEOs on Biden’s Anti-Small Business Regulations

Stands Up for Montana Small Businesses at Senate Banking Hearing U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Banking hearing pressed leaders of the nation’s largest banks on the effects of the Biden administration’s recent proposal on small businesses’ borrowing capabilities. Click HERE to download the exchange.  Daines asked JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon how the Basel III Endgame proposal would impact banks’ ability to lend to Montana small businesses. Daines: Earlier this year, we saw a series of bank failures, which were among the largest in our nation’s history. These failures, in my opinion, were due to gross mismanagement by bank executives

Daines Slams Biden Administration for Using VA Health Care Resources to Care for Illegal Migrants

“Biden’s border crisis puts illegal immigrants first and puts our Veterans last.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference slamming the Biden administration for diverting Department of Veterans Affairs health care resources from veterans to illegal immigrants. Daines also says any supplemental bill must include border security provisions. To watch Daines’ remarks, click HERE. “So, to help frame this current debate on the supplemental bill, I think my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have a misunderstanding. This is not about reaching a bipartisan compromise on immigration reform. There have been

Daines Statement on the Passing of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: “Having grown up on a cattle ranch in the American West, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor brought grit, determination and a passion for service to our nation’s highest court. Justice O’Connor was a trailblazer, and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. My sincere condolences are with her family, friends and all Americans who mourn her loss.”

In Wake of Activist District Court Ruling Shortening Wolf Trapping Season, Daines Sends Letter to Biden Admin Requesting Expedited Review of Grizzly Bear Delisting

“It’s time to Stop Hiding Behind Activist Judges and D.C Bureaucracy and Recognize the Successful Recovery of the Grizzly” U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter this week requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expeditiously complete their 12-month review of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bears and delist these recovered populations, so the state of Montana can manage wolf populations. Delisting the two populations of grizzly bears would remove the argument litigants are using to block Montana’s wolf trapping regulations. Montana shows every day it can successfully manage stable wolf populations. Litigants in the District

Daines Statement on Passing of Henry Kissinger

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today on the passing of Henry Kissinger: “Henry Kissinger was a diplomatic giant who served under multiple presidents. Dr. Kissinger came to the United States as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany and faithfully served America. His influence will be felt for generations. Cindy and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”