Press Releases

Daines Introduces Amendment to Prevent Cell Service Loss in Rural Montana Communities

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced an amendment to the foreign aid emergency funding bill that would fully fund the “Rip and Replace” program that would remove Chinese components from the United States’ wireless communications systems. Without full funding, wireless and broadband providers across the United States will be saddled with billions of dollars in costs that could result in service blackouts and companies closing down, including many in eastern Montana. “Wireless security is national security, said Daines. “To that end, removing Chinese telecom equipment from our wireless networks is a matter of national security. Rural providers must have the resources and ability to

Daines Stands Up for Montanans’ Fourth Amendment Privacy Rights

 U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement after voting against reauthorizing the federal government’s surveillance powers under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA): “While there’s no question that the United States should collect intelligence on suspected terrorists who are overseas and may be communicating with individuals in our country, the federal government should not be using foreign intelligence powers to collect Americans’ personal data. Yet time after time we have seen FISA abused and Americans’ information unacceptably accessed without a warrant.” “I voted against reauthorizing Section 702 because it failed to fully protect Americans’ Fourth

Daines’ Bipartisan National Park Week Resolution Passes U.S. Senate

Senator Steve Daines led a bipartisan resolution designating April 20, 2024, through April 28, 2024, as National Park Week. To start the celebration, entrance into all national park units will be free Saturday, April 20. “Montana is home to some of the world’s best and most beautiful national parks, recreation areas, battlefields and historic sites. Preserving these treasures means preserving the beauty and history that sets us apart, which is why each year we mark this week National Park Week. I’ll always work to preserve our parks for future generations to explore and enjoy,” said Daines. Saturday, April 20: Discovery. Entrance fees are waived on April 20.Sunday, April

Daines Blasts Biden Administration for Climate-Driven Land Use Rule

“Nothing is Safe from the Biden Administration’s Climate Agenda” U.S. Senator Steve Daines blasted the Biden administration’s new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule today, which violates the statutory multiple use requirements on federal lands, effectively making them unusable and hurting Montana farmers and ranchers.   “Nothing is safe from the Biden administration’s climate agenda. First they came for our gas stoves then they told us they wanted us to drive electric cars and semis and now they are taking grazing land from Montana farmers and ranchersand it’s all in the name of climate change. Despite the Administration’s claim, this rule is anything but balanced. It violates the ‘multiple-use

Daines Hails House Passage of Bill Redesignating Houthis as Foreign Terrorist Organization

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed passage of the “Standing Against Houthi Aggression Act” to redesignate Ansarallah, more commonly known as the Houthis, as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) given their actions to destabilize the region, the security threat they pose to the U.S. and most recently, their involvement in the ongoing conflict in Israel.  “The Houthis are a terror organization funded by Iran, and Iran’s unprecedented direct attack on Israel this weekend means it’s even more important that we redesignate them as such. Doing so will send a strong message to our allies and the terrorists alike

Daines Statement on Democrats’ Dismissal of Biden Border Chief’s Impeachment Trial

U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today after every single Senate Democrat voted to block a full trial into the impeachment of President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: “The crisis at our southern border is the number one issue for Americans today, and rightfully so. It’s no longer an immigration debate, it is a severe national security threat. Each month more and more illegals who are on the FBI’s terror watch list stream across the border, with many coming from nations designated by President Biden’s own State Department as state sponsors of terrorism. “And

Daines Takes on Biden Administration For Downplaying Effects of Indefinite Pause to LNG Exports

Calls Administration’s Energy Policy “Radical Ideology” and “Out of Step with the American People” U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today criticized Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholmin a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing for downplaying the Biden administration’s indefinite pause on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and its radical plans to phase out fossil fuels. Watch the exchange HERE. Senator Daines: It’s been two and a half months since President Biden paused LNG exports in order to study their impacts. We are no closer to knowing when this pause will be lifted or if it ever will be lifted. If DOE follows the facts and

Daines Statement on Iran’s Unprecedented Direct Attack Against Israel

U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today regarding Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel: “I condemn Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel in the strongest possible terms. I also thank our brave men and women who helped defend Israel and our security priorities.  “President Biden has done nothing but project weakness against the Iranian regime since he took office, starting with reversing President Trump’s policy of maximum pressure on Iran, attempting to pay the Iranian regime $6 billion in a prisoner swap and recently allowing the UN sanctions on Iran’s drones and ballistic missiles to expire. These are

Daines Demands Transparency, Accountability, Calls on Schumer to Hold Full Impeachment Trial for Secretary Mayorkas  

 U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) calling on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty by holding a trial to consider the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “The House of Representatives has considered this evidence and impeached Secretary Mayorkas.  Our constitutional duty requires the Senate to hold a trial. In every previous congressional impeachment of the past 227 years, Congress has been faithful to the process set out by the framers… Never before has the Senate abandoned this duty, even when certain members believed the basis