Press Releases

Daines Leads Letter to Biden Energy Department Slamming Gas Stove Restrictions

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a group of his Republican colleagues today in calling on the Department of Energy (DOE) to remove the proposed rule that would ban at least 50 percent of gas stoves in the United States. “Consumers deserve choice. Consumers deserve the ability to decide what appliances are in their homes. We strongly urge you to reject this approach and work towards more reasonable, market-driven solutions that promote energy efficiency and protect the interests of the American people. This means working with manufacturers and consumer groups to find energy efficiency standards that are reasonable, achievable and beneficial

Daines Blasts Biden Administration’s Electric Vehicle Mandate

“Democrats want to tear down and eliminate conventional sources of energy when renewables are not yet ready for prime time” U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today delivered the following remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference blasting the Biden administration’s out-of-touch climate regulation proposal that would require electric vehicles to account for two-thirds of new cars sold in the next nine years. “Well, the weather forecast in Montana for more snow tomorrow for those that are playing at home, which is a good thing for keeping our snowpacks high but

Daines Criticizes Biden Chief Economist Nominee Claims that Administration has “Top Track Record” on Energy Production

U.S. SENATE – Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today criticized Jared Bernstein, nominee to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, for his claim at the administration has a “top track record” on domestic energy production. Under questioning from Daines about the unsustainability of the administration’s climate policies. Bernstein claimed the administration is in pro-oil and pro-natural gas, a claim that Daines said was “laughable.” Click HERE to watch the exchange. Senator Daines: “Thank you. I been watching this hearing today, was just curious coming back about the Keystone Pipeline Dr. Bernstein. You refuse to say whether you recommend shutting down the Keystone pipeline

Daines Launches Bipartisan, Bicameral Senate Wildfire Caucus

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the creation of the bipartisan, bicameral Senate Wildfire Caucus to focus on common sense forest management reform, wildland firefighter assistance, wildfire recovery efforts, and community hardening. Daines joined Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) andJoe Neguse (D-CO) in launching the caucus. The caucus will also elevate awareness and bipartisan consensus around wildfire management, mitigation, preparedness and recovery. “Montanans are sick and tired of breathing in smoke. As Montana continues to face devastating wildfires season after season, we must work together to find common sense solutions that will protect our communities, first responders, forests and wildlife. If we don’t manage our forests, they’ll manage us—it’s

Daines Slams Biden for Forcing Burdensome Regulations on Montanans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released a statement in response to President Biden’s veto of Daines’ challenge to the administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. “The Biden administration’s WOTUS rule creates unnecessary confusion and burdensome red tape for Montana farmers, ranchers and landowners—that’s why the Senate voted to overturn it by a strong bipartisan margin. The President’s veto today shows just how far he’s willing to go to impose big government regulations on Montanans. The Biden administration’s regulatory agenda is absolutely out of control and must be stopped.”  BACKGROUND ON WOTUS, NWPR: Senator Daines joined all 48

Daines Blasts Biden’s IRS for Misplaced Priorities, Funding Army of Agents

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today after Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Danny Werfel revealed the IRS’ $80 billion 10-year spending plan. “The Biden administration has once again shown where their priorities lie—expanding the federal government and exerting more control over the lives of hardworking Montanans. Rather than hiring more border patrol agents to tackle the southern border crisis or addressing the massive backlog of tax returns that accumulated over the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS plans to deploy an army of tens of thousands of IRS agents to increase audits on Montana families and

Daines Slams Biden Defense Department for Inadequate Response to Chinese Spy Balloon Fiasco

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after receiving an inadequate response from the Biden administration to the letter he sent to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on February 3 when the Chinese spy balloon was first spotted over Billings, Montana. Daines was the first member of Congress to call on the Biden administration for answers after the spy balloon was spotted over Montana and later released a list of questions that still remain unanswered. “The Pentagon’s response to my questions regarding the Chinese spy balloon fiasco shows the administration is more interested in covering up the truth and hoping it goes away than leveling

Daines Introduces Bill Demanding Improved Electronic Health Record System For Montana Veterans Before Rollout Continues

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation that would prevent the continued implementation of the Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities until significant improvements are made to the system.  “Montana veterans put everything on the line in service to our nation – we need to ensure that their access to health care is not jeopardized by the Biden administration’s inability to properly implement the EHRM program. These failures need to be swiftly and thoroughly addressed so the VA can fulfill its commitment to serve our American heroes,” Daines said. Senator Daines co-sponsored the legislation with Senators Moran (Kansas), Boozman (Ark.),

Daines, Colleagues Challenge Biden Administration Rule to Eliminate Moral Exemption from Affordable Care Act Mandates

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today joined Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and a group of their colleagues in formally requesting the withdrawal of a pending Biden administration rule to eliminate moral exemptions established to protect individuals and entities who object to some or all contraceptives, including those that can destroy human life. “As Members of Congress, we have a unique Constitutional interest and oversight role in ensuring regulations governing the ACA [Affordable Care Act] comport with the law and Congressional intent, and do not exceed their Congressional mandates,” the lawmakers wrote. “While appropriately maintaining the religious exemption rule, the Proposed