Press Releases

Daines Statement on VA Health Care Announcement to Better Serve Montana Veterans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that they would delay further implementation of the Oracle Cerner electronic health record system to address recurring problems with the rollout. This announcement follows Daines’ push to ensure the VA is providing Montana veterans with the quality care they deserve. “I’m pleased to see the VA take steps to ensure Montana veterans are receiving the quality service they deserve by reassessing the VA Electronic Health Care Management System (EHRM),” Daines said. “It is unacceptable that until now Biden’s VA has failed to seriously address critical issues

Daines: Inflation is a Tax on All Montanans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the September Producer Price Index (PPI) rose to 8.5% and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) climbed to 8.2% year over year. “Another month of crushing inflation means another month of Montanans struggling to put food on the table and gas in their pickups. Inflation is a tax on all Montanans, and those who can afford it the least, feel it the most,” Daines said. “President Biden and the Democrats need to wake up and put an end to their disastrous policies that are fueling sky-high inflation.”  Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen

Daines, Feinstein Call on Biden Admin to Collaborate with States on Forest Management

U.S. SENATE – Today on National Loggers Day and Montana Forest Products Industry Week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.) teamed up and sent a bipartisan letter to the Biden administration urging the development and implementation of a transparent and swift process to allocate funds promised to States for implementing effective forest management projects under the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). “We write to ask that you do all in your power to follow through on your commitment to working with state and local governments to improve our forest health and address the wildfire crisis. By mid-summer, your Department was in receipt of $160 million to award grants to States and Tribes

Daines Demands Biden Admin’s Illegal VA Abortion Rule Be Reversed

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today is demanding the Biden administration reverse a recent rule purporting to allow VA clinics to provide abortions after the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) determined such an action would be illegal. “I insist that you immediately rescind the illegal IFR and revert the VA’s policies to the long-standing prior regulation excluding abortion from the VA’s medical benefits package as well as the CHAMPVA program, in conformity with the law and Congressional intent,” Daines wrote. Daines also issued the following statement. “Instead of focusing on improving care for our nation’s veterans, the Biden administration wants

Daines Renews Call for Details of Biden’s Vague 30×30 Initiative

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who serves as the Senate Western Caucus Chairman, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland renewing his request for details on the Biden administration’s “30 by 30” initiative, or “America the Beautiful.” “As we have warned in the past, the lack of information and transparency leads many Westerners to fear the ‘America the Beautiful’ initiative is at best, a thoughtless approach to conservation, and at worst, a top-down land-grab,” the Chairmen wrote. “Healthy and resilient landscapes are the cornerstone of our western way of life. Those who are closest to the land,

Daines Launches New Website to Better Serve Montanans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today launched a new and improved website to improve access to services and information for Montanans. “Congress is here to serve, not be served,” Daines said. “Our new and improved website will ensure Montanans have better access to the services and information they need and be able to contact me any time they have an issue.”  Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen

Daines Statement on Biden’s Decision to Ease Venezuela Sanctions for Oil Imports

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released a statement on President Biden’s decisionto ease Venezuela sanctions for oil imports instead of taking steps to increase domestic oil production. “Biden has learned nothing. We need to unleash American energy development–NOT rely on dictators in adversarial countries like Venezuela for oil,” Daines said. In March 2022, Daines introduced a bill to prohibit the United States from importing Iranian and Venezuelan crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas.  Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Complete the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

WASHIGNTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation directing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior to prioritize completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) by the trail’s 50th anniversary in 2028. The Senator introduced The Continental Divide Trail Completion Act with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). “The Continental Divide Trail provides an unmatched outdoor experience for Montanans and visitors alike,” Daines said. “My bipartisan bill ensures the trail will continue to provide public access and a continuous route will finally be completed!” “The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Daines Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Support Childhood Cancer Research

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help fund childhood cancer research and assist patients and families battling cancer. “No child should have to grow up battling cancer. I am glad to join my colleagues in fighting for a cancer free future for Montana’s children,” Daines said. Read the full text of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Reauthorization Act HERE.    Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen