Press Releases

Daines, Tester Introduce Resolution Designating National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

Highlighting importance of higher education in Indian Country U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester led a bipartisan group of colleagues in designating the week beginning February 5th as “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week” to highlight the importance of higher education in Indian Country. “Montana’s tribal colleges help support young Montanans and equip students with the tools they need to succeed. This week, we’re glad to celebrate and recognize the great work of the students, teachers, and staff at tribal colleges across the Treasure State,” Daines said. “Montana is fortunate to be home to seven outstanding Tribal Colleges and Universities – the most of any state

Daines Demands Answers from Biden Administration after 19 Months of Radio Silence on SkyWest Charter’s Commuter Application

Calls for Review of SkyWest’s Commuter Authority Request Amidst Ongoing Pilot Shortages U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Carol Petsonk today demanding answers from the Biden administration on its failure to review SkyWest Charter’s (SWC) application for Commuter Air Carrier Authorization. Montana communities, especially Butte and West Yellowstone, rely on small community air service to connect them with the rest of the state and nation. SWC’s application has sat unresolved at the agency for 19 months. “I write today regarding my ongoing concerns with the impact declining access to small community air service

Daines Opposes Senate Border Bill

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today opposing the Senate’s emergency supplemental funding bill: “President Biden could have secured the border on Day One of his presidency and chose not to and the disastrous results speak for themselves. Reversing the effective policies of President Trump turned the southern border into one of the biggest national security risks in our country’s history with illegals streaming across who are on the FBI’s terror watch list as well as from countries that are designated as state sponsors of terror.    “Fixing this crisis demands more than the ‘border never closes’

Daines Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Spy Balloon Debacle

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Montanan Larry Mayer spotting the Chinese spy balloon over Billings, Montana. For a year, Daines has been working to hold the Biden administration responsible for this egregious breach of national security. “One year ago today the country became aware of a Chinese spy balloon flying directly over our country, including over Malmstrom’s missile fields housing the most powerful nuclear weapons on the planet. Despite the Biden administration’s attempts to cover it up and hide it from the American people, Larry Mayer of Billings spotted the

Daines to President Biden: “C’mon Man!”

Slams Biden for Creating Border Crisis, Refusing to Secure Southern Border WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference slamming President Biden for rolling back policies that kept the southern border secure and doing nothing to resolve the border crisis. Watch Daines’ remarks HERE. “Good news usually never breaks on a Friday night, especially from the Biden administration. Usually what they’re breaking on Friday night are the border numbers, but not this past Friday.  “This past Friday was a statement from the President that says, he needs a bill, and I quote, ‘that would

Daines Stands Up for Law-Abiding Montana Gun Owners

Joins Republican Colleagues in Filing Brief with Supreme Court Opposing a Ban on Bump Stocks U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican colleagues and multiple legal experts in filing an amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Garland v. Cargill. The brief asserts the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) ban on bump stocks under the National Firearms Act is not only an egregious violation of Montanans’ right to bear arms but also represents a dangerous new frontier of federal bureaucrats interpreting federal law in expansive new ways Congress clearly did not intend, including by

Daines Statement on Montana Decision to Sue Over Wolverine Listing by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks submitted a Notice of Intent to Sue over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) recent listing of the wolverine as a threatened species.   “The Biden administration is once again ignoring the science and acting against Montana’s best interest. Montanans know best how to manage our wildlife, and the state worked hard to responsibly monitor and conserve the wolverine. Far-off bureaucrats should not be making sweeping decisions that will only harm commonsense management practices.” ###

Daines Blasts Biden Administration for Playing Politics with U.S. Energy

Joins Republican Colleagues in Criticizing Administration for Deliberately Pausing U.S. LNG Export Permitting in order to Pander to Radical Climate Activists U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, blasted the Biden administration for pausing all pending non-FTA export permit applications at the behest of the radical climate lobby. Daines joined a letter with 25 of his Republican colleagues to President Biden and Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm ahead of a pending executive order to re-evaluate the criteria to approve permits for liquified natural gas (LNG) export projects. “We write to express

Daines: “How is This Even Serious?”

Condemns Biden Administration for Policies Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Board Planes Without Valid ID WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference condemning the Biden administration for allowing illegal immigrants to board airplanes without any required personal information. To watch, click HERE. “The American people know that if you head to the airport, you want to jump on a flight here in the United States, you bring a valid form of ID. I always use my Montana driver’s license. I imagine some of you, maybe it’s even happened to you, you show up at