Press Releases

Daines Opposes Senate’s Continuing Budget Resolution: “We Cannot Keep Kicking the Can Down the Road”

“If Congress can’t pass a budget on time, members should not get paid” U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after opposing the Senate’s short-term continuing budget resolution. “Congress cannot continue to kick the budget can down the road. Every single year Congress finds itself in this position because it failed to do its job and pass appropriations bills on time,” said Daines.“Our budget process is broken, and passing yet another short-term fix that fails to address the crises facing Montana families like our open southern border and the nation’s drug epidemic is irresponsible. We need accountability in Washington and that starts now with holding members of Congress accountable and fixing this broken

Daines, Ogles Introduce Bicameral Bill to Deny Taxpayer-Funded Pensions to Child Predators

Bill Introduced on Anniversary of Conviction of Felon who Molested Montana Children, including on Blackfeet Reservation  U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Congressman Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.-05) today introduced the bicameral “Denying Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters Act” to prevent convicted child predators from receiving government-funded pensions. “Despite several warning signs, Stanley Weber was allowed to continue unspeakable abuse of young Montanans for years while IHS turned a blind eye,” Daines said. “Even after being convicted of sexually abusing children, Weber was collecting a government pension—this is absurd. It’s past time we pass my bill to fix this flawed system.” “There are few

Daines Backs Comprehensive Border Security Bill to End Biden’s Historic Southern Border Crisis

U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines cosponsored the “Secure the Border Act” to resume construction on the border wall, tighten asylum standards, criminalize visa overstays, increase the number of Border Patrol Agents, defund organizations receiving tax dollars to help traffic illegal aliens, prohibit Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using its app to assist illegal aliens and more. The bill has passed the House of Representatives as H.R. 2 and is the most comprehensive border security bill in decades. “President Biden’s dangerous open border has allowed Montana to become a northern border state with a southern border crisis,” said Daines.“On Day One Biden rolled back

Daines Calls on Senate Leadership to Support Montana Wildland Firefighters, Protect Increased Pay

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of bipartisan senators in urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to avoid mass resignations of Montana wildland firefighters and promptly pass their bipartisan “Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act.” Daines secured a pay raise for federal wildland firefighters in his “Wildland Firefighter Fair Pay Act” that will expire on October 1. “Due to the dangers that wildfires pose to our forests and communities, a lack of action to ensure the fair treatment of our federal wildland firefighting workforce would jeopardize national security. Therefore, we request that

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Biden Administration from Implementing Gun-Grabbing Agenda

Bill would stop administration from using a public health emergency as a loophole to impose gun control measures U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican colleagues to introduce the “Protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act” to prevent President Biden and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from declaring a public health emergency to impose gun control. Earlier this month, the Governor of New Mexico instituted a public health emergency for the purposes of suspending the 2nd Amendment-protected carrying of firearms. This comes after years of activist groups encouraging the Biden administration, specifically HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, to take the same path

Daines Introduces Bill to Strengthen Oversight of U.S.-China Science and Technology Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican colleagues to introduce the “Science and Technology Agreement Enhanced Congressional Notification Act.” The bill would strengthen oversight of science and technology agreements (STAs) between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by requiring the Secretary of State to provide comprehensive details to Congress about any new, renewed, or extended agreement and establishing a minimum 30-day Congressional review period.  “Montanans saw firsthand the malign influence of the Chinese Communist Party when a spy balloon floated right over our nuclear missile fields and Malmstrom Air Force Base before flying over the rest

Daines Live on Fox and Friends in Bozeman: Government Shutdown is Nonsense, Hurts Montana Taxpayers

Calls to cut members of Congress’ pay until Congress gets its act together BOZEMAN, MT – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined Lawrence Jones on set on Fox and Friends live in Bozeman, Montana. Daines discussed the impending government shutdown and explained that it should be members of Congress that feel the pain of Congress’ failure to fund the government, not Montana taxpayers. Watch the interview HERE. Daines on the government shutdown: “First of all, welcome to Montana. It’s my hometown of Bozeman. I went to kindergarten through college here. Look, for 25 consecutive years, Congress has not been able to pass all the appropriations bills

Daines on Border Crisis: “President Biden is setting all the wrong records for all the wrong reasons.”

August Border Numbers Reveal Record Number of Encounters for 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement in response to U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealing today there were 232,972 encounters along the southern border in August – the highest number in all of 2023: “President Biden is setting all the wrong records for all the wrong reasons. First it was record inflation and now it’s a record at the border. The administration revealed today there were over 230,000 encounters at the southern border in August, the most of any month in 2023. Here in Montana, we are a northern border

Daines, Smith Renew Push to Permanently Expand Telehealth Services During Telehealth Awareness Week

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in honor of Telehealth Awareness Week today reintroduced their bipartisan “Expanded Telehealth Access Act” that would make pandemic-driven expanded access to telehealth services under Medicare permanent. “In rural states like Montana, folks often have to drive long distances just to receive care. Expanded telehealth services help relieve this burden and give folks increased access to quality, affordable care. Now is not the time to cut back on these critical services, and I’ll keep working to ensure Montanans are able to see the providers they need,” Daines said. “The pandemic showed