Press Releases

Daines Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown

Supports Funding to Keep National Parks Open, Continue Pay for Military and Border Patrol U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after voting to support the short-term continuing budget resolution, avoid a government shutdown and ensure our military and border patrol agents get paid. “Shutting down the government is not the answer to Congress’ fiscal insanity and it only hurts Montanans,” said Daines.“I voted to keep the government open, keep our National Parks open, pay our military and border patrol agents and continue a much-deserved increase in pay for our Montana wildland firefighters. Montanans should never have to pay the price for Congress’ broken budget process. I will

Daines Statement on the Passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein

U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the news of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s passing. “I am deeply saddened by the news of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s passing. Aside from being a trailblazer in public service, Dianne was my friend. I enjoyed the strong bipartisan relationship Senator Feinstein and I shared, and am thankful to have worked with her on important causes for both Montana and California, including forest management. “Dianne’s decades of work for the people of California reflect her true sense of service and her legacy will continue to inspire Americans everywhere. Cindy and I send our heartfelt condolences

Daines Highlights Need to Eliminate U.S. Reliance on China’s Critical Minerals 

Minerals Found in Semiconductors, Electric Vehicles and More Make U.S. Reliant on China  U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing highlighted the importance of supporting domestic mining and reducing the United States’ reliance on China and Russia. Daines pressed Biden administration officials on their policies that are making it harder to mine domestically. Daines on the importance of decreasing reliance on China: To watch Daines’ full remarks, click HERE. “Behind me is the U.S. Geological Survey’s most recent graph showing the United States mineral import reliance, and this came comes right out of the report…Of the

Daines Takes IRS Nominee to Task Over Great Falls Gun Shop Raid, New Army of Agents

U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Finance hearing took President Biden’s nominee for Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to task over the IRS’ lack of transparency surrounding the raid of Highwood Creek Outfitters in Great Falls on June 14th. Daines also questioned Biden’s nominee on the IRS’ plan to use their new 87,000 agents to go after hardworking Montana families. Click HERE to watch Senator Daines’ remarks. Daines on the Highwood Creek Outfitters Raid: “On June 14 of 2023 heavily armed, in fact, 20 heavily armed IRS agents entered the Highwood Creek Outfitters store in Great Falls, Montana, and seized boxes of ATF forms

Daines: Biden is a Record-Breaking President

Slams Biden for record-high illegal border crossings To watch Daines’ remarks, click HERE. U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference slamming President Biden for his record-breaking southern border crisis. “Joe Biden is a record-breaking president. Record high inflation. Record high gas prices. Record high illegal border crossings. And this administration who, ‘brought back transparency,’ conveniently disclosed the August border numbers in a Friday evening news dump when they thought nobody was paying attention, and I can see why they wanted the American people to miss this. “New numbers show President Biden’s southern border

Daines’ SAFER Banking Act is Headed to the Floor

Bill Would Ensure Energy Companies and Firearm Manufacturers Have Access to Financial Institutions U.S. SENATE – U.S.Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after his bipartisan “SAFER Banking Act” passed the Banking Committee with bipartisan support. “The ‘SAFER Banking Act’ is a win-win for our Montana communities. On one hand, it’s about keeping our Montana communities safe, reducing the risk of crime and providing much-needed clarity for law enforcement officers. It’s also about protecting legal business’ access to financial institutions. Whether it’s a legal cannabis business, a legal gun manufacturer or a legal energy company, no Montana business should be shut out of banks or credit unions because of ideological

Daines, Sinema Reintroduce Bill to Support Outfitters and Guides, Boost Outdoor Recreation Economy

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), top Republican on the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) reintroduced a bill to support the outdoor recreation economy by exempting outfitters and guides from burdensome overtime hour requirements. “Montana’s beautiful landscape and unmatched hunting, fishing and hiking has made it a destination for folks from around the world, but our outdoor recreation economy would not be the same without our outfitters and guides,” Daines said. “We must pass this bill that will reduce burdensome red tape making it harder for Montana small businesses to employ outfitters and guides, especially during heavy tourism seasons.” “We’re boosting

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