02.03.21

Daines Lands Critical Committee Assignments for Montana in the 117th Congress

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his committee assignments for the 117th Congress. Daines will serve on the U.S. Senate Committees on Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, Banking, and Indian Affairs.  

“It's an honor to serve Montanans in the United States Senate,” Daines stated. “It's a privilege to represent Montana on four important U.S. Senate committees where I will fight to protect Montana jobs and our Montana way of life. From policies overseeing trade and taxes, small businesses and banks, to energy development, public lands, national parks and forest management, to Tribal communities, I will continue fighting to put Montana first and bring Montana commonsense practices to Washington.”

Daines’ committee assignments include jurisdiction over areas that have a major impact on Montana, including policies related to trade and taxes, healthcare and social security, economic policies, financial markets, small businesses, small banks and credit unions, consumer protections, energy development and forest management, access to public lands, hunting and sportsmen priorities, national parks, as well as federal relations with Tribal communities. 

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance: The Committee has jurisdiction over policies relating to taxation and revenue measures; customs and ports of entry and delivery; trade agreements; tariffs; transportation of dutiable goods; health programs under the Social Security Act including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; and national Social Security.

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Daines has moved up in seniority on the Committee. The Committee has jurisdiction over energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; forest management; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources. 

U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: The Committee has jurisdiction over monetary policy, banking, housing (including veterans housing), insurance, financial markets, trade promotion, and urban development. 

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs: The Committee has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties. These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care, and claims against the United States. Additionally, all legislation proposed by Members of the Senate that specifically pertains to American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Alaska Natives is under the jurisdiction of the Committee.