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12.09.19

Daines Successfully Retains Little Shell Recognition, Montana Defense Priorities in Final NDAA

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he successfully preserved big wins for Montana in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) including the federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and critical defense priorities for Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. Daines fought for years to help get federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe. Earlier this year, Daines successfully fought to include federal recognition of the Tribe as an… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Daines Resolves Century Old Dispute, Proposes New Settlement Framework to Permanently Protect Water Rights for All Montanans

U.S. SENATE - After years of negotiations, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has reached an agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) on a new framework for a permanent water settlement. Daines will introduce the Montana Water Rights Protection Act which permanently eliminates 97% of all CSKT's water rights claims across Montana, saves taxpayers over $400 million and protects the water rights of all Montanans. "After years of negotiations and hard work, I… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Daines, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species, Protect Montana Water Recreation Economy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a bipartisan bill, the Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels Act of 2019, to stop the movement of aquatic invasive species, like zebra and quagga mussels, into Montana to protect Montana's water recreation economy. "Water is the most essential need of Montana communities, and a powerhouse for our recreation economy," Daines said. "Our bipartisan bill helps continue the fight to prevent aquatic invasive species, like quagga a… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Bill Honoring Jeannette Rankin Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte celebrated Senate passage of their bipartisan bill yesterday, designating a Missoula post office in honor of Jeannette Rankin. Rankin, from Montana, was the first woman elected to Congress. "Jeannette Rankin was a trailblazer for women's rights and a leader for all Montanans," Daines said. "I'm glad to see our bipartisan bill honoring her legacy head to President Trump's desk to be signed into law." "100 y… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Celebrate Senate Passage of Travis Atkins Bill

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today celebrated the U.S. Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation to rename the VA clinic in Bozeman after fallen Montana war hero, Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins. "Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins' bravery and service in to our nation is a true inspiration for Montanans and Americans nationwide," Daines said. "I'm happy to see my colleagues in the U.S. Senate support this important bill recognizing Atkins… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Daines Announces Over $740,000 for Rural Education and Telemedicine in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $742,904 in Montana to support distance learning and telemedicine projects at the University of Providence and Benefits Hospitals, Inc. "Expanding access to telemedicine is critical for getting Montanans the health care they need in our rural communities," Daines said. "This funding will help expand wireless and telehealth services that will improve access to specialty medical car… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Daines Helps Secure $1,350,088 for Billings, North Central Montana Bus Transportation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $1,350,088 will be designated towards bus transportation in Billings and North Central Montana. "This funding will further strengthen Montana's travel infrastructure needs and help Montanans get around their communities," Daines said. "This funding will also help ensure we have the resources needed to help improve the quality of life in Billings and North Central Montana." $840,000 will be designated to Billings' MET buses and bus … Continue Reading


11.19.19

Daines Votes for Bipartisan LWCF Funding, Park Maintenance Backlog Bills in U.S. Senate Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today advanced a slate of key Montana priorities out of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee including bipartisan bills that permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and help fix the maintenance backlog issue facing national parks. "What a great day in the United States Senate and what a great day in Montana. With today's vote we are one step closer to fully funding the Land Water Conservation Fund and addre… Continue Reading


11.14.19

Daines to Google: Must Protect Americans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter requesting answers from Google on what procedures they are putting in place to protect Americans' health information. "[O]ne of my top priorities in Congress is upholding the privacy rights of Montanans, and all Americans, and ensuring there are robust safeguards in place to protect sensitive patient data," Daines wrote. "In light of recent reports regarding 'Project Nightingale,' I am concerned about how patient information is being collect… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Celebrate Bipartisan Bill Honoring Jeannette Rankin Clearing U.S. Senate Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today celebrated the advancement of their bipartisan bill designating a Missoula post office in honor of Jeannette Rankin. Rankin, from Montana, was the first woman elected to Congress. "Jeannette Rankin was a trailblazer for women's suffrage and a leader young Montanans still look up to today," Daines said. "I'm glad to see my bipartisan bill move one step closer to being signed into law so we can move forwa… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Daines Secures $13 Million to Kickstart Missoula BUILD Grant Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Missoula will receive $13 million to kickstart the first phase of their BUILD grant infrastructure project. Today's announcement comes after months of partnership between Daines and the Missoula community. "This funding is a big first step for the Missoula BUILD grant project and the community," Daines said. "This project is important for infrastructure in Missoula as it helps in continuing to develop the city, as well as with constru… Continue Reading


11.05.19

Daines Urges Key Interior Department Positions to be Filled

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines wrote a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to fill key leadership positions at the Department of the Interior by individuals with strong western values. "President Trump your Administration has made great steps to increase public access of public lands, conserve and protect species and responsibly develop our natural resources," Daines wrote. "To ensure that the Department of the Interior continues to protect and enhance public access to publi… Continue Reading


11.01.19

Daines, Klobuchar to Commerce Committee: Act on Bipartisan Stop Online Booking Scams Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Amy Klobuchar sent a bipartisan letter to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation urging him to act and include their bipartisan bill, the Stop Online Booking Scams Act of 2019, in the Committee's next Executive Session. "With the rise of online bookings has come an increase in online booking scams. Fraudulent websites give the appearance of being connected to a hotel, but actually have no relationship with them,… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Daines Continues Fight for LWCF Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured and advanced a $30 million increase in funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) out of the U.S. Senate, which would bring the fund to $465 million. "LWCF is a critical tool that helps increase public access to public lands and preserve our Montana way of life," Daines said. "While I am glad to see a $30 million dollar increase in funding for LWCF advance through the U.S. Senate, I remain committed and will not stop fighting until we… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Daines Secures, Advances Major Montana Priorities Out of U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to advance four appropriations bills out of the U.S. Senate supporting major Montana priorities including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), law enforcement and meth prevention, wildfire prevention, Montana agriculture, addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis, superfund cleanup and more. "This is about securing funding for critical priorities that are important to our Montana way of life," Daines said. "I am honor… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Daines, Tester Fight for Bozeman Airport Workers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a bipartisan amendment to the U.S. Senate Appropriations package which would address a longstanding staffing issue at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. "Our airports are a critical piece to the tremendous economic growth we're seeing in Bozeman and around our state," Daines said. "I'm glad to introduce this bipartisan amendment which will address a longstanding issue and improve the quality of customer service… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Daines: Withdrawing Troops from Syria Detrimental to National Security

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee stressed the national security risk that withdrawing American troops from Syria poses, including the potential rise of terrorist organizations such as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). During the hearing, Daines pressed Ambassador James Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement, on the importance of combating ISIS and holding Turkey and President Tayyip Erdogan accountable for their actions… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Daines to Pelosi: Stop Playing Political Games with USMCA

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to act and advance the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Daines stressed the importance of the USMCA to Montana Ag and the economy highlighting an estimated $68 billion boost to the nation's GDP, 176,000 new jobs, higher wages, and increased certainty. To download the full video, click HERE. "The House Democrats cannot continue to hold our farmers … Continue Reading


10.22.19

Daines Leads Bipartisan Effort to Extend Funding to Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer urging long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). "Community health centers provide affordable health care to our nation's most vulnerable citizens," Daines wrote. "More than 29 million patients, including 385,000 veterans and 8.7 million children, receive quality medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health care services from a communi… Continue Reading


10.10.19

Daines Announces $200,000 For Substance Abuse Treatment in Yellowstone County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $200,000 will be directed towards the Yellowstone County Substance Abuse Connect Coalition. "We have an opportunity to help the most vulnerable of our society get their lives back on track," Daines said. "This grant ensures we get the folks suffering from substance abuse in Yellowstone County the lifesaving treatment they need to begin the healing process." Background: Daines has been a strong voice in the U.S. Senate fighting to s… Continue Reading

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