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02.10.15

Daines Meets With Montana Tribal College Leaders

Senator Steve Daines today met with representatives from Montana's tribal colleges to discuss the important role these institutions hold in providing Native American students with the training and skills that they need to obtain good-paying jobs. Today's meeting comes on the heels of the bipartisan Senate passage of legislation cosponsored by Daines to designate the week beginning February 8, 2015 as "National Tribal College and Universities Week." The bill also calls on the people of the Unite… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Statement on Closing of Corette Power Plant

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to PPL Montana's announcement that it will permanently close the J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings, Montana. "Once again, good-paying American jobs are falling ruin to the Obama administration's war on American energy. The closing of the Corette power plant isn't just a blow to Montana's economy - it's devastating news to the Montana families who rely on the plant for a stable income," Daines stated. "The EPA'… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Works to Secure Support for Tribal Water Projects

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has helped introduce legislation to ensure Montana tribes have the resources they need to maintain irrigation projects on Montana reservations. Daines today joined Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Jon Tester (D-MT) in introducing the Irrigation Rehabilitation and Renovation for Indian Tribal Governments and Their Economies Act, which will fix critical maintenance backlog issues at certain Indian irrigation proje… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Calls on VA to Name New Montana Director, Address Mental Health Care Challenges

Senator Steve Daines is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to quickly name a permanent director of VA Montana and take steps to address the mental health care challenges facing the Montana facility. In a letter sent today to McDonald, Daines stressed that the prolonged delay in naming a new director has prevented VA Montana from addressing serious challenges facing the agency - including the recruitment and retention of qualified mental health care professionals. "Among other a… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines, Tester introduce bill to permanently ban government from taxing Internet

(U.S. Senate) -Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today introduced a bill to permanently ban federal, state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. The Senators' bill, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, would permanently extend the current moratorium on taxing Internet access that is set to expire on October 1, 2015. Montana is one of a few states that would automatically impose a 3.75 percent tax on Internet access if the moratorium is lifted. "The Internet provides in… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Daines Congratulates Billings, Helena Students

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Richmond Paschall and Jeremy Van Dyke on their appointments to the United States Naval Academy. Richmond Paschall, from Billings, received a nomination to the Academy from Senator Daines and was also nominated by Senator Jon Tester and former Senator John Walsh. He is a student at Billings West High School where he is the current Vice President of the student body and a member of the football and track team. Paschall is also a member of the National Hono… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Daines Demands Answers to Secure Americans' Personally Identifiable Information

Following today's announcement that more than 80 million Americans may have had their personally identifiable information compromised after a data breach at Anthem Health Insurance, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is calling on Congress to strengthen victim notifications requirements and ensure that Americans are promptly informed when their personal information may have been exposed. During this morning's Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on consumer data breach solutions, Daines reaffi… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Daines Works to Advance Interests of Montana Tribes

Senator Steve Daines today spoke out about the lack of assistance available for tribal housing loan programs and called on Congress to find solutions to make loan programs more accessible for Montana's tribes. "If you don't have a home, achieving other life needs is difficult. But with these high unemployment rates we see in Indian country, access to loans is very difficult. The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, I believe, is an important law to facilitate access to… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Daines Blasts Costly EPA Wood Stove Regs

Senator Steve Daines today blasted the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regulations on wood burning stoves as a direct threat to Montanans' access to affordable energy. This afternoon, the EPA rolled out its final regulations on residential wood heaters, pellet stoves and other wood burning stoves. The new regulations are projected to have a $45.7 million annualized compliance cost, which could lead to higher costs or decreased access to stoves for Montana consumers. "The EPA's shor… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Daines Congratulates Andrew Obst on Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Kalispell student Andrew Obst on his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Obst, a senior at Flathead High School in Kalispell, received a nomination to the Naval Academy from Daines last year. Obst has served as a Search and Rescue volunteer in Libby, is a member of Flathead 4-H Shooting Sports, where he was a 2014 State Champion in Small Bore Pistol, and is active in football, track and field and wrestling. "I'm proud of Andrew, a hardworkin… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Daines Lauds Bipartisan Passage of Bill to Address Veteran Suicide

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the bipartisan, unanimous passage of legislation to help prevent veteran suicide and improve veterans' access to mental healthcare services. Daines is a cosponsor of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to improve veterans' access to mental healthcare and suicide prevention resources and increase accountability and quality of care at VA hospitals. "The tragic epidemic of veteran suicide wil… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Daines Statement on Obama's Budget Proposal

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016: "It's no coincidence that the President is releasing his budget on Groundhog Day - it's yet another budget that never balances, bursting with massive big government spending and burdensome taxes and regulations that have become the unfortunate trademark of the Obama administration. Instead of repeating the same failed agenda that has proven to be wrong for Montana, … Continue Reading


02.02.15

Daines Announces Commerce Subcomittee Assignments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he was selected to serve on four subcommittees on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for the 114thCongress. Daines will serve on Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittees on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet; Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security; Space, Science and Competitiveness; and Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. … Continue Reading


02.02.15

Daines Renews Commitment to Repealing Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has joined his fellow Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to fully repeal Obamacare- a failed law that has raised healthcare costs for thousands of Montanans, harmed Montana jobs and small businesses and limited many Montanans' access to the healthcare plans and doctors they want. "We need to ensure health care is affordable and accessible for all Montanans, and that starts with repealing Obamacare and its costly mandates, burdensome taxes… Continue Reading


01.30.15

Daines Congratulates Two Montana Students on West Point Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated two distinguished Montana students, Zach Giesecke and Nicholas Loos, for their appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Giesecke, from Greycliff, MT, received a nomination to West Point from Senator Daines and was also nominated by Senator Jon Tester and former Senator John Walsh. Giesecke is a student at Bozeman High School and has been active in football, lacrosse, wrestling and choir. He has previously attended the West Point … Continue Reading


01.30.15

Daines Announces Washington, D.C. Legislative and Administrative Hires

Senator Steve Daines today announced legislative and administrative staff hires for his Washington, D.C. office. "My number one priority is serving the people of Montana and ensuring their voices are heard in Washington, D.C." Daines stated. "Our staff has the experience, enthusiasm and dedication needed to provide Montanans with the service they deserve." Wally Hsueh will serve as legislative director for Daines' office, where he will provide strategic policy guidance and oversee all legislat… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Montana Senators Urge FAA to Address Montanans’ Safety Concerns Over Powder River Expansion

Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today pressed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to resolve Montanans' ongoing concerns regarding the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) before issuing a final Record of Decision. In a meeting today with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Montana Senators called on Huerta to reevaluate the Air Force's plan in light of increased economic activity and air traffic in southeastern Montana. The Senators also urged Huerta to strongly … Continue Reading


01.29.15

Daines Announces Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on five Senate Appropriations subcommittees. Daines will serve on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies; Defense; Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies. Daines noted that the subcommittees' focus will address a num… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Daines Applauds Final Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the bipartisan Senate passage of legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline by a vote of 62-36. This long-awaited legislation will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs, bring much needed economic opportunity to Montana and move the nation one step closer to North American energy independence. "Today, the Senate finally took long-awaited action and passed commonsense, pro-growth legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. This job-creating pr… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Daines' Efforts to Stop Unilateral Monument Designations Draws Majority Support

Senator Steve Daines' fight to protect Montana from the Obama administration's efforts to unilaterally designate new national monuments without local support today gained majority support on the Senate floor. Under a vote of 50-47, a majority of U.S. Senators today support Daines' amendment expressing the sense of Congress that that all future National Monument designations should be subject to consultation with local governance and the approval of the Governor and legislature of states in whic… Continue Reading

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