Daines Announces $2.5 Million for Montana Tribal Schools

Senator Steve Daines today announced that Lodge Grass Elementary School District and Heart Butte School District were awarded nearly $2.5 million in construction grants for FY2016. Heart Butte and Lodge Grass Elementary school districts are among seven educational agencies nationwide to receive Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grants this year. The funding will be used to address emergency health and safety conditions in school facilities. "These grants will provide Heart Butte and Lodge… Continue Reading


Daines: Coal Keeps the Lights On

"The Obama administration's war on energy isn't just a war on coal - it's a war on American jobs, American families and our national security." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of today's vote to fully nullify President Obama's so-called "Clean Power Plan," Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to join him in standing up for American energy independence. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Later tonight, the Senate is ex… Continue Reading


Senator Daines’ and Attorney General Fox’s “Brawl of the Wild” Rivalry Continues

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox have entered into their third annual wager over the upcoming University of Montana - Montana State University football game. If the Bobcats win the Brawl of the Wild, Attorney General Fox will be forced to wear a blue and gold Montana State necktie for a full day of work. Should the Grizzlies prevail, Senator Daines will likewise wear a University of Montana tie for a full workday. As Fox has won this bet in both of the past two years,… Continue Reading


Daines: We Need Forest Management Reform

Senator Steve Daines today fervently implored his Senate colleagues to take long-needed action and move forward bipartisan legislation that includes both a solution for wildfire funding and responsible forest management reforms. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on wildfire management strategies, Daines reiterated the need for comprehensive, bipartisan solutions that address the wi… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Legislation to Roll Back Red Tape for Small Businesses

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 317-page "net neutrality" rules. The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015 would make permanent a temporary exemption from the FCC's new so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which would require Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance, some of which may … Continue Reading


Daines to President Obama: U.S. Should Not Accept Syrian Refugees

Senator Steve Daines today called on President Obama to stop the United States from taking in Syrian refugees: "Until we have the capability to complete comprehensive and exhaustive background checks on Syrian refugees before they reach our shores, the United States should immediately stop taking in new refugees from the region. We are at war with Islamic extremists and anything less than 100% verification of these refugees' backgrounds puts our national security at risk. "While I have strong… Continue Reading


Daines to Deliver Weekly Republican Address

"For too many hardworking American families, 2016 is proving to be yet another disappointment. Premiums are rising once again - and in states like Montana, folks purchasing plans from the Obamacare exchanges are getting hit with double-digit rate increases." BOZEMAN, MT -Senator Steve Daines will deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, November 14, 2015. He will highlight his work to protect Americans from rising health care costs under Obamacare, and to make sure that families rece… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Tess Brady of Stanford

Senator Steve Daines today honored Tess Brady of Stanford, Montana for her dedication to making the Stanford community a better place through her non-profit, Stanford Beautification. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Daines w… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines lead effort to combat Native American veteran homelessness

Montana senators sponsor bill to permanently reauthorize successful tribal housing initiative (Montana) - To honor the contributions Native American veterans have made to this nation, Vice Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines have introduced bipartisan legislation to combat veteran homelessness in Indian Country. The Senators' bipartisan bill will make HUD-VASH funds, which provide rental assistance to homeless or at-risk homeless veterans, permanently a… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Bill

"SAFE PIPES" Act Would Reauthorize PHMSA Through 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to help ensure the safety of America's pipeline network. The legislation, known as the Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act, would reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019. The SAFE PIPES Act is also sponsored by U.S. Senators Deb Fische… Continue Reading


Daines Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement to honor America's heroes ahead of Veterans Day: "On Veterans Day, we gather across Montana and all around America to show our respect and gratitude for those who have served our country. Veterans Day is a special day for our nation. It is a day in which we pause and thank those who have served and continue to serve. "For decades, our enemies have tested our strength, yet we continue to demonstrate our resolve. America and the world … Continue Reading


Daines: Senate Working to Uphold Promises to Our Veterans

Senator Steve Daines today commended the unanimous passage of critical veterans' funding legislation that addresses several of Montana veterans' long-standing concerns. The Senate today passed the bipartisan FY 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that secures important reforms to increase Montana veterans' access to health care services and ensure that all Montana veterans are treated with the utmost care and respect. "Today Republicans and De… Continue Reading


Daines Hails Strong Bipartisan Passage of Critical Defense Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate today with strong bipartisan support after President Obama dropped his senseless veto threat of the legislation: "Montana plays a critical role in meeting our nation's security and military needs. The NDAA provides the critical support our men and women in uniform need to carry out their missions," Daines stated. "I'm glad the President has dropped his senseless veto threat… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Protect Consumers from Backlash Over Online Reviews

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has signed onto bipartisan legislation to protect consumers who want to write honest online reviews of companies, without fear of financial repercussions from the businesses being reviewed. Daines is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Consumer Review Freedom Act, which would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. Businesses can use these clauses to penaliz… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month

Senator Steve Daines has helped introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and recognizes their many contributions to the United States. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate. "National Native American Heritage Month honors the importance of tribal self-governance, preserving indigenous languages, the United States' commitment to strengthenin… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Pete Gardzina of Montana City

Senator Steve Daines today honored Pete Gardzina from Montana City. Pete is the current Transition Assistance Advisor for the Montana National Guard and works to help Montana veterans transition to civilian life after returning from deployment. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines' recognit… Continue Reading


Daines: President Obama’s Rejection of the Keystone XL is an Affront to the American People

Senator Steve Daines today admonished President Barack Obama for rejecting TransCanada's application to build the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline: "It has taken more than seven years for President Obama to come clean with the American people and admit his anti-energy and anti-American jobs agenda. President Obama had an opportunity to help create good-paying jobs with the construction of the Keystone pipeline, but instead he chose to blatantly disregard the economic needs of this nation, the… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Reintroduce “Audit the Fed”

Senator Steve Daines today helped reintroduce the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, widely known as "Audit the Fed." The bill eliminates restrictions on Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandates that the Federal Reserve's credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight. "The Federal Reserve System was established one hundred years ago with the intent of managing our country's money sup… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Over $500,000 in Education Funding for Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Senator Steve Daines today announced more than $500,000 in federal funds for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) to bolster their educational programs and provide additional tools to advance self-determination in an educational setting. The Salish Kootenai College (SKC) was awarded $220,000 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) the Tribal College Research Grants Program (TCRGP), which was created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The tribe was separately awarded $287,769 throu… Continue Reading


Daines: Bipartisan Vote to Move Forward Veterans Funding Bill Is How Washington Should Work

Daines urges Senate Democrats to end block of critical defense funding legislation WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Steve Daines today applauded the bipartisan Senate vote to move forward debate on legislation to fund critical veterans' services and noted that bipartisan cooperation on spending bills is "how Washington should work." Daines also reaffirmed the need for Senate Democrats to end their political block on Defense Appropriations legislation, which Democrats doubled-down on earlier today by … Continue Reading

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