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


Daines Calls for Montanans’ Feedback on Trans Pacific Partnership

Senator Steve Daines today posted the complete text of the newly released Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and is encouraging Montanans to read the trade agreement and provide him with feedback. The bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation passed earlier this year was an important first step in establishing clear guidelines that enforce transparency, maintain Congress' important role in the process and ensure Montanans' voices are heard in all trade negotiations. The full text of the Tr… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on State Department’s Rejection of TransCanada Request to Suspend Keystone XL Application

Senator Steve Daines today denounced the State Department's decision to reject TransCanada's request to suspend their application's review to build the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline: "President Obama has made clear that he has no intention of approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department's rejection of TransCanada's request to suspend the Keystone application's review is just another political move in the Obama administration's long-standing war on American energy. Once again, Pr… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation Stopping WOTUS Rule

Reaffirms Commitment to Stopping Obama Administration Overreach WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today applauded the bipartisan Senate passage of legislation nullifying the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and reaffirmed his commitment to stopping the Obama administration's overreach through any means possible. "Today a bipartisan Senate spoke loud and clear: President Obama's Waters of the United States power grab is una… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana Counties Set to Receive $2.3 Million in Additional PILT Payments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Department of Interior has allocated nearly $2.3 million in additional Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana rural counties. The Department of Interior has issued nationwide an additional $34,484,000 in payments under the 2015 PILT program. The funds have been made available as a result of a technical fix Daines fought for in the Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 passed on September 30, 2015. "These payments are welcome… Continue Reading


Daines Slams Senate Democrats' Failure to Protect Americans from Obama Administration WOTUS Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed Senate Democrats after all but four members of the Democrat caucus blocked legislation that would have directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a revised Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: "Today the Senate came just a few votes shy of passing legislation to protect our farmers, ranchers and small business owners from major new costs and regulatory burdens. I appreciate the bipartisan support demonstrated today by four key Senate Demo… Continue Reading


Montana Congressional Delegation Secures Reversal of India Restrictions on Pulse Exports

Following pressure from Montana Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Ryan Zinke, India has reversed its regulatory restrictions on pulse crop stock limits - clearing the way for exports of Montana pulse crops to India to resume. India's policy reversal follows a letter sent last week by the Montana delegation urging the resolution of issues surrounding India's recent regulatory changes that would have negatively affected Montana pulse producers' ability to export peas, lenti… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on TransCanada Suspension of Keystone XL Application

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment following TransCanada's decision to suspend their application to build the commonsense Keystone XL pipeline: "The Obama administration has waged a full on assault on American energy independence that has resulted in TransCanada's decision to suspend its application to build the commonsense Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would have created new opportunities for good-paying jobs, helped advance American energy independence and lowered A… Continue Reading

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