Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Alex Collie of Mackenzie

Senator Steve Daines today honored the service of Alex Collie of Mackenzie, Montana. Mr. Collie is the recipient of the National Weather Service's General Albert J. Myer award for completing 65 years of service as a Cooperative Weather Observer. On November 4th, the National Weather Service will recognize Mr. Collie with the General Albert J. Myer award at the Rib and Chop House in Miles City. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitt… Continue Reading


Daines Speaks Out Against Debt Limit Deal

Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the debt limit deal and reaffirmed his intention to vote no on the deal. Watch Daines' remarks here. "The people of Montana deserve real solutions to address Washington's failures, not more budget gimmicks and backroom deals," Daines stated. "This deal takes our nation in the wrong direction. That's why I'm voting no." Video of Daines' full remarks is available for download here. Yesterday, Daines outlined his conce… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Fort Peck Chairman Rusty Stafne in Congressional Record

Senator Steve Daines today honored A.T. "Rusty" Stafne, Chairman of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. Chairman Stafne has completed his term as Chairman and will not be seeking re-election. Daines honored Chairman Stafne 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. The following is the statement submitted to the Con… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Crow War Chief in Congressional Record on His 102nd Birthday

Senator Steve Daines honored Crow War Chief Joseph Medicine Crow by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record on his 102nd birthday. Medicine Crow comes from a long line of relatives living past 100 years of age, and has proudly served as the Crow Tribe's historian and storyteller. The Congressional Record reflects the official proceedings of Congress and will now include Daines' recognition of Medicine Crow. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record … Continue Reading


Daines Remembers World War II Veteran Charles DeCrane

Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Earlier today, Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor in honor of Montana World War II veteran Charles DeCrane, a member of the Crow Tribe, who passed away earlier this week in Billings, Montana. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this morning: "Today I rise in honor of Montana World War II veteran Charles DeCrane, a member of the Crow Tribe, who passed away earlier this week in Billings, … Continue Reading


Tester, Daines, and Zinke unite to protect Butte workers

(U.S. Senate) - Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Congressman Ryan Zinke are pushing to resolve a trade dispute between China and the United States that could negatively impact REC Silicon, one of Butte-Silver Bow's largest employers. The Montana Congressional delegation has sent a letter to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai urging him to work with the China Ministry of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative to resolve the trade dispute that is preventing China from purcha… Continue Reading


Montana Congressional Delegation Works to Remove Trade Barriers for Montana Pulse Producers

Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Ryan Zinke are actively working to resolve regulatory barriers that threaten Montana pulse crop producers' access to international markets. The Montana Congressional delegation sent a letter urging Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to resolve issues surrounding India's recent regulatory changes that will negatively affect Montana pulse producers' ability to export peas, len… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes to Expand Rural Broadband

Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Senator Steve Daines today pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to close the gap in connectivity between rural and urban areas. Daines called on the FCC to expand connectivity in rural regions to minimize the divide that currently exists in delivery of broadband service. "Access to technology removes geography as a constraint and allows Montanans to start and grow world-class companies," Daines stated.… Continue Reading


Daines: CISA Fails to Protect Americans’ Personal Privacy

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment after the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed the United States Senate and reaffirmed his concerns that the legislation failed to sufficiently protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties: "I have serious concerns that this legislation fails to fully protect Montanans' right to privacy from government overreach. As someone who spent nearly 13 years in the technology sector, I know firsthand the cybersecurity risks facing … Continue Reading


Daines Fights to Protect Montana Coal Jobs

Senator Steve Daines today went to bat for Montana coal jobs by formally introducing measures to block implementation of new rules on coal-fired power plants and calling the Obama administration's myriad of anti-coal regulations a direct attack on Montana energy. This afternoon, Daines and 48 other Senators introduced two bipartisan resolutions disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan regulations on new and existing power sources. The Congressional … Continue Reading


Daines Helps Introduce Bill to Rein in Regulatory Authority

Senator Steve Daines has introduced legislation to rein in out of control executive agencies that interpret laws inappropriately to grant themselves more regulatory authority than Congress intended. The Regulatory Authority Clarification Act would allow Congress to provide additional clarification on what regulatory authority has or hasn't been granted by passing concurrent resolutions. "Montanans know far too well the cost of Washington's top-down, unchecked ability to issue broad and burden… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $10 Million in Funding for Infrastructure Improvements in Kalispell

Senator Steve Daines today announced that the city of Kalispell has been awarded $10 million in Transportation, Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds for critical infrastructure improvements in downtown Kalispell. The Glacier Rail Park/Kalispell Core Area Development and Trail Project will construct rail and road infrastructure at Glacier Rail Park to accommodate existing and prospective customers and remove rail from downtown Kalispell. The project will also increase ped… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: Sgt. Michaela Boushey and SSG Shayne Boushey of Havre

Senator Steve Daines today honored Sgt. Michaela Boushey and SSG Shayne Boushey of Havre for their dedicated service to Montana and the nation. Sgt. Michaela Boushey has served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years, including four years in the 112th Security and Support Detachment Aviation Unit. Her husband, SSG Shayne Boushey, has completed deployments with both the Infantry Battalion and the Military Police Company. During his deployment to Afghanistan, SSG Boushey helped saved t… Continue Reading


Daines Fights to Block Obama Administration’s Misguided Anti-Coal Regulations

HELENA, Mont. - Following publication of the Obama administration's new anti-coal regulations in the Federal Register, Senator Steve Daines today announced several efforts to block President Obama's anti-coal regulations and any future regulations on coal-fired plants. Daines joined Montana Attorney General Tim Fox in Helena this morning to announce that Montana, along with 23 other states, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to halt the Obama administration's so-called Clean P… Continue Reading


Daines: President’s Disregard for Our Troops is Shameful

Senator Steve Daines today blasted President Obama's unprecedented veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical support for the nation's military and national security and passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support: "It is reckless that the Commander-in-Chief is holding hostage critical support for the safety and security of our nation's service members. Congress sent a clear and strong bipartisan message to the President that the A… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Remove Barriers to Tribal Energy Development

Senator Steve Daines today investigated the barriers holding back Montana tribes from developing energy resources on their lands and called on the Obama administration to improve meaningful consultation with tribes during the federal decision making process. During a Senate Indian Affairs oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report on Indian Energy Development, Daines pressed Larry Roberts, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Departme… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines, and Zinke meet with Canadian ambassador regarding timber concerns

Montana delegation calls for new Softwood Lumber Agreement (U.S. Senate) - Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke are working together with Montana's neighbor to the north to ensure the state's lumber mills are treated fairly. Montana's Congressional delegation today sat down with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer to urge him to begin negotiating a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. The agreement expired on October 12 and is creating uncertainty for mills in Montana and… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

Legislation Would Reauthorize The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation reauthorizing the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Before it expired in 2011, FLTFA allowed the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Secure Broadband for Rural Montanans

Senator Steve Daines today pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Rural Utilities Service officials on the need for swift action to provide broadband for thousands of rural Montanans who currently are without service. During an Agriculture Appropriations hearing earlier this morning on "A review of Rural Development in 21st Century America," Daines reaffirmed his commitment to the deployment of broadband to Montana's rural and tribal communities and called on USDA l… Continue Reading


Daines Condemns Senate Dems’ Refusal to Allow Consideration of Sanctuary Cities Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment after Senate Democrats failed to allow consideration of commonsense legislation that would withhold certain federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services: "It is infuriating that Senate Democrats blocked thoughtful and meaningful debate on legislation that goes after real criminals who are not only in the United States illegally, but continuously violate the laws … Continue Reading

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