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11.27.18

Daines Votes to Advance NPS Director Nominee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to move President Trump's nominee to serve as Director of the National Park Service, David Vela, out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Vela's nomination will now move to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. "Having spent almost 30 years dedicated to the National Park Service, Mr. Vela has the qualifications necessary to be an outstanding Director of our national parks," Daines said. "I look forward to a full S… Continue Reading


11.21.18

Daines Urges Passage of USMCA for Montana Farmers, Ranchers and Businesses

U.S. SENATE - This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to President Trump showing support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and to urge passage of the trade deal. "We are writing because we stand ready to assist in helping you secure a pathway to Congressional consideration of the recently concluded United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this 115thCongress," the letter states. "If you choose to pursue consideration of the USMCA before the end of the 115th Co… Continue Reading


11.16.18

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jason Gleason of Cascade County

U.S. SENATE -- U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Jason Gleason of Great Falls for his years of service to our nation's veterans as a nurse practitioner, as well as his service to our country as a veteran himself. Earlier this week, Daines spoke about Gleason on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Watch HERE Download HERE Daines' speech in the Congressional Record is available here. Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, on the heels of Veteran's Day and in honor of President Trump's designating No… Continue Reading


11.15.18

Daines to National Park Service Director Nominee: Culture Change Comes from the Top

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned President Trump's nominee for the National Park Service (NPS) Director, David Vela, on the numerous accounts of sexual assault in our national parks, and demanded leadership on the issue going forward. Vela told Daines he is committed to fixing the lack of accountability in the NPS on the accounts of sexual assault throughout the organization. Watch HERE Download HERE "Culture change starts at the top… the tone and tenor at … Continue Reading


11.15.18

Daines Demands Commitment from ICE Director Nominee to Take on Montana’s Meth Epidemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pushed President Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ron Vitiello, to ensure the agency prioritizes Montana's devastating meth epidemic. Vitiello assured Daines he would work to address the growing issue of meth in Montana by establishing federal partnerships with state, local, and tribal groups, enhancing Border Enforcement Security Teams, using technology to trace where the meth is being created and ends up,… Continue Reading


11.13.18

Daines, Gianforte Push for Forest Service to Approve Updated Airtankers to Help Combat Montana Wildfires

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen urging the USFS to move forward with "Next Generation 3.0" contracts which will provide faster and more cost-effective airtankers to handle the complex wildland fire environment. "Dry conditions, a buildup of hazardous fuels and many other factors resulted in over 50,000 fires nationwide this year," the letter states. "The Forest Service is the prim… Continue Reading


11.09.18

Daines Announces $100,000 for Bridger Photonics in Bozeman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Bozeman business Bridger Photonics is receiving $100,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop technology that makes it easier to discover leaks in oil and gas wells. The project is expected to create new jobs in the community, while also better protecting the environment. "The technology being developed at Bridger Photonics will help oil and gas wells be more efficient while also better protecting the … Continue Reading


10.31.18

President Heeds Daines’ and Gianforte’s Request, Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Montana Counties

U.S. SENATE - After requests from U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, President Donald J. Trump today approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Montana counties impacted by this year's severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Lock urging the agency to reconsider the denial of impacted counties in Montana. "This is great news, and I'm thankful the President resp… Continue Reading


10.30.18

Daines Fights for Montana Priorities in Year-End Legislative Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Congressional Leadership today urging the passage of several bills critical to Montana including legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), combat wildfires, permanently protect the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin from mining, and restore aging infrastructure in national parks. "As we enter the remaining weeks of the 115th Congress, I urge passage of several Montana priorities in … Continue Reading


10.30.18

Daines Statement on Hoax Device Found at KTVQ

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement on the hoax bomb device found outside of KTVQ News yesterday in Billings, Montana. "I have contacted KTVQ News Director Jon Stepanek, Billings Chief of Police Rich St. John, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, and County Attorney Scott Twito about the hoax device discovered last night outside of KTVQ. I have also requested a briefing from the FBI and will be monitoring the situation as details develop. I am keeping all of those involve… Continue Reading


10.26.18

FCC Listens to Daines, Votes to Expand Broadband to Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged them to take action, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted earlier this week on rules that will allow more Montanan wireless carriers to buy spectrum to provide broadband to rural communities. "Without access to broadband and cell service our rural communities are being left behind," Daines said. "Access to reliable broadband and cell service is vital for Montana's future economic growth. I'm glad the FCC listened and implemented … Continue Reading


10.25.18

Daines, Fox Announce Nearly One Million Dollar Grant for Anti-Meth Enforcement

MONTANA - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox announced a $946,981 grant for critical anti-meth enforcement in Montana. The grant was formally authorized in the opioids legislation that was signed into law yesterday by President Trump. Montana is one of just nine states chosen to receive the funds through the CAMP (COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program). The state was selected for its high rate of seized finished meth, meth lab materials, and precursor chemicals for meth producti… Continue Reading


10.24.18

Daines Secures Solutions to Fight Meth Crisis Devastating Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -President Donald J. Trump today signed legislation to help combat the devastating opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. Daines fought to ensure the now law also includes specific provisions that address the meth crisis in Montana. Download Video Statement HERE "Far too often we're seeing stories of Montana tribes, families and communities being destroyed by meth and opioids. Enough is enough," Daines said. "That is why I worked hard to get this bipartisan legislation ac… Continue Reading


10.23.18

President Signs Montana Water Infrastructure Priorities into Law

U.S. SENATE - President Donald J. Trump today signed into law a bill that will improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The new law will also help prevent the transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic need of any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps f… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Daines Highlights New Opportunity Zones for Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today touted the 25 new Opportunity Zones that now exist across Montana thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "The designation of these Opportunity Zones will help Montana flourish economically by boosting wages and creating jobs in low income communities," Daines said. "This is yet another positive impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act championed by the Republicans and the Trump administration, which is putting more money in the pockets of Montanans and fo… Continue Reading


10.22.18

DOJ, DOI Agree with Daines and Expand Tribal Access to National Crime Databases

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to expand tribes' access to national crime databases, the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior announced today that they are expanding the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to an additional 25 tribes. TAP provides Native American tribes direct access to national crime information databases. "This is good news for Indian country. It's critical for Indian tribes to have direct access t… Continue Reading


10.22.18

DOJ, DOI Agree with Daines and Expand Tribal Access to National Crime Databases

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to expand tribes' access to national crime databases, the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior announced today that they are expanding the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to an additional 25 tribes. TAP provides Native American tribes direct access to national crime information databases. "This is good news for Indian country. It's critical for Indian tribes to have direct access t… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Daines Convinces Army Corps to Continue Review of Coal Export Terminal Project

U.S. SENATE - After pressure from U.S. Senator Steve Daines, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing the environmental review for the Millennium Bulk Terminal Project in Washington State. The project would allow Montana and Wyoming coal to be exported to international markets. "Montana is rich in natural resources and has the largest coal reserves of any state in the nation," Daines said. "The Millennium Bulk Terminal would provide access to international markets for Montana coal and a… Continue Reading


10.20.18

Daines: We Must Take Care of Our Gateway Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines brought together community leaders and the National Park Service yesterday in Gardiner, Montana to discuss the challenges that national parks have on gateway communities. The discussion was part of an official Senate Subcommittee on National Parks Field Hearing. Panelists included Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Director Marysue Costello, Cooke City Water District President Deb Purvis, Flathead C… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Daines Delivers Water Infrastructure Wins for Montana Communities, Ecosystem

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The bipartisan legislation will also help prevent transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic building block for any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps fig… Continue Reading

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