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02.24.15

Daines: Obama Administration's Refusal to Acknowledge 'Islamic Extremism' Jeopardizes American Strategy in Middle East

Senator Steve Daines today took the Obama administration to task for its lack of strategy in addressing the rising threat of extreme Islamic terrorism in the Middle East. "The Obama administration's refusal to acknowledge ISIS for what it is - extreme, radical Islamic terrorism - directly jeopardizes our nation's efforts to extinguish this growing threat in the Middle East," Daines stated. "It is irresponsible that Secretary Kerry would rather label these terrorists as 'adventurers and thrill-s… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Daines: BIA Dollars Should Support Tribes, Not Bureaucracy

Senator Steve Daines today called on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to prioritize Montana tribes' interests in the agency's fiscal year 2016 budget request and ensure that federal dollars are being better used to support tribes' needs - not spent on bureaucracy. During today's Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the President's FY2016 budget request for Indian programs, Daines pressed BIA witnesses to increase the agency's efforts to promote tribal sovereignty and provide tribes with… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Daines Calls on Obama Administration to Lift Barriers to Montana Energy Production

Senator Steve Daines today condemned the Obama administration's refusal to embrace an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy and called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to revise Department of Interior policies that stand in the way of Montana tribes' ability to develop their coal resources and create good paying jobs. During this morning's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Interior Department's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, Daines pressed Jewell to also reduce … Continue Reading


02.24.15

Daines: Montana Veterans Have Waited Long Enough for New VA Montana Director

Senator Steve Daines today aired his frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs' ongoing failure to name a permanent director of VA Montana. Daines' comments come in light of VA Montana naming a new acting director to replace John Ginnity, who has served as acting director since June of last year and recently reached his maximum allowable days of service in that role. Under VA rules, an acting director may serve no more than 240 days in that role. "Montana's veterans have waited long … Continue Reading


02.18.15

Daines Secures Extension of Federal and Indian Coal, Oil and Gas Valuation Regs

Senator Steve Daines today announced that following his urging, the Department of Interior has extended the comment period for the Office of Natural Resource Revenue's proposed rule to reform royalty valuation for coal, oil and gas. SNL Financial reports that "an appeal by western U.S. political leaders for more time to comment on new rules impacting the federal coal lease program was granted Feb. 12, allowing critics of the effort two additional months to make their case." The Office of Natur… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Daines Statement on Confirmation of Ash Carter as New Defense Secretary

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter as the next Secretary of Defense. "I look forward to working with Dr. Ashton Carter to protect American security interests both domestic and abroad, as well as ensuring that America's nuclear capabilities remain the most advanced in the world and serve as an effective deterrent. As Secretary of Defense, Dr. Carter will be at the forefront of the United States' response to significant i… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Daines Introduces First Bill: The Balanced Budget Accountability Act

Senator Steve Daines today introduced his first piece of Senate legislation, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, to require that Congress passes a balanced budget - or members won't get paid. Montana Representative Ryan Zinke and House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer have also introduced companion legislation in the House. The Balanced Budget Accountability Act strengthens accountability in Washington and encourages members of Congress to commit to the annual budget proces… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Daines Announces Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee Assignments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on three subcommittees on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Daines will serve on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittees on Energy; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; and Water and Power. Daines noted that these subcommittees will help him work for commonsense policies that help create good-paying Montana energy jobs, protect Montanans' access to public lands and keep energy prices low for har… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines, Zinke Call for Reauthorization of Critical Secure Rural Schools Program

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today called on Senate and House leaders to swiftly move forward legislation to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, Daines and Zinke stressed the importance of the federal government honoring its commitment and providing forested Montana counties with much-needed funding for schools and infrastructure. "SRS provides forested counties i… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines Calls for Extended Review of New Federal and Indian Coal, Oil and Gas Valuation Regs

Senator Steve Daines has called on the Department of Interior to allow the state of Montana, Montana tribes, union members and business owners more time to provide input on the Office of Natural Resource Revenue's proposed rule to reform royalty valuation for coal, oil and gas. Daines led more than a dozen Senate and House members in calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to extend the comment deadline, as the proposed rule could have serious adverse impacts on domestic energy production an… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines Hails House Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House passage of the bipartisan Senate legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline - clearing the way for the President to make a long-awaited decision on the job-creating project. "President Obama is out of excuses. It's time for him to join the American people and approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline," Daines stated."The Keystone pipeline will create new opportunities for good-paying jobs, energy independence, lower energy price… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines Works to Protect Americans' Personal Information

Senator Steve Daines today pushed technology leaders to better address Americans' rising concerns about personal privacy and safety when using Internet-connected devices. During this morning's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the government's role in protecting Americans from the "Internet of Things," Daines raised concerns about what measures have been put in place to ensure that as Americans become increasingly reliant on technology, proper safeguards against major secur… Continue Reading


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

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