Daines Presses Biden’s Trade Rep on Waiving Vaccine Patents, Trade Issues Impacting MT

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines challenged the United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai on President Biden's proposal to waive vaccine patents and called on the Biden administration to re-engage with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the benefit of Montana. To watch the exchange, click HERE. "China has long been a serial abuser of IP, and the China Phase One deal made progress in that space. Our focus needs to be on fully and aggressively enforcing that deal. We need … Continue Reading


Daines Helping Lead Effort in U.S. Senate to End Workforce Shortage

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines is leading efforts in the U.S. Senate to help incentivize getting Montanans back to work as the state continues to recover from the pandemic. Daines cosponsored the "Back to Work Bonus Act," which would give currently unemployed workers who return to work a one-time payment similar to a hiring bonus, and he introduced the "Get Americans Back to Work Act," which would end the federal unemployment pandemic enhancement payments. "Businesses across Montana a… Continue Reading


Daines to Biden: Waiving COVID-19 Vaccine Patents, IP Protections Undermines American Innovation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is calling on President Biden to protect American innovation and not give away COVID-19 vaccine patents and IP protections to foreign countries that were made possible because of American science and ingenuity. Daines' request comes after the Biden administration announced its support for waiving IP protections for COVID-19 vaccines earlier this month. "Suspending World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations to protect IP on COVID-19 vaccines would not only… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure Over $12 Million For Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $12,031,247.00 will be allocated to various airports across Montana to strengthen air travel infrastructure. "These grants will help local Montana airports with infrastructure projects and improve their ability to accommodate the high travel demand that Montana faces each summer. I'm glad to see these airports receive the support that they need," Daines said. The $12,031,247.00 will be distributed to the following airports: $708,36… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $250K Grant for the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula will be receiving a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $250,000. "I'm glad to see the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula receive resources that will contribute to community outreach and education on the importance of our forests, timber jobs and timber products. This funding will help support and maintain Montana's rich timber legacy," Daines said. The f… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $185K Grant for Glendive’s Dawson Community Airport

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Glendive will be receiving $185,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to construct a new terminal building at the Dawson Community Airport as part of funding from the CARES Act. "The pandemic has placed extra burdens on local governments and their budgets, so I am glad to have helped secure this grant for Glendive to fund the final phase of construction of the Dawson Community Airport's new terminal building," Daines said.… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Bring Awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester's resolution marking May 5th, 2021, as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls passed the U.S. Senate. "It's important to keep the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis at the forefront of the national conversation. On May 5 we remember Hanna Harris, who would be celebrating her 29th birthday, and the countless other lives that have been lost due to this crisis. Shedding a light on this tragic… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds New Return-to-Work Program in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after Montana Governor Greg Gianforte announced the creation of a new return-to-work bonus program and a return to pre-pandemic unemployment insurance requirements. "Across Montana we're seeing small businesses put up 'help wanted' or 'now hiring' signs. We're even seeing some Montana small businesses close because they can't find enough workers to fill openings," Daines said. "Governor Gianforte's commonsense decision wil… Continue Reading


Daines Cosponsors Bill to Speed Critical Mineral Production

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored a bill to streamline the permitting process for domestic critical mineral production. Daines' bill will help create Montana jobs, boost the economy, protect our national security and ensure the United States is competitive against China. "If we don't increase domestic critical mineral production we will continue to be reliant on hostile, foreign nations," Senator Daines said. "This bill ensures we don't take a backseat to China and other coun… Continue Reading


Daines, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect the Privacy of Americans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced a bipartisan bill today to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII), which includes Social Security and passport numbers, from cargo manifests before public disclosure. "It's simple. The private information of Montanans should be safe and secure," Daines said. "We need to be ensuring all Montanans and Americans are protected against identity theft a… Continue Reading


Daines Urges President Biden to Investigate Allegations Against John Kerry

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to investigate allegations that John Kerry, the former secretary of state and current special presidential envoy for climate, disclosed covert Israeli actions against Iranian interests in Syria to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "We write to convey our grave concerns over U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's position as a member of your administration's National Securi… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Encourage Montanans to Get Vaccinated In New PSA

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are teaming up to release a Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging Montanans to make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. "Hi folks, Jon Tester here. And I'm Steve Daines. While it's true Steve and I don't always see eye to eye, there's one thing we agree on. And that's getting your COVID-19 vaccine. It's our best shot at putting this pandemic behind us for good. These vaccines are safe, effective a… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Biden’s Joint Address to Congress

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement following President Biden's address to the Joint Session of Congress: "It's breathtaking to see how quickly President Biden has lurched our country to the left. From attacking made in America energy, to causing a crisis on our southern border, to out of control spending and massive tax hikes, to infringing on our Second Amendment rights, to supporting taxpayer funded abortions, Biden has abandoned his promises of being… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes PGE on Their Actions to Close Colstrip

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines pushed the CEO of Portland General Electric to explain the driving force behind the company's actions to close Colstrip despite the fact the plant supports reliable, high-paying jobs and plays a large role in supporting the region's baseload power. The CEO of PGE did not answer direct questions as to whether they have advocated for the early closure of Colstrip Power Plant. To watch and download the Senator's remarks click HERE. "Instead of investin… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Montana Regaining a Congressional U.S. House Seat

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after it was announced that Montana will regain a seat in the United States House of Representatives. "Montana's had the least representation in the U.S. House of Representatives over the last three decades, so I'm glad to see this news. The next step is to ensure the two new congressional districts are fairly drawn and that all Montanans are fairly represented, communities remain intact and efforts to manufacture a ge… Continue Reading


Daines, Rosendale, Wyoming & Idaho Delegations Urge DOI Secretary to Keep Commitment to Follow Science, Delist the Grizzly

U.S. CONGRESS - Montana's U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Matt Rosendale and the entire Wyoming and Idaho delegations today urged Secretary Deb Haaland to listen to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) study that states the grizzly bear has fully recovered in the Northern Continental Divide (NCDE) and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems (GYE) proving that it is time to delist the species and requesting more information on the path forward. "The successful recovery of the NCDE and GYE… Continue Reading


Daines Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Montana, America Remain Global Leaders in Innovation & Technology, Create High Tech Jobs

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today helped introduce a bipartisan bill, the "Endless Frontier Act," which is the leading proposal in the U.S. Senate to promote American tech jobs and American innovation, research and development in the race against China. "We must invest in American innovation and technology if we're going to win the race against China and stay competitive globally in the 21st century. My bipartisan bill will help advance research and create high paying, American tech… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Stop the Sale of Montanans’ Personal Information

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the bipartisan "The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act," which would stop the government from circumventing the 4th Amendment by buying Montanans' personal information from data brokers. "It's simple, Montanans' private information is not for sale. We must close the loopholes that allow the federal government to circumvent the 4th Amendment and buy Americans' personal data," Daines said. "The Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale Act" close… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Call for Hearing on St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are calling on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) to hold a hearing on their St. Mary's Reinvestment Act to make rehabilitating the St. Mary's Diversion Dam more affordable. In a letter to ENR Chair Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Daines and Tester said the project is critical to ensuring the Milk River Project can continue providing water to farmers, ranchers, and Tribes i… Continue Reading


Daines to Schumer on MT Election Bills: Get Your Facts Straight

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate to correct the record after Senator Chuck Schumer tried to distort the facts on Montana's new voting laws earlier today. To watch the full speech, click HERE. Daines' remarks as prepared for delivery: "It wasn't enough for Democrats like Stacy Abrams and President Biden to lie about the new Georgia voting law. "Now, today, Chuck Schumer is sending his lawyers to swarm Montana courtrooms and he has … Continue Reading

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