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12.22.20

Daines, Leahy Bipartisan Bill Promoting Affordable Health Insurance Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) announced that their bipartisan bill promoting access to affordable health care by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance passed the U.S. Senate and will be headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. The "Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act" will ensure that health insurance issuers are subject to the same federal antitrust laws prohibiting unfair trade practices, s… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Daines, Tester Bipartisan Bill Settling Century Long Montana Water Dispute Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today celebrated Senate passage of their bipartisan bill, the "Montana Water Rights Protection Act." The bill will permanently settle the century long CSKT water dispute, support Montana jobs, modernize rural infrastructure and protect the water rights of all Montanans. "After years of hard work, the U.S. Senate just passed our bipartisan bill that permanently resolves the century long CSKT water dispute, and will soon become law. Without … Continue Reading


12.21.20

Daines Delivers Targeted COVID-19 Relief for Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for a COVID-19 relief package to help support Montana small businesses, workers, families, schools, Tribes, and farmers and ranchers impacted by the pandemic. The relief package also includes nearly $20 billion for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. To download the full statement, click HERE. "This bipartisan targeted COVID-19 relief package is going to help Montana small businesses, workers, families, healthcare heroes, schools, Tribes and… Continue Reading


12.18.20

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Given Green Light, Major Credit Given to Daines

U.S. SENATE - Today, a second COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccine, made by Moderna, will be distributed immediately. The accelerated development and delivery of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine was made possible as a result of Daines securing an initial $10 billion in the CARES Act in March to enable vaccine manufacturing and clinical trials to proceed simultaneously. "When the pandemic hit, I used my background as a chemical … Continue Reading


12.16.20

Daines, Stabenow, Grassley, Wyden Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to End Abuse of Conservation Easements

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) reintroduced a bipartisan bill, the "Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act," to stop the abuse of conservation easements, save taxpayers billions of dollars and promote conservation in the U.S. "Our bipartisan bill will promote conservation in Montana, save taxpayers billions of do… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Daines Statement on First COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery to Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement following the first delivery of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to Montana: "Today, the first COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to Montana and administered in the U.S. This day would not have been possible without American innovation, Operation Warp Speed, and the dedication from top scientists and the Trump administration," Daines said. "I'm proud to have secured the initial $10 billion that helped make this modern medical miracle… Continue Reading


12.11.20

First COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Emergency Use, Distribution to Begin

U.S. SENATE - Today, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The vaccine, made by Pfizer, will be distributed immediately. Daines has been instrumental in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, securing the initial $10 billion for Operation Warp Speed. Daines is also participating in Pfizer's vaccine trial as a way to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wonderi… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Daines Helps Secure $5.1 Million Grant for Plains Infrastructure Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that following his direct request, Plains, Montana will receive a $5,148,500 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will help complete a major infrastructure project for the community by relocating the city's wastewater treatment plant, which is currently at risk of a catastrophic failure due to its vicinity to the Clark Fork River. "This grant is a critical investment for the Plains community as they work to … Continue Reading


12.11.20

Daines Secures Montana Defense Priorities in Final Defense Bill, Passes out of Senate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for several Montana priorities in the final defense bill known as the "National Defense Authorization Act" or the "NDAA," including a 3% pay raise for troops, support for Malmstrom Air Force Base and Montana's Guard Units and help for veterans exposed to Agent Orange. For a statement from Daines, click HERE. For TV Elements, click HERE. "This bipartisan defense bill ensures America maintains the best military in the world, strengthens … Continue Reading


12.09.20

Daines: Retirement Security is Critical for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - Today, at a U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines stressed the importance of retirement security for Montanans. At the hearing, Daines urged passage of his bipartisan retirement security bill, the "Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act", to help Montanans hold on to more of their hard-earned dollars and better prepare them for a peaceful retirement. To download the Senator's opening remarks click, HERE. For b-roll of the Senator on the hearing, … Continue Reading


12.08.20

Daines Attends White House COVID-19 Vaccine Summit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was at the White House for the COVID-19 Vaccine Summit. Daines was asked to join because of his work on COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutic drugs under Operation Warp Speed (OWS). The Summit highlighted the success of OWS, which has been critical in the accelerated development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. To download Daines' statement, click HERE. "Just finished up a great meeting with President Trump and his Operation Warp… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Daines Leads Bipartisan Call for Congress to Address Looming Medicare Cuts

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines called on Senate leadership to ensure that any year-end legislative package address the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to severely cut physician payments beginning January 1, 2021. Senator Daines, along with 49 Senate colleagues, stressed that these payment cuts would further strain our nation's health care system and cripple health care providers as we continue to face the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Health care profe… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Daines: Becerra is a Disaster for Religious Freedom, Pro-Life Issues

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, founder and chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, released the following statement on Xavier Becerra: "Xavier Becerra is a disaster for religious freedom and pro-life issues," Daines stated. "He has made his career aggressively pursuing a radical pro-abortion agenda and attacking the religious freedom of Americans who believe in the sanctity of human life."… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Daines Cybersecurity Bill Signed Into Law

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that his bipartisan bill requiring commonsense cybersecurity standards for internet connected devices bought by the U.S. government has been signed into law by President Trump. "After years of bipartisan work and strong support, my commonsense bill to increase cybersecurity standards for internet connected devices has been signed into law," Daines said. "As more and more products have internet connectivity, we must guarantee we have basic safeg… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Daines, Gianforte Urge Passage of Bipartisan Forest Management Bill

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte sent a letter urging Congressional Leadership to pass their bipartisan forest management legislation by the end of the year. The bill will protect Montana communities from deadly wildfires, promote public safety and health, stop frivolous litigation, and create good paying timber jobs. "We write to you near the end of another catastrophic wildfire year. Over 8.7 million acres have burned in the West, 2.2 million acres more… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Daines, Feinstein, LaMalfa, Panetta Urge Passage of Bipartisan Forest Management Bill

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Jimmy Panetta led a bipartisan group of Members in urging Congressional Leadership to pass their bipartisan wildfire prevention and forest management legislation by the end of the year. The bipartisan bill will protect Western communities from deadly wildfires, promote public safety and create good paying timber jobs. "We write to you near the end of another catastrophic wildfire year. Over 8.7 mill… Continue Reading


12.06.20

Daines' Bipartisan Bill Promoting Veteran Outdoor Recovery Programs Signed into Law

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bipartisan bill that promotes outdoor veteran recovery programs and expands outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands was signed into law. The "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act" will help create treatment and therapy opportunities for veterans on public lands and outdoor spaces. "The outdoors is critical to our Montana way of life and can help Montana veterans who are recovering from trauma and injuries they experi… Continue Reading


12.05.20

Daines Announces Service Academy Nominees

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his five principal nominations made up of Montana students who are applying for enrollment into U.S. Federal Service Academies. "It's an honor to nominate these five outstanding young Montanans who will compete for an appointment at one of our nation's service academies," Daines said. "I applaud these hardworking students for their commitment to continuing Montana's legacy of service to our Armed Forces and wish them the best as they conti… Continue Reading


12.04.20

Daines Pushes to Expand Permanent Telehealth Coverage

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling for the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Provisions from Daines' "CONNECT for Health Act" have allowed Medicare beneficiaries in Montana to utilize telehealth services and were included in previous COVID-19 legislation but will expire following the pandemic unless Congress acts to make those measures permanent. "Telehealth has been a critic… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Daines' Bipartisan Bill Supporting Montanans Diagnosed with ALS Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE - Today, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Daines' bipartisan bill that helps support Montanans battling the devastating disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. For a video statement from the Senator, click HERE. "ALS is a devastating disease, and Montanans who have been diagnosed with it should not have to wait five months to receive disability benefits. My bipartisan bill eliminates this waiting period, providing quicker access to benefits for those who suffer from… Continue Reading

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