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04.26.18

Daines Calls for Religious Freedom in China

U.S. SENATE - Today during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on digital authoritarianism and the global threat to free speech, Daines called out China for removing the sale of Bibles from Chinese e-commerce websites and pressed for increased religious freedom in that country. "The freedom to practice your religion without a fear of persecution is a human right that knows no borders," said Daines. "The Chinese government must be held accountable for its blatant infring… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Daines Applauds Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate joined Daines in confirming Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State. "Mike's educational record, military service and commitment to our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army, U.S. Congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, makes him exceptionally qualified for this role as America's top diplomat," said Daines. "I look forward to working with him as he represents and defends Amer… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Daines Calls for Transparency at CBO in First Legislative Branch Subcommittee Hearing as Chairman

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines called for increased transparency at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) while chairing his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee. The CBO has been criticized previously for not providing enough detail to explain its findings in budget estimates and scoring of legislation. "The CBO, along with all members of the legislative branch, must answer to American taxpayers," said Daines. "As Chairman, I w… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Daines Named a Leading Bipartisan Senator

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines has been recognized by a leading research institute as having one of the top records of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate. The Lugar Center and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy recognized Daines this week in its Bipartisan Index as having one of the strongest record of working across the aisle in the U.S. Senate. Daines ranked 13th for bipartisanship among his Senate colleagues. "Montanans expect their representatives to work acr… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Daines Urges Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke on the Senate floor to urge the swift confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Watch video HERE. Download the video HERE. Excerpt from prepared remarks: Mike's resume would put him at the top of any pile, but let's talk about his record of results. I just returned from a trip to China, South Korea and the DMZ, where I met with the Chinese premier and the prime minister of South Korea, among many other leaders. Their feedba… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Daines Builds Momentum for TPP, Secretary Perdue Welcomes Reengagement

U.S. SENATE - Today in a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told U.S. Senator Steve Daines that reconsidering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement would benefit America's agriculture community and that he welcomes reengagement with the trade deal. "Montana's farmers and ranchers need fair access to markets so they can put food on our plates, compete and grow jobs," said Daines. "I am glad Secretary Pe… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Secretary Perdue, Forest Service Endorse Daines’ Efforts to End Frivolous Litigation, Move Forest Management Forward

Both endorse creating arbitration program for Montana to ensure faster implementation of forest management projects, reduce wildfire risk U.S. SENATE - Today during hearings in the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service agreed to work with U.S. Senator Steve Daines to end frivolous litigation that hinders critical forest managem… Continue Reading


04.23.18

Daines: Our National Parks are what make us Distinctly American

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in celebration of National Park Week. This follows the recent passage of Daines' bipartisan resolution which designates April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and as someone who grew up just a short drive from America's first national park, Yellowstone, … Continue Reading


04.20.18

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Ennis’s William Gilmore’s Offer of Appointment from West Point

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee William Gilmore's offer of appointment from the United States Military Academy. Will lives in Ennis, Montanan and attends Ennis High School. "With an exceptional academic, athletic and leadership record, William is one of Montana's finest students," said Daines. "West Point would be lucky to have him. I know he will go on to make Montana and America proud." "William is an ambit… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Daines, King Bill Passes Celebrating National Park Week

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Angus King (I-ME) today passed their bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21. "Our national parks are an important part of the American experience," said Daines. "Whether you are in Yellowstone or t… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Montanan from Great Falls Tells Senators: Excessive Permitting Spikes Energy Costs for Montanans

Doug Hardy of Great Falls testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. SENATE - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on energy challenges for rural areas, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke with Doug Hardy, the General Manager of Central Montana Electric Power Cooperative in Great Falls, Montana about the current threats that could cause rate hikes in Montana. Daines recommended Mr. Hardy as witness for the hearing. "Government red tape is thre… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Daines to DOJ: Uphold Your Responsibilities to Indian Tribes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the Department of Justice's (DOJ) responsibilities under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), urging the DOJ to uphold its responsibilities to Indian tribes and implement the recommendations outlined in that report as quickly as possible. "The DOJ must fulfill its responsibilities to Indian tribes," said Daines, "There is an epidemic of violent crime… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Daines Pushes EPA on Behalf of Lincoln County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging they take into account Lincoln County's concerns regarding cleanup of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site. "I heard directly from Lincoln County leaders regarding their concerns that property owners and local government could be held liable for future clean-up costs of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site," said Daines. "I've asked the EPA to work with local officials and community leaders… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Daines, King Celebrate National Parks

Introduce bipartisan resolution to dedicate National Park Week U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21. "As a fifth-generation Montanan, I believe our national … Continue Reading


04.17.18

Daines Calls for Immediate Action on National Parks Maintenance Backlog

U.S. SENATE - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the National Park Service deferred maintenance backlog, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the National Parks Subcommittee, urged for immediate action to address the backlog. "Our National Parks in Montana and around the country make us uniquely American," said Daines. "We must ensure they remain in the best condition possible for future generations and accessible for all families." Daines questioned Lena McDo… Continue Reading


04.16.18

Democrat Minority Blocks Daines’ Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Jobs on Indian Reservations and Tribal Sovereignty

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after a Democrat minority in the Senate blocked his bipartisan bill to promote jobs on Indian reservations and tribal sovereignty, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. "It is time the federal government step out of tribes' way so they can make the right decisions for their communities and create good-paying jobs for their citizens," said Daines. Prior to the vote, Daines spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate, urging h… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Daines Statement on National Park Fee Announcement

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke responded to the public's request that the National Park Service not move forward with a proposal to raise national park entrance fees at 17 parks from $25 to $70. Under today's proposal, most park fees will increase by approximately $5 dollars among other changes. Secretary Zinke extended the public comment period following a letter Daines sent Acting Direct… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Daines Voices Concerns of Montana Farmers and Ranchers to President

U.S. SENATE -Today, at a White House meeting with President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Steve Daines voiced the concerns of Montana farmers and ranchers to the President by urging the President to expand access to markets critical to the agriculture community. In response to Daines' request, the President expressed interest in reengaging in a trade agreement with Asia-Pacific countries that works for farmers and ranchers. This also follows a letter to President Trump that Daines led with 25 Senat… Continue Reading


04.11.18

Daines Champions Priorities for Tribal Communities in Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing, Healthcare Bill Passes Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' legislation to improve the Indian Health Service passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today. Immediately after the vote, Daines championed priorities important to Montana's Indian tribes in a committee hearing, including funding for the Blackfeet water settlement and maintenance improvements at Bureau of Indian Education schools. This week, he also sponsored a bill to provide Indian tribes much-needed tax relief. Funding Priorities Important to … Continue Reading


04.11.18

FEMA Agrees to Work with Daines to Fight Montana Wildfires

U.S. SENATE - Today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to work with U.S. Senator Steve Daines to improve the agency's effectiveness in assisting Montana in fighting wildfires. Daines highlighted the unique challenges Montana faces while applying for Fire Management Assistance Grants, and the need for FEMA to provide clear eligibility guidance to Montana's rural communities. Last year, following Sena… Continue Reading

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