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06.27.18

Daines: No Balanced Budget, No Pay

Daines calls for budget reform before Joint Select Committee on Budget Appropriations U.S. SENATE - Today, at a Joint Select Committee on Budget Appropriations open hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines called for reforms to the budget process including withholding pay from congressional members if they are unable to pass a balanced budget. "It's simple, we don't pass a balanced budget, we don't get paid," said Daines. "I believe that by passing no budget, no pay members of Congress will clearly… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Daines Applauds Secretary Zinke’s Commitment to Rural Communities

Rural communities in Montana are receiving $40.1 million under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT) U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's announcement of funds to support vital services in rural communities across Montana. "From firefighters to school and road construction, Montana's residents rely on their communities for critical services," said Daines. "I'm glad Secretary Zinke is making this critical investment t… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Under Chairman Daines First Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Passes through Regular Order in Nearly a Decade

Daines' bill will increase government transparency, accountability, and strengthen security at the Capitol U.S. SENATE - Under the leadership of U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, the U.S. Senate passed the first Legislative Branch appropriations bill through regular order in nearly a decade. The 2019 Fiscal Year Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which was secured by Daines, includes provisions to create an E-file system … Continue Reading


06.25.18

Daines: New Report Reaffirms Need to Protect Colstrip's Future in Montana

Closing of Colstrip Plants would lead to loss of nearly 3,300 Jobs, cost Montana $1.2 billion in over 16 Years U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called a recent report outlining the devastating consequences of the early retirement of Colstrip Units 3 and 4 a "chilling wake-up call" and pressed for immediate action to help protect the future of Montana's Colstrip Power Plant. Today, the Montana Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a report showing that closing Colstrip Units 3 an… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Daines to Wilkie: Give Veterans the Care They Deserve

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie. "Robert Wilkie has proven he is committed to keeping the promises we've made to our nation's veterans," Daines stated. "I look forward to working with him to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve at the Department of Veterans Affairs." Daines and Wilkie discussed the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, the VA Mission… Continue Reading


06.22.18

Daines Announces $2,499,999 for Asbestos Health Screening in Libby

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced a $2,499,999.00 grant for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) in Libby. The Center for Asbestos Related Disease is a vital nonprofit resource that helps with identification treatment, and research for those with asbestos exposure. "Too many Montana families have suffered at the hands of asbestos," said Daines. "Through this additional funding the Center for Asbestos Related Disease will be able to continue the excellent work th… Continue Reading


06.22.18

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Tiffany and Waide Satre of Sweet Grass County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Tiffany and Waide Satre of Sweet Grass County for the years of hard work they put into growing Thirsty Turtle Burgers & BBQ and serving their local community. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the officia… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Daines Secures Critical Funds to Support Montana Wildfire, Flood Disaster Relief

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured $7.23 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund in the 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. These critical funds are used for Fire Management Assistance Grants, which Montana applies for after devastating wildfires. "Montana's wildfires and floods have harmed families and cost our state millions," said Daines. "These important funds will help communities rebuild and address Montana's unique chal… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Daines Condemns SCOTUS Decision on Internet Sales Tax

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the United States Supreme Court decision allowing states to implement an Internet sales tax on small businesses physically located outside of the state's borders. The 5-4 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair will increase tax burdens on small businesses and raise prices for consumers. This decision could lead to Internet retailers in all states being forced to become tax collectors for over 10,000 tax jurisdictions across the country. "Tod… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Daines Calls for Permanent Reauthorization and Full Funding of LWCF

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, sportsmen, and conservationists in calling for the permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The conservation program expires 100 days from today. Watch press conference HERE. "Since I first came to Congress, I have been committed to permanently reauthorizing the LWCF," said Daines. "The LWCF does not cost taxpayers a penny and is critical to Montan… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Daines Urges Colleagues to Increase Transparency in Senate Campaign Finance Filing System, Save Taxpayer Dollars

Moving Senate candidates to the 'E-file' system would save taxpayers nearly $900,000 a year U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines took to the U.S. Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support moving Senate candidates to electronically file their campaign finance reports. U.S. Senate candidates are currently the only federal candidates that do not use an electronic filing system. Last week, Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, secured a… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Daines Secures Critical Support for Malmstrom AFB in National Defense Authorization Act

NDAA will modernize and secure nuclear mission at Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he helped secure critical support for Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation authorizes vital support for modernizing Malmstrom's ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) infrastructure and replacing UH-1N Huey military helicopters at the base. "This legisla… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Daines Announces $100,000 in Grants for Montana Community Health Centers in Libby and Great Falls

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced $100,000 in grants for Montana Community Health Centers in Libby and Great Falls. "These grants will help residents of Libby and Great Falls get access to critical care," said Daines. "Community Health Centers provide important services and help contribute to the wellbeing of thousands of Montanans." The following Community Health Centers received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services: County of Lincoln, Libby: $50,000… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Daines Secures $825 Million to Address National Park Maintenance Backlog

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured $825 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to help address the National Park maintenance backlog. The National Park Service is currently suffering from an $11 billion maintenance backlog, impacting trail upkeep, cleanliness of facilities and the quality of campgrounds. "Montana's National Parks are part of what makes America special," said Daines. "These critical funds will help prot… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Nicole Huber of Roosevelt County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Nicole Huber of Roosevelt County for her dedication to the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Daines Announces $100,000 in Grants to Combat Drug Use in Great Falls and Lincoln County

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced $100,000 in federal grants to address local drug crises and emerging drug abuses in Great Falls and Lincoln County. The Substance Abuse Prevention Alliance in Great Falls and the Lincoln County Unite for Youth Coalition will both receive $50,000 to support the communities' efforts to combat local drug use, especially among youth. "Montana's meth and drug epidemic has taken lives and destroyed families," said Daines. "These critical funds… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Daines Commemorates Flag Day, Highlights His Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Burning of American Flag

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines commemorated national Flag Day by highlighting his Constitutional Amendment to prohibit the burning of the American flag. He also recognized the sacrifice of American veterans and the symbolic importance of the American flag to freedom and liberty by honoring Flag Day on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Daines issued a report detailing 50 recent offensive acts on the American flag. Read the report HERE. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. Exce… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Daines Secures $100 Million to Implement STOP School Violence Act

U.S. SENATE - Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill, which includes $100 million to implement the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act. The legislation authorizes Department of Justice grants to states and localities to help schools implement proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that identify and stop school violence before it happen… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Chairman Daines Secures Increased Accountability, Transparency, Security in Congress

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, secured increased accountability, transparency and security within Congress. The Subcommittee passed the 2019 Fiscal Year Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which includes provisions to create an E-file system for U.S. Senate candidates, investments to help meet the Capitol's security needs, and direct the Congressional Budget Office to be transparent with its studies.… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Chairman Daines Secures Bill to Increase Transparency in Senate Campaign Finance Filing System, Save Taxpayer Dollars

Moving Senate candidates to the 'E-file' system would save taxpayers nearly $900,000 a year U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, secured a bill to require U.S. Senate candidates to electronically file their campaign finance reports. U.S. Senate candidates are currently the only federal candidates that do not use an electronic filing system. Chairman Daines secured the bill in the 2019 Fiscal Year Legislativ… Continue Reading

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