Daines, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Secure Funds for West Yellowstone Airport

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced a bipartisan bill to allow seasonal, non-primary airports that are open less than 6 months a year and have at least 8,000 enplanements to receive increased Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding and to compete for terminal grants. West Yellowstone Airport in Montana meets the criteria. "West Yellowstone Airport serves thousands of Montanans every year and brings in folks from around the world to visit our great state," Daines … Continue Reading


Daines Announces $10 Million in Grants for Missoula International Airport, Grants for Bert Mooney and Ennis-Big Sky Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced over $10 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a new terminal and access road reconstruction at Missoula International Airport. He also announced FAA grants for Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, and Ennis-Big Sky Airport in Ennis. "The new terminal at Missoula International Airport will be a game changer for travel in Western Montana, creating more jobs and generating more tourist dollars." Daines stated… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Firefighting Grants to Three Western Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced firefighting grant funding for three fire departments in Western Montana communities. The City of Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department, Charlo/Moiese Rural Fire District, and Corvallis Rural Fire District all received funds as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is vital that we give our first responders in rural communities the resources that they need to protect lives and property. I'm glad to see these much-ne… Continue Reading


Daines Completes 56 County Tour

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday finished his fourth 56 County Tour of Montana. Daines met with constituents, local stakeholders and community leaders in Garfield, Petroleum and Treasure Counties to discuss an array of issues including 2nd Amendment rights, agriculture and the Farm Bill, and the need to reduce burdensome regulations. Watch HERE Download HERE "This is the fourth time I've been to all of Montana's 56 Counties," Daines said. "It's an honor to do this job an… Continue Reading


Daines Brings EPA Administrator Wheeler to Butte, Anaconda Superfund Sites

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines brought Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to tour the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area and the Anaconda Smelter Co. Superfund sites in Montana yesterday. Daines was also joined by local, state, and community leaders including Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive Dave Palmer, and Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Chief Executive Bill Everett. "These communities have been ignored for far t… Continue Reading


Forest Service Responds to Daines’, Gianforte’s Request, Announces Approval of Rice Ridge Salvage Project

U.S. CONGRESS - The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) once again responded to Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte's request to expedite salvage projects, announcing that they will sign the Rice Ridge Fire Salvage Project located near Seeley Lake on the Lolo National Forest in Missoula and Powell Counties. Under the approved Emergency Situation Determination (ESD), the Lolo National Forest is able to expedite timber sales for the Rice Ridge project during the fall of 2018. The project will occu… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Demand Funding for Six Montana Counties

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long to urge the agency to reconsider the denial of Public Assistance for Carbon, Golden Valley, Missoula, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Powell Counties. "These counties are in desperate need of federal assistance to rebuild their infrastructure," the letter writes. "These communities cannot afford any further delay and need federal assistance for their c… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Pushes for Robust Forest Management Reforms

U.S. SENATE - Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.), and Caucus Members Cory Gardner (Colo.), Lisa Murkowski (Ala.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mike Crapo (Ind.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Thune (S.D.), Dan Sullivan (Ala.), and Dean Heller (Nev.) today sent a letter to urge Farm Bill conferees to include robust forest management reforms in the final Farm Bill. These provisions will reduce the r… Continue Reading


Daines: Kavanaugh is Well Qualified

This week, one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees ever nominated to the bench, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Other than sending our sons and daughters to war, confirming a Supreme Court Justice is the most consequential vote I will take as a United States Senator. For Montana, and the rest of the nation, the impacts of this decision will last forever - because while laws come and go, judges serve for a lifetime. That's why it's cri… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Secure Funding for Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the State of Montana's major disaster declaration request following this year's severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to the Administration in support of the declaration request. "This is great news. I'm pleased the Administration respond to our request," Daines said. "This year's flooding devastated communities and infrastr… Continue Reading


Daines to Welcome NAM President to 2018 Montana Manufacturing Summit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), will speak at the 2018 Montana Manufacturing Jobs Summit in Kalispell. "Montana's manufacturing industry is one of the state's fastest growing economic sectors, and supports thousands of good-paying jobs for Montanans," Daines said. "I am excited to welcome Jay to Big Sky Country for the upcoming Summit. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure Funding to Prevent Meth, Opioid Use in Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced over $375,000 in grant funding to help prevent youth substance abuse in Montana. The grants, awarded by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program under the Office of National Drug Control, will be given to three community coalitions including the Lincoln County Unite for Youth Coalition, Be the Change 406 Coalition, and Anaconda Community Intervention, Inc. "Supporting our community leaders and coalitions is a key component to helping… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Leads Successful Confirmation of USDA Under Secretary James Hubbard

U.S. SENATE - Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.), and Caucus Members Cory Gardner (Colo.) and John Hoeven (N.D.), issued the following statements on the confirmation of James Hubbard to serve as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. "As chair of the Senate Western Caucus, I led my colleagues in urging swift consideration of this nomination, and it's great to see it happen," Daine… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Bring Jobs Back to Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte today announced the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) signed the Final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rock Creek Project on the Kootenai National Forest. The project, 13 miles northeast of Noxon, is estimated to create 340 full-time mine jobs when at full production, and contribute to an additional 299 secondary jobs per year. "The Rock Creek project will spur good paying jobs for hundreds and bring roughly $40 million annually… Continue Reading


Daines Secures $4.6 Million Grant for Helena Regional Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the Helena Regional Airport received a $4,605,472 grant secured through the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program. "This is great news for Montana," Daines said. "This funding will ensure Montanans and visitors to our great state have reliable access and infrastructure to enjoy the things that make our state exceptional." Jeff Wadekamper, Director of Helena Regioanl Airport, touted the grant and said, "Passenger traf… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure $904,717 Grant to Hire New Firefighters in Belgrade

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Central Valley Fire District (CVFD) in Belgrade, MT was awarded a grant of $904,717 for the hiring of additional firefighters. The grant, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "The Central Valley Fire District's firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities from devastation," Daines said. "This fun… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes for New Program to Help Reduce Future Wildfires

U.S. SENATE -Today, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Congress to take action on his bill that will improve the health of national forests and revitalize the timber industry. Daines' bill, the Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests Act, establishes a pilot arbitration program authorizing the U.S. Forest Service to use binding arbitration in Montana and Idaho as an alternative dispute resolution process for certain forest restoration … Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure $1,500,000 Grant for University of Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the University of Montana received a $1,500,000 grant from the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of its Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. "This is great news for the University of Montana, its students and the surrounding community," Daines said. "This grant will not only help strengthen the University's transit system, but improve air quality and lower fuel costs. I am proud t… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Push for Funding for Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long to urge the approval of Montana's major disaster declaration request following this year's severe flooding. The declaration will provide federal funding to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts needed to support Montana's communities and economy. "Montana experienced heavy spring flooding this year that severely impacted communities and infrastruc… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes for Permanent Reauthorization, Full Funding of LWCF

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today met with community leaders and stakeholders to address the importance and future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a widely supported, bipartisan program critical to Montana jobs and protecting Montanans' outdoor way of life. Without congressional action, the program will expire at the end of September. Daines was joined by Mary Hollow with Prickly Pear Land Trust, Mark Lambrecht with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mark Aagenes with The… Continue Reading

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