Daines: NDAA is a Win for Montana, Win for the Nation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by President Donald J. Trump. Watch HERE Download HERE "We got good news today - President Trump just signed the NDAA that authorizes spending for our U.S. military. It's also very important for Montana and our nuclear mission, and what the men and women who serve at Malmstrom Air Force Base do for our nation and our state. It's a big win for Montana an… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Craig and Becky Barrus as “Angels in Adoption”

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Craig and Becky Barrus of Trout Creek as his 2018 "Angels in Adoption." "Angels in Adoption" is supported by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) as a way to honor Americans making a difference in the lives of children through adoption. "Nominating Craig and Becky Barrus as our Angels in Adoption is a true honor," Daines said. "With Becky having been a former foster child herself, the Barruses understand the importanc… Continue Reading


Daines Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is now accepting applications from young Montanans to compete for a nomination to be appointed to one of the United States Service Academies. "It is a true honor to nominate Montana's brightest and hardworking high school seniors to be appointed to one of our nation's service academies," Daines said. "The application process is critical to selecting well-qualified nominees, and I look forward to learning more about our state's remarkable students." Making… Continue Reading


Forest Service Responds to Daines’ Demands to Expedite Salvage Projects

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released comprehensive data on recent forest salvage and restoration projects that have taken place due to Daines' efforts and the efforts of local elected officials and forest collaboratives. The projects will help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and create jobs for Montanans. "Last year's wildfires were devastating for Montana's communities and forests. Our state and towns were covered with smoke for weeks at a time, and our once flourishi… Continue Reading


Daines Defends Montana’s Right to Export Coal to Asia

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines, John Barraso, Shelley Moore Capito and James Inhofe introduced a bill clearing the way for construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminal, which would create hundreds of Montana jobs by expanding trade opportunities for Montana coal. The legislation clarifies that Section 401 of the Clean Water Act cannot be used as a weapon to prohibit Montana's exportation of clean and reliable coal to the nation's allies in the Asia Pacific Region. Watch HERE Downlo… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Applaud Announcement of Sheep Gap Fire Salvage Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte today applauded the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announcement that they will sign the Sheep Gap Fire Salvage Project located on the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Sanders County. Under the approved Emergency Situation Determination (ESD), the Lolo National Forest is able to expedite timber sales for the Sheep Gap project during the fall of 2018. "Last year's fires harmed communities and devastate… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Over $20 Million in Funding for Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced over $20 million in grant funding for Montana airports throughout the state. As a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Daines helped secure the critical funding through grants for airport improvements. "Montanans should be able to count on safe and reliable access to airports and infrastructure," said Daines. "This funding will help bring our state's infrastructure to the 21st century, and as a res… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Support Northwest Montana Mining Projects

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte released the following statements in response to the announcement that reclamation work on the Troy Mine was being paused due to the state of Montana's "bad actor" decision against Hecla Mining Company. The ruling has also put on hold two other long delayed mining projects: the Montanore Mine near Libby and the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon. "It's a disappointment that the Montanore and Rock Creek Mines continue to face roadblocks. An… Continue Reading


Daines, Duckworth Push for Extension to Build Vietnam Veteran Education Center

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today introduced a bill that extends the time to raise the necessary funds for completion of the Vietnam Veteran Education Center. "Montana is home to one of the nation's largest populations of veterans per capita," said Daines. "Finishing the education center will help teach visitors from around the world about the sacrifices Montana's and the nation's Vietnam Veterans made for our freedom." "It's important for ou… Continue Reading


President Signs Daines’ Bipartisan Gibson Dam Hydro Bill Into Law

U.S. SENATE - Today, President Donald Trump signed the Montana congressional delegation's legislation on the Gibson Dam Hydro Project into law. The bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte, ensures the completion of the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta. "This is a win for Montana," said Daines. "This bill will create high paying Montanan jobs, boost our economy and power Montana homes with clean, affordable and reliable energy. "Hydropo… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Introduce Legislation to Protect Montana Forest Projects from Fringe Environment Extremists

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced legislation that will cut red tape and protect forest management projects from litigation. "Time is of the essence to properly manage our forests," said Daines. "Fringe environmental extremists have kept solutions at bay and that's why I'm introducing legislation that will cut excessive red tape and protect forest management projects from getting caught in the litigation process." "The disastrous… Continue Reading


DAINES: We Must Permanently Reauthorize LWCF

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced an amendment that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If not renewed LWCF will expire at the end of September. "LWCF is critical to Montana jobs and our outdoor way of life. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to preserve America's outdoor heritage. I will fight at every opportunity for its permanent reauthorization." said Daines. The amendment would modify the Interior Appropriatio… Continue Reading


Daines Video Statement on Senate Passage of East Rosebud

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after the final passage of the Montana delegation's bill to designate East Rosebud Creek as Wild and Scenic. It will now be sent to the President for signature. Senator Daines has worked tirelessly over five years on the passage of this bill. Watch HERE Download HERE The bill designates two sections, totaling 20 miles, of the creek that run entirely though Forest Service land. East Rosebud Creek originates in the … Continue Reading


Daines Pushes Agriculture Under Secretary Nominee To Commit to Forest Reform

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pushed Mr. James E. Hubbard, nominee to be the next Agriculture Undersecretary of Natural Resources and Environment, to commit to addressing the barriers to forest management. If confirmed, Mr. Hubbard would oversee the U.S. Forest Service. Watch HERE Download HERE "I'm fighting for 3 buckets of reforms: reducing red tape; combating fringe litigation; and increasing the partnership between the Forest Service and State Foresters in managing ou… Continue Reading


Daines: Statement on the Confirmation of Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the confirmation of Robert Wilkie as the new Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "The sacrifices made by Montana's veterans should be honored and their commitment to our democracy has earned them our respect. As President Lincoln noted in his second inaugural address, we have duty 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle…" "I am confident Secretary Robert Wilkie is the right i… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Demands Prompt Confirmation of Nominees Critical to the West

U.S. SENATE -Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), today led members of the Senate Western Caucus in demanding U.S. Senate leadership to prioritize confirmation of nominees to the West. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Daines and nine U.S. Senators of the Senate Western Caucus drew attention to the languishing nominations of Susan Combs to be Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Departme… Continue Reading


Daines: U.S. Must Protect U.S. Diplomats

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to the Administration discussing allowing Russians to interrogate United States diplomats. "Russian President Vladimir Putin's request to interrogate United States officials is absurd. American diplomats are serving our country abroad and oftentimes in dangerous places. They need to know that the United States government has their back. President Trump should deny any requests to turn over Ambassador Mike… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Applaud Announcement of Kootenai National Forest Restoration Project

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte applauded the Forest Service's announcement that they will sign the Cub Creek Salvage Project located on the Cabinet Ranger District in Sanders County. "Last year's wildfires devastated our forests and harmed communities," said Daines. "This critical project will restore areas on the Kootenai National Forest devastated by last year's Cub Creek Fire while supporting good-paying Montana timber jobs." "Montana survived last y… Continue Reading


Daines Stands With ICE

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor to thank the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for all the work they are doing and will continue to do to protect Americans. Download Here Watch Here Background: On July 13, 2018 Senator Daines sponsored a resolution supporting ICE. Remarks as prepared: ICE agents keep our borders secure and I want to thank them for the important work they are doing Far too many people a… Continue Reading


Daines Bill Gives NATO Allies an Escape From Russia’s Political Coercion

Bill would impose sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream II gas pipeline and expedite the export of American natural gas to NATO allies. U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to give North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members an escape from Russia's political coercion and manipulation. The Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe Act, or the "ESCAPE Act," enhances the energy security of NATO members by providing those countries with reliabl… Continue Reading

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