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02.15.18

Daines Questions use of Cryptocurrency in Columbia Falls Hacking

Overseas criminals conspired to use cryptocurrency in Columbia Falls School District hack, issue death threats to children U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing raised concerns about overseas hackers' use of cryptocurrency to issue death threats to children in Montana's Columbia Falls School District. Daines questioned United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman, Christopher Giancarlo, about what can … Continue Reading


02.15.18

Daines Targets Tax Scammers Who Threaten Critical Conservation Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored the bipartisan Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act, legislation to target tax scammers who threaten a critical conservation program used in Montana. "As Montanans, we value the natural beauty of the outdoors," said Daines. "We must protect the integrity of conservation incentives meant to encourage public enjoyment by prohibiting scammers from taking advantage of taxpayers." Background: Current law allows taxpayers wh… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Daines, Gianforte to Washington State: Don’t Kill Montana Jobs

Proposed State law would tax fuel produced at Colstrip, raise Montana energy costs, kill good-paying jobs U.S. SENATE - Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. House Representative Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to the Washington State legislature urging the body to reject legislation that would tax fuel produced at the Colstrip Power Plant and raise energy costs for Montanans. Download video HERE. "Any increase in prices due to taxes imposed by this bill could have detrimental effec… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Daines Calls on U.S. to Hold China Accountable for Religious Freedom and Human Rights Abuses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today, during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing, questioned witnesses on how the United States can strengthen efforts to hold China accountable for religious freedom and human rights abuses. "The ability to practice a religion without fear of persecution is a basic human right," said Daines. "The United States must do more to ensure China upholds this fundamental freedom and end its human rights abuses." Watch the video HERE.… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Daines Calls on U.S. to Hold China Accountable for Religious Freedom and Human Rights Abuses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today, during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing, questioned witnesses on how the United States can strengthen efforts to hold China accountable for religious freedom and human rights abuses. "The ability to practice a religion without fear of persecution is a basic human right," said Daines. "The United States must do more to ensure China upholds this fundamental freedom and end its human rights abuses." Watch the video HERE.… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Access to Montana Public Lands Critical to Montana Jobs, Economy

Motorized vehicles largest contributor to outdoor economy U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis released a preliminary study confirming that access to public lands is critical to Montana jobs and the local economy. Montana's outdoor recreation economy includes snowmobiling, hunting, hiking, fishing, bike riding and other outdoor recreation activities. "It's clear that increasing public acces… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Daines Statement on OSMRE Public Open House on Rosebud Mine

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) public open house to answer questions and take comments on Rosebud Mine's expansion. "The expansion of the Rosebud Mine is critical to Colstrip and to good paying Montana jobs," said Daines. "I stand in strong support alongside the local community in moving the expansion forward." For more information about the public comment period, click HERE. … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Daines Leads Senate, House Members to Expand Tax Relief to Pregnant Moms

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to expand the Child Tax Credit to cover all families, including pregnant moms. The Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act builds on the Child Tax Credit provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by supporting families and pregnant mothers with the many costs that accompany caring and planning for the care of a newborn baby. "This is about putting more money into the pockets of pregnant moms. Whether they are stocking up on dia… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Daines, Tester Announce Sage Lindsay’s Offer of Appointment from Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today announced academy nominee Sage Lindsay's offer of appointment from the U.S. Naval Academy. Sage is a student at Bozeman High School. "With Sage's commitment to service and academic achievements, I know she will excel at the Naval Academy," said Daines. "She makes Montana proud and I look forward to following her career in service." "One of the greatest privileges I have as a Senator is to nominate some of Montana's best and brightest… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Daines Proposes Bipartisan, Bicameral Solution to National Parks Maintenance Backlog

Daines set to introduce legislation to implement Administration's proposal to help restore and rebuild national parks U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines released the following statement on the inclusion of a proposal to help address the National Park Service maintenance backlog in President Trump's infrastructure plan and the Department of the Interior's Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. In the coming weeks, Daines will introduce legislation to implement the Administration's propo… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Daines: Washington, D.C. is Addicted to Spending

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge Senate colleagues not to support Washington, D.C.'s addiction to spending. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. Excerpt from prepared remarks: "Washington, D.C. has an addiction problem. Washington, D.C. is addicted to spending. Washington, D.C. is addicted to debt. This budget deal takes a giant step backwards. Instead of shrinking government, it grows government by 1… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Daines Outlines Energy Infrastructure Priorities, Calls for Action on Forest Management

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing outlined his energy infrastructure priorities and called for action on forest management to decrease the risk of wildfires in Montana and reduce bureaucratic hurdles that challenge the security of power lines. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. Opening remarks as prepared: Infrastructure doesn't simply mean roads and bridges, but includes broadband, our national parks, and, impor… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Daines Votes for Fiscal Responsibility and Against Reckless Spending

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today will vote for fiscal responsibility and against reckless spending. "Raising the debt ceiling while massively increasing spending is deeply irresponsible," said Daines. "It offends Montanan common sense and the basic principles of fiscal responsibility. I strongly oppose this deal." The budget deal: Increases discretionary spending by $300 billion. Only provides $100 billion in offsets. Raises the debt ceiling without reducing spending. … Continue Reading


02.08.18

Daines Calls for Investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee & USA Gymnastics

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined bipartisan colleagues in calling for a special investigation to focus on the decades of abuse in the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics. "It's sickening that young girls, representing our country, were abused for decades by someone who should have been a trusted ally," said Daines. "We must investigate why this abuse was ignored and how this was covered up by the U.S. Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic Committee. The survivors and their families de… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Support for Daines’ Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act Continues

Forest Service, County Commissions, local groups endorse Daines' bill U.S. SENATE - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today held a hearing on U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. Daines' bill protects public access and use of Montana's public lands by implementing the U.S. Forest Service's recommendation to release 449,500 acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Montana. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and avid outdoorsman, I understand… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Montanans

U.S. SENATE -Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY) today introduced the bipartisan Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act, which would help remove the government red-tape preventing rural Montanans from accessing the high-speed Internet necessary to compete in today's digital economy. "Rural Montanans need access to high-speed Internet to support local jobs and compete in the 21st century economy," said Daines.… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Demands Immediate Funding for Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan press conference with House and Senate colleagues, patients, and health center advocates to urge for immediate funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF). "With 17 community health centers in Montana, they are vital to providing health care to thousands of Montanans," said Daines. "Health care is a priority for Montanans and Washington D.C. needs to get this done." Watch the video HERE.Download the video HERE. Backgr… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Announces Opening of Application for US Naval Academy's Summer Session

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the application deadline for the U.S. Naval Academy's Summer Session is March 31, 2018. "Our Naval Academy produces some of our nation's top leaders," said Daines "I'm glad the Academy can extend their training to summer programs for young Montanans to join." To apply for the program, visit the digital Summer Seminar brochure. ## Contact: Marcie Kinzel, Breanna Deutsch, Julia Doyle… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Sponsors Bill to Increase Employment Opportunities for Military Reservists

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored the Military Reserve Jobs Act, legislation to increase employment opportunities for members of the National Guard and Reserve by extending eligibility for veterans' preference points to those seeking employment with the federal government. "Montana's Guardsmen and Reservists sacrifice their time and safety for our country," said Daines. "They are critical members of the Armed Forces and deserve to be fairly recognized as they pursue civil … Continue Reading


02.05.18

Daines Calls for Immediate Community Health Center Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today continued his fight for community health center funding, leading a bipartisan coalition of Senators in a letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer to take immediate action to address funding. "Community health centers serve a vital function, providing affordable health care to our nation's most vulnerable citizens. They provide quality medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care to more than… Continue Reading

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