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01.30.18

Daines Statement on Trump Gitmo Executive Order

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced an executive order to keep the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo) open. "I applaud the President for making sure terrorists stay behind bars in Gitmo," said Daines. "We cannot allow the world's most dangerous terrorists to roam free and harm Americans." Background: On February 13, 2017, Daines sent President Donald Trump a letter… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Daines: Let’s Continue to Make America Great Again

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following video statement after attending President Donald Trump's first State of the Union Address with special guest nine year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley of Deer Lodge, Montana. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. Full Transcript Below: I want to thank Dani Highley for being my guest tonight at the President's first State of the Union. Dani's from Deer Lodge. She is 9 years old and suffers from juvenile arthritis. Dani, … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Daines Sponsors Bill to Streamline Permitting for Guides and Outfitters

Legislation will expand access to federal lands, support outdoor economy U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored the Guides and Outfitters (GO) Act, legislation to expand access to public lands by streamlining the permitting process for outfitter and guides on federal lands. "Streamlining permitting for small outfitters and guides will help Montana's over $7 billion outdoor economy continue to thrive and grow," said Daines. This morning, Daines met with Montana members of th… Continue Reading


01.29.18

McConnell Meets Daines Request, Brings Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the Floor

Science shows unborn children feel pain at 20 weeks U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines made the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met Daines' request to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks - the point at which scientific evidence shows that unborn children can feel pain - to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill failed to reach the 60-vote threshold mandated under Senate rules. Prior to the vote, Daines… Continue Reading


01.29.18

Daines Welcomes State of the Union Guest to D.C.

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today welcomed nine year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley of Deer Lodge to Washington, D.C. as his guest for tomorrow's State of the Union Address. Dani is one of the 24,000 Montana children who will benefit from the six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Daines recently fought to pass through Congress. "It is great to be here with Dani for her first trip to Washington, D.C.," said Daines. "Dani and the 24,000 Montana kids w… Continue Reading


01.26.18

EPA Takes Action on Daines’ Request to Prioritize Butte Superfund

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other parties reached a cleanup agreement for the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund site after requests from Daines to prioritize the site. The Butte Superfund site is one of the largest in the country. "This is an important development for the Butte Superfund site," said Daines. "The people of Butte have waited long enough for this milestone. I will continue f… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Promote Precision Agriculture, Rural Broadband

Bipartisan Legislation Targets High-Speed Internet Deployment to Nation's Farms & Ranches U.S. SENATE - Montana U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to promote precision agriculture and rural broadband deployment. The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, S. 2343, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a task force to identify gaps in high-speed internet connectivity for the nation's cropland and ranchland. The measu… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Daines Pushes for Strengthened Law Enforcement to Combat Meth Crisis

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on the shipment of drugs through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), questioned witnesses about the Postal Service's shipment of methamphetamine in rural America. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. "Methamphetamine use has become an epidemic in Montana," said Daines. "We must do more to protect the families and communities this terrible drug has torn apart by disrupting i… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Daines Announces State of the Union Guest

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that nine year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley from Deer Lodge, one of the 24,000 Montana children who will benefit from the six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will be his guest at this year's State of the Union Address. This is the longest reauthorization in the program's history. "Dani and the other 24,000 Montana children who depend on CHIP are the reason I fought so hard for the longest reauthorizat… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Montana’s Largest Employer Announces Nearly $4 Million in Wage Increases for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Walmart announced 3,340 Montanans will benefit from $3.8 million in wage increases and bonuses of up to $1,000 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress last December. "It's simple, tax cuts equal more jobs and bigger paychecks," said Daines. Click HERE to see a list of major U.S. companies increasing pay and giving bonuses due to tax reform. Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Walmart will: Increas… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Daines: Colstrip Part of an All-of-the-Above Energy Approach

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the critical role Colstrip Power Plant plays in all-of-the-above approach to meet energy demands. His remarks were made during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing about the importance of reliable and affordable energy during cold winters. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. During his opening remarks, Daines mentioned his plans to host his second Montana Energy Summit in Billings, Montana on May 30th… Continue Reading


01.22.18

President Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Protect Montana Kids

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed legislation that ends the government shutdown and provides a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids depend upon. The legislation will keep the government funded until February 8th. "After several days of a pointless Democrat-led shutdown, the families of the 24,000 Montana children who depend on children's health insura… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Senate Votes to End Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to end the government shutdown and reauthorize a critical children's health care program. The bill passed with 81 votes - only 18 Senators voted no. The bill includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids depend upon, and will keep the government open until February 8th. The U.S. House of Representatives will now vote on the bill and if it passes, the bill will move to the Presid… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Daines Votes to End Democrat Led Filibuster, Provide Critical Health Care for 24,000 Montana Kids

U.S. SENATE - Today U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted to end the filibuster and end the government shutdown. The bipartisan bill passed with 81 votes. The bill is expected for final passage in the Senate later this afternoon. The government funding bill includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids depend upon, and will keep the government open until February 8th. "This afternoon Senate Democrats joined us and we were able to pas… Continue Reading


01.21.18

Senate Democrats Continue Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines made the following statement after Senate Democrats rejected efforts to bring the end of the government shutdown to a vote. This decision continues to put the 24,000 Montana children who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at risk due to an unrelated immigration issue that only impacts 72 Montana residents. "Tonight Senate Democrats were given another chance to fund the government. But yet again, they chose to continue the government … Continue Reading


01.20.18

A Minority of Senators Hold Government Funding Hostage Over Controversial Immigration Issue

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate after Democrats refused to fund the government over an unrelated controversial immigration policy that impacts 72 - or .00007 percent - Montanans at the expense of the 24,000 Montana children who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for access to critical health care. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. Also featured on Fox News. Text as prepared: Mr. Presi… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Daines Statement on Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today made the following statement after the government funding bill failed to pass the Senate before the Friday midnight deadline. "While I voted to fund the government, 44 Democrats chose to shut it down, failing 24,000 Montana children, compromising our national security, and letting down our veterans and active service members." said Daines. The funding bill would have kept the government open for four weeks and would have included a six-year reauth… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Daines Calls on Colleagues to Protect Montana Children

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling on his colleagues to keep the government open and support a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides access to health care for 24,000 Montana children and nine million children across the country. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. "Here's the choice we have before us today," said Daines. "A choice we have less than s… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Daines Urges vote on Pain Capable Legislation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), James Lankford (OK), Joni Ernst (IA) and Roy Blunt (MO) in sending Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter, urging him to announce his commitment to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the floor for a vote in the near future. The announcement would coincide with today's 45th Annual March for Life. The legislation would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks-the point at which scientific evidence show… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Daines Votes to keep Government Open and Protect 24,000 Montana Children

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to protect vital health care services for 24,000 Montana children provided under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to avoid a government shutdown. "It's ridiculous that we are on the verge of a government shutdown over controversial immigration legislation," said Daines. "We have a funding bill that will keep the government open and reauthorize CHIP for six years, which impacts 24,000 kids in Montana. Now is not the time to ba… Continue Reading

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