Daines Applauds TransCananda Commitment to Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today applauded TransCanada's announced 20-year commercial commitments to transport at least 500,000 barrels of oil daily through the recently-approved Keystone XL pipeline. "This long-overdue project will inject millions of dollars in tax revenue to our rural communities and create thousands of jobs," said Daines. "With permitting now in final stages of approval, I'm excited that after years of unnecessary political delays, construction of Keystone XL is movi… Continue Reading


Daines Commits to Long-Term Reauthorization of CHIP, to Keep Government Open

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his support for a proposal that would reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and keep the government open. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. "24,000 Montana children depend on CHIP for vital health care services," said Daines. "I am announcing my full support for a bill now moving through Congress that reauthorizes this critical program while avoiding a damaging governmen… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Protections to Americans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for a bipartisan press conference regarding reforming Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to protect Americans' Fourth Amendment rights. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. "As Americans we are grateful we are born with certain rights outlined in our Constitution under the Bill of Rights," said Daines. "… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Announce West Point Nominee from Two Dot

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte announced the following West Point Nominee of appointment: Amanda Lynn Martin who attends Harlowtown High School and is from Two Dot Montana. "I commend Amanda on making it into West Point, I know she will represent Montana well," said Daines. "As an outstanding student and leader, she will continue to excel in all she does." "I congratulate Amanda for her offer of appointment to West Point. Given her tremendous background, … Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Agreement between Cloud Peak Energy and JERA Trading

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the announced agreement between Cloud Peak Energy and JERA Trading to supply coal from Montana-based Spring Creek Mine to two power plants currently under construction in Japan. "This is exciting news for Montana jobs, including tribal jobs, and state and local tax coffers as well. Montana coal is high quality and low sulphur, high efficiency, and it's playing an important role in meeting global demand for low-cost energy," said Daines. "Un… Continue Reading


Daines Files Amicus Brief Defending Freedom of Speech, Affirming Life

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today led the filing of a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court of the United States to protect Americans' constitutional right to freedom of speech and religious liberty as it considers National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra challenges the constitutionality of California law AB 775, also known as the Reproductive FACT Act, which forces Cal… Continue Reading


Daines Marks Religious Freedom Day

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Religious Freedom Day by introducing a resolution to celebrate and reaffirm the role of religious freedom as a fundamental human and Constitutional right. "The first freedom protected under the Bill of Rights is religious freedom, giving every American the right to be free to live and work in accordance with their religious beliefs free from fear of government restrictions," said Daines. "With all the international and domestic unrest our … Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Recovery of Canada Lynx

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that the Canada lynx may have recovered to the point where it could be delisted as an endangered species. The Service today released the results of a scientific review indicating the Canada lynx may no longer require protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. Based on the findings of this review, the Service has announced its intention to develop a proposed rule to del… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Stronger Enforcements to Combat Sex Trafficking

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized National Human Trafficking Awareness Day by supporting legislation to crackdown on online sex trafficking. "Sex trafficking is a growing problem in Montana," said Daines. "We must take steps now to stop this abuse and protect vulnerable members of our community." The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act eliminates federal liability protections for websites that knowingly assist, support or facilitate online sex trafficking. Additionally, it … Continue Reading


USDA Grants Daines’ Request to Expand Disaster Relief to Farmers, Ranchers

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the United States Department of Agriculture responded to his request to extend the deadline for Montana farmers and ranchers seeking additional relief from last year's drought and wildfires. "Montana farmers and ranchers have faced severe conditions and need flexibility," said Daines. "I thank Secretary Perdue for recognizing the severe conditions that Montana producers have faced and for providing these flexibilities. Additional disaster … Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Protections to Americans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined Senate and House colleagues in calling for reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to better protect Americans' privacy. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. Daines is also a cosponsor of the USA RIGHTS Act of 2017, which reforms government surveillance programs to balance Americans' privacy with effective national security. ###… Continue Reading


President Champions Daines Priorities to Support Rural Economy

President Champions Daines Priorities to Support Rural Economy U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's release of the Agriculture (Ag) and Rural Prosperity Task Force report, which includes initiatives Daines championed to support Montana's rural economy. "Montana farmers and ranchers put food on America's tables" said Daines. "As the President highlighted today, our rural communities are vitally important to the success of our nat… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: The Community of Glasgow

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the community of Glasgow for leading the way with their generosity during the holiday season. 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 f… Continue Reading


Congress Votes to Avoid Shutdown, Preserve Important Services for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to avoid a government shut down and to preserve and protect services import to Montana's children, seniors, and local communities. "This is a necessary vote to keep the government open and to fund CHIP,"said Daines. Additionally, the bill will: Provide $2.85 billion for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Provide $550 million in funding for Community Health Centers. Prevent $23 million in cuts to mineral royalty penalties.… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Combat Meth Use in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mitigating the Methamphetamine Epidemic and Promoting Tribal Health Act, or the Mitigating METH Act, to combat methamphetamine use across Montana and strengthen Indian tribes' ability to fight this epidemic. "Methamphetamine use in Montana is tearing apart families and taking lives," said Daines. "This is a crisis that needs immediate attention and more resources." Additional sponsors include Sens. Kamala Harr… Continue Reading


Daines Demands Highest Quality Health Care for Montana Service Members

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a letter to President and CEO of Health Net Federal Services, the current administrator for the Veterans Choice Program in Montana, and will assume responsibility for TRICARE in Montana in 2018. "As you assume responsibility for the TRICARE beneficiaries in our states, we expect nothing short of excellence from your company in providing access to the highest quality medical care for the men and women who have worn the uniform of our nation," the… Continue Reading


Malmstrom Air Force Base Commander Confirmed by U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted this week to confirm Colonel Ronald G. Allen, Jr. for promotion to Brigadier General in the United States Air Force. "Col. Allen has led the men and women at Malmstrom on missions critical to our national security with distinction," said Daines. "It is my honor to support his confirmation as a Brigadier General." "It's a great honor to serve with someone of Colonel Allen's caliber and character," said Col. Peter Bonetti, 341st Vice Commander. "I'm … Continue Reading


Daines, Tester and Gianforte Call on Forest Service to Prioritize Kootenai Forestland Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines, John Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte are urging the Forest Service to prioritize a conservation easement in northwest Montana that will strengthen the local economy and create jobs. The Montana delegation threw their support behind an agreement between Stimson Lumber Company and the state of Montana to preserve more than 22,000 acres of private land for timber harvest, wildlife habitat, and recreational access. "The Kootenai Forestlands Projec… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Five Montana Schools to Receive Computers Through Senate Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has helped facilitate a donation of 25 computers to five Montana public schools as part of the United States Senate's Computers for Schools Program. "Our children are the future of America and our greatest investment," said Daines "The Computers for Schools program gives them the tools to compete and succeed in the 21st century economy." Recipients include: Big Sandy Public Schools will receive 5 computers Greenfield School … Continue Reading


Montana Delegation’s Bill to Name Peak in Diekmann’s Honor Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte today hailed U.S. Senate passage of their bill to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann, by naming an unnamed peak in his memory. The U.S. Senate today passed a bill to name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak." "Alex Diekmann brought Montanans together to balance the needs of local landowners, ranchers and foresters, local cities and towns, county commissions, and federal… Continue Reading

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