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10.26.18

FCC Listens to Daines, Votes to Expand Broadband to Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged them to take action, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted earlier this week on rules that will allow more Montanan wireless carriers to buy spectrum to provide broadband to rural communities. "Without access to broadband and cell service our rural communities are being left behind," Daines said. "Access to reliable broadband and cell service is vital for Montana's future economic growth. I'm glad the FCC listened and implemented … Continue Reading


10.25.18

Daines, Fox Announce Nearly One Million Dollar Grant for Anti-Meth Enforcement

MONTANA - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox announced a $946,981 grant for critical anti-meth enforcement in Montana. The grant was formally authorized in the opioids legislation that was signed into law yesterday by President Trump. Montana is one of just nine states chosen to receive the funds through the CAMP (COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program). The state was selected for its high rate of seized finished meth, meth lab materials, and precursor chemicals for meth producti… Continue Reading


10.24.18

Daines Secures Solutions to Fight Meth Crisis Devastating Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -President Donald J. Trump today signed legislation to help combat the devastating opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. Daines fought to ensure the now law also includes specific provisions that address the meth crisis in Montana. Download Video Statement HERE "Far too often we're seeing stories of Montana tribes, families and communities being destroyed by meth and opioids. Enough is enough," Daines said. "That is why I worked hard to get this bipartisan legislation ac… Continue Reading


10.23.18

President Signs Montana Water Infrastructure Priorities into Law

U.S. SENATE - President Donald J. Trump today signed into law a bill that will improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The new law will also help prevent the transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic need of any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps f… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Daines Highlights New Opportunity Zones for Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today touted the 25 new Opportunity Zones that now exist across Montana thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "The designation of these Opportunity Zones will help Montana flourish economically by boosting wages and creating jobs in low income communities," Daines said. "This is yet another positive impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act championed by the Republicans and the Trump administration, which is putting more money in the pockets of Montanans and fo… Continue Reading


10.22.18

DOJ, DOI Agree with Daines and Expand Tribal Access to National Crime Databases

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to expand tribes' access to national crime databases, the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior announced today that they are expanding the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to an additional 25 tribes. TAP provides Native American tribes direct access to national crime information databases. "This is good news for Indian country. It's critical for Indian tribes to have direct access t… Continue Reading


10.22.18

DOJ, DOI Agree with Daines and Expand Tribal Access to National Crime Databases

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to expand tribes' access to national crime databases, the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior announced today that they are expanding the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to an additional 25 tribes. TAP provides Native American tribes direct access to national crime information databases. "This is good news for Indian country. It's critical for Indian tribes to have direct access t… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Daines Convinces Army Corps to Continue Review of Coal Export Terminal Project

U.S. SENATE - After pressure from U.S. Senator Steve Daines, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing the environmental review for the Millennium Bulk Terminal Project in Washington State. The project would allow Montana and Wyoming coal to be exported to international markets. "Montana is rich in natural resources and has the largest coal reserves of any state in the nation," Daines said. "The Millennium Bulk Terminal would provide access to international markets for Montana coal and a… Continue Reading


10.20.18

Daines: We Must Take Care of Our Gateway Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines brought together community leaders and the National Park Service yesterday in Gardiner, Montana to discuss the challenges that national parks have on gateway communities. The discussion was part of an official Senate Subcommittee on National Parks Field Hearing. Panelists included Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Director Marysue Costello, Cooke City Water District President Deb Purvis, Flathead C… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Daines Delivers Water Infrastructure Wins for Montana Communities, Ecosystem

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The bipartisan legislation will also help prevent transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic building block for any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps fig… Continue Reading


10.08.18

Daines Helps Secure 20 Year Mineral Withdrawal Near Yellowstone

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for listening to Montanans and announcing a 20-year mineral withdrawal of mining claims in the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone National Park. The announcement comes after Daines urged the administration to finalize the withdrawal. "Some places are just too special to mine, and the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone, is one of them,"Daines said. "I'm very happy to see the I… Continue Reading


10.08.18

President Signs Montana Airport Priorities into Law

U.S. SENATE - President Donald J. Trump signed a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into law. U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured several wins for Montana in the five-year extension including the reauthorization of the Small Community Air Service Development Program critical to growing Montana's air service and the authorization of West Yellowstone Airport to receive increased Airport Improvement Program grants. Daines also secured a requirement for sanitary "Mo… Continue Reading


10.06.18

Daines Statement on the Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: "Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. He will be an outstanding Justice." Last night, Daines spoke to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the phone who thanked him for his continuous and vocal support of Kavanaugh throughout this process. See President Trump's statement on Daines HERE. Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn i… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Daines Helps Secure $355,500 to Assist Disabled Veterans in Their Homes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a grant of $355,500 to Action for Eastern Montana. The grant will be used to fund 12 senior companions so that dozens of disabled veterans across six Montana counties will be able to continue living independently in their own homes. "As a nation, we must honor the commitment we've made to our veterans," Daines said. "This grant will allow 36 disabled Montana veterans to stay in their homes and near their friends and loved ones." "I want t… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Montana Communities Will Now Have Better Resources to Combat Meth, Opioid Crisis Thanks to Daines

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted on landmark legislation to help combat the devastating meth and opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. The bill is now on the way to the president's desk for signature. Download HERE Watch HERE "Way too often we're seeing stories of Montana tribes, families and communities being destroyed by meth and opioids," Daines said. "This landmark legislation will give our communities the much-needed resources to curb this devastating epi… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Daines Delivers Wins for Montana Airports, Nursing Mothers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years. The five-year extension includes several wins for Montana including the reauthorization of the Small Community Air Service Development Program critical to growing Montana's air service and the authorization of West Yellowstone Airport to receive increased Airport Improvement Program grants. Daines also secured a requirement for sanitary "Mother's Rooms" for nursing mothers… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Daines: Montanans Should Have More Say Than Illegal Immigrants

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pushed Dr. Steven Dillingham, the nominee to head the Census Bureau, to include a citizenship question in the upcoming 2020 Census. Watch HERE Download HERE "We must make sure that taxpayer dollars are distributed fairly and that U.S. citizens are properly represented in Congress," Daines said. "My job is to represent the citizens of Montana… And I believe citizens in Montana should have more of a say in Washington, D.C. than illegal im… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Daines Helps Secure Over $470K in Grants for Northern Montana Water Projects

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced nearly $500,000 in grants from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to two vital Northern Montana water projects: the Exeter Siphon Project on the Malta Irrigation District, and the Pondera Canal and Reservoir Company's E Canal Regulating Reservoir Project. "Water infrastructure is vital to keeping our rural economies up and running," Daines stated. "That's why I've supported the WaterSMART program in Congress. These two projects will help ens… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Daines Advances Slate of Montana Priorities

U.S. SENATE - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today advanced five bills benefiting Montana including legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), provide Montana communities with clean drinking water, permanently protect the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin from mining, and restore national parks' aging infrastructure. Daines was instrumental in ensuring these bills advanced in the Committee. Da… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Forest Service Responds to Daines’ Request to Open Public Comment Period on the Bitterroot National Forest

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) responded to his request to open a court-ordered objection period to allow all Montanans to provide public comment on the recent closure of the mountain bike uses across 62 miles of trails in the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study areas found on the Bitterroot National Forest. "With over 80 percent of Montanans recreating on their public lands, rivers, and lakes, and Montana's outdoor recreation ec… Continue Reading

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