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09.07.17

Daines Congratulates New FS Chief, Pushes for Urgent Forest Management Reform

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated the new U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke and looked to draw his attention to the burning forests in Montana. In a letter to Tooke, Daines highlighted the need for urgent forest management reforms to reduce the severity and intensity of wildfires to help prevent against another fire season like Montana is currently seeing. "The most critical near term objective is, unquestionably, protecting communities experiencing these wildfir… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Daines: Senate Needs to Confirm Alme for U.S. Attorney

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced building support for Billings's attorney Kurt Alme nomination to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana. Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary favorably reported out Alme's nomination. The nomination now awaits action on the U.S. Senate floor. Congress organized the District of Montana as one judicial district in 1889. It is the largest geographical federal court district in the continental United State… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Daines Announces $347,000 for Firefighting Efforts

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the City of Bozeman Fire Department was awarded $53,346 for personal protective safety equipment to help combat wildfires and Miles City was awarded $294,054 for vehicle acquisition. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparednes… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Daines Announces Over $2.7 Million for Bozeman Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $2,753,595.00 in funding for the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport for critical runway upgrades. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will be used to rehabilitate the runway. "As Montana's busiest airport, it's critical that the runway is in top shape to serve Montanans and grow Montana's economy," Daines stated. "This funding will go a long way toward improving the infrastructure to keep the airpor… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Daines: Either We Manage The Forests, Or The Forests Are Going To Manage Us

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to raise awareness and draw attention to the fires burning in Montana. Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. Daines remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President - "I left Montana early yesterday morning to be back here to Washington, D.C. to do the work of the American people, but as always my heart remains in Big Sky Country. "That's especially true right now as fire… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Daines Announces $312,000 for Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $312,000.00 in funding for the Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department to recruit more firefighters. "At a time when you literally can't escape the smoke in Montana, we are reminded of the importance of the brave folks willing to step up and serve their communities," Daines stated. "I'm thrilled to be announcing more resources dedicated to keeping our communities safe from the threat of fire." The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA)… Continue Reading


08.29.17

Daines to Radical Environmentalists: Stop Blocking Forest Management Projects

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Friends of the Wild Swan (FOWS), Swan View Coalition (SVC), Alliance for the Wild Rockies (A WR) and Native Ecosystems Council (NEC) 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue under the Endangered Species Act, Beaver Creek Project. The Notice of Intent was submitted on August 25. The Beaver Creek Project was developed in a collaborative fashion with the South … Continue Reading


08.23.17

Daines Secures Funding for University of Montana Upward Bound Program

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $356,313.00 in funding for the University of Montana's Upward Bound Program that had previously been denied due to a clerical error. "At long last the Upward Bound Program is receiving the funds it requested on the merits of their application," Daines stated. "The qualification for federal dollars shouldn't be discarded for simple formatting errors - that is federal bureaucracy at its worst. I'm glad to see the Department of Education make… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Daines Announces Montana High Tech Jobs Summit 2017

Registration now open at https://montanatechsummit.com/ U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that registration is now open for his second biennial Montana High Tech Jobs Summit in Missoula on October 8 & 9. The Summit, co-sponsored by Daines will take place at the University of Montana October 8 & 9 and will bring national tech and business leaders together. "The Montana High Tech Jobs Summit will feature a wide array of tech leaders both from Montana and the natio… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Daines Applauds Elevation of Cyber Command to Combatant Command

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the action taken by President Donald J. Trump to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a U.S. Combatant Command. "I'm glad to see President Trump heed my call to elevate Cyber Command to a Combatant Command - our nation must dominate the cyber domain just as we do on land, at sea and in the air," Daines stated. "The elevation of Cyber Command to a Combatant Command is vital to ensuring that the United States is fully prepared for cyber warfare and … Continue Reading


08.03.17

Daines Secures FEMA Listening Sessions in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that at his urging, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold two of its tribal listening sessions in Montana as part of the process of updating its tribal consultation policy. In a letter to FEMA head Robert Fenton on April 11, Daines noted that Montana tribal leaders and homeland security directors have expressed a strong desire to provide their input on the FEMA consultation policy and requested that the agency hold a … Continue Reading


08.03.17

Daines Mourns Lost Firefighters, Pushes for Forest Management Reforms

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke about the the tragic loss of two wildland firefighters in Montana and the need to drastically increase active forest management during the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' hearing. Daines also discussed the widespread fires currently occurring throughout Montana, and voiced frustration with litigation that has blocked the Stonewall Vegetation project. This Project was designed to reduce hazardous fuels in the very areas … Continue Reading


08.02.17

Bill to Designate Three VA Facilities in Honor of Montana Veterans Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today announced that their legislation to designate three Department of Veterans Affairs facilities passed the Senate. This legislation recognizes the commitment to duty and personal courage of three Montanans by naming VA facilities in Missoula and Billings in their honor. The Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Missoula will be designated in honor of David J. Thatcher, the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Billings will be desi… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Gianforte, Daines Announce $1.7 Million Grant for Libby Cleanup, Restoration

Gianforte, Daines Announce $1.7 Million Grant for Libby Cleanup, Restoration U.S. CONGRESS - Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has been awarded a $1,672,106 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "The work continues to provide the people of Libby with a clean, healthy place to live, work, and raise a family," Gianforte said. "This grant from the EPA will help the communi… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity of "Internet-of-Things" (loT) Devices

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 would require that devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements. Under the terms of the bill, vendors who supply the U.S. governmen… Continue Reading


07.31.17

Daines Announces Funding for Great Falls, Deer Lodge Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced two Montana airports have received $2,099,654 in funding for critical upgrades and maintenance. "The Great Falls and Deer Lodge airports play critical roles in our state's connectivity and economy," Daines stated. "I'm excited to secure these funds to keep these airports operational and growing for both Montanans and folks who want to visit our great state." The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Deta… Continue Reading


07.28.17

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Online Privacy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize our nation's privacy laws and update warrant requirements for electronic communications to reflect the technological realities of the 21st century. The current law that governs protections afforded to electronic communications was passed in 1986, a time when Congress could not have anticipated the prevalence of email and digital communication. The Email Privacy Act updates this law and shows ho… Continue Reading


07.28.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Skip Walters of Great Falls

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Skip Walters of Great Falls for a tremendous radio broadcasting career. 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 fellow Montanans for Da… Continue Reading


07.28.17

Daines Blasts Failure to Repeal Obamacare

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate fell short of advancing the effort to repeal Obamacare: "Montanans have made it clear in election after election, they want Obamacare to be repealed and replaced," Daines stated. "These families have paid far too much and have faced an increase of 133 percent in their premiums over the past five years. We must help these families and not let them suffer under this broken law anymore." ###… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Daines, Gianforte Demand Relief for Farmers and Ranchers Hit by Wildfire

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte today requested emergency relief to farmers and ranchers severely impacted by the Lodgepole Complex Wildfire in Eastern Montana. In a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Daines and Gianforte urged Zinke to grant farmers and ranchers the ability to graze livestock on retired grazing allotments within the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge (CMR). "We write to request that the Department of the Inte… Continue Reading

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