Montana Delegation Demands EPA Resolve $4 Million Fine Against Powell County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte are working to protect Powell County from having to pay a $4 million fine to the U.S. Treasury Department. The government sent Powell County the bill to cover the costs of an oil spill cleanup from 2011, initially totaling $3,172,982.89. At that time, Powell County made clear to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard that it was unable to foot a multi-million dollar fine and sought alt… Continue Reading


Daines Presses Utility Regulators to Preserve Colstrip

Colstrip critical to U.S. energy security and reliability U.S. SENATE - Today, during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines pressed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Neil Chatterjee on the importance of the Colstrip Power Plant to Montana and grid reliability. FERC is an independent agency that regulates the movement of natural gas, oil, and electricity between states. FERC also oversees regulation for natural gas and hydropow… Continue Reading


Daines Attends Historic Ceremony to Sign Documents Implementing the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement and Compact

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Secretary Ryan Zinke and Blackfeet Nation Chairman Harry Barnes for the historic signing of documents implementing legislation Daines fought for since arriving in Congress: the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act. The Blackfeet water compact will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean water for the communities within the Reservation, as well as farms, ranches, and businesses … Continue Reading


Daines, Senators Call on Administration to Restore More Choice for Americans in Health Insurance Markets

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and 34 other senators today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta, and HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar urging the administration to restore 12-month terms for short-term, limited duration insurance plans, which were available for two decades before being prohibited by Obama administration rules in 2016. The senators also urged the administration to clarify that issuers can offer renewal guarantees for STLD plan… Continue Reading


Montana Delegation Introduces Bill to Name Site of B-47 Crash in Memory of Fallen Heroes

U.S. SENATE - This week, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced the B-47 Ridge Designation Act. This legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, Lt. David Sutton, and Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh who all tragically lost their lives in an Air Force B-47 Bomber crash in Montana in 1962. The bill officially names the unnamed ridge off of Emigrant Peak in Park County where the crash occurred as the 'B-47 Ridge' and allows the placement of a memori… Continue Reading


Committee Passes Daines’ Initiatives to Support Butte Veterans Home, Malta Training Center

U.S. SENATE - Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed U.S. Senator Steve Daines' initiative to quicken the construction of the Butte Veterans home by making sure the VA establishes a deadline for its completion and ensuring the VA properly uses the taxpayer dollars that fund the project. "Montana veterans have been waiting for too long for a veterans' home in Butte," said Daines. "After years of mismanagement and inefficient use of taxpayer dollars, it is time the VA put the shov… Continue Reading


Daines Amendment to Protect States’ Rights, Allow Medical Marijuana Use for Veterans Passes

U.S. SENATE - Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed U.S. Senator Steve Daines' amendment that protects states' 10th Amendment right and allows veterans' to discuss with VA physicians the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal. The amendment would allow for parity between VA and non-VA facilities in states like Montana, which have medical marijuana programs. It does not change current laws preventing the possession or dispensing of marijuana on VA property, but sim… Continue Reading


President Signs Montana Delegation's Bill to Rename Three VA Facilities in Honor of Montana Veterans

Montana VA clinics to honor David Thatcher, Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, and Ben Steele U.S. SENATE - President Donald Trump signed the Montana congressional delegation's legislation to rename three Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. This legislation, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte, recognizes the commitment to duty and the personal courage of three Montana veterans by renaming VA facilities in Missoula and Billings in their ho… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Forest Service’s Commitment to Clear Hazardous Dead Trees from Montana National Forest

Clearing debris supports timber jobs and public safety U.S. SENATE - This week, Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief of the Forest Service, announced that she approved U.S. Senator Steve Daines' request to expedite removal of dead and dying timber leftover from wildfires in the Lolo National Forest. "Dead and dying trees are sitting in our National Forests, creating safety hazards and losing their economic value," said Daines. "Clearing the debris will support good-paying timber jobs at nearby m… Continue Reading


President to Sign Daines’ Bill to Overhaul VA, Strengthen Care for Veterans

U.S. SENATE - In the hours leading up to President Donald Trump signing the VA MISSION Act into law, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the positive impact that this legislation will have on veterans' access to critical health care services. This legislation, which Daines helped champion in the U.S. Senate, will overhaul the VA Choice Program and provide better health care for Montana's veterans. Daines will join President Trump at the White House this aftern… Continue Reading


McConnell Responds to Daines’ Demands to Cancel August Recess

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has responded to Daines' demands and cancelled the Senate's upcoming August recess to help avoid last minute funding battles and push through the backlog of judicial nominees currently before the U.S. Senate. "In order to drain the swamp, the pumps need to keep running in August," said Daines. "While I'm thankful the Majority Leader has heeded my call to cancel August recess, simply keeping the… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $12 Million in Grants for Montana Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced over $12 million in grants for Montana Community Health Centers. "Community Health Centers provide vital and affordable care to the most vulnerable members of our community," said Daines. "These critical funds will work to improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of Montanans." The following Community Health Centers received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services: RiverStone Health: $3,338,867.00 Lincoln County Com… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Zinke for Prioritizing Montana, Sperry Chalet Reconstruction in DOI Funding Request

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines applauded Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke for prioritizing Montana in the DOI's appropriations request and setting aside $12 million for the reconstruction of Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet hotel. The Sperry Chalet hotel was burned down in a forest fire in August 2017. "Glacier's Sperry Chalet hotel has been a place for visitors to stay for over a century," said Daines. "I thank Secretary Zinke for putting Montana's p… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Broadband to Rural Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the bipartisan Reprioritizing Unserved Rural Areas and Locations for Broadband (RURAL Broadband) Act of 2018, which will prioritize federal funds that are used to provide broadband access to areas that are unserved with no access before they are used to upgrade areas with existing service. "We must work to close the rural-digital divide so our rural communities can be part of the 21st Century economy," said Daines. "My bill ensures that … Continue Reading


Daines Joins President at White House to Roll Back Dodd-Frank Regulations

U.S. SENATE - Today, President Donald Trump invited U.S. Senator Steve Daines to a bill signing ceremony at the White House for legislation that will roll back disastrous Dodd-Frank regulations. "Montana's rural banks, credit unions and customers have been the biggest victims of Dodd-Frank," said Daines. "It was great to join the President at the White House to finally takes steps to provide relief to our rural communities." The Dodd-Frank Act has done tremendous harm to Montana by eliminating… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Legislation to Protect Tribes from Costly Obamacare Employer Mandate

Senator Steve Daines today announced the introduction of legislation to protect Native American tribes from Obamacare's costly employer mandate. The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act will exempt tribes and tribal employers from Obamacare's employer mandate. The bill prevent massive fines that tribal employers would incur under Obamacare's employer mandate. The employer mandate places an undue burden on tribes, leading to lost jobs and increased unemployment. Instead of bolstering triba… Continue Reading


Senate Sends Bill to Overhaul VA, Deliver on Promises to Our Veterans to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today supported and the Senate passed, the VA MISSION Act, which will overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and fix many of the shortcomings in the VA Choice Program. "Under the Choice Program, our veterans did not receive the healthcare they deserved," said Daines. "The bipartisan VA MISSION Act will follow through on the promises that were made to our Veterans." This week, Daines took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to join him in supp… Continue Reading


IHS Director Concedes to Daines More Must be done to Combat Suicide in Tribal Communities

U.S. SENATE - During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), conceded to U.S. Senator Steve Daines that IHS is not doing enough to combat the suicide epidemic in Indian country. During the hearing, Daines confronted Admiral Weahkee with the startling statistic that American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of suicide of any demographic group in the United States,… Continue Reading


Secretary Mnuchin to Daines: CFIUS Modernization Must Cover Joint-Ventures

U.S. SENATE - During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told U.S. Senator Steve Daines that congressional modernization of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) must include jurisdiction over joint-ventures. CFIUS' jurisdiction over joint-ventures is critical as China regularly requires U.S. companies to create joint-ventures with Chinese counterparts to do business in China. These… Continue Reading


Daines, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Safeguard Critical Military and Dual-Use Technology from China

'There can be no question that China seeks to surpass the U.S. both economically and militarily and become the world's foremost superpower, and neither the Federal Government nor private U.S. companies should aid and abet that effort. As such, we implore you to reject any proposal to soften restrictions on the transfer to China of U.S.-made military technologies and advanced dual-use technologies, including semiconductors.' 'Export control and sanctions laws should not be negotiable, because f… Continue Reading

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