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05.12.17

Daines: China Agrees to Open Market to U.S. Beef

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that an agreement has been reached to open Chinese markets to U.S. beef no later than July 16, 2017. A formalized agreement is expected to be reached in the coming weeks. "Opening Chinese markets to U.S. beef is a win for Montana's producers," Daines stated. "With over 95 percent of the world's consumers living outside of the U.S., access to foreign markets is critical to growing good-paying jobs and maintaining Montana's strong economy… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Daines: Lighthizer Confirmed as USTR

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer. "I look forward to working with Ambassador Lighthtizer to strengthen and expand markets for Montana products," Daines stated. "He will be a great asset in renegotiating a new and effective Softwood Lumber Agreement." Daines meeting with Lighthizer on March 9 in his Washington, D… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Daines Blasts Senate Democrats for Ignoring Montanans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the U.S. Senate floor after Senate Democrats refused to allow regularly scheduled committees to meet. Harlowton Mayor Jeff Sell was set to testify in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power at 2:30PM ET. Democrats refused to allow a hearing on S. 685, the Clean Water for Rural Communities Act that would authorize two Bureau of Reclamation rural water projects critical to Montana: the Mussel-S… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Daines Statement on Comey Dismissal

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement: "Director Comey has lost the confidence and respect of both sides of the aisle including the organization he was charged with leading. I look forward to new leadership that will regain public trust and restore integrity to the FBI." ###… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Daines Marks National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was in Lame Deer to mark the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Daines introduced and secured U.S. Senate unanimous passage of a resolution to honor the memory of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. The resolution seeks to commemorate the lives of all missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered w… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Daines Urges Chinese Premier to Open Markets to U.S. Beef

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines led his colleagues U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) in a letter to the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urging him to open Chinese markets to U.S. beef imports. The letter follows their official overseas congressional delegation trip to China where the Members of Congress met with Premier Li and raised the issue of U.S. beef imports to China. Daine… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Thomas Family of Lake County

U.S. SENATE - During National Foster Care Month, U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the Thomas Family for giving their time and talent to serve as foster parents for children in Lake County. J.P. Thomas, and his wife Tiara Thomas, have done honorable work by providing structure and consistency in many young lives. 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 … Continue Reading


05.04.17

Daines Congratulates Manhattan Student on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Manhattan High senior Alexa Arthun on her offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Arthun is a ranch hand at Daniel Angus Ranch in Fishtail and is a varsity athlete in track, basketball, and boys' football. She has volunteered with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, National Honors Society and Vacation Bible School. Daines called Arthun today to inform her of her offer and give h… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Daines Votes Against Big Spending, No Strategy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting against the $1.1 trillion spending deal and lack of strategy to fund the federal government: "We are seven months into the federal government's fiscal year without a budget. Washington, D.C.'s govern-by-crisis strategy is the hallmark of dysfunction. Congress has repeated this process for 42 years and it has only worked four times. D.C. only knows one thing to do: Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Montana doesn't o… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Daines Discusses Crowdfunding for Startups with SEC Chairman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced legislation to better the way entrepreneurs raise funds through crowdfunding by repealing regulatory red tape that keeps startups from getting off the ground. Yesterday, Daines met with Jay Clayton, the newly confirmed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding his bill. During the meeting, Daines handed him a letter outlining his priorities writing, "I encourage you to review the Crowdfunding Rule for opportunit… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Daines Introduces Legislation Authorizing Move of BLM Headquarters to the West

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines this week introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act, legislation that would authorize the move of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters from Washington, D.C. to one of the following Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. "The folks who make decisions about our land should have a solid understanding of what it means to have the f… Continue Reading


05.03.17

Daines Calls for Funding for State Veterans Homes

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation's veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new facilities to serve ag… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Daines: We Need to Remove Uncertainty from SRS & PILT

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today remarked about the uncertainty in the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs and the need to provide certainty for Montana counties. Daines today participated in a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through SRS and PILT, and the need to provide greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-exempt federal lands. … Continue Reading


05.02.17

Daines: Perdue Coming to Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to highlight Montana Ag Summit 2017 that will take place May 31-June 1 in Great Falls. Click HERE to watch. Click HERE to download. Daines' remarks as prepared are below: "I have good news for Montana - a week ago yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as our next Secretary of Agriculture. "Secretary Perdue and I discussed Montana ag and the need to expand agricultural acces… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Daines, Peters Introduce Bill to Protect Americans’ Personally Identifiable Information

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced legislation to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII) from vessel manifest sheets before making them available for public disclosure. The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act would simply amend the manifest disclosure process to explicitly require the removal of individuals' PII, such as, residential addresses, social security numbers, and passport n… Continue Reading


05.01.17

Ag Secretary Perdue to Keynote Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will deliver a keynote address at the Montana Ag Summit 2017. The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation's agricultural leaders to Montana's Golden Triangle. The summit will focus on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advanceme… Continue Reading


04.28.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Emma Homer of Ashland

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Emma Homer of Ashland for the many years she has helped children in eastern Montana. 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 Montana… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Make Indian Coal Production Tax Credit Permanent

U.S. SENATE -Montana's U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (ICPTC). The ICPTC provides a crucial tax incentive to level the playing field for future development of tribal coal resources that are currently subject to more regulatory requirements than comparable development on private, state or federal lands. ICPTC credit protects the economic viability of existing tribal coal mining projects, which su… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Encourage Cross Boundary Management of Forests to Protect Water Resources, Enhance Wildlife Habitat, Restore Forest Health, and Strengthen Local Economies

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to encourage cross boundary management of forests to protect water resources, enhance wildlife habitat, restore forest health, and strengthen local economies. The bipartisan Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017 would encourage a landscape approach to forest management. The bill has been endorsed by the American Forest Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. "I've… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Daines: Acosta Confirmed for Labor Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Alexander Acosta for U.S. Secretary of Labor. "Alexander Acosta will work to ensure workers in Montana have the support and protections they need and deserve," Daines stated. "I look forward to working with Secretary Acosta to provide Montana businesses with relief from burdensome regulations so that we can promote the wellbeing of Montana workers and retirees, and create more op… Continue Reading

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