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06.15.17

Daines Questions Forest Service Chief on Montana Projects

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on encouraging Montana forest projects. Click HERE to watch Daines' questioning. Click HERE to download Daines' questioning. During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Daines asked Tidwell for an update on the Montanore Mine. The project would provide full employment for 450 people at full production, with an annual payroll of $12 million during the production phas… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Senators Daines, Hassan Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research. The Preserving Data in Government Act, introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), would require federal agencies to preserve public access to existing open datasets, and prevent the removal of existing datasets without sufficient public notice. Small … Continue Reading


06.14.17

On Flag Day, Daines Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Flag Burning

U.S. SENATE -On Flag Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a Constitutional Amendment to give Congress the authority to prohibit burning the American flag. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution making the first stars and stripes our nation's flag. In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a narrow decision that protected the desecration of the U.S. Flag under the First Amendment. Their rulings determined that as Constitutional free speech, desecratio… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Daines: U.S. Beef On Its Way To China

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that an agreement has been reached to begin shipping U.S. beef to China. "For the first time in 13 years, Montana beef will now be served on menus, plates and in Chinese households," Daines stated. "China is the world's second largest beef market. After my two official trade missions to Beijing, including pressing the Chinese Premier and endless conversations with the Trump and Obama administrations - the ban is over. Montanans know U.S. b… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Daines Takes on Sexual Assault in National Parks

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today chaired his first U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on National Parks hearing. The topic was improving the workplace in National Parks as it relates to sexual harassment. Daines' hearing follows a report by the U.S. Department of Interior's inspector general outlining, "unwelcome conduct toward female workers in Yellowstone National Park." During Daines' opening statement, he spoke about the need for accountability to ensur… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Forest Chief Endorses Daines’ Bill to Provide Litigation Relief

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pressed the U.S. Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, on forest management reforms to create much needed revenues for Montana counties. During a U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing, Daines questioned Tidwell on reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service that negatively impacts forest hea… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Daines, Peters Introduces Bill to Protect Children from Meth Abuse

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced legislation that strengthens states' abilities to provide an additional option within the foster care system in Montana and Michigan and across the country. Montana has a record 3,400 children in foster care and about a third of those children are there because of methamphetamine use by their parents. Last December, the Montana Department of Justice issued a report detailing fourteen child deaths within a year of… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Watch the Montana Ag Summit 2017 Live

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced how to follow along during the Montana Ag Summit 2017. The Summit will begin at 8AM MT/10AM ET. A live feed available at www.daines.senate.gov. The Montana Ag Summit 2017 will be streamed live HERE beginning at 8AM MT/10AM ET. Follow the Montana Ag Summit on: Facebook Twitter 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 leade… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Daines Announces over $8.9 Million in Funding for 20 Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that 20 Montana airports have received $8,989,592.00 in funding for critical upgrades and maintenance. "Montana's community airport play a critical role in connecting our state," Daines stated. "Every single dollar make a huge difference to keeping our rural airports reliable and ready to use." Daines secured the following provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization: Airport Improvement Program (AIP) dollars… Continue Reading


05.28.17

Daines, Tester Introduce Legislation to Designate Three VA Facilities in Honor of Montana Veterans

U.S. SENATE - Ahead of Memorial Day, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced legislation to recognize the commitment to duty and personal courage of three Montanans by introducing a bill to designate three Department of Veterans Affairs facilities 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 designated in honor Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow (Dakaak Baako) and… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Bill Ausmus of Hardin

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized William "Bill" Ausmus of Hardin, a World War II Army veteran who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month. 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 a… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Daines, Tester Urge Support for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester urged support and continued funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Project. In a letter to Jim Kurth, the Acting Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Daines and Tester underscore the importance of the project, "This investment will further help conserve the outdoor way of life in the Whitefish area, protect critical investments in water quality for the City of Whitefish, secure worki… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Daines Announces $3,244,100 for Montana Community’s Health Centers

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $3,244,100.00 in critical funding for Glacier Community Health Center and Cascade City-County Health Department. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Great Falls: Cascade City-County Health Department: $1,558,934.00 Cut Bank: Glacier Community Health Center, Inc. $1,685,166.00 "Montana's community health centers are integral to providing high quality, low cost healthcare close to home,"… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Griz Softball Team

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the University of Montana Grizzlies softball team for their outstanding performance at the Big Sky Conference Softball Tournament. 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. Dain… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Daines Announces $2.3 Million for Montana’s Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $2,340,119.00 in critical funding for three Montana community health centers in Miles City, Shelby and Hamilton. "Montana's community health centers provide access to affordable healthcare close to home," Daines stated. "I'm thrilled to secure additional funding to ensure that Montanans in Miles City, Shelby and Hamilton can continue to receive the health services they rely on." Jamie Brownell, CEO - Marias Healthcare Services: "It is cr… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Daines Introduces Bill to Honor American Legion 100th Anniversary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators in honoring the 100th anniversary of the American Legion by introducing legislation to create a variety of commemorative coins. The special, limited edition commemorative coins would be available for purchase starting in 2019, marking the centennial of the organization which was originally chartered by Congress in September of 1919. The Legion has been instrumental in providing support, programs, and advocac… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Daines Encourages Montanans to Register for the Montana Ag Summit

The Montana Ag Summit 2017 is just 14 days away! U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the upcoming Montana Ag Summit 2017 that will take place in Great Falls on May 31-June 1. Montanans are encouraged to register now at www.agsummitmontana.com. "I'm inviting you to join me at the Montana Ag Summit 2017 on May 31-June 1 in Great Falls for a Montana family conversation about more jobs in our number one economic driver: agriculture," Daines stated. "To register and for more … Continue Reading


05.17.17

Senate, House: We Need to Stop Online Booking Scams

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams. The Stop Online Booking Scams Act protects consumers from illegitimate third-party websites that trick consumers into thinking they are making reservations directly with hotels. Online bo… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Daines Partners with The Weather Channel to Make Montanans Aware of the Need for Severe Weather Preparedness

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stressed the importance of severe weather preparedness in a newly created Public Service Announcement (PSA). The locally targeted PSA, recorded in partnership with The Weather Channel television network, will air on the network throughout the summer. "Montanans know the importance of keeping an eye on the sky," Daines stated. "I encourage all Montanans to always stay alert and weather-ready." "When severe weather is approaching, being prepared is s… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Daines Introduces Back the Blue Act

U.S. SENATE -After the tragic killing of Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Back the Blue Act of 2017, which would increase penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. "Deputy Mason Moore is a brave hero who laid down his life to protect Montanans. We must send a clear message: criminals who look to hurt law enforcement will face the harshest pena… Continue Reading

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