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05.08.18

Daines: Montana Counties Set to Receive over $17 Million in SRS Payments

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Forest Service will allocate over $17 million to Montana's rural and forested counties under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The Forest Service this week released 2017 SRS payment levels for Montana counties following the recent reauthorization of the critical program. "These much-needed funds are critical for Montana's rural counties who have fallen on hard economic times due to declining timber harvests and natural reso… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Manhattan’s Alexa Arthun’s Offer of Appointment from the Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee Alexa Arthun's offer of appointment from the United States Naval Academy. Arthun lives in Manhattan, Montana where she attends Manhattan High School. "Alexa has an outstanding academic and athletic record and a passion to serve our country," said Daines. "I know she will excel at the Naval Academy and inspire her peers through her leadership." "Alexa is one of the very best Mon… Continue Reading


05.04.18

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Helena’s Madison Ward’s Offer of Appointment from the Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee Madison Ward's offer of appointment from the United States Naval Academy. Ward lives in Helena, Montana. "With her experience living abroad, academic and extracurricular achievements and leadership roles, Madison would be a great fit for the Naval Academy," said Daines. "She is one of Montana's finest and I look forward to following her future successes." "Madison will make Mon… Continue Reading


05.03.18

Daines Secures $2,000,000 Grant for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after securing a $2,000,000 grant for phase two of the Whitefish Lake Watershed project in Flathead County. This grant allows Montana to place a conservation easement on 3,200 critical acres in Flathead County. The area is an important habitat for grizzly bears, the Canada lynx, and also protects water quality within the Lazy Creek watershed for threatened fish species. "This area is critical for the protection of w… Continue Reading


04.27.18

Daines Statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reaffirmation of the Removal of Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears from Endangered Species Act

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's announcement that its 2017 final rule to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) from the Endangered Species Act's List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife does not require modification. "It's important to see sound science confirming the grizzly bear population has recovered," said Daines. "I look forward to working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state as we c… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Daines Bill to Establish National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - This week, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Steve Daines' bill to recognize May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Daines introduced the legislation to honor the memory of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. The resolution commemorates the lives of all American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered. "Tragically, Hanna Harris is just one of … Continue Reading


04.26.18

Daines Calls for Religious Freedom in China

U.S. SENATE - Today during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on digital authoritarianism and the global threat to free speech, Daines called out China for removing the sale of Bibles from Chinese e-commerce websites and pressed for increased religious freedom in that country. "The freedom to practice your religion without a fear of persecution is a human right that knows no borders," said Daines. "The Chinese government must be held accountable for its blatant infring… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Daines Applauds Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate joined Daines in confirming Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State. "Mike's educational record, military service and commitment to our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army, U.S. Congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, makes him exceptionally qualified for this role as America's top diplomat," said Daines. "I look forward to working with him as he represents and defends Amer… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Daines Calls for Transparency at CBO in First Legislative Branch Subcommittee Hearing as Chairman

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines called for increased transparency at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) while chairing his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee. The CBO has been criticized previously for not providing enough detail to explain its findings in budget estimates and scoring of legislation. "The CBO, along with all members of the legislative branch, must answer to American taxpayers," said Daines. "As Chairman, I w… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Daines Named a Leading Bipartisan Senator

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines has been recognized by a leading research institute as having one of the top records of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate. The Lugar Center and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy recognized Daines this week in its Bipartisan Index as having one of the strongest record of working across the aisle in the U.S. Senate. Daines ranked 13th for bipartisanship among his Senate colleagues. "Montanans expect their representatives to work acr… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Daines Urges Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke on the Senate floor to urge the swift confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Watch video HERE. Download the video HERE. Excerpt from prepared remarks: Mike's resume would put him at the top of any pile, but let's talk about his record of results. I just returned from a trip to China, South Korea and the DMZ, where I met with the Chinese premier and the prime minister of South Korea, among many other leaders. Their feedba… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Daines Builds Momentum for TPP, Secretary Perdue Welcomes Reengagement

U.S. SENATE - Today in a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told U.S. Senator Steve Daines that reconsidering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement would benefit America's agriculture community and that he welcomes reengagement with the trade deal. "Montana's farmers and ranchers need fair access to markets so they can put food on our plates, compete and grow jobs," said Daines. "I am glad Secretary Pe… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Secretary Perdue, Forest Service Endorse Daines’ Efforts to End Frivolous Litigation, Move Forest Management Forward

Both endorse creating arbitration program for Montana to ensure faster implementation of forest management projects, reduce wildfire risk U.S. SENATE - Today during hearings in the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the interim chief of the U.S. Forest Service agreed to work with U.S. Senator Steve Daines to end frivolous litigation that hinders critical forest managem… Continue Reading


04.23.18

Daines: Our National Parks are what make us Distinctly American

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in celebration of National Park Week. This follows the recent passage of Daines' bipartisan resolution which designates April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and as someone who grew up just a short drive from America's first national park, Yellowstone, … Continue Reading


04.20.18

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Ennis’s William Gilmore’s Offer of Appointment from West Point

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee William Gilmore's offer of appointment from the United States Military Academy. Will lives in Ennis, Montanan and attends Ennis High School. "With an exceptional academic, athletic and leadership record, William is one of Montana's finest students," said Daines. "West Point would be lucky to have him. I know he will go on to make Montana and America proud." "William is an ambit… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Daines, King Bill Passes Celebrating National Park Week

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Angus King (I-ME) today passed their bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21. "Our national parks are an important part of the American experience," said Daines. "Whether you are in Yellowstone or t… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Montanan from Great Falls Tells Senators: Excessive Permitting Spikes Energy Costs for Montanans

Doug Hardy of Great Falls testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. SENATE - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on energy challenges for rural areas, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke with Doug Hardy, the General Manager of Central Montana Electric Power Cooperative in Great Falls, Montana about the current threats that could cause rate hikes in Montana. Daines recommended Mr. Hardy as witness for the hearing. "Government red tape is thre… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Daines to DOJ: Uphold Your Responsibilities to Indian Tribes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the Department of Justice's (DOJ) responsibilities under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), urging the DOJ to uphold its responsibilities to Indian tribes and implement the recommendations outlined in that report as quickly as possible. "The DOJ must fulfill its responsibilities to Indian tribes," said Daines, "There is an epidemic of violent crime… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Daines Pushes EPA on Behalf of Lincoln County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging they take into account Lincoln County's concerns regarding cleanup of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site. "I heard directly from Lincoln County leaders regarding their concerns that property owners and local government could be held liable for future clean-up costs of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site," said Daines. "I've asked the EPA to work with local officials and community leaders… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Daines, King Celebrate National Parks

Introduce bipartisan resolution to dedicate National Park Week U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced a bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week. This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America's treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21. "As a fifth-generation Montanan, I believe our national … Continue Reading

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