Daines Fights to Protect Montanans’ Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined his colleagues in supporting the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in other states that also have concealed carry laws, while abiding by the respective state's laws. "As a concealed carry permit holder myself, I will always fight to protect Montanans' Second Amendment rights," Daines said. "This bill is commonsense - it simply allo… Continue Reading


Daines: If the Government is Shutdown, Members of Congress Shouldn’t Get Paid

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the No Work, No Pay Act, which requires all members of Congress to withhold their pay during a government shutdown until the government reopens. "In Montana and across our country, folks are suffering at the expense of the political games being played in Washington," Daines said. "It's simple - it is the fundamental role of Congress to fund the government and until that happens, they shouldn't get paid." Click HERE to download video… Continue Reading


Daines Cosponsors Bipartisan Public Lands Package with Critical Montana, Conservation Priorities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored a bipartisan legislative lands package that benefits Montana including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. "This would be one of the biggest accomplishments for conservation and protection of our public lands in Montana and across our country in decades," Daines said. "Last month I secured commitment for a vote on this public lands package, and I'm pleased … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Gateway of Yellowstone National Park

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to protect one of our nation's great treasures, Yellowstone National Park. "In Montana, we're blessed to have so many of our nation's national treasures in our backyard. But along with that privilege comes the responsibility to protect those treasures," Daines stated. "Some places are just too special to mine, and the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone is one of them. That's why I'm committed to protecting th… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Introduce First Bill of 116th Congress: No Balanced Budget, No Pay

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced their first bill of the 116th Congress, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, to strengthen accountability in Washington, D.C. "It's long overdue that members of Congress are held accountable for their dysfunction in government funding," Daines said. "Just like every hardworking Montana family and small business across this country - members of Congress shouldn't get paid until they balance the budget." … Continue Reading


Daines Will Withhold Pay During Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter requesting that the Secretary of the U.S. Senate withhold his pay during the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. "I believe all sides need to come together to enhance border security and reopen the government." Daines wrote. "Until that occurs and Border Patrol agents and other federal personnel again receive their paychecks, I think it would be inappropriate for me to receive my pay." Click HERE to read the full letter. Ba… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Funding to Keep Critical National Parks Services Open During Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured funding to keep critical National Parks services open during the government shutdown. In a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, Daines urged him to fund critical National Parks services during the government shutdown. After receiving Daines' letter, Bernhardt ordered the Park Service to use funds for critical those services. "Our communities should not be in danger as a result of the political games going on … Continue Reading


Daines Announces Committee Assignments for 116th US Congress

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his committee assignments for the 116th U.S. Congress. Senate Republican leadership has asked Daines to serve on the U.S. Senate Committees on Finance, Appropriations, Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), and Indian Affairs Committees. "It is an honor to represent the people of Montana in the United States Senate and I will continue working on their behalf in the new Congress," Daines stated. "I will continue fighting for balanced budgets, … Continue Reading


President Trump Signs 2018 Farm Bill, Montana Priorities Included

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement and videos following the 2018 Farm Bill. Daines secured critical priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers and strong forestry provisions to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. "As Montana's lone voice on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, I fought hard to ensure Montana ag priorities and forest management reforms were included in the 2018 Farm Bill," Daines said. "I'm pleased President Trump signed this critical b… Continue Reading


Daines to NIH Director: We Must Continue to Combat Montana Meth Addiction

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the Honorable Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to encourage the agency to continue working to find solutions to the meth epidemic in Montana and the nation. "In Montana we have a crisis wreaking havoc throughout the state: a methamphetamine epidemic. Meth is destroying families and communities, and disproportionately impacting Native American tribes," the letter states. "As Montana and… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byms of Sanders County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byms of Sanders County for their commitment and dedication of service to this country. 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 Daines' "Montanan o… Continue Reading


Daines, Hoeven, Gianforte and Gosar Lead Letter to President Trump on Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today led 42 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump to urge any immediate action necessary to move construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline forward "The Keystone XL pipeline will bring nearly 6600 high paying jobs in the near-term and nearly $4 billion in new capital investment next year alone," the letter states. "[O]ne of your first actions as President was to expedite the approval and construction of… Continue Reading


Daines to BIA: Time for Answers for Loring Heavyrunner Family

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) hearing on Indian Country's missing and murdered demanded answers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the epidemic of missing and murdered persons in Indian country. The hearing follows Daines' request to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee to hold the hearing. Daines also successfully secured Kimberly Loring HeavyRunner, the sister of missing Ashley Loring Heavyrunner of the Blackfeet … Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Applauds Trump Administration Rewrite of EPA WOTUS rule

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, chair of the Senate Western Caucus, and Caucus Members Senator Jim Inhofe, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Joni Ernst, Senator John Barrasso Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jeff Flake and Senator Jon Kyl, today applauded the Trump administration's rewrite of the Obama era "Waters of the US" (WOTUS) rule. The new EPA rule more narrowly defines "waters of the US" to focus on truly public waterways. "The Obama WOTUS rule took federal government overreach in ru… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Passage of Blue Water Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined bipartisan senators and veterans to call for Senate passage of the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Click HERE to download audio "The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is about fairness, about justice and about congressional intent," Daines said. "The intent of congress was to ensure that those who served in Vietnam and were exposed to agent orange are getting the care they need and deserve. It's time to make this wr… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Critical Montana Priorities in 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the 2018 Farm Bill will include critical priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers and forestry provisions to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. The final compromise must now be passed by the House and Senate before moving to the President's desk to be signed into law. You can find the text of the Farm Bill here. "I'm glad to see that we're moving forward with the 2018 Farm Bill and helping our farmers and ranchers get the certainty … Continue Reading


Daines Successfully Secures U.S. Senate Hearing on Missing and Murdered Persons in Indian Country

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing this Wednesday on the issue of missing and murdered persons in Indian country. The announcement comes after Daines sent a letter to Committee leadership requesting a hearing. "We face tragedies from across Montana where tribal citizens, particularly women and girls, go missing without a trace," Daines said. "We must do all in our power to curb the crisis of American I… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Critical Meth, Sex Offender Provisions in Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will cosponsor and support legislation to reform the criminal justice system after working to ensure meth and sex offender provisions were included in the bill. "Meth use has skyrocketed in Montana. We need to make sure we have every tool available to fight against an epidemic that is tearing families apart and increasing violent crimes in our state," Daines said. "I'm glad to have worked to ensure high level meth dealers and sex offenders a… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Hannah Nieskens of Jefferson County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Hannah Nieskens of Jefferson County for her years of service to Montana veterans and her great impact on Montana's education system. Yesterday, Daines spoke about Nieskens on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Watch HERE Download HERE Daines' speech in the Congressional Record is available here. Mr. DAINES, Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Hannah Nieskens of Jefferson County for her tremendous service to Montana ve… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Trump Administration for Reversing Job-Killing Regulation on Coal

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the Trump administration's proposed revisions to the Obama era's job-killing Clean Power Plan (CPP). "The EPA Power Plan was another example of President Obama and Gina McCarthy regulating by having the tail wagging the dog. Their standards were unattainable and did nothing to clean up the environment and instead killed high paying jobs," Daines said. "Today's action by the Trump administration will help save Montana jobs and h… Continue Reading

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