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05.23.19

Daines , Tester Vote to Hang Up on Robocalls

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester voted to hang up on robocalls today, helping pass the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act?-also known as the TRACED Act-through the Senate today. "Across Montana, folks are being inundated by illegal robocalls," Daines said. "It's long overdue that Montanans are protected from these illegal calls. I'm glad my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle supported this important legislation. We mus… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Daines Fights to Remove Barriers for Montana’s Skilled Workers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand the education savings plans to skilled workers. To download video, click HERE. "This legislation will lead to more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Montanans," Daines said. "Those who want to join an apprenticeship program ought to be given the same opportunities afforded to those who go to traditional colleges and universities." Under Daines' legislation, skilled workers enrolled in a regis… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Daines, Gianforte Urge Agency to Prevent Crisis at Northern Border

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opposing cuts in hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry. "Cuts in hours of service should not be implemented and the current hours of service should continue. While we remain willing to work with you on the needs of your service to protect America and resolve the crisis at the southern border, we encourage you to refrain from causing a c… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Daines Fights for LWCF Funding

U.S. SENATE - On the heels of House Interior Appropriations plus-up of LWCF, U.S. Senator Steve Daines wrote a letter to U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Committee Leadership urging the full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and to build on momentum for stronger funding in the Senate bill. The letter also highlighted the importance of the program to Montana. "Earlier this Congress, we took a historic step to permanently authorize the LWCF," Daines said. "As we work towar… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Daines Pushes for B-47 Ridge Naming in Honor of Fallen Servicemen

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged lawmakers for swift passage of the B-47 Ridge Designation Act in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. Daines introduced the bipartisan bill that names the ridge after four servicemen who lost their lives in February. Click HERE to download video "That is why I introduced the bipartisan B-47 Ridge Designation Act to tell the story of these brave men and to make sure the sacrifice is not forgotten," Daines said. "So … Continue Reading


05.10.19

Daines, Gianforte Fight for Montana Energy Jobs

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced a bill to support and create Montana energy jobs by extending a refined coal production tax credit. The bill will help improve the economics of Colstrip, promote clean coal production and reduce emissions. "Colstrip and energy jobs are a critical part of our Montana way of life," Daines said. "This bill will protect good-paying energy jobs, support refined coal production, and reduce emissions. This is a win f… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Gold Star Families, Remove Taxes on Military Survivor Benefits

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation providing tax relief for children receiving benefits who have lost a parent serving in the military. This bipartisan legislation effectively removes these benefits form the special 1986 tax, resolving the unintended tax treatment of survivor benefits. "Families of those who have lost a loved one while serving in the military should not be forced to pay burdensome taxes," said Daines. "This bipartisan bill would prot… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Daines: This is America. We Should Know How Many Citizens vs. Non-Citizens Are Living in Our Country

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to include the citizenship question on all government census forms. "This is America," Daines said. "We are a sovereign nation. It's absurd that we don't know how many citizens and non-citizens are living in this country. That's why I'm introducing this bill to require a citizenship question on the census." To download audio of the statement, click HERE. To download text of the bill, click HERE. Background: From 1880 to 1… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Daines, Gianforte Demand Google Reverse Anti-Hunting Advertisement Policy

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to the CEO of Google, Mr. Sundar Pichai, demanding Google reverse its prohibition on hunting advertising. "We therefore demand you reverse these prohibitions and request that Google reexamine their policy interpretations on prohibiting hunting promotions," the letter states. "We also request a meeting to discuss the importance of Montana's and the United States' hunting heritage." To download the f… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Daines Fights to Protect Montanans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced a bipartisan bill to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII), which includes social security and passport numbers, from public disclosure. Currently the PII is disclosed in the CBP manifest disclosure process. "Montanans and the American people need assurance that their private information is safeguarded from all threats," Daines said. "This commonsense legislation ensures transparen… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Daines, Tester Fight for First Responders

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester reintroduced the bipartisan Putting First Responders First Act to clarify the current tax code to ensure injured first responders do not have to pay taxes on injury-related compensation. Daines and Tester introduced the bill ahead of National Police Week. "Montana's first responders risk their lives every day to protect our communities," Daines said. "This legislation will ensure these brave men and women will no longer endure unfair taxe… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Daines, Tester & Gianforte Introduce Bill to Invest in Critical Milk River Infrastructure Project

U.S. Congress - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced legislation to increase critical investments in the Milk River Infrastructure Project that thousands of Montana farmers rely on for access to reliable irrigation water in northcentral Montana. The St. Mary's Reinvestment Act, will ensure that the federal government picks up 75 percent of the costs for upgrades to the century-old water project. Currently, the federal government only fun… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Daines Introduces Bill to Increase Veterans’ Access to Outdoors

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill to expand opportunities for veterans recovering from trauma to access public lands for outdoor therapy and rehabilitation treatments. "In Big Sky Country, we know how important our outdoor heritage is to our Montana way of life," Daines said. "This bill will help ensure our veterans are able to take full advantage of Montana's and our nation's outdoors as they recover from the trauma and injuries they experienced in comb… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Child Predators from Receiving Government Pensions

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill to prevent convicted pedophiles from receiving a federal government pension. Daines discussed the bill, the Denying Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters Act, in a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). Download video HERE "Despite numerous reported suspicions of Weber's inappropriate behavior, IHS turned a blind eye and … Continue Reading


05.01.19

Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Fix Burdensome Regulations on Livestock Haulers

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a bill that will ease burdensome regulations on livestock haulers. The bipartisan Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act changes a Department of Transportation rule that requires drivers who haul live animals to adhere to strict time constraints monitored by Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), exempting them from some road time requirements and allowing them to better care for the live animals they are transporting… Continue Reading


04.29.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency, Accountability in Drug Pricing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill to shed light on the drug pricing process and the middlemen responsible for negotiating prescription drug costs. "Montanans can't afford to keep paying the outrageous costs of prescription drugs,"Daines said. "Transparency and accountability in drug pricing is long overdue. That's why I'm introducing this bill to protect Montanans and ensure those responsible for negotiating drug prices are focused on driving costs down… Continue Reading


04.17.19

Daines Continues Bipartisan Fight for Vietnam Veterans Harmed By Agent Orange

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines renewed efforts to secure disability and health care benefits for Navy veterans, known as "Blue Water" veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. "Commonsense tells us that sailors who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam deserve the same level of care as their counterparts ashore," Daines said. "Together with the court's recent Procopio decision, this bill should settle any questions over Congress' intent to care for… Continue Reading


04.16.19

Daines, Gianforte Secure 24-Hour Status at Raymond Port of Entry, Protect Montana Jobs

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today secured the reinstating of around-the-clock status at the Raymond Port of Entry. In a call today with John Sanders, the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Sanders announced his decision to reinstate full hours of operation at the Raymond Port of Entry. This decision came in response to Daines and Gianforte's requests to keep the Port of Raymond open 24/7 and three of Montana's other port… Continue Reading


04.15.19

Daines Fights for Tax Relief for Pregnant Moms

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act, which allows pregnant moms to claim the Child Tax Credit for their unborn children. This bill builds on the Child Tax Credit provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by supporting families and pregnant mothers with the many costs that come with carrying a baby, as well as planning for the care of a newborn baby. For more information on the bill, click HERE. "From stocking up on diape… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Daines Celebrates Bernhardt’s Confirmation as Victory for Montana and the West

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to confirm David Bernhardt as the 53rd U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Interior. "David Bernhardt understands the importance of protecting access to our public lands, our commitment to tribal nations, and responsible energy development," Daines said. "As a fellow westerner, I have complete confidence in David's ability to lead the Department of the Interior and was glad to cast my vote for him this afternoon along with a bipartisan maj… Continue Reading

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