Daines Calls to Split the Ninth Circuit, Give Montanans Fair Access to Courts

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called to reform the United States Court of Appeals system for the Ninth Circuit by sponsoring the Judicial Efficiency Improvement Act. As part of the Ninth Circuit, Montanans and other citizens are unable to have their cases heard in a timely manner, and are therefore being denied equal access to justice," Daines said. "By splitting the Ninth Circuit, it will help improve America's judicial system." The bill would split the Ninth Circuit and make… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Urge Swift Action on Clean Water Bill

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and Congressman Greg Gianforte sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House Committee Leadership urging action on the Clean Water for Rural Communities Act, which would provide access to clean, safe drinking water to citizens of central and eastern Montana. The bill was reintroduced in February 2019. "Montanans deserve clean, safe drinking water," the letter states. "We ask you to help us pass our Clean Water for Rural Communities Act at the … Continue Reading


Daines Urges Forest Service to Restore Access on Public Lands

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service demanding they reconsider proposed mountain bike closures in the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas on the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. "With over $7 billion in consumer spending coming from Montana's outdoor recreation economy, we should be encouraging adaptive management principles across the Agency that help U.S. Forest Service decision-makers manage different uses across various landscapes… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Native Women in Montana, Across the Nation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture, and history of Native women and recognizes the many contributions Native women have made to our nation. "Native women have made a profound impact in Montana and across our country," Daines said. "By honoring the importance of their contributions, we can ens… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes to Stop Nursing Home Abuse, Protect Seniors in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing pressed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that horrific cases of nursing home abuse in Montana, such as a recent case in Lewistown, will never happen again. Download video HERE "Last year, a state-run nursing home in Montana was cited for failing to protect patients from verbal, physical, and sexually abusive behaviors of fellow patients… according to reports, on 13 occasion… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Montana Brewers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to permanently reduce the excise tax on Montana's small craft breweries. This bill will make a provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent, which Daines supported in 2017. "All across Montana, we're home to breweries that support our barley growers and create high-paying jobs," Daines said. "I look forward to making these changes that were included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Certainty for Montana Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act to provide Montana ranchers with certainty in delaying the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and reforming Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. "Montana's ranchers and livestock haulers drive Montana's economy," Daines said. "We must find a solution that keeps our roads safe and allows Montana's agricultural commodities to get to market humanely and on time. I'll continue pushing to provide … Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Designate National Asbestos Awareness Week

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester championed legislation to designate April 1-7, 2019 "National Asbestos Awareness Week" as part of their ongoing efforts to combat the dangers of asbestos exposure.The bipartisan resolution raises awareness about asbestos-caused diseases and urges the U.S. Surgeon General to teach Americans about the substance's risks."Asbestos caused diseases have tragically claimed the lives of far too many Montanans," Daines said. "By shedding light on t… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Applauds Andrew Wheeler’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (Mont.) and Caucus Members Senators Mike Rounds (S.D.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Boozman (Ark.), John Barrasso (Wyo.) celebrated the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "Having worked with Administrator Wheeler both in Montana and DC, he takes a commonsense approach to solving issues important to Montana and other states," Daines said. "I look for… Continue Reading


Daines: Bipartisan Public Lands Package One Step Closer to Law

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House passage of the bipartisan public lands package, which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. "This bipartisan public lands package is a historic win for conservation in Montana and across our nation, and after today, it's one step closer to becoming law," Daines said. "I'm very glad to see the House pass this important package to help protect o… Continue Reading


Daines Condemns Senate Democrats for Blocking Bill to Stop Infanticide

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned Senate Democrats for blocking the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill would make it federal law that born-alive babies who survive abortions must be treated the same as every other living baby - with dignity. The vote to proceed to the bill, requiring 60 votes to pass, failed 53-44."It is unconscionable that Senate Democrats voted to make it legal in the U.S. to kill or neglect a baby who was born alive," Daines said. "In… Continue Reading


Daines Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Lake, Ravalli, Sanders, and Missoula Counties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his staff will host mobile hours across four counties in Montana: Lake, Ravalli, Sanders, and Missoula. Local residents are encouraged to visit with Daines' staff during these mobile office hours to discuss their views or questions regarding the federal government. Any comments will be shared with Daines. Residents may drop by, or they can make an appointment by calling 406-549-8198. Details are as follows: Lake County Tuesday -… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Finalization of President Trump’s “Protect Life Rule”

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the finalization of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) "Protect Life Rule", following Daines' request, to disentangle abortion from the Title X Family Planning program. "The Protect Life Rule is a historic step in protecting the dignity of human life," Daines said. "I'm grateful for President Trump's leadership to redirect Title X funds away from the abortion industry towards centers that provide comprehensive health care … Continue Reading


Daines Demands Accountability at Indian Health Service

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Rear Admn. Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), demanding answers on Stanley Patrick Weber, a former pediatrician at IHS who was recently convicted of sexually molesting children while working on the Blackfeet Reservation. "While justice is being served in the court of law, accountability must be demanded of IHS and the individuals who enabled Mr. Weber to continue molesting children for over two deca… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Introduce Bill to Name Ridge in Memory of Fallen Heroes

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced the B-47 Ridge Designation Act. The legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers all tragically lost their lives in a plane crash 1962. "I am honored to once again introduce this bill to name the unnamed ridge off of Emigrant Peak "B-47 Ridge," Daines said. "In 1962, Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd… Continue Reading


Daines Kicks Off 56 County Tour of the Treasure State

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senator Steve Daines this weekend kicked off his 56-county tour of the Treasure State in the 116th Congress, with eight stops across eastern Montana. Every Congress, Daines visits all 56 counties. This weekend, Daines visited Billings, Glasgow, Wolf Point, Glendive, Wibaux, Terry, Circle, and Sidney. Billings: On Friday, Daines kicked off the morning with a visit to the Rimrock Facility in Billings. While on his visit, Daines heard from folks at Rimrock about the benefits of… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. The bill requires most federal buildings to have dedicated rooms for breastfeeding mothers. "Mothers who are breastfeeding should have a private, clean, and safe place to go in federal buildings," Daines said. "It's long overdue new moms have this resource, and I'm glad this bill provides just that." The bill requires that federal buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom pr… Continue Reading


Daines Secures $10 Million Increase in Funding for LWCF

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured a $10 million increase for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), bringing funding for the program to $435 million for 2019. Daines is a member of the Interior Subcommittee on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations that has funding jurisdiction over the LWCF. "Over the past week, we've made significant progress for the LWCF from securing an increase in funding, to passing the bipartisan public lands package out of the Senate," Da… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Make Down Payment on Border Security, Keep Government Open

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to make a down payment on strengthening the nation's border security and to keep the federal government open and funded. "I was just down in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the southern border with border patrol, and witnessed firsthand the consequences of a porous border. We've got a crisis on our hands with illegal drugs and immigrants flooding across the border, and it's destroying our families,"Daines said. "Today I voted on a down payment… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte announced today that Madison Edwards of Missoula received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Edwards is currently a senior at Big Sky High School. "I congratulate Madison on her nomination to the United States Air Force Academy," Daines said. "From running track and cross country, to being a member of the National Honor Society, Madison has proven herself as a strong leade… Continue Reading

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