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07.09.19

Daines Announces $188,717 for Telehealth Network in Bighorn County

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $188,717 will be directed towards the Bighorn Valley Health Center to create a new Telehealth network addressing substance abuse. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the agency's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. "A strong telehealth network is vital to Montana's rural communities," Daines said. "This grant will boost our investments in rural development and help to increase access to limited pri… Continue Reading


07.02.19

Daines Secures Over $9 Million in Funding for Glacier Park and Missoula International Airports

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $9,783,353 million will be directed towards strengthening Montana's air travel infrastructure at Glacier Park International Airport and Missoula International Airport. "It is one of my highest priorities to ensure Montana has the infrastructure needed to help our economy grow," Daines said. "These grants will ensure that our airports in Missoula and Glacier Park have the most up to date equipment and resources necessary for not only… Continue Reading


06.28.19

HHS Responds to Daines' Demand to Revoke Government Pension of Convicted Pedophile

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines received a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the Senator's call for action to take away convicted pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber's government pension. "I'm glad to see HHS respond to my demand and take action in finding a way to prevent this convicted pedophile from receiving a dime of his government pension," Daines said. "This disgusting situation should never have happened in the first place - that's why I'… Continue Reading


06.28.19

Daines, Gianforte Fight for Jobs in Indian Country

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced legislation to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (ICPTC). "This is about bringing economic opportunity and jobs to Indian country" Daines said. "This tax credit will create good, high paying jobs, generate vital local tax revenue to support essential services, and promote tribal self-determination and energy independence." "The Indian Coal Production Tax Credit benefits the Crow Tribe, … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate Approves Federal Recognition of Little Shell Tribe After Years-Long Push by Daines & Tester

(U.S. Senate) - The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is one step closer to achieving federal recognition today, thanks to a legislative push by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester. The Senators' legislation passed today as a Daines amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act-the Senate's must-pass annual defense bill. "Today is a historic day for Montana's Little Shell Tribe," Daines said. "For the first time in history, our bill to federally recognize the Tribe passed the S… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Daines Advances Key Montana Priorities in Senate Defense Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today advanced key Montana priorities with U.S. Senate passage of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA passed with a vote of 86-8. "The Senate defense bill protects and promotes Montana's critical contributions to our national security," Daines said. "I look forward to working with the House to ensure we keep critical Montana provisions that strengthens our nuclear deterrence, empowers our standing on the world stage and gets… Continue Reading


06.24.19

Daines Secures Over $8 Million in Funding for Montana Airports, Communities

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $8,019,366 million will be directed towards strengthening Montana's air travel infrastructure across the state. "Strengthening the infrastructure that supports air travel in Montana is vital to our local economy," Daines said. "These grants will lead to greater access for Montana's visitors and more good paying jobs for Montana's thriving tourism industry." The funding is part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) under the Depa… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Daines Announces $34 Million in PILT Funding for Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $34 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties. "This is good news for our rural communities in Montana," Daines said. "These payments ensure critical services are delivered so all Montanans, including those in our rural communities, receive the quality of life they deserve." Under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, Montana rural communities will receive $34 million to support essential services… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Daines Statement on Job Corps Announcement

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the news that all Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, including Montana's Anaconda and Trapper Creek Centers, will remain open and operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "This is a big win for Montana and our country. I'm glad that President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and Secretary Acosta listened, and are keeping these critical centers open and under the Department of Agriculture," Daines said. "Our … Continue Reading


06.19.19

Daines Launches Bills to Mitigate MMIW Crisis in Indian Country

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing continued his fight to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis occurring across Montana's Tribal communities and the West. In conjunction with the hearing, Daines introduced two pieces of legislation, the Finding and Investigating Native Disappearance Act (FIND) and The Tribal Reporting and Accountability to Congress Act (TRAC). Click HERE to download. "I want to thank you all … Continue Reading


06.19.19

Daines Celebrates New Affordable Clean Energy Rule

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal and replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. "The new ACE plan is great news for Montana's rural communities," Daines said. "The Obama EPA Power Plan would have wiped out Colstrip immediately, killing high paying jobs, local and state tax revenue that helps pay for our schools, and affordable reliable energy that keeps the lights on. Thi… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Little Shell Federal Recognition Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law after Push by Daines & Tester

(U.S. Senate) - Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced further than ever before after a push by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester to successfully include their bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act-the Senate's must-pass annual defense legislation. The Little Shell Tribe has sought federal recognition for nearly four decades, and has been recognized by the State of Montana since 2000. "Great news today for Montana's Litt… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Daines: We Must Protect the American Flag

U.S. SENATE - Today, U. S. Senator Steve Daines renewed efforts to prohibit the burning of the American flag. Daines' reintroduction of his constitutional amendment falls on Flag Day. "Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom," Daines said. "Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due." Background: On J… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Daines' Blue Water Navy Veterans Bill Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today celebrated his bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act unanimously passing the U.S. Senate and heading to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our Vietnam vets who served both on land and sea deserve equal care for their bravery in defense of our country," Daines said. "I am happy to see my legislation pass. It is due time we get our Blue Water Vets the care their sacrifices demanded." During the Vietnam War, the U.S. militar… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Daines Sends Letter Urging Administration To Lower Prescription Drug Costs For Seniors

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging the administration to take immediate action on pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reforms to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. "While we commend the administration for your goal to reduce seniors' out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, we believe that finalizing [the Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses] rule without including DIR refor… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Daines Statement in Colstrip Closures

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on Colstrip closures. "This is a sad day for Montana, the Colstrip community and our energy security," Daines said. "Today's news is yet another example of the devastating impacts of extreme environmental regulations, fringe litigation and partisan politics. I worked hard to find a solution and it's truly disheartening to see Units 1 & 2 be forced to close. All Montanans need to come together to preserve Units 3 &a… Continue Reading


06.10.19

Daines: Montanans Don’t Want DC Bureaucrats Telling Them What’s Best for their Students

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS Act), a bill that would give Montanans more say over how their tax dollars are spent on education. "Montana's students deserve the best education our schools can give them," Daines said. "Montana educators and administrators know what their students need to succeed better than DC bureaucrats. That's why I introduced this bill to expand local control of our schools so we can return federa… Continue Reading


06.07.19

Daines to Bring Pence to Billings for Firsthand Look at Montana’s Meth Crisis

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he is bringing Vice President Mike Pence to Billings next Wednesday (6/12) for a firsthand look at Montana's devastating meth crisis. Pence will join Daines at the RiverStone Health Clinic for a briefing from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDAT) and the Yellowstone Substance Abuse Coalition. Click HERE to download video. "Montana has a crisis on its hands. Mexican meth is pouring into our state and tearing ou… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Daines Secures Over $1.5 Million for Fort Benton and West Yellowstone Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $1,588,825 million will be directed to Montana airports, with $1,175,365 going to Fort Benton Airport in Chouteau County and $413,460 going to West Yellowstone Airport in Gallatin County. "Safe and reliable air travel is vital to Montana's economy," Daines said. "These grants will ensure that the folks of Chouteau and Gallatin Counties have the resources they need to improve and expand Fort Benton and West Yellowstone Airports. This w… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Daines, Bipartisan Senate Colleagues Team Up to Protect Job Corps from Closure

U.S. SENATE-Teaming up to protect the country's Job Corps programs from closure, U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced legislation today to prevent the removal of funds from these critical employment programs. Today the Senators introduced legislation, the Job Corps Protection Act, that blocks the Administration from using federal government funds in 2019 or 2020 to close any Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers in the United States. The bill will also pro… Continue Reading

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