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11.13.18

Daines, Gianforte Push for Forest Service to Approve Updated Airtankers to Help Combat Montana Wildfires

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen urging the USFS to move forward with "Next Generation 3.0" contracts which will provide faster and more cost-effective airtankers to handle the complex wildland fire environment. "Dry conditions, a buildup of hazardous fuels and many other factors resulted in over 50,000 fires nationwide this year," the letter states. "The Forest Service is the prim… Continue Reading


11.09.18

Daines Announces $100,000 for Bridger Photonics in Bozeman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Bozeman business Bridger Photonics is receiving $100,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop technology that makes it easier to discover leaks in oil and gas wells. The project is expected to create new jobs in the community, while also better protecting the environment. "The technology being developed at Bridger Photonics will help oil and gas wells be more efficient while also better protecting the … Continue Reading


10.31.18

President Heeds Daines’ and Gianforte’s Request, Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Montana Counties

U.S. SENATE - After requests from U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, President Donald J. Trump today approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Montana counties impacted by this year's severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Lock urging the agency to reconsider the denial of impacted counties in Montana. "This is great news, and I'm thankful the President resp… Continue Reading


10.30.18

Daines Fights for Montana Priorities in Year-End Legislative Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Congressional Leadership today urging the passage of several bills critical to Montana including legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), combat wildfires, permanently protect the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin from mining, and restore aging infrastructure in national parks. "As we enter the remaining weeks of the 115th Congress, I urge passage of several Montana priorities in … Continue Reading


10.30.18

Daines Statement on Hoax Device Found at KTVQ

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement on the hoax bomb device found outside of KTVQ News yesterday in Billings, Montana. "I have contacted KTVQ News Director Jon Stepanek, Billings Chief of Police Rich St. John, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, and County Attorney Scott Twito about the hoax device discovered last night outside of KTVQ. I have also requested a briefing from the FBI and will be monitoring the situation as details develop. I am keeping all of those involve… Continue Reading


10.26.18

FCC Listens to Daines, Votes to Expand Broadband to Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged them to take action, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted earlier this week on rules that will allow more Montanan wireless carriers to buy spectrum to provide broadband to rural communities. "Without access to broadband and cell service our rural communities are being left behind," Daines said. "Access to reliable broadband and cell service is vital for Montana's future economic growth. I'm glad the FCC listened and implemented … Continue Reading


10.25.18

Daines, Fox Announce Nearly One Million Dollar Grant for Anti-Meth Enforcement

MONTANA - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox announced a $946,981 grant for critical anti-meth enforcement in Montana. The grant was formally authorized in the opioids legislation that was signed into law yesterday by President Trump. Montana is one of just nine states chosen to receive the funds through the CAMP (COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program). The state was selected for its high rate of seized finished meth, meth lab materials, and precursor chemicals for meth producti… Continue Reading


10.24.18

Daines Secures Solutions to Fight Meth Crisis Devastating Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -President Donald J. Trump today signed legislation to help combat the devastating opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. Daines fought to ensure the now law also includes specific provisions that address the meth crisis in Montana. Download Video Statement HERE "Far too often we're seeing stories of Montana tribes, families and communities being destroyed by meth and opioids. Enough is enough," Daines said. "That is why I worked hard to get this bipartisan legislation ac… Continue Reading


10.23.18

President Signs Montana Water Infrastructure Priorities into Law

U.S. SENATE - President Donald J. Trump today signed into law a bill that will improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The new law will also help prevent the transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic need of any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps f… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Daines Highlights New Opportunity Zones for Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today touted the 25 new Opportunity Zones that now exist across Montana thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "The designation of these Opportunity Zones will help Montana flourish economically by boosting wages and creating jobs in low income communities," Daines said. "This is yet another positive impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act championed by the Republicans and the Trump administration, which is putting more money in the pockets of Montanans and fo… Continue Reading


10.22.18

DOJ, DOI Agree with Daines and Expand Tribal Access to National Crime Databases

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to expand tribes' access to national crime databases, the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior announced today that they are expanding the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to an additional 25 tribes. TAP provides Native American tribes direct access to national crime information databases. "This is good news for Indian country. It's critical for Indian tribes to have direct access t… Continue Reading


10.22.18

DOJ, DOI Agree with Daines and Expand Tribal Access to National Crime Databases

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to expand tribes' access to national crime databases, the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior announced today that they are expanding the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) to an additional 25 tribes. TAP provides Native American tribes direct access to national crime information databases. "This is good news for Indian country. It's critical for Indian tribes to have direct access t… Continue Reading


10.22.18

Daines Convinces Army Corps to Continue Review of Coal Export Terminal Project

U.S. SENATE - After pressure from U.S. Senator Steve Daines, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing the environmental review for the Millennium Bulk Terminal Project in Washington State. The project would allow Montana and Wyoming coal to be exported to international markets. "Montana is rich in natural resources and has the largest coal reserves of any state in the nation," Daines said. "The Millennium Bulk Terminal would provide access to international markets for Montana coal and a… Continue Reading


10.20.18

Daines: We Must Take Care of Our Gateway Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines brought together community leaders and the National Park Service yesterday in Gardiner, Montana to discuss the challenges that national parks have on gateway communities. The discussion was part of an official Senate Subcommittee on National Parks Field Hearing. Panelists included Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Director Marysue Costello, Cooke City Water District President Deb Purvis, Flathead C… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Daines Delivers Water Infrastructure Wins for Montana Communities, Ecosystem

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The bipartisan legislation will also help prevent transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic building block for any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps fig… Continue Reading


10.08.18

Daines Helps Secure 20 Year Mineral Withdrawal Near Yellowstone

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for listening to Montanans and announcing a 20-year mineral withdrawal of mining claims in the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone National Park. The announcement comes after Daines urged the administration to finalize the withdrawal. "Some places are just too special to mine, and the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone, is one of them,"Daines said. "I'm very happy to see the I… Continue Reading


10.08.18

President Signs Montana Airport Priorities into Law

U.S. SENATE - President Donald J. Trump signed a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into law. U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured several wins for Montana in the five-year extension including the reauthorization of the Small Community Air Service Development Program critical to growing Montana's air service and the authorization of West Yellowstone Airport to receive increased Airport Improvement Program grants. Daines also secured a requirement for sanitary "Mo… Continue Reading


10.06.18

Daines Statement on the Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: "Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. He will be an outstanding Justice." Last night, Daines spoke to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the phone who thanked him for his continuous and vocal support of Kavanaugh throughout this process. See President Trump's statement on Daines HERE. Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn i… Continue Reading


10.04.18

Daines Helps Secure $355,500 to Assist Disabled Veterans in Their Homes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a grant of $355,500 to Action for Eastern Montana. The grant will be used to fund 12 senior companions so that dozens of disabled veterans across six Montana counties will be able to continue living independently in their own homes. "As a nation, we must honor the commitment we've made to our veterans," Daines said. "This grant will allow 36 disabled Montana veterans to stay in their homes and near their friends and loved ones." "I want t… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Montana Communities Will Now Have Better Resources to Combat Meth, Opioid Crisis Thanks to Daines

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted on landmark legislation to help combat the devastating meth and opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. The bill is now on the way to the president's desk for signature. Download HERE Watch HERE "Way too often we're seeing stories of Montana tribes, families and communities being destroyed by meth and opioids," Daines said. "This landmark legislation will give our communities the much-needed resources to curb this devastating epi… Continue Reading

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