Daines Announces Over $36 Million in PILT Funds for Critical Services in Montana’s Small and Rural Counties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior will be directing $36.2 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to Montana's small and rural counties. "I'm glad to see this funding going to Montana communities where it will be put to good use," Daines said. "The PILT program helps provide essential services in Montana's rural counties, and I will continue to support this critical program." The federal government directs PILT funds to local go… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Support the St. Mary’s Milk River Project

U.S. SENATE - During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines stressed the importance of passing his bipartisan bill to support the St. Mary's Milk River Project in north-central Montana. To watch Daines' remarks, click HERE. "Clean and reliable water is fundamental to human life. The Montana delegation has worked for over a decade to adjust the cost-share for the St. Mary's Milk River project so that much needed reconstruction can take pl… Continue Reading


Daines, Stabenow Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Conservation Easements, Stop Abuse from Scam Artists

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) reintroduced the bipartisan "Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act" to stop the abuse of conservation easements, save taxpayers billions of dollars and promote conservation in the United States. "Montana farmers and ranchers work hard to conserve our lands while scam artists are taking advantage of the conservation easement program," Daines said. "This type of abuse cannot continue. My bipartisan … Continue Reading


Daines, Stefanik Introduce Bill to Reopen the Canadian Border to Revitalize Montana’s Economy

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik today introduced a bicameral bill to require the Biden administration open the northern border and revitalize American jobs and tourism. "It is unacceptable that President Biden continues to ignore the needs of Montanans and keep the northern border closed while supporting the southern border being wide open to a surge of illegal immigrants and a flood of illegal drugs into our Montana communitie… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Expand Treatment Options for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced the "Lower Costs, More Cures Act," which will support Montanans by lowering prescription drug prices, increasing transparency in the complex prescription drug pricing process and encouraging American ingenuity in the development of new treatments and cures. "Year after year, Montanans continue to face out of control prescription drugs costs. Folks in Montana and across the co… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Funding for Missoula Public Transportation Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $3,666,500 will be allocated to the Missoula Urban Transportation District's "Two Agencies, One Goal: All-Electric, Zero Emission Fleets" project. "This is great news for Missoula and will help Missoula's Urban Transportation District follow their fleet replacement plan." The funding will be used to replace four diesel busses with four all-electric, zero-emission busses and associated charging infrastructure. Daines wrote a letter o… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Preserve Election Integrity, Block Democrats’ Partisan Push for a Federal Takeover of Elections

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted against Senate Democrats' partisan election takeover bill, S.1, to help preserve state-run elections in Montana, prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund political campaigns, and ensure commonsense election integrity provisions like voter ID requirements remain in place. "The Democrats' partisan election takeover bill isn't 'for the people' it's 'for the politicians,'" Daines said. "I voted against this political power grab by Chuck … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Access to Montana Public Lands

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the bipartisan "Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act" to facilitate access and raise awareness of outdoor opportunities on Montana public lands, while protecting private property rights. "Technology revolutionized the ways in which Montana sportsmen navigate our lands. Public lands agencies need to modernize and catch up to the digital age by digitizing and making maps and other public health information publicly and readily accessible,"… Continue Reading


Daines to Treasury Secretary Yellen: Must Prioritize Cybersecurity of Financial System

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to prioritize cybersecurity of the Treasury and the entire banking system. Daines pressed Yellen in a Senate Finance hearing about whether her focus on climate change risks is coming at the expense of strengthening cyber defense in the financial sector. Watch and download video of the exchange HERE. "Secretary Yellen, at the most recent Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) meeting last Fri… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Emergency Funding to Fight Robertson Draw Fire

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to help the State of Montana with the firefighting costs for the Robertson Draw Fire that is currently burning in Carbon County. "I'm glad to see Montana receive the help it needs to ensure our firefighters and first responders are able to fight this growing fire," Daines said. "I will continue to monitor the situation and work with local officials to protect … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Mental Health and Addiction Services in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced a bipartisan bill to enhance access to addiction and mental health services in communities across Montana. This comes after Daines led a hearing last month on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Montana and the importance of having the resources to necessary to meet the mental health and substance use care needs of Montanans and Americans across the country. "This past… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Burning the American Flag

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today is continuing his fight to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. Daines reintroduced a constitutional amendment on Flag Day. "The American flag is a symbol of liberty and a beacon of hope. It represents the ideals that our nation was built upon and for decades, brave men and women have carried its colors into battle to defend the United States of America," Daines said. "The Stars and Stripes are a representation of freedom. We mus… Continue Reading


Daines: Biden at Fault for Keystone XL Pipeline Project Officially Being Pulled

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the company backing the Keystone XL pipeline was forced to officially pull the plug on the project. Daines stressed this is a direct result from President Biden nixing the project on Day One of taking office, when he rescinded the permit needed to continue cross border construction. "This is devastating news for our economy, jobs, environment and national security-and its entirely President Biden's fault. It's b… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bipartisan Bill to Boost American Innovation & Combat China Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement after the "U.S. Innovation and Competition Act," originally known as the "Endless Frontier Act," a bipartisan bill to keep the U.S. competitive in the race against China, passed the Senate. "Winning the race against China is essential to maintaining the U.S.'s position as a global leader in technology and innovation. After thorough bipartisan debate, the Senate passed my bipartisan bill that will strategically invest in res… Continue Reading


Daines to Department of Education: Let Montana Schools Have Control Over COVID-19 Relief Spending

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging the Department of Education to abandon their one-size-fits-all approach to allocating funds provided by the recent COVID-19 relief package and listen to local Montana educators. Currently, specific, heavy handed stipulations are preventing Montana schools from using this recovery funding. "The Montana ESSER III plan is comprehensive, emphasizes local control, and was constructed with extensive input from OPI's stakeholder engagement process. Crit… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bills to Protect Montanans from Fraudulent Schemes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced two bipartisan bills that would help combat fraud and scams impacting Montanans. "The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on enough hardships, and now Montanans are being targeted by scammers," Daines said. "It's unacceptable that travelers and Tribal members are falling victim to these predatory acts. I'm glad to work on bipartisan bills to protect Montanans and bring awareness to this issue." The "Protecting Consumers from Travel Fraud Act" would… Continue Reading


Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Fraudulent Schemes Impacting Tribal Members

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced a bipartisan bill to increase awareness and reporting of fraud and scams that target Tribal members. "The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on enough hardships, and now Montana triba lmembers are being targeted by scammers," Daines said. "This is unacceptable, and we must do more to protect our tribes and bring awareness to these predatory acts." "For too long fraud and scams have targeted tribal communitie… Continue Reading


Daines: Any New Missile Treaties Should Include China

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a Senate resolution stating any treaty that limits the United States' ballistic missile arsenal must impose the same limits on both Russia and China, and it must be subject to consent from the U.S. Senate. "Since the United States first entered the INF treaty with Russia, China has been developing and building an arsenal of ballistic missiles," Daines said. "Any treaty moving forward must hold both Russia and China to the same standards, and it… Continue Reading


Daines, Markey Bring Awareness to Americans Suffering from Brain Tumors

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing May 2021 as "Brain Tumor Awareness Month." "Too many Montanans and their families struggle with the terrible health implications of brain tumors. We must continue to raise awareness on this important health issue that touches the lives of Montanans and many Americans," Daines said. "Far too many Americans die from debilitating brain tumors every year, and Massac… Continue Reading


Daines: Biden Budget is Reckless, Packed with Wasteful Spending that will Hurt MT Families, Businesses & Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Biden submitted his budget request to Congress. "The President's budget is packed with wasteful spending that will strap future generations with trillions of dollars in debt to advance his liberal agenda," Daines said. "Included in this budget are billions of taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood and more of Biden's anti-energy agenda that will kill Montana jobs and raise costs for Montana families. … Continue Reading

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