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02.07.18

Support for Daines’ Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act Continues

Forest Service, County Commissions, local groups endorse Daines' bill U.S. SENATE - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today held a hearing on U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. Daines' bill protects public access and use of Montana's public lands by implementing the U.S. Forest Service's recommendation to release 449,500 acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Montana. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and avid outdoorsman, I understand… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Montanans

U.S. SENATE -Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY) today introduced the bipartisan Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act, which would help remove the government red-tape preventing rural Montanans from accessing the high-speed Internet necessary to compete in today's digital economy. "Rural Montanans need access to high-speed Internet to support local jobs and compete in the 21st century economy," said Daines.… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Demands Immediate Funding for Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan press conference with House and Senate colleagues, patients, and health center advocates to urge for immediate funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF). "With 17 community health centers in Montana, they are vital to providing health care to thousands of Montanans," said Daines. "Health care is a priority for Montanans and Washington D.C. needs to get this done." Watch the video HERE.Download the video HERE. Backgr… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Announces Opening of Application for US Naval Academy's Summer Session

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the application deadline for the U.S. Naval Academy's Summer Session is March 31, 2018. "Our Naval Academy produces some of our nation's top leaders," said Daines "I'm glad the Academy can extend their training to summer programs for young Montanans to join." To apply for the program, visit the digital Summer Seminar brochure. ## Contact: Marcie Kinzel, Breanna Deutsch, Julia Doyle… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Daines Sponsors Bill to Increase Employment Opportunities for Military Reservists

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored the Military Reserve Jobs Act, legislation to increase employment opportunities for members of the National Guard and Reserve by extending eligibility for veterans' preference points to those seeking employment with the federal government. "Montana's Guardsmen and Reservists sacrifice their time and safety for our country," said Daines. "They are critical members of the Armed Forces and deserve to be fairly recognized as they pursue civil … Continue Reading


02.05.18

Daines Calls for Immediate Community Health Center Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today continued his fight for community health center funding, leading a bipartisan coalition of Senators in a letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer to take immediate action to address funding. "Community health centers serve a vital function, providing affordable health care to our nation's most vulnerable citizens. They provide quality medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care to more than… Continue Reading


02.05.18

Daines Tours Eastern Montana Talking Taxes

BOZEMAN, Mont -- This weekend, U.S. Senator Steve Daines traveled across Eastern Montana with stops in Billings, Sidney, Circle, Glendive, Ekalaka, Baker, Wibaux, Terry and Miles City to discuss the benefits Montanans are seeing from tax cuts. Billings: Daines toured True North Steel's Billings plant to discuss the positive impacts tax cuts have already had on their business. As a direct result from tax cuts, True North Steel is seeing demand for their steel skyrocket, resulting in the need to… Continue Reading


01.31.18

President Signs Montana Delegation’s Bill to Name Peak in Diekmann’s Honor

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte today made the following statements after their bill to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann, by naming an unnamed peak in his memory was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The bill names an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak." "Alex Diekmann Peak will now forever remind Montanans and visitors of the lasting impact Alex had on local communities and … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Daines Statement on Trump Gitmo Executive Order

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced an executive order to keep the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo) open. "I applaud the President for making sure terrorists stay behind bars in Gitmo," said Daines. "We cannot allow the world's most dangerous terrorists to roam free and harm Americans." Background: On February 13, 2017, Daines sent President Donald Trump a letter… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Daines: Let’s Continue to Make America Great Again

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following video statement after attending President Donald Trump's first State of the Union Address with special guest nine year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley of Deer Lodge, Montana. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. Full Transcript Below: I want to thank Dani Highley for being my guest tonight at the President's first State of the Union. Dani's from Deer Lodge. She is 9 years old and suffers from juvenile arthritis. Dani, … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Daines Sponsors Bill to Streamline Permitting for Guides and Outfitters

Legislation will expand access to federal lands, support outdoor economy U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored the Guides and Outfitters (GO) Act, legislation to expand access to public lands by streamlining the permitting process for outfitter and guides on federal lands. "Streamlining permitting for small outfitters and guides will help Montana's over $7 billion outdoor economy continue to thrive and grow," said Daines. This morning, Daines met with Montana members of th… Continue Reading


01.29.18

McConnell Meets Daines Request, Brings Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the Floor

Science shows unborn children feel pain at 20 weeks U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines made the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met Daines' request to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks - the point at which scientific evidence shows that unborn children can feel pain - to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill failed to reach the 60-vote threshold mandated under Senate rules. Prior to the vote, Daines… Continue Reading


01.29.18

Daines Welcomes State of the Union Guest to D.C.

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today welcomed nine year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley of Deer Lodge to Washington, D.C. as his guest for tomorrow's State of the Union Address. Dani is one of the 24,000 Montana children who will benefit from the six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Daines recently fought to pass through Congress. "It is great to be here with Dani for her first trip to Washington, D.C.," said Daines. "Dani and the 24,000 Montana kids w… Continue Reading


01.26.18

EPA Takes Action on Daines’ Request to Prioritize Butte Superfund

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other parties reached a cleanup agreement for the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund site after requests from Daines to prioritize the site. The Butte Superfund site is one of the largest in the country. "This is an important development for the Butte Superfund site," said Daines. "The people of Butte have waited long enough for this milestone. I will continue f… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Promote Precision Agriculture, Rural Broadband

Bipartisan Legislation Targets High-Speed Internet Deployment to Nation's Farms & Ranches U.S. SENATE - Montana U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to promote precision agriculture and rural broadband deployment. The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, S. 2343, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a task force to identify gaps in high-speed internet connectivity for the nation's cropland and ranchland. The measu… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Daines Pushes for Strengthened Law Enforcement to Combat Meth Crisis

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on the shipment of drugs through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), questioned witnesses about the Postal Service's shipment of methamphetamine in rural America. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. "Methamphetamine use has become an epidemic in Montana," said Daines. "We must do more to protect the families and communities this terrible drug has torn apart by disrupting i… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Daines Announces State of the Union Guest

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that nine year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley from Deer Lodge, one of the 24,000 Montana children who will benefit from the six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will be his guest at this year's State of the Union Address. This is the longest reauthorization in the program's history. "Dani and the other 24,000 Montana children who depend on CHIP are the reason I fought so hard for the longest reauthorizat… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Montana’s Largest Employer Announces Nearly $4 Million in Wage Increases for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Walmart announced 3,340 Montanans will benefit from $3.8 million in wage increases and bonuses of up to $1,000 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress last December. "It's simple, tax cuts equal more jobs and bigger paychecks," said Daines. Click HERE to see a list of major U.S. companies increasing pay and giving bonuses due to tax reform. Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Walmart will: Increas… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Daines: Colstrip Part of an All-of-the-Above Energy Approach

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the critical role Colstrip Power Plant plays in all-of-the-above approach to meet energy demands. His remarks were made during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing about the importance of reliable and affordable energy during cold winters. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. During his opening remarks, Daines mentioned his plans to host his second Montana Energy Summit in Billings, Montana on May 30th… Continue Reading


01.22.18

President Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Protect Montana Kids

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed legislation that ends the government shutdown and provides a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids depend upon. The legislation will keep the government funded until February 8th. "After several days of a pointless Democrat-led shutdown, the families of the 24,000 Montana children who depend on children's health insura… Continue Reading

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