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01.22.18

Daines Votes to End Democrat Led Filibuster, Provide Critical Health Care for 24,000 Montana Kids

U.S. SENATE - Today U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted to end the filibuster and end the government shutdown. The bipartisan bill passed with 81 votes. The bill is expected for final passage in the Senate later this afternoon. The government funding bill includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids depend upon, and will keep the government open until February 8th. "This afternoon Senate Democrats joined us and we were able to pas… Continue Reading


01.21.18

Senate Democrats Continue Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines made the following statement after Senate Democrats rejected efforts to bring the end of the government shutdown to a vote. This decision continues to put the 24,000 Montana children who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at risk due to an unrelated immigration issue that only impacts 72 Montana residents. "Tonight Senate Democrats were given another chance to fund the government. But yet again, they chose to continue the government … Continue Reading


01.20.18

A Minority of Senators Hold Government Funding Hostage Over Controversial Immigration Issue

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate after Democrats refused to fund the government over an unrelated controversial immigration policy that impacts 72 - or .00007 percent - Montanans at the expense of the 24,000 Montana children who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for access to critical health care. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. Also featured on Fox News. Text as prepared: Mr. Presi… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Daines Statement on Government Shutdown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today made the following statement after the government funding bill failed to pass the Senate before the Friday midnight deadline. "While I voted to fund the government, 44 Democrats chose to shut it down, failing 24,000 Montana children, compromising our national security, and letting down our veterans and active service members." said Daines. The funding bill would have kept the government open for four weeks and would have included a six-year reauth… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Daines Calls on Colleagues to Protect Montana Children

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate, calling on his colleagues to keep the government open and support a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides access to health care for 24,000 Montana children and nine million children across the country. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. "Here's the choice we have before us today," said Daines. "A choice we have less than s… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Daines Urges vote on Pain Capable Legislation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), James Lankford (OK), Joni Ernst (IA) and Roy Blunt (MO) in sending Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter, urging him to announce his commitment to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the floor for a vote in the near future. The announcement would coincide with today's 45th Annual March for Life. The legislation would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks-the point at which scientific evidence show… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Daines Votes to keep Government Open and Protect 24,000 Montana Children

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to protect vital health care services for 24,000 Montana children provided under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to avoid a government shutdown. "It's ridiculous that we are on the verge of a government shutdown over controversial immigration legislation," said Daines. "We have a funding bill that will keep the government open and reauthorize CHIP for six years, which impacts 24,000 kids in Montana. Now is not the time to ba… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Daines Urges Colleagues to Support Critical Children’s Health Care Services

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate, urging his colleagues to join him in preventing a government shutdown and supporting a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides critical health care services to 24,000 Montana children. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. Background: The U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote this week on legislation that would prevent the g… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Daines Lambasts FISA Reauthorization

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines lambasted legislation to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which failed to make the necessary reforms needed to protect Americans' Fourth Amendment rights. "Today, the U.S. Senate passed a flawed bill that encroaches on Americans' privacy and civil liberties," said Daines. "Montanans should be able to talk on the phone and send messages to their friends and loved ones without fearing the government will collect data on their pr… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Daines Applauds TransCananda Commitment to Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today applauded TransCanada's announced 20-year commercial commitments to transport at least 500,000 barrels of oil daily through the recently-approved Keystone XL pipeline. "This long-overdue project will inject millions of dollars in tax revenue to our rural communities and create thousands of jobs," said Daines. "With permitting now in final stages of approval, I'm excited that after years of unnecessary political delays, construction of Keystone XL is movi… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Daines Commits to Long-Term Reauthorization of CHIP, to Keep Government Open

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his support for a proposal that would reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and keep the government open. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. "24,000 Montana children depend on CHIP for vital health care services," said Daines. "I am announcing my full support for a bill now moving through Congress that reauthorizes this critical program while avoiding a damaging governmen… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Daines Calls for Protections to Americans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for a bipartisan press conference regarding reforming Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to protect Americans' Fourth Amendment rights. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. "As Americans we are grateful we are born with certain rights outlined in our Constitution under the Bill of Rights," said Daines. "… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Daines, Gianforte Announce West Point Nominee from Two Dot

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte announced the following West Point Nominee of appointment: Amanda Lynn Martin who attends Harlowtown High School and is from Two Dot Montana. "I commend Amanda on making it into West Point, I know she will represent Montana well," said Daines. "As an outstanding student and leader, she will continue to excel in all she does." "I congratulate Amanda for her offer of appointment to West Point. Given her tremendous background, … Continue Reading


01.16.18

Daines Applauds Agreement between Cloud Peak Energy and JERA Trading

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the announced agreement between Cloud Peak Energy and JERA Trading to supply coal from Montana-based Spring Creek Mine to two power plants currently under construction in Japan. "This is exciting news for Montana jobs, including tribal jobs, and state and local tax coffers as well. Montana coal is high quality and low sulphur, high efficiency, and it's playing an important role in meeting global demand for low-cost energy," said Daines. "Un… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Daines Files Amicus Brief Defending Freedom of Speech, Affirming Life

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today led the filing of a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court of the United States to protect Americans' constitutional right to freedom of speech and religious liberty as it considers National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra challenges the constitutionality of California law AB 775, also known as the Reproductive FACT Act, which forces Cal… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Daines Marks Religious Freedom Day

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Religious Freedom Day by introducing a resolution to celebrate and reaffirm the role of religious freedom as a fundamental human and Constitutional right. "The first freedom protected under the Bill of Rights is religious freedom, giving every American the right to be free to live and work in accordance with their religious beliefs free from fear of government restrictions," said Daines. "With all the international and domestic unrest our … Continue Reading


01.11.18

Daines Statement on Recovery of Canada Lynx

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement that the Canada lynx may have recovered to the point where it could be delisted as an endangered species. The Service today released the results of a scientific review indicating the Canada lynx may no longer require protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. Based on the findings of this review, the Service has announced its intention to develop a proposed rule to del… Continue Reading


01.11.18

Daines Calls for Stronger Enforcements to Combat Sex Trafficking

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized National Human Trafficking Awareness Day by supporting legislation to crackdown on online sex trafficking. "Sex trafficking is a growing problem in Montana," said Daines. "We must take steps now to stop this abuse and protect vulnerable members of our community." The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act eliminates federal liability protections for websites that knowingly assist, support or facilitate online sex trafficking. Additionally, it … Continue Reading


01.10.18

USDA Grants Daines’ Request to Expand Disaster Relief to Farmers, Ranchers

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the United States Department of Agriculture responded to his request to extend the deadline for Montana farmers and ranchers seeking additional relief from last year's drought and wildfires. "Montana farmers and ranchers have faced severe conditions and need flexibility," said Daines. "I thank Secretary Perdue for recognizing the severe conditions that Montana producers have faced and for providing these flexibilities. Additional disaster … Continue Reading


01.10.18

Daines Calls for Protections to Americans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined Senate and House colleagues in calling for reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to better protect Americans' privacy. Watch the video HERE. Download the video HERE. Daines is also a cosponsor of the USA RIGHTS Act of 2017, which reforms government surveillance programs to balance Americans' privacy with effective national security. ###… Continue Reading

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