Daines, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Protect and Recognize Wildland Firefighters

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced two bipartisan, bicameral bills to protect and recognize wildland firefighters. First, the Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act requires the federal government to provide a special designation to call wildland firefighters just that, wildland firefighters, rather than their current designation as forestry technicians. Providing wildland firefighters with the proper title will improve recruitment efforts an… Continue Reading


Daines Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. "Alexander Acosta will be a champion for the American worker," Daines stated. "Montanans deserve a system with financial investment rules that encourage savings, optimize investment choices and increase access to investment advice. Mr. Acosta will be an advocate for providing regulatory relief for Montana small bu… Continue Reading


Daines Praises Trump’s Action on Softwood Lumber

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's intention to levy a 20 percent import tax on Canadian softwood lumber. "President Trump has taken decisive action to put America first and protect against unfairly subsidized lumber that harms Montana mills," Daines stated. "For too long Canadian softwood lumber has had a significant negative impact on Montana jobs. Canada needs to play by the same set of rules that Montanans do." A tim… Continue Reading


Daines, Brat Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Bring Integrity to Federal Budget Process

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) today introduced bicameral legislation that would require congressional budgetary scorekeepers to account for interest costs incurred on borrowed funds needed for legislative proposals. The Budgetary Accuracy in Scoring Interest Costs (BASIC) Act will include the cost of debt in both Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis so that Congress can have the full picture … Continue Reading


Daines: Perdue Confirmed for Ag Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. "I am thrilled to have a Secretary of Agriculture that will prioritize Montana's number one economic driver," Daines stated. "Secretary Perdue has extensive experience advocating for agriculture and will work to expand opportunities for Montana agricultu… Continue Reading


As Shutdown Talk Continues, Daines Introduces Bill to Permanently Prevent Government Shutdowns

Bill Would Keep Government Running, End Shutdowns that Disrupt Critical Government Services & Cost Taxpayers Billions U.S. SENATE - As Congress races to prevent another government shutdown this week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down, ensuring that essential government services aren't disrupted and protecting taxpayers who must bear the resulting cost. The End Government Shutdowns Act would creat… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Protect Montana Manufacturing Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Acting United States Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn to include the trade dispute related to Chinese solar panels and US polysilicon manufacturers in any "100 day plan" negotiations with China. REC Silicon operates a facility in Butte that manufactures polysilicon for electronics and other products, and is one of Butte-Silver Bow's largest employers. The company has been caught up in a long-standing trad… Continue Reading


Daines Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging Trump Administration to Quickly Nominate Watchdogs

Senators: Inspectors General needed to "conduct the oversight and investigations necessary to ensure that taxpayer dollars are protected" U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to urge President Donald J. Trump to quickly nominate qualified candidates for Inspectors General (IGs), who serve as watchdogs over federal agencies. Many government agencies have an independent Office of the Inspector General that is responsible for auditing federal … Continue Reading


Daines Leads Congressional Delegation to China and Japan

Discussed Opening Chinese Markets to U.S. Beef Imports, National Security U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he recently returned from an official overseas congressional delegation trip to China and Japan including visits to Beijing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Daines met with China Premier Li Keqiang, as well as National People's Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang, Vice Chairman Zhang Ping, National People's Congress Lobsang Gyaltsen, Party Secretary of the… Continue Reading


Daines Urges TSA to Provide Glacier Park International Third X-Ray Machine

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fulfill Glacier Park International Airport's request for a third X-ray machine. In a letter to TSA Acting Administrator Dr. Huban Gowadia, Daines noted the increased tourism in the Kalispell area and the need to ensure timely screening for passengers. "GPI provides reliable air service for nearly 250,000 passengers per year, enabling economic growth and allowing thousands of tourists to vis… Continue Reading


Daines, McCaskill Introduce Legislation to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS spends over $7 billion on acquisition programs annually. This legislation would codify acquisition best practices, increase transparency and accountability, increase communication and understanding of needs to industry providing these technologies, and require notification to the… Continue Reading


FAA Heeds Daines' Request: Provides Medical Certification Exemption From REAL ID

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has heeded Daines' request and will accept Montana licenses, regardless of REAL ID status, for medical certification purpose. In a letter from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Daines, Huerta wrote that, "The FAA believes that the requirement to hold a driver's license to exercise the relief of BasicMed does not require a REAL ID compliant license." Click HERE to read FAA's letter to Daines… Continue Reading


Daines Urges FEMA to Hold Listening Session in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hold one of its tribal listening sessions in Montana as part of the process of updating its tribal consultation policy. In a letter to FEMA head Robert Fenton, Daines noted that Montana tribal leaders and homeland security directors have expressed a strong desire to provide their input on the FEMA consultation policy and requested that the agency hold a listening session in Montana to ensure th… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: The People of Libby

U.S. SENATE - During National Asbestos Awareness Week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the people of Libby, Montana, for their resiliency and strength in confronting economic, environmental, and public health challenges. Daines is pictured with Dr. Brad Black, Ms. Tanis Hernandez, and Ms. Tracy McNew of CARD. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by s… Continue Reading


Daines Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Gain Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. "LWCF is a critical tool that helps expand access to our public lands and preserves our Montana way of life," Daines stated. "By permanently reauthorizin… Continue Reading


Daines: Gorsuch Confirmed for U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice: "Judge Gorsuch is mainstream and he's not going to legislate from the bench. As a fellow westerner, he will uphold our Montana values and defend our Second Amendment rights. The Senate did its job and I look forward now to seeing Judge Gorsuch on the court." Gorsuch has widespread support from mainstream groups across Montana… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Local Governments From Abandoned Federal Buildings

U.S. SENATE -During National Asbestos Awareness Week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation safeguard local governments from having to take ownership of old federal buildings filled with asbestos after bankruptcy. Daines' bill requires the federal government to take into account commonsense factors when deciding whether a bidder for federal property is capable of fulfilling its financial obligations, preventing local governments from having to take possession of asbestos-fille… Continue Reading


Daines: Gorsuch Will Be The Ninth Supreme Court Justice

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor after the U.S. Senate voted to invoke the "nuclear option" because of unprecedented obstruction at the hands of Senate Democrats to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Daines' remarks as prepared are below: "One of the most consequential votes I cast is a vote to confirm a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. It's a lifetime appoin… Continue Reading


Daines, Hirono Pass Resolution to Celebrate National Park Week

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today celebrated the unanimous U.S. Senate passage of their resolution to mark April 15 through April 23 as National Park Week. This resolution is a reflection that National Parks bridges the political divides and makes the nation uniquely American. During the National Park Centennial the parks attracted record-breaking 331,000,000 recreational visits in 2016. The resolution encourages Americans and folks from across the wo… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Lead Senators in Asking Trump to Prioritize Opening Chinese Markets to U.S. Beef

39 Senators Sign Letter to President U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today led 37 Senators in a letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to prioritize reopening China's market to U.S. beef in his discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. "Opening this market to U.S. producers would create substantial opportunities for farmers and ranchers across the country as China has an import market in excess of $2.5 billion and is the second largest importer of… Continue Reading

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