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09.06.18

Forest Service Responds to Daines’, Gianforte’s Request, Announces Approval of Rice Ridge Salvage Project

U.S. CONGRESS - The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) once again responded to Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte's request to expedite salvage projects, announcing that they will sign the Rice Ridge Fire Salvage Project located near Seeley Lake on the Lolo National Forest in Missoula and Powell Counties. Under the approved Emergency Situation Determination (ESD), the Lolo National Forest is able to expedite timber sales for the Rice Ridge project during the fall of 2018. The project will occu… Continue Reading


09.06.18

Daines, Gianforte Demand Funding for Six Montana Counties

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long to urge the agency to reconsider the denial of Public Assistance for Carbon, Golden Valley, Missoula, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Powell Counties. "These counties are in desperate need of federal assistance to rebuild their infrastructure," the letter writes. "These communities cannot afford any further delay and need federal assistance for their c… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Senate Western Caucus Pushes for Robust Forest Management Reforms

U.S. SENATE - Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.), and Caucus Members Cory Gardner (Colo.), Lisa Murkowski (Ala.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mike Crapo (Ind.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Thune (S.D.), Dan Sullivan (Ala.), and Dean Heller (Nev.) today sent a letter to urge Farm Bill conferees to include robust forest management reforms in the final Farm Bill. These provisions will reduce the r… Continue Reading


09.02.18

Daines: Kavanaugh is Well Qualified

This week, one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees ever nominated to the bench, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Other than sending our sons and daughters to war, confirming a Supreme Court Justice is the most consequential vote I will take as a United States Senator. For Montana, and the rest of the nation, the impacts of this decision will last forever - because while laws come and go, judges serve for a lifetime. That's why it's cri… Continue Reading


08.30.18

Daines, Gianforte Secure Funding for Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the State of Montana's major disaster declaration request following this year's severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to the Administration in support of the declaration request. "This is great news. I'm pleased the Administration respond to our request," Daines said. "This year's flooding devastated communities and infrastr… Continue Reading


08.30.18

Daines to Welcome NAM President to 2018 Montana Manufacturing Summit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), will speak at the 2018 Montana Manufacturing Jobs Summit in Kalispell. "Montana's manufacturing industry is one of the state's fastest growing economic sectors, and supports thousands of good-paying jobs for Montanans," Daines said. "I am excited to welcome Jay to Big Sky Country for the upcoming Summit. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in… Continue Reading


08.29.18

Daines Helps Secure Funding to Prevent Meth, Opioid Use in Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced over $375,000 in grant funding to help prevent youth substance abuse in Montana. The grants, awarded by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program under the Office of National Drug Control, will be given to three community coalitions including the Lincoln County Unite for Youth Coalition, Be the Change 406 Coalition, and Anaconda Community Intervention, Inc. "Supporting our community leaders and coalitions is a key component to helping… Continue Reading


08.29.18

Senate Western Caucus Leads Successful Confirmation of USDA Under Secretary James Hubbard

U.S. SENATE - Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.), and Caucus Members Cory Gardner (Colo.) and John Hoeven (N.D.), issued the following statements on the confirmation of James Hubbard to serve as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. "As chair of the Senate Western Caucus, I led my colleagues in urging swift consideration of this nomination, and it's great to see it happen," Daine… Continue Reading


08.28.18

Daines, Gianforte Bring Jobs Back to Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte today announced the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) signed the Final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rock Creek Project on the Kootenai National Forest. The project, 13 miles northeast of Noxon, is estimated to create 340 full-time mine jobs when at full production, and contribute to an additional 299 secondary jobs per year. "The Rock Creek project will spur good paying jobs for hundreds and bring roughly $40 million annually… Continue Reading


08.24.18

Daines Secures $4.6 Million Grant for Helena Regional Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the Helena Regional Airport received a $4,605,472 grant secured through the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program. "This is great news for Montana," Daines said. "This funding will ensure Montanans and visitors to our great state have reliable access and infrastructure to enjoy the things that make our state exceptional." Jeff Wadekamper, Director of Helena Regioanl Airport, touted the grant and said, "Passenger traf… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Daines Helps Secure $904,717 Grant to Hire New Firefighters in Belgrade

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Central Valley Fire District (CVFD) in Belgrade, MT was awarded a grant of $904,717 for the hiring of additional firefighters. The grant, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "The Central Valley Fire District's firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities from devastation," Daines said. "This fun… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Daines Pushes for New Program to Help Reduce Future Wildfires

U.S. SENATE -Today, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Congress to take action on his bill that will improve the health of national forests and revitalize the timber industry. Daines' bill, the Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests Act, establishes a pilot arbitration program authorizing the U.S. Forest Service to use binding arbitration in Montana and Idaho as an alternative dispute resolution process for certain forest restoration … Continue Reading


08.21.18

Daines Helps Secure $1,500,000 Grant for University of Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the University of Montana received a $1,500,000 grant from the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of its Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. "This is great news for the University of Montana, its students and the surrounding community," Daines said. "This grant will not only help strengthen the University's transit system, but improve air quality and lower fuel costs. I am proud t… Continue Reading


08.14.18

Daines, Gianforte Push for Funding for Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long to urge the approval of Montana's major disaster declaration request following this year's severe flooding. The declaration will provide federal funding to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts needed to support Montana's communities and economy. "Montana experienced heavy spring flooding this year that severely impacted communities and infrastruc… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Daines Pushes for Permanent Reauthorization, Full Funding of LWCF

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today met with community leaders and stakeholders to address the importance and future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a widely supported, bipartisan program critical to Montana jobs and protecting Montanans' outdoor way of life. Without congressional action, the program will expire at the end of September. Daines was joined by Mary Hollow with Prickly Pear Land Trust, Mark Lambrecht with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mark Aagenes with The… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Daines: NDAA is a Win for Montana, Win for the Nation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by President Donald J. Trump. Watch HERE Download HERE "We got good news today - President Trump just signed the NDAA that authorizes spending for our U.S. military. It's also very important for Montana and our nuclear mission, and what the men and women who serve at Malmstrom Air Force Base do for our nation and our state. It's a big win for Montana an… Continue Reading


08.10.18

Daines Honors Craig and Becky Barrus as “Angels in Adoption”

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Craig and Becky Barrus of Trout Creek as his 2018 "Angels in Adoption." "Angels in Adoption" is supported by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) as a way to honor Americans making a difference in the lives of children through adoption. "Nominating Craig and Becky Barrus as our Angels in Adoption is a true honor," Daines said. "With Becky having been a former foster child herself, the Barruses understand the importanc… Continue Reading


08.07.18

Daines Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is now accepting applications from young Montanans to compete for a nomination to be appointed to one of the United States Service Academies. "It is a true honor to nominate Montana's brightest and hardworking high school seniors to be appointed to one of our nation's service academies," Daines said. "The application process is critical to selecting well-qualified nominees, and I look forward to learning more about our state's remarkable students." Making… Continue Reading


08.06.18

Forest Service Responds to Daines’ Demands to Expedite Salvage Projects

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released comprehensive data on recent forest salvage and restoration projects that have taken place due to Daines' efforts and the efforts of local elected officials and forest collaboratives. The projects will help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and create jobs for Montanans. "Last year's wildfires were devastating for Montana's communities and forests. Our state and towns were covered with smoke for weeks at a time, and our once flourishi… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Daines Defends Montana’s Right to Export Coal to Asia

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines, John Barraso, Shelley Moore Capito and James Inhofe introduced a bill clearing the way for construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminal, which would create hundreds of Montana jobs by expanding trade opportunities for Montana coal. The legislation clarifies that Section 401 of the Clean Water Act cannot be used as a weapon to prohibit Montana's exportation of clean and reliable coal to the nation's allies in the Asia Pacific Region. Watch HERE Downlo… Continue Reading

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