Little Shell Federal Recognition Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law after Push by Daines & Tester

(U.S. Senate) - Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced further than ever before after a push by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester to successfully include their bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act-the Senate's must-pass annual defense legislation. The Little Shell Tribe has sought federal recognition for nearly four decades, and has been recognized by the State of Montana since 2000. "Great news today for Montana's Litt… Continue Reading


Daines: We Must Protect the American Flag

U.S. SENATE - Today, U. S. Senator Steve Daines renewed efforts to prohibit the burning of the American flag. Daines' reintroduction of his constitutional amendment falls on Flag Day. "Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom," Daines said. "Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due." Background: On J… Continue Reading


Daines' Blue Water Navy Veterans Bill Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today celebrated his bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act unanimously passing the U.S. Senate and heading to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our Vietnam vets who served both on land and sea deserve equal care for their bravery in defense of our country," Daines said. "I am happy to see my legislation pass. It is due time we get our Blue Water Vets the care their sacrifices demanded." During the Vietnam War, the U.S. militar… Continue Reading


Daines Sends Letter Urging Administration To Lower Prescription Drug Costs For Seniors

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging the administration to take immediate action on pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reforms to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. "While we commend the administration for your goal to reduce seniors' out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, we believe that finalizing [the Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses] rule without including DIR refor… Continue Reading


Daines Statement in Colstrip Closures

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on Colstrip closures. "This is a sad day for Montana, the Colstrip community and our energy security," Daines said. "Today's news is yet another example of the devastating impacts of extreme environmental regulations, fringe litigation and partisan politics. I worked hard to find a solution and it's truly disheartening to see Units 1 & 2 be forced to close. All Montanans need to come together to preserve Units 3 &a… Continue Reading


Daines: Montanans Don’t Want DC Bureaucrats Telling Them What’s Best for their Students

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS Act), a bill that would give Montanans more say over how their tax dollars are spent on education. "Montana's students deserve the best education our schools can give them," Daines said. "Montana educators and administrators know what their students need to succeed better than DC bureaucrats. That's why I introduced this bill to expand local control of our schools so we can return federa… Continue Reading


Daines to Bring Pence to Billings for Firsthand Look at Montana’s Meth Crisis

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he is bringing Vice President Mike Pence to Billings next Wednesday (6/12) for a firsthand look at Montana's devastating meth crisis. Pence will join Daines at the RiverStone Health Clinic for a briefing from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDAT) and the Yellowstone Substance Abuse Coalition. Click HERE to download video. "Montana has a crisis on its hands. Mexican meth is pouring into our state and tearing ou… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Over $1.5 Million for Fort Benton and West Yellowstone Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $1,588,825 million will be directed to Montana airports, with $1,175,365 going to Fort Benton Airport in Chouteau County and $413,460 going to West Yellowstone Airport in Gallatin County. "Safe and reliable air travel is vital to Montana's economy," Daines said. "These grants will ensure that the folks of Chouteau and Gallatin Counties have the resources they need to improve and expand Fort Benton and West Yellowstone Airports. This w… Continue Reading


Daines, Bipartisan Senate Colleagues Team Up to Protect Job Corps from Closure

U.S. SENATE-Teaming up to protect the country's Job Corps programs from closure, U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced legislation today to prevent the removal of funds from these critical employment programs. Today the Senators introduced legislation, the Job Corps Protection Act, that blocks the Administration from using federal government funds in 2019 or 2020 to close any Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers in the United States. The bill will also pro… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Nearly $1 Million in EPA Funding for Montana Brownfields Sites

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $900,000 will be directed to Montana communities to help fund the cleanup of Brownfields. Daines voted to secure the funding in 2019. "This funding will ensure that our rural communities get the help they need," Daines said. "From new housing in tribal communities at Fort Belknap, to recreational opportunities in Missoula County, to cleaning up properties containing asbestos and lead-based paint to help with tourism in Browning, this fundin… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Stand Up for Montana Jobs Corp Conservation Centers

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today wrote a letter urging the Trump administration to stop the closures of Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC) nationally, and to ensure they all remain under the Department of Agriculture (USDA). "[Civilian Conservation Centers] operate in 17 national forests and grasslands across 16 states and aim to train over 4,000 youth and young adults, many of whom are at-risk individuals originating from low-incom… Continue Reading


Daines Saves Anaconda Job Corps Center from Closing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured President Trump's decision to keep the Anaconda Job Corps training center open, saving hundreds of Montana jobs. The decision follows Daines' call with Trump on Saturday, where he stressed that the Anaconda center was one of the top ranked in the country, and must remain open. After speaking with Daines, Trump told him the site would remain open. The Anaconda Jobs Corps training center employs 250 people in southwest Montana. "The Anaconda Job Co… Continue Reading


Daines Named Most Transparent, Accountable and Innovative in Congress

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was recognized as the most transparent, accountable and innovative in congress by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). "It has always been my priority to bring transparency, accountability and innovation to Washington D.C to better serve the people of Montana," Daines said. "Before I came to congress, I built a successful business and had tremendous achievements in the private sector. What I learned in business, I took with me to Congress… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Montana’s Wildland Firefighters

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced The Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act and The Wildland Firefighter Fairness Act. "I have heard the challenges our wildland firefighters face and I am taking action," Daines said. "The two bills I introduced are aimed at strengthening our preparedness for future wildfires and ensures we are recruiting and retaining the folks who put it all on the line for our safety." The legislation would direct the Office of Personnel Management … Continue Reading


Daines , Tester Vote to Hang Up on Robocalls

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester voted to hang up on robocalls today, helping pass the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act?-also known as the TRACED Act-through the Senate today. "Across Montana, folks are being inundated by illegal robocalls," Daines said. "It's long overdue that Montanans are protected from these illegal calls. I'm glad my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle supported this important legislation. We mus… Continue Reading


Daines Fights to Remove Barriers for Montana’s Skilled Workers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand the education savings plans to skilled workers. To download video, click HERE. "This legislation will lead to more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Montanans," Daines said. "Those who want to join an apprenticeship program ought to be given the same opportunities afforded to those who go to traditional colleges and universities." Under Daines' legislation, skilled workers enrolled in a regis… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Urge Agency to Prevent Crisis at Northern Border

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opposing cuts in hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry. "Cuts in hours of service should not be implemented and the current hours of service should continue. While we remain willing to work with you on the needs of your service to protect America and resolve the crisis at the southern border, we encourage you to refrain from causing a c… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for LWCF Funding

U.S. SENATE - On the heels of House Interior Appropriations plus-up of LWCF, U.S. Senator Steve Daines wrote a letter to U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Committee Leadership urging the full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and to build on momentum for stronger funding in the Senate bill. The letter also highlighted the importance of the program to Montana. "Earlier this Congress, we took a historic step to permanently authorize the LWCF," Daines said. "As we work towar… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes for B-47 Ridge Naming in Honor of Fallen Servicemen

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged lawmakers for swift passage of the B-47 Ridge Designation Act in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. Daines introduced the bipartisan bill that names the ridge after four servicemen who lost their lives in February. Click HERE to download video "That is why I introduced the bipartisan B-47 Ridge Designation Act to tell the story of these brave men and to make sure the sacrifice is not forgotten," Daines said. "So … Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Fight for Montana Energy Jobs

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced a bill to support and create Montana energy jobs by extending a refined coal production tax credit. The bill will help improve the economics of Colstrip, promote clean coal production and reduce emissions. "Colstrip and energy jobs are a critical part of our Montana way of life," Daines said. "This bill will protect good-paying energy jobs, support refined coal production, and reduce emissions. This is a win f… Continue Reading

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