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


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Gold Star Families, Remove Taxes on Military Survivor Benefits

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation providing tax relief for children receiving benefits who have lost a parent serving in the military. This bipartisan legislation effectively removes these benefits form the special 1986 tax, resolving the unintended tax treatment of survivor benefits. "Families of those who have lost a loved one while serving in the military should not be forced to pay burdensome taxes," said Daines. "This bipartisan bill would prot… Continue Reading


Daines: This is America. We Should Know How Many Citizens vs. Non-Citizens Are Living in Our Country

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to include the citizenship question on all government census forms. "This is America," Daines said. "We are a sovereign nation. It's absurd that we don't know how many citizens and non-citizens are living in this country. That's why I'm introducing this bill to require a citizenship question on the census." To download audio of the statement, click HERE. To download text of the bill, click HERE. Background: From 1880 to 1… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Demand Google Reverse Anti-Hunting Advertisement Policy

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to the CEO of Google, Mr. Sundar Pichai, demanding Google reverse its prohibition on hunting advertising. "We therefore demand you reverse these prohibitions and request that Google reexamine their policy interpretations on prohibiting hunting promotions," the letter states. "We also request a meeting to discuss the importance of Montana's and the United States' hunting heritage." To download the f… Continue Reading


Daines Fights to Protect Montanans’ Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced a bipartisan bill to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII), which includes social security and passport numbers, from public disclosure. Currently the PII is disclosed in the CBP manifest disclosure process. "Montanans and the American people need assurance that their private information is safeguarded from all threats," Daines said. "This commonsense legislation ensures transparen… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Fight for First Responders

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester reintroduced the bipartisan Putting First Responders First Act to clarify the current tax code to ensure injured first responders do not have to pay taxes on injury-related compensation. Daines and Tester introduced the bill ahead of National Police Week. "Montana's first responders risk their lives every day to protect our communities," Daines said. "This legislation will ensure these brave men and women will no longer endure unfair taxe… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester & Gianforte Introduce Bill to Invest in Critical Milk River Infrastructure Project

U.S. Congress - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced legislation to increase critical investments in the Milk River Infrastructure Project that thousands of Montana farmers rely on for access to reliable irrigation water in northcentral Montana. The St. Mary's Reinvestment Act, will ensure that the federal government picks up 75 percent of the costs for upgrades to the century-old water project. Currently, the federal government only fun… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Increase Veterans’ Access to Outdoors

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill to expand opportunities for veterans recovering from trauma to access public lands for outdoor therapy and rehabilitation treatments. "In Big Sky Country, we know how important our outdoor heritage is to our Montana way of life," Daines said. "This bill will help ensure our veterans are able to take full advantage of Montana's and our nation's outdoors as they recover from the trauma and injuries they experienced in comb… Continue Reading

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