Daines Fights for Certainty for Montana Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act to provide Montana ranchers with certainty in delaying the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and reforming Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. "Montana's ranchers and livestock haulers drive Montana's economy," Daines said. "We must find a solution that keeps our roads safe and allows Montana's agricultural commodities to get to market humanely and on time. I'll continue pushing to provide … Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Designate National Asbestos Awareness Week

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester championed legislation to designate April 1-7, 2019 "National Asbestos Awareness Week" as part of their ongoing efforts to combat the dangers of asbestos exposure.The bipartisan resolution raises awareness about asbestos-caused diseases and urges the U.S. Surgeon General to teach Americans about the substance's risks."Asbestos caused diseases have tragically claimed the lives of far too many Montanans," Daines said. "By shedding light on t… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Applauds Andrew Wheeler’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (Mont.) and Caucus Members Senators Mike Rounds (S.D.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Boozman (Ark.), John Barrasso (Wyo.) celebrated the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "Having worked with Administrator Wheeler both in Montana and DC, he takes a commonsense approach to solving issues important to Montana and other states," Daines said. "I look for… Continue Reading


Daines: Bipartisan Public Lands Package One Step Closer to Law

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House passage of the bipartisan public lands package, which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. "This bipartisan public lands package is a historic win for conservation in Montana and across our nation, and after today, it's one step closer to becoming law," Daines said. "I'm very glad to see the House pass this important package to help protect o… Continue Reading


Daines Condemns Senate Democrats for Blocking Bill to Stop Infanticide

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned Senate Democrats for blocking the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill would make it federal law that born-alive babies who survive abortions must be treated the same as every other living baby - with dignity. The vote to proceed to the bill, requiring 60 votes to pass, failed 53-44."It is unconscionable that Senate Democrats voted to make it legal in the U.S. to kill or neglect a baby who was born alive," Daines said. "In… Continue Reading


Daines Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Lake, Ravalli, Sanders, and Missoula Counties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his staff will host mobile hours across four counties in Montana: Lake, Ravalli, Sanders, and Missoula. Local residents are encouraged to visit with Daines' staff during these mobile office hours to discuss their views or questions regarding the federal government. Any comments will be shared with Daines. Residents may drop by, or they can make an appointment by calling 406-549-8198. Details are as follows: Lake County Tuesday -… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Finalization of President Trump’s “Protect Life Rule”

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the finalization of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) "Protect Life Rule", following Daines' request, to disentangle abortion from the Title X Family Planning program. "The Protect Life Rule is a historic step in protecting the dignity of human life," Daines said. "I'm grateful for President Trump's leadership to redirect Title X funds away from the abortion industry towards centers that provide comprehensive health care … Continue Reading


Daines Demands Accountability at Indian Health Service

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Rear Admn. Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), demanding answers on Stanley Patrick Weber, a former pediatrician at IHS who was recently convicted of sexually molesting children while working on the Blackfeet Reservation. "While justice is being served in the court of law, accountability must be demanded of IHS and the individuals who enabled Mr. Weber to continue molesting children for over two deca… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Introduce Bill to Name Ridge in Memory of Fallen Heroes

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced the B-47 Ridge Designation Act. The legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers all tragically lost their lives in a plane crash 1962. "I am honored to once again introduce this bill to name the unnamed ridge off of Emigrant Peak "B-47 Ridge," Daines said. "In 1962, Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd… Continue Reading


Daines Kicks Off 56 County Tour of the Treasure State

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senator Steve Daines this weekend kicked off his 56-county tour of the Treasure State in the 116th Congress, with eight stops across eastern Montana. Every Congress, Daines visits all 56 counties. This weekend, Daines visited Billings, Glasgow, Wolf Point, Glendive, Wibaux, Terry, Circle, and Sidney. Billings: On Friday, Daines kicked off the morning with a visit to the Rimrock Facility in Billings. While on his visit, Daines heard from folks at Rimrock about the benefits of… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act. The bill requires most federal buildings to have dedicated rooms for breastfeeding mothers. "Mothers who are breastfeeding should have a private, clean, and safe place to go in federal buildings," Daines said. "It's long overdue new moms have this resource, and I'm glad this bill provides just that." The bill requires that federal buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom pr… Continue Reading


Daines Secures $10 Million Increase in Funding for LWCF

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured a $10 million increase for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), bringing funding for the program to $435 million for 2019. Daines is a member of the Interior Subcommittee on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations that has funding jurisdiction over the LWCF. "Over the past week, we've made significant progress for the LWCF from securing an increase in funding, to passing the bipartisan public lands package out of the Senate," Da… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Make Down Payment on Border Security, Keep Government Open

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to make a down payment on strengthening the nation's border security and to keep the federal government open and funded. "I was just down in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the southern border with border patrol, and witnessed firsthand the consequences of a porous border. We've got a crisis on our hands with illegal drugs and immigrants flooding across the border, and it's destroying our families,"Daines said. "Today I voted on a down payment… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte announced today that Madison Edwards of Missoula received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Edwards is currently a senior at Big Sky High School. "I congratulate Madison on her nomination to the United States Air Force Academy," Daines said. "From running track and cross country, to being a member of the National Honor Society, Madison has proven herself as a strong leade… Continue Reading


Daines to House Leadership: Vote on Bipartisan Public Lands Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy urging a swift vote in the House on the bipartisan public lands package which passed the Senate yesterday. The letter was also sent to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Raul Grijalva and Ranking Member Rob Bishop. "We write to urge immediate House action on S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, recently favor… Continue Reading


Daines Historic Conservation Win Passes Senate

Today, the United States Senate passed a landmark bipartisan public lands package championed by U.S. Senator Steve Daines. The public lands package includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act among other provisions important to conservation and public access to public lands. "Today's vote is a watershed moment for conservation and public lands across Montana and our entire country," Daines said. "From permanent re… Continue Reading


Daines Demands Accountability for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored legislation that would commission a federal study on missing and murdered indigenous people. The bill would help hold federal agencies accountable in their response to missing and murdered indigenous women. This bill comes in response to a hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Daines secured on Ashley Loring HeavyRunner, a missing woman of the Blackfeet Tribe and in concert with Daines' request for a field hearing on th… Continue Reading


Daines to Senate Colleagues: Pass the Bipartisan Public Lands Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to take action and vote for the bipartisan public lands package that includes the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. "I'm here today to urge my Senate colleagues to support Senate Bill 47, a lands package. This includes 100 locally driven as well as nationally important bills. Specifically, there are two t… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte, Tester Introduce Clean Water for Rural Communities Act

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to provide much-needed authorization for Montana rural water infrastructure. "The fact of the matter is that thousands of Montanans still lack access to steady safe drinking water," Daines stated. "Water is a basic necessity for any community. We depend on a steady supply to provide clean drinking water, irrigate our crops, water our livestock and provide energy through… Continue Reading


Daines, Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Big Health Insurance Companies from Price Fixing, Collusion

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt) today introduced legislation to ensure that health insurance companies are held accountable for pricing drugs. The bill, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act amends McCarran-Ferguson, which exempted insurance companies from federal antitrust laws. "For far too long, health insurance companies have gotten away with taking advantage of consumers and charging them outrageous prices for their health care," Daines said. "… Continue Reading

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