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05.01.19

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Child Predators from Receiving Government Pensions

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill to prevent convicted pedophiles from receiving a federal government pension. Daines discussed the bill, the Denying Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters Act, in a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). Download video HERE "Despite numerous reported suspicions of Weber's inappropriate behavior, IHS turned a blind eye and … Continue Reading


05.01.19

Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Fix Burdensome Regulations on Livestock Haulers

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a bill that will ease burdensome regulations on livestock haulers. The bipartisan Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act changes a Department of Transportation rule that requires drivers who haul live animals to adhere to strict time constraints monitored by Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), exempting them from some road time requirements and allowing them to better care for the live animals they are transporting… Continue Reading


04.29.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency, Accountability in Drug Pricing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill to shed light on the drug pricing process and the middlemen responsible for negotiating prescription drug costs. "Montanans can't afford to keep paying the outrageous costs of prescription drugs,"Daines said. "Transparency and accountability in drug pricing is long overdue. That's why I'm introducing this bill to protect Montanans and ensure those responsible for negotiating drug prices are focused on driving costs down… Continue Reading


04.17.19

Daines Continues Bipartisan Fight for Vietnam Veterans Harmed By Agent Orange

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines renewed efforts to secure disability and health care benefits for Navy veterans, known as "Blue Water" veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. "Commonsense tells us that sailors who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam deserve the same level of care as their counterparts ashore," Daines said. "Together with the court's recent Procopio decision, this bill should settle any questions over Congress' intent to care for… Continue Reading


04.16.19

Daines, Gianforte Secure 24-Hour Status at Raymond Port of Entry, Protect Montana Jobs

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today secured the reinstating of around-the-clock status at the Raymond Port of Entry. In a call today with John Sanders, the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Sanders announced his decision to reinstate full hours of operation at the Raymond Port of Entry. This decision came in response to Daines and Gianforte's requests to keep the Port of Raymond open 24/7 and three of Montana's other port… Continue Reading


04.15.19

Daines Fights for Tax Relief for Pregnant Moms

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act, which allows pregnant moms to claim the Child Tax Credit for their unborn children. This bill builds on the Child Tax Credit provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by supporting families and pregnant mothers with the many costs that come with carrying a baby, as well as planning for the care of a newborn baby. For more information on the bill, click HERE. "From stocking up on diape… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Daines Celebrates Bernhardt’s Confirmation as Victory for Montana and the West

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to confirm David Bernhardt as the 53rd U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Interior. "David Bernhardt understands the importance of protecting access to our public lands, our commitment to tribal nations, and responsible energy development," Daines said. "As a fellow westerner, I have complete confidence in David's ability to lead the Department of the Interior and was glad to cast my vote for him this afternoon along with a bipartisan maj… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Daines Pushes for Permanent Tax Relief for Montana Small Businesses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to give small businesses permanent tax relief. Daines is pushing to make the small business tax deduction included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 permanent. Currently, the tax deduction is set to expire at the end of 2025. "I championed the effort to make sure small businesses in Montana are on equal tax footing as corporations. Now, we must make this level playing field permanent to protect and grow Montana jobs," Daine… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Daines, King Launch Bipartisan Bill to Protect Seniors

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Angus King (Maine) today renewed efforts to protect Medicare benefits by re-introducing the bipartisan Medicare Advantage Quality Payment Relief Act. The bill would reverse an unintended policy of the Affordable Care Act that is currently denying millions of seniors and people with disabilities the full measure of their Medicare Advantage benefits. "There are currently 16,000 Montanans being shortchanged the full scope of their Medicare benef… Continue Reading


04.09.19

Daines Fights for Mandatory Funding of LWCF

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "The historic bipartisan lands package which permanently maintained our commitment to LWCF was a big win for Montana, but now we must come together again to ensure the program is fully funded," Daines said. "Expanding access to public lands and preserving the rich outdoor heritage of Montana is one of my highest priorities in the U.… Continue Reading


04.09.19

Daines Fights for Increased Transparency, Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing grilled Pharmacy Benefit Manager executives (PBMs) on the need to increase transparency and lower prescription drug costs for Montanans. PBMs, which serve as the middle men between insurance companies and patients, are responsible for negotiating drug costs for patients. Daines slammed their current practices as failing Montanans. Click HERE to download Currently, there is a bill moving through the Monta… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Daines: Montana Farmers Need Clarity, Action on Hemp Production

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to swiftly implement hemp provisions outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill. "Hemp in Montana is a great opportunity to create Montana jobs and grow Montana Ag," Daines said. "As a member of the Senate Ag Committee during discussions for the 2018 Farm Bill, I worked hard to create more opportunities for Montana farmers and remove hemp from being considered a controlled substance. It's time we… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Daines: We Must Shed Light on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a resolution designating May 5, 2019 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. "What's happening in Indian Country must be addressed and brought to the national stage," Daines said. "We must work together to stop the crisis of missing and murdered Native women and girls. I will continue to strongly voice their stories so that we may commemorate their lives, raise awareness of this issue, and help put… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Daines: Bernhardt Good for Montana to Lead DOI

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to advance Department of the Interior (DOI) Acting Secretary David Bernhardt to being one step closer to leading the Department of the Interior. "Bernhardt has a proven record of excellence on issues important to Montana such as his work to implement the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act and his firm commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Program," Daines said. "I have full confidence that together we will continue to work on important… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Daines: We Need to Finalize Cleanup at Montana Superfund Sites, Protect Communities from Asbestos

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler at a U.S. Senate Hearing on the need to finalize restoration and cleanup at Montana's Butte-Silver Bow and Anaconda Smelter Co. Superfund Sites. Daines specifically stressed the need for a natural stream in Butte and for a firm commitment from Wheeler that the Anaconda site will be secure into perpetuity. Download video HERE At the hearing, Daines also pressed Wheeler on … Continue Reading


04.02.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Honor WWII Cadet Nurses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to honor the women who served in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II with honorary veteran status. "The brave women of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps who served our nation in World War II must be recognized with the honor they deserve," Daines said. "These women embody the spirit of selfless service that is distinctive of our country's combat veterans. Serving our veterans is one of my hig… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Daines Locks in DOE Commitment on Future of Colstrip

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing secured commitment from Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry on investment in the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana. Colstrip is a major driver of good-paying energy jobs for Montanans, and is critical to ensuring Montanans have access to reliable, affordable electricity. Click HERE to download "Colstrip Power Plant in Montana is one of the largest economic drivers… and it is … Continue Reading


03.29.19

Daines Statement on President Trump’s Keystone XL Presidential Permit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement following President Trump's presidential permit on the Keystone XL pipeline. "President Trump's announcement today is a big win for Montana and our nation," Daines said. "After over ten years of review, this pipeline that will create roughly 800 construction jobs and spur millions in revenue for Montana's rural communities and schools, will finally become a reality. I applaud President Trump for his leadership and com… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Daines to HHS: Convicted Pedophile Should Not Receive One Cent of Taxpayer Money

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging he stop Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Indian Health Service (IHS) pediatrician recently convicted for molesting children while working on the Blackfeet Reservation, from continuing to receive a government pension in prison. "If the Department of Health and Human Services cannot stop Mr. Weber's pension payments, then we stand ready to provide any assistance necessary from Co… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Daines, Gianforte Honor Fallen Montana Hero Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today attended a White House Ceremony that posthumously awarded Army Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins with the Medal of Honor. In conjunction with today's ceremony, Daines and Gianforte introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House to rename the VA clinic in Bozeman after the fallen Montana war hero. "It was a privilege to stand with Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins' mom, dad, and son as President Trump awarded Travis our na… Continue Reading

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