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10.05.16

Daines, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Encourage Carbon Sequestration

SIDNEY, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representive Ryan Zinke today announced that they have introduced legislation to encourage carbon sequestration. The CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act of 2016 aligns tax guidelines with existing federal regulations to ensure taxpayers are better able to utilize the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit. By accelerating work on carbon sequestration projects, this bill is helping to provide one of the energy technologies needed to utilize Americ… Continue Reading


10.04.16

Daines, Feinstein Call on Energy Conferees to Accelerate Forest Management, Fix Wildfire Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today called on on Energy Bill Conferees to accelerate forest management reforms and fix wildfire funding. Daines and Feinstein penned a letter to the leadership of the conference committee for S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "As cosponsors of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, we urge you to include reforms in the final energy bill to enable the Forest Service to pay for fighting extraordinary wildfires … Continue Reading


10.03.16

Daines Announces $138,878 to Enhance Response to Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $138,878 in funding to maintain the safety of emergency personnel and the public when responding to hazardous materials related emergencies. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) grant will train emergency responders to respond to pipeline, rail and other surface accidents that cause a release of hazardous materials. This was authorized by the FAST Act. Further, safe transportation of Montana's energy resources is… Continue Reading


09.30.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Alan Charles of Miles City

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Alan Charles of Miles City for his tireless work at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Alan served in the agency's Helena office for the last twenty years, helping maintain Montanans' access to quality hunting grounds: an integral part of our way of life. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a stateme… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Daines Announces $198,506 for Educational Training for Fort Peck Community College

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $198,506.00 in funding for Fort Peck Community College to help train new farmers and ranchers and building on their existing curriculum, especially tailoring it to the Fort Peck community. "Our ag industry is of critical importance to our state, and our farmers play a key role in feeding not only Montana, but the world," Daines stated. "It's important that we support the next generation of Montana farmers and ranchers and I'm glad to see … Continue Reading


09.29.16

Daines Introduces Bill to Enhance Crowdfunding for Startups

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to better the way entrepreneurs raise funds through crowdfunding, a way that prevents expensive regulatory red tape from keeping startups from getting off the ground. Crowdfunding is the basic idea of raising money by relatively small contributions from a large number of people - combining the best of microfinance and crowdsourcing. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a rule last October to give entreprene… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Daines Encourages Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

Proposed Regulations Would Have Severe Chilling Effect on Family Farms and Businesses BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today wrote to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow their farms an… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Daines Announces $1.2 Million to Address Domestic Violence Safety for Indian Women

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,260,000.00 in funding for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. in Lame Deer to address domestic violence and improve safety for Indian women. "I am committed to ensuring American Indian women have access to the resources they need to feel safe in their communities," Daines stated. Paula Julian, Policy Specialist National Indigenous Women's Resource Center: "We are honored and humbled to continue to serve as the Nationa… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Daines and Bipartisan Bicameral Coalition Introduce Bill to Protect Law-Abiding Gun Owners

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2016, which transfers regulatory responsibility for non-military-grade firearms from the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "The Obama administration is continually making attempts at restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns," Daines stated. "Their latest heavy-handed policy unduly targets gunsmiths, most of whom make little to no income and simply do it for the… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Daines Votes to Give 9/11 Victims Justice

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow families of victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil to sue the foreign states that fund terrorism and permit them to hold accountable those who aid and abet terrorism. The vote was 97-1. "It has been 15 years since the horrific terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001, that rocked our nation and forever changed our world - that is 15 years too lo… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Daines Statement Following Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the conclusion of oral arguments in West Virginia v. EPA before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Under President Obama's Unaffordable Power Plan, Montanans who can afford it the least are paying the steepest price," Daines stated. "I'm thankful for our Attorney General Tim Fox who is working tirelessly to ensure that this rule is stopped to protect coal jobs and the hardworking fam… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Daines Announces over $150,000 for CSKT Employment Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $156,202 in funding for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) to implement an employment and economic development program. The funding is for the CSKT's Pilot Project Implementation Plan and Pilot Training Initiative, which is the third phase of their Sustainable Economic Development Project funded by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). "This grant is good news to help CSKT complete the final phase of their projec… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Daines, Nelson: Patrons Should Be Protected from Online Booking Scams

Daines and Nelson introduce legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams. Daines and Nelson introduced The Stop Online Booking Scams Act that protects consumers from illegitimate third party websites that trick consumers into thinking they are making reservations directly with hotels. Online booking sites have created a marketplace… Continue Reading


09.26.16

Daines Announces $1,094,800 for Law Enforcement for the Chippewa Cree Tribe, Crow Tribe

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,094,800 in funding for the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the Crow Tribe to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading


09.26.16

Daines Implores Energy Chairman to Prioritize LWCF Permanent Reauthorization

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today implored Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to preserve permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "LWCF was created in the spirit of reinvesting the revenues from the sale of our national resources into future resources for all Americans - asset for asset," Daines wrote. "Like many of th… Continue Reading


09.25.16

Daines Statement on the Passing of Ben Steele

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in memory of the life of World War II POW and Bataan Death March survivor, Ben Steele: "Montana has lost an American hero and a state treasure," Daines stated. "Ben Steele will be remembered for his service, his courage and his artistic legacy." On July 10, 2015, Daines honored Steele as Montanan of the Week for his exceptional service to the nation and the Billings community. Daines met Steele on September 9,… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Daines Announces $750,000 for Kootenai Rail Development

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $750,000 in funding for the Kootenai Business Park in Libby. "Through these additional funds Lincoln County will be able to create and save good-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "The Kootenai Rail Development Project will invigorate the region and be a boon for local business." Daines authored a letter of support for this project on April 21, 2016 to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), "Completion of the new rail spur will… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Tester, Daines Fight for Montana Counties on Capitol Hill

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Congress to support Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) which are critical to helping Montana counties balance their budgets. If Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, PILT payments will run dry. PILT supported 55 Montana counties last year to the tune of $30 million. Additionally, SRS expired September 30, 2015 and counties have been waiting for nearly a year for Congress to reauthorize … Continue Reading


09.23.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Joan Eliel of Broadwater County

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Joan Eliel, Investigator/Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Justice for receiving one of three 2016 Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Awards. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects th… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Daines Leads 29 Senators Urging President Obama to Refrain From ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Weapons Policy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 29 Senators in urging President Obama to refrain from implementing the dangerous and irresponsible 'no first use' nuclear weapons policy. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the Senators underscore the strategic importance of the nuclear arsenal to domestic safety and geopolitical strength. "While no American wishes to employ nuclear weapons in conflict, establishing a no first use policy would weaken the nation's security and make th… Continue Reading

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