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02.25.22

Daines to Biden: Restart the Keystone XL Pipeline Immediately

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today is calling on the Biden administration to immediately reauthorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "President Biden set us on a dangerous path when he decided to kill the Keystone XL pipeline on Day One in office," Daines said. "What's happening in Russia and Europe is a stark reminder of the need to support American energy development, not hinder it. Energy security is national security, and a global energy dominant America is a safer worl… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Daines Introduces Bill to Support Montana Truckers, Ban Vaccine Mandates for Essential Cross-Border Travel

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to ban vaccine mandates for essential workers crossing the border. "Biden's overreaching vaccine mandates are wreaking havoc on our entire country. They're hurting small businesses, burdening the labor force and worsening the supply chain crisis," Daines said. "It's time we put an end to Biden's big government mandates that are unnecessarily straining our truck drivers, jobs and the economy." The supply chain has suffered major dis… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Daines Statement on Russia Invading Ukraine

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the below statement following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "I'm praying for the people of Ukraine and condemn Putin's outrageous attack on their sovereignty and independence. Putin is a thug, and he has been empowered and emboldened by Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and his approval of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline while killing America's Keystone XL pipeline," Daines said. "The skyrocketing price of oil and resulting in… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Daines Announces Funding for Community Health Partners to Support Montanans in Rural Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced funding for Community Health Partners to support their efforts in providing affordable healthcare services to medically underserved communities in rural Montana. "I'm glad to see Community Health Partners receive these resources to support Montanans in need of affordable health care. This funding will allow patients in Park County and Gallatin County to continue receiving important medical and dental services," Daines said. In October 2… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Daines, Tester Introduce Senate Resolution to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Yellowstone National Park

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. Daines serves as the top Republican on the Senate's National Parks Subcommittee. "150 years ago, Yellowstone became our very first national park, and ever since, it has been inspiring folks from across the world to come see the great outdoors and what Montana and the West have to offer," Daines said. "Our parks set us apart fr… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Daines Demands Answers after Biden Fails to Provide Required Report of Jobs Lost from Killing the Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the Biden administration demanding answers about the now outstanding Keystone XL Pipeline jobs loss report, which was due to Congress on Sunday, February 13th, 2022. "At the time of its closure, the Keystone XL Pipeline project was already under construction and employed more than 1,500 workers. By the end of 2021, the Keystone XL pipeline was projected to provide approximately 11,000 jobs. The closure erased thousands of real, high-payi… Continue Reading


02.14.22

Daines: End Mask & Vaccine Mandates for Montana Head Start Now!

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a Resolution of Disapproval in the United States Senate to formally disapprove the vaccine and mask mandates for Montana Head Start staff, volunteers and students imposed by the Biden administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The resolution would also nullify the agency's mandate for all children two years of age and older to wear a mask, including when they are playing outside. "Biden's overreaching vaccine mandates for M… Continue Reading


02.14.22

Daines, Rosendale Urge Biden Admin to Finalize Rule to Reverse Disastrous Cottonwood Decision

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Representative Matt Rosendale are leading their colleagues in urging the Biden administration to resolve challenges stemming from the disastrous Cottonwood decision which threatens Montana forest management projects. "During a congressional hearing on October 2021, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) testified that unless action is taken to resolve challenges stemming from the 2015 Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service, (Cottonwood) … Continue Reading


02.11.22

Daines Introduces Bill to Prevent Federal Funding of Crack Pipes

U.S. SENATE - This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from purchasing, supplying or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia. "It is outrageous that as Montana communities are being devastated by drugs and crime fueled by the southern border crisis, the Biden administration would even think about using taxpayer money to fund and distribute crack pipes. We should be preventing drug use, not promoting it," Daines said. Earl… Continue Reading


02.11.22

Daines Slams Haaland for Politicizing Gray Wolf Management

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines slammed Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for continuing to ignore the science and politicize gray wolf management during a Senate Energy Subcommittee hearing this week. Despite available science and data showing that the gray wolf populations are strong and healthy, the current law and the State of Montana's proven track record of gray wolf management, Haaland wrote an opinion piece earlier this week threatening to circumvent Montana's auth… Continue Reading


02.09.22

Daines Leads Hearing on Implementation of Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, the top Republican on the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, today led a hearing on the implementation of the historic conservation bill, "Great American Outdoors Act" or "GAOA," which Daines championed in 2020. To watch Daines' full opening remarks, click HERE. "This bill was one of the greatest conservation victories in the last 50 years. Republicans and Democrats came together to pass a historic bill that would invest in our parks, public lands, a… Continue Reading


02.09.22

Daines, Rosendale Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ban Members of Congress from Trading & Owning Individual Stocks

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Representative Matt Rosendale today introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to ban Members of Congress and their spouses from owning and trading individual stocks. The bill, the "Bipartisan Ban on Congressional Stock Ownership Act of 2022," was introduced by Daines and Senator Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate and Rosendale and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in the U.S. House. This is the first bipartisan effort on this issue in the Senate and the pro… Continue Reading


02.08.22

Daines: Pandemic, Lockdowns have Heightened Mental Health Challenges for Montana Youth

U.S. SENATE - Today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Senator Steve Daines emphasized the concerning mental health impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on young Montanans. Specifically, Daines highlighted how pandemic policies like lockdowns have had a profound effect on our nation's children. Daines is thankful for the leadership of Governor Gianforte who worked to end lockdowns and support the health and well-being of our children by getting them back to school. Daines has been … Continue Reading


02.04.22

Daines, Colleagues: Federal Broadband Projects Must Prioritize Rural America

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and several of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) expressing the importance of reliable broadband service for rural America. They requested that Federally-funded broadband projects prioritize unserved areas instead of overbuilding existing broadband infrastructure in areas with reliable broadband service. "NTIA has an opportunity to make substantial impact on connecting rural Americ… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Daines, Rosendale Fight for Montana Truckers, Urge Biden Admin to Honor Montana’s Request to Extend Federal ELDT Deadline

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Matt Rosendale urged the Biden administration to extend the deadline for the Entry Level Driver Training program for all new commercial driver license (CDL) applicants to give the State of Montana time to implement the necessary change, protect Montana trucking jobs and prevent more issues with the supply chain. "We write in response to the impending February 7th, 2022 deadline for the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) program, which re… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Daines Demands Answers from the VA on Decisions Impacting Veterans Health Care

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs calling for transparency and answers on decisions impacting Montana veterans. This includes an investigation which found 1,600 potentially ineligible providers in the VA's system, the VA quietly consolidating Community Care offices and pending VA health care facility closures. "As you know, the GAO recently flagged some 1,600 health care providers as potentially ineligible to participate in the VCCP, in… Continue Reading


02.03.22

Daines, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Clean Up Montana’s Abandoned Mines

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a bipartisan bill to make it easier for "Good Samaritans" to help clean up and improve water quality in and around abandoned hardrock mines across Montana. "My bipartisan bill will help remove obstacles to abandoned mine clean up in Montana," Daines said. "Cutting burdensome red tape and shielding Good Samaritan organizations from liability will increase the pace and scale of reclamation and in turn, support rural Montana … Continue Reading


02.03.22

Daines Demands Answers from Biden on Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants into the U.S. on Taxpayer Funded Flights

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines is demanding answers from the Biden administration about recent reports of taxpayer dollars being used to transport illegal immigrants on "midnight flights" and the mass release of illegal immigrants into American communities. "We write today regarding the movement of dangerous illegal immigrants from the border for release into law-abiding American communities. In light of the public reporting around "midnight flights" of illegal immigrants, we request … Continue Reading


02.02.22

Daines, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Increased Visitation on Public Lands and Support Partnerships with Montana Gateway Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Angus King (I-Maine), top Republican and Democrat on the Senate's National Parks Subcommittee, introduced the bipartisan "Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act" to support gateway communities and address challenges facing national parks and public lands like increased visitation and housing shortages. The bipartisan bill also aims to help boost visitation at lesser known parks and recreation areas. "Our national parks and public … Continue Reading


02.01.22

Daines Blasts Amnesty International’s Report Calling Israel Apartheid State, Demands Retraction from Organization

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter demanding Amnesty International retract its biased and erroneous report which accuses the State of Israel of being an apartheid state. "I write to express my strong disapproval with Amnesty International's recent biased and erroneous report accusing the State of Israel of being an apartheid state, and I call for its retraction. I am concerned such accusations will only worsen antisemitism, encourage anti-Israel extremists, and harm efforts f… Continue Reading

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