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04.12.17

FAA Heeds Daines' Request: Provides Medical Certification Exemption From REAL ID

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has heeded Daines' request and will accept Montana licenses, regardless of REAL ID status, for medical certification purpose. In a letter from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Daines, Huerta wrote that, "The FAA believes that the requirement to hold a driver's license to exercise the relief of BasicMed does not require a REAL ID compliant license." Click HERE to read FAA's letter to Daines… Continue Reading


04.11.17

Daines Urges FEMA to Hold Listening Session in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hold one of its tribal listening sessions in Montana as part of the process of updating its tribal consultation policy. In a letter to FEMA head Robert Fenton, Daines noted that Montana tribal leaders and homeland security directors have expressed a strong desire to provide their input on the FEMA consultation policy and requested that the agency hold a listening session in Montana to ensure th… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: The People of Libby

U.S. SENATE - During National Asbestos Awareness Week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the people of Libby, Montana, for their resiliency and strength in confronting economic, environmental, and public health challenges. Daines is pictured with Dr. Brad Black, Ms. Tanis Hernandez, and Ms. Tracy McNew of CARD. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by s… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Daines Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Gain Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. "LWCF is a critical tool that helps expand access to our public lands and preserves our Montana way of life," Daines stated. "By permanently reauthorizin… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Daines: Gorsuch Confirmed for U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice: "Judge Gorsuch is mainstream and he's not going to legislate from the bench. As a fellow westerner, he will uphold our Montana values and defend our Second Amendment rights. The Senate did its job and I look forward now to seeing Judge Gorsuch on the court." Gorsuch has widespread support from mainstream groups across Montana… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Local Governments From Abandoned Federal Buildings

U.S. SENATE -During National Asbestos Awareness Week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation safeguard local governments from having to take ownership of old federal buildings filled with asbestos after bankruptcy. Daines' bill requires the federal government to take into account commonsense factors when deciding whether a bidder for federal property is capable of fulfilling its financial obligations, preventing local governments from having to take possession of asbestos-fille… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Daines: Gorsuch Will Be The Ninth Supreme Court Justice

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor after the U.S. Senate voted to invoke the "nuclear option" because of unprecedented obstruction at the hands of Senate Democrats to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Daines' remarks as prepared are below: "One of the most consequential votes I cast is a vote to confirm a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. It's a lifetime appoin… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Daines, Hirono Pass Resolution to Celebrate National Park Week

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today celebrated the unanimous U.S. Senate passage of their resolution to mark April 15 through April 23 as National Park Week. This resolution is a reflection that National Parks bridges the political divides and makes the nation uniquely American. During the National Park Centennial the parks attracted record-breaking 331,000,000 recreational visits in 2016. The resolution encourages Americans and folks from across the wo… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Daines, Tester Lead Senators in Asking Trump to Prioritize Opening Chinese Markets to U.S. Beef

39 Senators Sign Letter to President U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today led 37 Senators in a letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to prioritize reopening China's market to U.S. beef in his discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. "Opening this market to U.S. producers would create substantial opportunities for farmers and ranchers across the country as China has an import market in excess of $2.5 billion and is the second largest importer of… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Montana Shooting Sports Association Endorses Judge Neil Gorsuch

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch secured the endorsement of the Montana Shooting Sports Association to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. "Montana gun owners support and encourage confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court," Gary Marbut, President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association. "We are frustrated with judges who believe the Constitution is an archaic piece of paper, meaningless, and to be ignored or cir… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Daines: Senate Will Confirm Judge Gorsuch this Week

U.S. SENATE -Just days before the U.S. Senate is set to confirm Judge Neil Gorusch to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor in support of Gorsuch's nomination. Click here to watch Daines' floor remarks. Click here to download Daines' floor remarks. Daines' remarks as prepared are available below: "Today, I'm joining my colleagues on the floor with a bit of confusion, a bit of disappointment and a lot of questions. I'm referring to the confi… Continue Reading


04.03.17

Senators, Representatives Praise Halt of Harmful Federal Coal, Oil and Gas Valuation Rule

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY) and John Kennedy (R-LA) and U.S. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA), Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) today applauded the U.S. Department of the Interior for working to rescind the Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas, Federal and Indian Rule. "We need forward looking policies that encourage energy innovation to create American energy dominance," Daines stated. "This rule would have harmed hardworking… Continue Reading


03.31.17

Key Montana Judges Endorse Judge Neil Gorsuch

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch secured the endorsement of three key Montana judges and one former judge to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. In a letter sent to U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT), Judge Russell Fagg, Thirteenth Judicial District, Judge Jeffrey Langton, Twenty-First Judicial District, Judge John Larson, Fourth Judicial District and State Senator Ne… Continue Reading


03.31.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jenny Genger of Jefferson County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Jenny Genger of Jefferson County for her selfless commitment to others in her community. 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 the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Three Daines, Tester Bills to Protect Montanans Way of Life Pass Energy Committee

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester's bipartisan bills to protect Montanans way of life today passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The committee today passed the reinstatement and an extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, (S. 491) Montana and an extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana (S.490). The committee also passed S. 117, b… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Daines, Tester Fight to Protect Montana’s East Rosebud Creek

Senators Move East Rosebud Legislation Closer to Law (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester's bipartisan bill to designate portions of the East Rosebud Creek as "wild and scenic" passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is now heading to the Senate floor. The Montana made legislation will preserve the free-flowing condition of the East Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. "Protecting the East Rosebud Creek is important to t… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Daines, Tester Designate April 1-8 National Asbestos Awareness Week

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are raising awareness about the devastating impacts of asbestos on communities and families by designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Tester and Daines are calling on the U.S. Surgeon General to warn and educate the public about asbestos exposure. "By continuing to raise awareness about the deadly effects of asbestos we can prevent future widespread issues in communities across the country," Daines stat… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Montana Ag Groups Endorse Judge Gorsuch

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch secured the endorsement from the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Wool Growers Association and the Montana Stockgrowers Association to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. Hans McPherson, Montana Farm Bureau Federation President: "MFBF supports Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court because of he respects the law and the Constitution as written. He has the experience nece… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Daines Praises Zinke Action to Protect Montana Energy Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the action taken by U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect Montana energy jobs. Zinke today reinstated the Royalty Policy Committee, ended the coal-leasing moratorium and withdrew the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. Zinke additionally launched a review of several other rules to unleash American energy and restore energy dominance. Daines was with Zinke as he signed these orders at DO… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Knudsen, Rosendale Endorse Judge Neil Gorsuch

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana's Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen and Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale endorsed Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. "Our nation needs a strong, principled constitutionalist on our Supreme Court and I have been exceedingly impressed by Judge Gorsuch," Knudsen stated. "I want to thank Senator Daines for his leadership on this confirmation and hope that the Senate will soon move to make… Continue Reading

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