Daines Helps to Secure $22.7 Million in Grants for Kalispell Highway, Missouri River Crossing Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced over $22 million in grant funding for US Highway 93 in Kalispell, and the Missouri River Crossing Project. As a member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Daines secured the funding through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant programs. "From driving to work every day to welcoming visitors at Glacier National Park, this infrastructure is critical to Montana's ec… Continue Reading


Daines Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations for Montana Students

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his nominations for 14 Montana students who are applying for enrollment into U.S. service academies. A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of four of the nation's service academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. "As a United States… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Applaud Forest Service Solicitation for Next Generation Airtankers

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte applauded the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) release of the Request for Proposals for "Next Generation 3.0" contracts for large airtankers for fire support. These airtankers will be responsible for delivering retardant in fire suppression efforts nationwide. "Large airtankers are a critical tool in the fight to contain wildland fires," Daines said. "I am thankful the Forest Service has responded to our request to issue the s… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Dr. George Mulcaire-Jones of Silver Bow County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today honored dr. George Mulcaire-Jones for his dedication and commitment to serving folks in Butte and surrounding areas. 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 fellow Montanans for Daines' "Montanan of the Week" program b… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on President Trump Signing USMCA

U.S. SENATE -- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Click HERE to download video The next step is for the agreement to come before Congress for consideration. "I'm very pleased to see President Trump sign the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today," Daines said. "While the agreement still needs to come before Congress for approval, this is the next step towards finalizing tra… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Help Low-Income Americans Find Jobs

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to help low-income families find work. Daines' bill, the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services Act or JOBS Act, reauthorizes and modernizes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. "Our welfare programs should be a springboard to work and self-support, not a sinkhole into government dependency," Daines said. "My bill supports families and offers a pathway to equip every working age American with th… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Advance NPS Director Nominee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to move President Trump's nominee to serve as Director of the National Park Service, David Vela, out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Vela's nomination will now move to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. "Having spent almost 30 years dedicated to the National Park Service, Mr. Vela has the qualifications necessary to be an outstanding Director of our national parks," Daines said. "I look forward to a full S… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Passage of USMCA for Montana Farmers, Ranchers and Businesses

U.S. SENATE - This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to President Trump showing support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and to urge passage of the trade deal. "We are writing because we stand ready to assist in helping you secure a pathway to Congressional consideration of the recently concluded United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this 115thCongress," the letter states. "If you choose to pursue consideration of the USMCA before the end of the 115th Co… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jason Gleason of Cascade County

U.S. SENATE -- U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Jason Gleason of Great Falls for his years of service to our nation's veterans as a nurse practitioner, as well as his service to our country as a veteran himself. Earlier this week, Daines spoke about Gleason on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Watch HERE Download HERE Daines' speech in the Congressional Record is available here. Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, on the heels of Veteran's Day and in honor of President Trump's designating No… Continue Reading


Daines to National Park Service Director Nominee: Culture Change Comes from the Top

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned President Trump's nominee for the National Park Service (NPS) Director, David Vela, on the numerous accounts of sexual assault in our national parks, and demanded leadership on the issue going forward. Vela told Daines he is committed to fixing the lack of accountability in the NPS on the accounts of sexual assault throughout the organization. Watch HERE Download HERE "Culture change starts at the top… the tone and tenor at … Continue Reading


Daines Demands Commitment from ICE Director Nominee to Take on Montana’s Meth Epidemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pushed President Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ron Vitiello, to ensure the agency prioritizes Montana's devastating meth epidemic. Vitiello assured Daines he would work to address the growing issue of meth in Montana by establishing federal partnerships with state, local, and tribal groups, enhancing Border Enforcement Security Teams, using technology to trace where the meth is being created and ends up,… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Push for Forest Service to Approve Updated Airtankers to Help Combat Montana Wildfires

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen urging the USFS to move forward with "Next Generation 3.0" contracts which will provide faster and more cost-effective airtankers to handle the complex wildland fire environment. "Dry conditions, a buildup of hazardous fuels and many other factors resulted in over 50,000 fires nationwide this year," the letter states. "The Forest Service is the prim… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $100,000 for Bridger Photonics in Bozeman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Bozeman business Bridger Photonics is receiving $100,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop technology that makes it easier to discover leaks in oil and gas wells. The project is expected to create new jobs in the community, while also better protecting the environment. "The technology being developed at Bridger Photonics will help oil and gas wells be more efficient while also better protecting the … Continue Reading


President Heeds Daines’ and Gianforte’s Request, Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Montana Counties

U.S. SENATE - After requests from U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, President Donald J. Trump today approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Montana counties impacted by this year's severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Lock urging the agency to reconsider the denial of impacted counties in Montana. "This is great news, and I'm thankful the President resp… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Montana Priorities in Year-End Legislative Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to Congressional Leadership today urging the passage of several bills critical to Montana including legislation to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), combat wildfires, permanently protect the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin from mining, and restore aging infrastructure in national parks. "As we enter the remaining weeks of the 115th Congress, I urge passage of several Montana priorities in … Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Hoax Device Found at KTVQ

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement on the hoax bomb device found outside of KTVQ News yesterday in Billings, Montana. "I have contacted KTVQ News Director Jon Stepanek, Billings Chief of Police Rich St. John, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, and County Attorney Scott Twito about the hoax device discovered last night outside of KTVQ. I have also requested a briefing from the FBI and will be monitoring the situation as details develop. I am keeping all of those involve… Continue Reading


FCC Listens to Daines, Votes to Expand Broadband to Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - After U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged them to take action, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted earlier this week on rules that will allow more Montanan wireless carriers to buy spectrum to provide broadband to rural communities. "Without access to broadband and cell service our rural communities are being left behind," Daines said. "Access to reliable broadband and cell service is vital for Montana's future economic growth. I'm glad the FCC listened and implemented … Continue Reading


Daines, Fox Announce Nearly One Million Dollar Grant for Anti-Meth Enforcement

MONTANA - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox announced a $946,981 grant for critical anti-meth enforcement in Montana. The grant was formally authorized in the opioids legislation that was signed into law yesterday by President Trump. Montana is one of just nine states chosen to receive the funds through the CAMP (COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program). The state was selected for its high rate of seized finished meth, meth lab materials, and precursor chemicals for meth producti… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Solutions to Fight Meth Crisis Devastating Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -President Donald J. Trump today signed legislation to help combat the devastating opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. Daines fought to ensure the now law also includes specific provisions that address the meth crisis in Montana. Download Video Statement HERE "Far too often we're seeing stories of Montana tribes, families and communities being destroyed by meth and opioids. Enough is enough," Daines said. "That is why I worked hard to get this bipartisan legislation ac… Continue Reading


President Signs Montana Water Infrastructure Priorities into Law

U.S. SENATE - President Donald J. Trump today signed into law a bill that will improve Montana's water infrastructure to help make communities safer and grow the economy. The new law will also help prevent the transmission of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin and increase responsible energy development in Montana. "Water is the most basic need of any Montana community," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill prioritizes important water infrastructure projects in Montana, helps f… Continue Reading

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