Daines Speaks at National Lighting of the Montana Christmas Tree

U.S. SENATE - This evening, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke at the U.S. Capitol's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year's tree traveled over 3,600 miles from Montana's Kootenai National Forest. Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. If you would like to learn more about the tree and its journey to the Capitol, click HERE. ###… Continue Reading


Daines Bill to Help Tribal Victims Passes Out of Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored, the Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "I am committed to ensuring that tribal members' public safety needs are met," said Daines. "The SURVIVE Act will provide victims with greater access to the resources and support they need to heal." The SURVIVE Act will increase needed tri… Continue Reading


Daines Delivers Montana Veterans Stories To Library of Congress

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today presented a collection of 50 veterans' interviews who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines to be preserved in Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project (VHP). To watch a video of Senator Daines' remarks, clickHERE. "The sacrifices and heroism of Montana's veterans must not be lost with the passage of time," said Daines. "Our future generations must recognize and appreciate what our men and women in uniform did to … Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Senate Confirmation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald J. Trump's nominee Kirstjen Nielsen for the position of Secretary of Homeland Security. "Secretary Nielson understands the increasing threats facing our country and has the experience to do what is necessary to keep Americans safe," said Daines. "With her confirmation, she can now focus on taking swift action to protect our national security, including securing our b… Continue Reading


Daines Urges EPA to Prioritize Montana in Superfund Sites Selection

Daines Urges EPA to Prioritize Montana in Superfund Sites Selection U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to ensure Montana is represented in the Administrator's Top Ten list of Superfund sites which will receive the Administrator's utmost attention. "With 17 National Priorities List (NPL) sites and one proposed NPL site in Montana, including some of the most expansive in the nation, there… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Advance Once in A Generation Tax Cuts

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted in support of the Senate Tax Cuts and Job Act to increase wages, grow jobs and give back Americans their hard-earned dollars. "We are one step closer to a once in a generation opportunity to reignite economic growth, grow jobs and increase wages for Montana farmers, ranchers, small businesses owners and working families." Daines said. "I worked hard to increase tax relief for Main Street businesses that are responsible for two-thirds of all new… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Additional Tax Cuts for Main Street Businesses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced plans to support the Senate tax cuts bill after securing additional tax cuts for Main Street businesses in Montana and across the country. "After weeks of fighting for Main Street businesses including Montana's farmers and ranchers, I've decided to support the Senate tax cut bill which provides significant tax relief for Main Street businesses" said Daines. "With 68% of Montana's jobs created by Main Street businesses, this is much needed … Continue Reading


Daines Secures Funding for Main Street

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after announcing plans to move the Senate tax cuts bill to the U.S. Senate floor for debate. "There has been some good progress for Main Street businesses in the tax cut bill," said Daines. "I was able to secure more than 60 billion in tax cuts for Main Street businesses. These Main Street businesses will be able to provide more jobs and higher wages in Montana and across the country. I've seen enough progress to vote… Continue Reading


Daines Negotiating Concerns on Tax Cuts for Main Street Businesses

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's current tax plan. "When Congress took on tax cuts, we promised to create more high paying jobs and to grow the economy" said Daines. "I want to see changes to the tax cut bill that ensure main street businesses are not put at a competitive disadvantage against large corporations. Two-thirds of our job creation comes from main street businesses and I'm doing what I can to make sure all of A… Continue Reading


National Park Service Extends Comment Period Following Daines’ Request

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured a 30-day extension to the comment period of proposed fee increase for our National Parks, following a letter sent to the Acting Director of the National Park Service, Mike Reynolds. "It is critical that Montanans and Americans can afford to enjoy Montana's national treasures," Daines stated. "A fee increase of this magnitude needs enough time for Montanans and our visitors to have their voices heard." On November 14, Daines sent a letter t… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Roll-Back of Burdensome Internet Regulation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement regarding plans to dismantle harmful internet regulations implemented under the Obama Administration and return to a light-touch regulatory system that allows the internet economy to thrive. "Some of America's greatest companies were born on the internet," said Daines. "By dismantling harmful internet regulations, American companies will have an open internet th… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds New Direct Flights from MSO and FCA to Los Angeles

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded United Airlines' announcement to offer direct flights from Missoula (MSO) and Glacier Park (FCA) in Montana to Los Angeles (LAX). "Tourism is a critical part of the Montana economy and supports tens of thousands of jobs," said Daines. "Having more flight options means less expensive airfare for Montana families and more businesses opportunities for the Treasure State." "This new flight is an excellent opportunity for travelers to access… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Montana Agriculture

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led seven Senators from the Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest in sending a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, urging them to address India's unfair trade practices affecting American dry pea producers. The letter calls on Indian Prime Minister Modi to reverse or delay the implementation of a 50 percent tariff on all dry pea imports and re… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Ray Hageman of Garfield County

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Ray Hageman of Garfield County for the bravery and leadership he demonstrated while fighting the Lodgepole Complex Fire this past wildfire season. 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 Co… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Urges Prompt Confirmation of Interior Nominees

U.S. SENATE -Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), was joined by 15 Senators in leading members of the Senate Western Caucus in urging U.S. Senate leadership to prioritize confirmation of nominees important to the West. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, the Senate Western Caucus drew attention to the languishing nominations of Joseph Balash to be Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Susan Combs t… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Legislation to Accelerate Forest Management

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests Act to accelerate badly needed and locally supported forest management projects that will improve the health of National Forests and get loggers back to work. Daines' bill establishes a pilot arbitration program authorizing the U.S. Forest Service to use binding arbitration in Region 1 (Montana, parts of Idaho, North Dakota) as an alternative dispute resolution process for certain forest res… Continue Reading


Daines: National Parks Must Be Accessible to All

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the Acting Director of the National Park Service, Mike Reynolds, asking for an extension of the public comment period for fee increases at 17 National Parks. On October 24, 2017, the National Park Service announced it is considering raising the entrance fees during peak season for 17 National Parks, including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park in Montana. Under the proposal, the price per vehicle will be raised from $30 … Continue Reading


Daines Votes for Energy Dominance and American Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to empower Alaskans to develop a job-creating oil and gas program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "Conservation and job creation are not mutually exclusive," said Daines. "Alaskans, like Montanans understand the needs of their communities better than radical extreme environmentalists who are determined to block good-paying American jobs." Earlier this month at a Committee hearing, Sen. Daines spoke about the importance of blending th… Continue Reading


Daines Supports Repeal of Individual Mandate in Tax Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate after the Senate acted on his urging to include a repeal of Obamacare's poverty tax in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. Last week, Senator Daines sent a letter to Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, urging him to include a repeal of the poverty tax in the tax legislation. Read the letter HERE. Remarks as prepared: Mr. President - As we cut taxes, there's one goal I… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Staff Changes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Helena-native, Liz Dellwo has been promoted to State Director. Daines also welcomes new hire Breanna Deutsch to join his communications team, serving as Press Secretary. "A Helena-native, Liz brings Montana hard work, dedication and passion for our state," Daines stated. "I know Liz will be invaluable in serving Montanans and putting their interests first." Liz Dellwo is a fourth generation Montanan who grew up in Helena. She attend… Continue Reading

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