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08.15.16

Daines Condemns Transfer of 15 Guantanamo Detainees

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the Obama administration following reports that 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans were transferred from Guantanamo Bay. "Terrorists captured by U.S. forces belong in Guantanamo, not in custody of a nation that may allow them to return to the battlefield as we have seen before," Daines stated. "This President is more focused on releasing dangerous terrorists to fulfill a campaign promise than protecting our national security." On Ma… Continue Reading


08.05.16

Daines Marks Startup Day Across America: First To Ride in Uber in Bozeman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines marked the Fourth Annual Startup Day Across America by welcoming Uber to Montana. Daines spoke at the launch of Uber in Bozeman and was the first Montanan to take a ride in an Uber in Bozeman. State Representative Daniel Zolnikov was the driver. On Daines' ride, he picked up a dozen roses for his wife Cindy and surprised her with concert tickets to the Keith Urban concert in Bozeman last night. "It's great to see Montana join states across the co… Continue Reading


08.02.16

Daines Submits Comments to BLM for Review of Federal Coal Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that the coal scoping meeting he hosted in Billings generated 68 comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for their review of the federal coal program. On June 21, Daines held a public scoping meeting in Billings to ensure that the Department of Interior (DOI) hears the voices that will be most impacted by their review of the federal coal program. Montana has the nation's largest estimated recoverable coal reserves. "It's great that Mon… Continue Reading


07.27.16

Daines Announces $950,000 for Montana Airports

Grants awarded to Deer Lodge, Great Falls, Culbertson and Three Forks U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $950,100.00 in funding for critical construction upgrades for four Montana airports. Grants were awarded to airports in Deer Lodge, Great Falls, Culbertson and Three Forks. "It's important that our airports have the resources they need to continue to connect our communities," Daines stated. "This funding will ensure that our airports can meet their infrastructure nee… Continue Reading


07.21.16

Daines Announces $325,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Billings

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $325,000 to expand telehealth services in rural communities across Montana. The grant was awarded to St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation in Billings. "It's critical that Montanans have access to healthcare regardless of where they live," Daines stated. "Telehealth plays an increasingly important role in communities across Montana and I'm excited that St. Vincent will be able to continue providing quality healthcare services to Montanans." … Continue Reading


07.21.16

Daines Announces over $3.5 Million for Bozeman Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $3,565,062 in funding for critical upgrades at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. "As someone who travels regularly through the Bozeman Airport, I know how important this airport is for both tourists and Montanans to keep our state connected," Daines stated. "With this additional funding, Bozeman Airport can continue to make the Bozeman area a great place to do business for years to come." The grant was awarded by the U.S. De… Continue Reading


07.20.16

Daines Announces over $400,000 for Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $409,193 in funding for critical construction upgrades for airports in Kalispell and Thompson Falls. "Montana's airports help keep our communities connected and are critical to keeping Montana a top travel destination for tourists," Daines stated. The following grants were awarded today by the U.S. Department of Transportation: Glacier Park International Airport: $302,993 Thompson Falls Airport: $106,200 Daines secured the following pr… Continue Reading


07.19.16

Daines and Tester Continue Push to Increase Timber Volume in Montana Lumber Mills

(Montana)-Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are continuing their efforts to increase timber production in Montana and ensure local lumber mills are being treated fairly.In a letter to U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman, Tester and Daines pushed for a new Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada. The Softwood Lumber Agreement is needed to keep Canadian lumber exports at or below an agreed upon U.S. market share. Tester and Daines are pushing for a new deal to include volume restrictions, which … Continue Reading


07.18.16

Daines Honored in Kalispell with U.S. Chamber Spirit of Enterprise Award

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was awarded with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award for his exemplary work in Congress in support of pro-growth, pro-job policies. Daines was presented with this award following a roundtable discussion with Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center on Montana jobs, the economy and the state's growing technology sector. "Small businesses are the backbone … Continue Reading


07.18.16

Daines Honored in Kalispell with U.S. Chamber Spirit of Enterprise Award

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was awarded with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award for his exemplary work in Congress in support of pro-growth, pro-job policies. Daines was presented with this award following a roundtable discussion with Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center on Montana jobs, the economy and the state's growing technology sector. "Small businesses are the backbone o… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: Cindy & Kelly Reid of Custer County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Cindy and Kelly Reid of Custer County for their tireless dedication to the improvement and betterment of their 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 welcome… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Daines Statement on Federal Budget Deficit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the White House's announcement that the federal budget deficit will increase $162 billion from last year. "This latest projection of a surging deficit reaffirms the dramatic need to rein in our bloated government spending and implement necessary reforms to get our nation back on a sustainable fiscal path," Daines stated. "Overspending and a lack of accountability in Washington, DC is consistently leaving our natio… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Daines, Manchin Demand Answers to OPM’s Failure to Implement OIG Recommendations

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today worked to ensure that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is held accountable for commitments it made following last year's data breach. It has been one year since OPM announced it suffered a major cyber breach, affecting more than 22 million current and former federal employees, including Daines. Following the breach, OPM initiated an Infrastructure Improvement Project aimed at better securing information… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Daines Calls on Secretary Jewell to Lift Moratorium on Coal Leasing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to suspend its review of the federal coal program and its moratorium on new coal-lease sales. In the letter, Daines expresses concern over a recent report titled, "The Economics of Coal Leasing on Federal Lands: Ensuring a Fair Return to Taxpayers," published by the President's Council of Economic Advisers on June 22, 2016. Daines explains that by publ… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Daines: Senate Democrats Disregard for Troops is Deplorable

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called on Senate Democrats to stop blocking legislation that funds the military and supports Montana's military missions. Earlier today, Senate Democrats blocked consideration of the FY2017 Defense Appropriations Bill. This legislation passed unanimously out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations on May 26, 2016 with not one Democrat voting in opposition. "To say our troops won't get a paycheck unless we increase funding for bloated govern… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Daines Applauds Passage of Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded passage of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) conference report, which works to combat the epidemic of opioid addiction. "We must ensure that Montanans dealing with drug abuse and addiction have resources they need to get necessary treatment and care close to home," Daines stated. "This bill provides needed resources for our healthcare providers, emergency responders and treatment courts to help treat and stop… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill to Designate Alex Diekmann Peak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today introduced legislation to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann by naming an unnamed peak in his memory. The delegation's bill will name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak". It is located 2.2 miles west-northwest of Finger Mountain on the western boundary of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana (UTM coordinates Zone 12, 457966 E., 4982589 N.). "As someone… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Daines Applauds Passage of FAA Reauthorization

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today helped pass critical legislation that will improve Montana air travel for passengers, pilots and the aviation industry. The U.S. Senate today passed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension through September 30, 2017 with a vote of 89-4. The House of Representatives unanimously passed this legislation on July 11, 2016. "This FAA reauthorization maintains Montana's critical aviation infrastructure and access to affordable travel for hardwork… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Daines Rural Water Bill Clears Energy Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill that moves Montana rural water projects forward and ensures the completion of authorized projects across Montana today cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act is a bill that would help improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden on new projects and protect water rights that are critical to the prosperity of the western Unit… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Tester, Daines Push East Rosebud Bill to Senate Floor

Senators' Bill Designates Montana Creek as "Wild and Scenic" (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines' bill to designate portions of the East Rosebud Creek as Wild and Scenic has cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and now heads to the Senate floor. The Senators' bill will preserve 20 miles of creek originating in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and flowing out to the prairie where it joins the Yellowstone River just west of Columbus, Montana. … Continue Reading

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