Daines, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Injured First-Responders are Fairly Compensated

U.S. SENATE - During National Police Week, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced the bipartisan Putting First-Responders First Act. This legislation would clarify the current tax code to ensure injured first-responders do not have to pay taxes on injury-related compensation. In addition, this bill prevents injury-related compensation from becoming taxable when injured first-responders reach retirement age since their injuries and associated costs remain. The legislation was inspi… Continue Reading


After Urging Pruitt, EPA Works to Lift Gag Order on Cleanup Plan at Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund Site

U.S. SENATE - Just a day after U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to lift a court gag order on the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund site cleanup plan, Daines announced today that the Department of Justice in conjunction with the EPA and the Atlantic Richfield Company filed a motion to lift the confidentiality order. During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies hearing, Daines secu… Continue Reading


Daines Urges FCC Chairman to Remain Competitive in Wireless, Better Serve Rural Areas

U.S. SENATE - During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to act swiftly to ensure the United States remains the leader in 5G wireless technology and to take steps to strengthen access to broadband in rural areas. Mentioning the recent congressional trip he led to China, Daines warned Chairman Pai that he feared America was losing the race to 5G and qu… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Secretary Wilson to Strengthen Montana Air Force, Address Equipment Shortfalls

U.S. SENATE - Today, during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the Department of the Air Force budget, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, to consider Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls as a future base for the B-21 bomber. He also requested an update on the plan to replace Montana's aging UH-1N helicopters. "With 3,400 active duty airmen, 968 Air Guardsmen, and 600 civil servants in Montana, Montana is essential to some of … Continue Reading


Daines Joins Bipartisan Majority in Confirming Gina Haspel as CIA Director

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of 54 Senators in confirming Gina Haspel as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "Ms. Haspel is a woman who is exceptionally qualified to lead the CIA at a time when we cannot make mistakes," said Daines. "She has put country first her entire 30 year career. She has earned the respect of leaders as well as those men and women in the CIA. Ms. Haspel has my full support." Following a meeting with Ms. Haspel thi… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Amtrak to Save Jobs at Havre and Shelby Stations, Meet Needs of Rural Montanans

U.S. SENATE - During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations and to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met, including adding a stop in Culbertson. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Pruitt’s Commitment to Hear Montanans’ Input on Anaconda, Butte Superfund Sites

U.S. SENATE - During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured Administrator Pruitt's commitment to seek community input at the Anaconda Co. Smelter and Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Superfund sites. "Montana is home to the most expansive Superfund sites in the country," said Daines. "It is critical the EPA prioritize these sites and listen to the input of impacted Montanans as we work to clean up these… Continue Reading


Daines, Senators Push To Avoid Last-Minute Funding Battles

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) are asking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite floor consideration of funding bills and nominees in order to make substantial progress before … Continue Reading


Daines Urges Secretary Nielsen to Address Severe Flooding in Montana

U.S. SENATE - Today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Steve Daines pressed Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on what the Department is doing to address the recent severe flooding in Montana. During the hearing, Daines asked how DHS is assisting affected communities in Montana now, and how the Department can provide support in the coming months as Montana deals with additional flooding and the upcoming w… Continue Reading


Daines, Warren Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Address Gambling Addiction among Servicemembers

According to Estimates, Nearly 56,000 Servicemembers Meet Criteria for Gambling Disorder Fact Sheet (PDF) Bill Text (PDF) U.S. SENATE - United States Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced the bipartisan Gambling Addiction Prevention (GAP) Act. The legislation would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to begin tracking gambling disorder in its health assessments and instructs the DOD to develop policies and programs to prevent and treat gambling problems… Continue Reading


Daines Urges DOD to Address National Guard Equipment Shortfalls in Great Falls

Calls on DOD to Prioritize National Guard Readiness U.S. SENATE - Today, during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged the U.S. Department of Defense to prioritize equipment shortfalls in the National Guard. During the hearing, Daines questioned General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, about the military's plan to strengthen funding for tank units in the National Guard, such as Charlie Company of the 163rd in Great Falls. Watch vi… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bipartisan Bill Fights Meth Crisis through Criminal Justice Reform

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his sponsorship of bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, bringing the total number of bill sponsors to 28 senators. Among other initiatives to strengthen law enforcement, the bill establishes new mandatory penalties to fight the opioid and drug crisis, which includes methamphetamine use. "There is a meth epidemic in Montana," said Daines. "It is destroying families and threatenin… Continue Reading


Daines, Perdue, Zinke, Christiansen Join Forces to Fight Wildfires, Zinke Pledges Support to Repeal Cottonwood Decision

U.S. SENATE - Today, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke, USDA's Interim Chief of the Forest Service Vicky Christiansen and other congressional leaders joined U.S. Senator Steve Daines in agreeing to join forces to strengthen the fight against wildfires. At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Zinke also affirmed his commitment to work with Daines to fully repeal the Ninth Circuit's Cottonwood decision… Continue Reading


Secretary Mattis Agrees with Daines: America Must Address China’s Threat to America’s Security, Economy

U.S. SENATE - Following a recent congressional delegation trip U.S. Senator Steve Daines led to China, Daines pressed Department of Defense secretary Jim Mattis on the importance of protecting American innovation from theft and forced technology transfers in China today during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing. The current laws in place do not ensure sufficient protections. During the hearing, Secretary Mattis agreed with Daines about the need to protect American research … Continue Reading


Daines Leads Charge against Harassment within Bureau of Indian Affairs

Daines Secures Interior Nominees' Commitment to Maintain Harassment-Free Workplace U.S. SENATE - Today, during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, secured Interior Department nominee for Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney's commitment to maintain a harassment-free workplace at the Department. During the hearing, Daines highlighted that the BIA repo… Continue Reading


Daines, Warren, Shea-Porter, Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Streamline National Guard Promotion Process

Legislation Would Remove Bureaucratic Obstacles to Ensure Guard Officers Receive Pay and Benefits They Have Earned U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was rated one of the Senate's most bipartisan Senators, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) and Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) today introduced the bipartisan National Guard Promotion Accountability Act to address delays in federal recognition of promotions for National Guard members. The… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana Counties Set to Receive over $17 Million in SRS Payments

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Forest Service will allocate over $17 million to Montana's rural and forested counties under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The Forest Service this week released 2017 SRS payment levels for Montana counties following the recent reauthorization of the critical program. "These much-needed funds are critical for Montana's rural counties who have fallen on hard economic times due to declining timber harvests and natural reso… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Manhattan’s Alexa Arthun’s Offer of Appointment from the Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee Alexa Arthun's offer of appointment from the United States Naval Academy. Arthun lives in Manhattan, Montana where she attends Manhattan High School. "Alexa has an outstanding academic and athletic record and a passion to serve our country," said Daines. "I know she will excel at the Naval Academy and inspire her peers through her leadership." "Alexa is one of the very best Mon… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Gianforte Announce Helena’s Madison Ward’s Offer of Appointment from the Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today announced academy nominee Madison Ward's offer of appointment from the United States Naval Academy. Ward lives in Helena, Montana. "With her experience living abroad, academic and extracurricular achievements and leadership roles, Madison would be a great fit for the Naval Academy," said Daines. "She is one of Montana's finest and I look forward to following her future successes." "Madison will make Mon… Continue Reading


Daines Secures $2,000,000 Grant for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after securing a $2,000,000 grant for phase two of the Whitefish Lake Watershed project in Flathead County. This grant allows Montana to place a conservation easement on 3,200 critical acres in Flathead County. The area is an important habitat for grizzly bears, the Canada lynx, and also protects water quality within the Lazy Creek watershed for threatened fish species. "This area is critical for the protection of w… Continue Reading

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