Daines to BIA: Time for Answers for Loring Heavyrunner Family

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) hearing on Indian Country's missing and murdered demanded answers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the epidemic of missing and murdered persons in Indian country. The hearing follows Daines' request to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee to hold the hearing. Daines also successfully secured Kimberly Loring HeavyRunner, the sister of missing Ashley Loring Heavyrunner of the Blackfeet … Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Applauds Trump Administration Rewrite of EPA WOTUS rule

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, chair of the Senate Western Caucus, and Caucus Members Senator Jim Inhofe, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Joni Ernst, Senator John Barrasso Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jeff Flake and Senator Jon Kyl, today applauded the Trump administration's rewrite of the Obama era "Waters of the US" (WOTUS) rule. The new EPA rule more narrowly defines "waters of the US" to focus on truly public waterways. "The Obama WOTUS rule took federal government overreach in ru… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Passage of Blue Water Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined bipartisan senators and veterans to call for Senate passage of the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Click HERE to download audio "The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is about fairness, about justice and about congressional intent," Daines said. "The intent of congress was to ensure that those who served in Vietnam and were exposed to agent orange are getting the care they need and deserve. It's time to make this wr… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Critical Montana Priorities in 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the 2018 Farm Bill will include critical priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers and forestry provisions to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. The final compromise must now be passed by the House and Senate before moving to the President's desk to be signed into law. You can find the text of the Farm Bill here. "I'm glad to see that we're moving forward with the 2018 Farm Bill and helping our farmers and ranchers get the certainty … Continue Reading


Daines Successfully Secures U.S. Senate Hearing on Missing and Murdered Persons in Indian Country

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing this Wednesday on the issue of missing and murdered persons in Indian country. The announcement comes after Daines sent a letter to Committee leadership requesting a hearing. "We face tragedies from across Montana where tribal citizens, particularly women and girls, go missing without a trace," Daines said. "We must do all in our power to curb the crisis of American I… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Critical Meth, Sex Offender Provisions in Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will cosponsor and support legislation to reform the criminal justice system after working to ensure meth and sex offender provisions were included in the bill. "Meth use has skyrocketed in Montana. We need to make sure we have every tool available to fight against an epidemic that is tearing families apart and increasing violent crimes in our state," Daines said. "I'm glad to have worked to ensure high level meth dealers and sex offenders a… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Hannah Nieskens of Jefferson County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Hannah Nieskens of Jefferson County for her years of service to Montana veterans and her great impact on Montana's education system. Yesterday, Daines spoke about Nieskens 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, this week I have the honor of recognizing Hannah Nieskens of Jefferson County for her tremendous service to Montana ve… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Trump Administration for Reversing Job-Killing Regulation on Coal

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the Trump administration's proposed revisions to the Obama era's job-killing Clean Power Plan (CPP). "The EPA Power Plan was another example of President Obama and Gina McCarthy regulating by having the tail wagging the dog. Their standards were unattainable and did nothing to clean up the environment and instead killed high paying jobs," Daines said. "Today's action by the Trump administration will help save Montana jobs and h… Continue Reading


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

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