Daines Urges Reversal of Misguided Decision to Stop Hearings on Disability Insurance for Montanans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the U.S. Social Security Administration to continue processing Montanans Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Recently, Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge Nicholas LoBurgio suspended all hearings for SSDI and SSI claims in the state of Montana until at least the summer of 2017 unless there is a dire need. In letters to Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and Judge LoBurgio, Daines impl… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Reform Monument Designation Process

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today helped introduce the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, a bill to facilitate greater local input and require state approval before national monuments can be designated on federal lands and waters. The bill requires, before any national monument can be declared on public land or within the exclusive economic zone, that the following be met: Specific authorization by an Act of Congress; Approval by the state legislature, and for ma… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Introduce Little Shell Recognition Bill

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines kicked off the 115th Congress by introducing bipartisan legislation to grant the Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Cree federal recognition. The Little Shell Tribe has sought federal recognition for nearly four decades, and has been recognized by the State of Montana since 2000. "The federal government can't fulfill its trust responsibility to Montana's Little Shell Tribe until it recognizes their sovereignty," Tester said. "These folks have… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Local Control of Education with President-elect Trump’s Education Designee DeVos

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos. "Betsy DeVos has a passion for education and will be a formidable leader at the Department of Education," Daines stated. "I look forward to watching her shape the Department of Education to increase local control of our schools, with policies that originate with the parents, teachers and administrato… Continue Reading


Daines: Zinke Will Make an Outstanding Interior Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Montana U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke. "Commander Zinke is a military hero who served honorably for 23 years and is taking his service to another level," Daines stated. "Ryan understands the balance of conservation, responsible energy development and public access." "I appreciate Senator Daines taking the time to sit down … Continue Reading


Daines Meets with Energy Designee Perry, Looks Forward to Confirmation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. "After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama's Energy Department," Daines stated. "Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure." Dur… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Indian Health Service to Immediately Fund Repairs to Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Water System

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Indian Health Service (IHS) to comply with Chippewa Cree Tribe's request for emergency funding to repair the on-reservation water system in light of recent breakages and contamination. In a letter to Mary Smith, the Principal Deputy Director of IHS, Daines implored her to immediately act on the Chippewa Cree Tribe's request to ensure water delivery and water safety. "I write to implore your swift and immediate action in response to the Ch… Continue Reading


Daines Reiterates Opposition to Transfer of Federal Lands

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today commented on a recent U.S. House of Representatives budgetary rule change related to federal lands. "I continue to strongly oppose the transfer of federal lands to the states while fighting to improve the management of those lands." ###… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Trade Opportunities with Commerce Designee Wilbur Ross

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. "Wilbur Ross has an impressive resume and is a force in the private-sector," Daines stated. "The Department of Commerce and the American economy will be well served by his extensive experience. I'm excited for his ideas to institute strong trade policies that expand opportunities for Montana ag producers and manufactur… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Details on 58th Presidential Inauguration

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today provided details to those traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. "I'm excited to see so many Montanans in our nation's capital for the 58th Presidential Inauguration," Daines stated. Details on events are below: Washington, DC Office Open House: The Senator will be hosting an Open House the day before the Presidential Inauguration on January 20. We hope that Montanans who are visiting will stop by, visit with the Se… Continue Reading


Ag & Forestry Leaders Praise Daines' Ag Committee Membership

U.S. SENATE -Following U.S. Senator Steve Daines' announcement of committee assignments for the 115th Congress, Montana's top agriculture and forestry leaders praised his new membership on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "Montana's number one economic driver is agriculture and I'm excited to represent their priorities on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture," Daines stated. Alan Merrill, President Montana Farmers Union: "Montana Farmers Union wants to c… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Committee Assignments for the 115th Congress

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on five U.S. Senate Committees for the 115th Congress. Daines will serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "I am honored to represent Montana's interests on fiv… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Renewal of SkyWest Airlines for West Yellowstone

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that SkyWest Airlines has been re-approved as the Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for West Yellowstone for the four-month summer seasons of 2017 and 2018. "SkyWest Airlines provides a critical transportation service for the Greater Yellowstone Region and community," Daines stated. "By maintaining their service and working with the West Yellowstone community, SkyWest has made it easier for folks to get to and from the region. I'm ple… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines, Zinke, Bullock, Fox Stand Against Anti-Semitism and White Nationalism

(Montana) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox are standing together against anti-Semitism and white nationalism in Montana and across the nation. In an open letter to the nation, Montana's top elected leaders stood together to send a bipartisan message condemning attacks on the Jewish community. "We stand firmly together to send a clear message that ignorance, hatred and threats of violence are unaccepta… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Expansion of Wireless Broadband to Rural Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont.-U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured the expansion of wireless broadband access in rural Montana. After months of hard work by Daines, today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided final regulatory approval for T-Mobile to provide 4G LTE service to areas covering over one million people in Montana and Wyoming. "Montanans know all too well the feeling of seeing your call dropped, pressing send on text messages that will never get sent in the rural parts of our s… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Announce Appointment of Two Montanans to National Aviation Commission

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today announced that two Montanans-Mike Tooley, Director of the Montana Department of Transportation and Brian Sprenger, Director of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport -will be advising Congress on how to better enhance air transportation in small communities. "Air travel makes it easier to do business, travel across our great state and connects our communities," Daines stated. "Montanans have a unique perspective on the importanc… Continue Reading


Daines: Stream Protection is One Last Bad Act from Obama

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement of the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Stream Protection Rule: "The good news is in 31 days President Obama will no longer be in office," Daines stated. "This final rule will be devastating for hardworking miners in Montana like the Crow tribal members working at the Absaloka Mine and create more challenges to operations at our other federal coal operations which provide critical sources of tax revenue and… Continue Reading


Daines Slams FCC’s Overregulation of Small Businesses

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to relieve small businesses of burdensome regulations found in the FCC's 317-page "net neutrality" rules. The FCC failed to extend a small business exemption to the so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which requires internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance, some of which may require investing in new equipment and hiri… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Legislation to Protect Injured Wildland Firefighters Retirements

HELENA, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced legislation to protect wildland firefighters retirement. Currently, if injured and not able to return to a firefighting position, federal wildland firefighters must switch from the 20-year retirement track authorized for federal employees with certain hazardous jobs to the 30-year retirement track for ordinary federal employees. Daines' fix will allow wildland firefighters to remain on the 20-year retirement track if they're injured on … Continue Reading


Daines Meets with VA Montana Director

HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today met with Dr. Kathy Berger, the director of the Montana VA Healthcare System, to discuss prioritizing Montana veterans and ensuring they receive the care they deserve. Daines pressed Berger on holding officials at the VA accountable and ensuring those who have served receives the best possible care. They also discussed the unique challenges facing veterans living in rural areas, issues related to Health Net and third party providers, as well as th… Continue Reading

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