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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Daines, Senate Freshmen Decry Democratic Filibuster of Critical Troop Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) in a colloquy on the Senate floor to speak about the Democratic filibuster of the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill. The funding bill came out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations with the unanimous support of Democrat and Republican members. However, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said that his members are blocking critical funding for our troops so that… Continue Reading


Daines: Senate Moving Forward on Energy Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today welcomed the next step to go to conference on S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate in April by a bipartisan vote of 85-12. The U.S. Senate today overwhelmingly voted to appoint conferees and go to conference on S. 2012, the next step in the legislative process. "It's great to see momentum to permanently reauthorize LWCF, move forward critical forest reform to improve forest health and protect good-paying Montan… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Closure of Colstrip Units 1 & 2

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the upcoming closure of Colstrip Units 1 & 2: "The closure of Colstrip units 1 and 2 is devastating news. Colstrip provides hundreds of good paying jobs, is an anchor to the entire economy and tax base of Montana and because of fringe environmental extremists and the onslaught of anti-energy regulations from the Obama administration we are seeing this important plant, one of the largest coal-fired generating … Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $7 Million for Four Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $7,348,4900.00 in funding for critical construction upgrades for four Montana airports. Grants will be awarded to airports in Stevensville, Great Falls, Kalispell and Bozeman. "This funding will ensure that our airports can continue to serve their communities and keep Montana as a top travel destination for tourists," Daines stated. Grants awarded today by the U.S. Department of Transportation include: Stevensville Airport: $1,999,142… Continue Reading


Daines to FCC: Close the Rural Broadband Gap

Daines Joins Bipartisan Call to Expand Mobile Network in Rural America U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan effort urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the Universal Service Fund's (USF) Mobility Fund, which is aimed at providing broadband service to rural and underserved areas. Daines was joined by 27 Senators in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calling for the agency to prioritize new mobile broadband deployment in areas that support a… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Double-Digit Obamacare Rate Request Increase

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Montana State Auditor Montana Lindeen announced the double-digit requested rate increases under Obamacare insurance plans. "President Obama promised Obamacare would drive down the cost of healthcare premiums, instead we are seeing astronomical proposed increases in Montana," Daines stated. "Obamacare continues to take money out of the pockets of hardworking Montana families with no relief in sight. O… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Tom Kuntz of Madison County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Tom Kuntz of Ennis for his dedication to the community and the Ennis Community Children's School. 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 by calling Da… Continue Reading


Daines: Vermont Law is an Attack on the Heart of Montana’s Way of Life

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke out in support Montana's hardworking farmers and ranchers against Vermont's law that could impact Montana jobs and the price families' pay at the grocery store. Tonight, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan compromise with a vote of 63-30 to protect Montana farmers and ranchers. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. "Make no mistake, this Vermont law is an attack on the heart of Montana's way of … Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $7 Million to Improve Great Falls International Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $7,175,439.00 in funding for critical construction upgrades for Great Falls International Airport. The funding will be used to construct an extension to the existing (16/34) runway, including improvements to runway safety areas, install guidance signs, install miscellaneous NAVAIDS, install runway sensors, rehabilitate runway, rehabilitate runway lighting and remove obstructions. "Air travel is essential to Montana's economy and I'm proud… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $1.4 Million in Funding for Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that four Montana airports will receive $1,465,311.00 for critical construction projects. Grants will be awarded to airports in Havre, Dillon, Laurel and Billings. "Montana's airports are a critical piece of our state's transportation system, because they bolster our local communities and connect us," Daines stated. "This additional funding will ensure that our airports can continue to support the communities and regions they serve." G… Continue Reading


Daines Stands Up for Montana Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stood up for Montana farmers and ranchers and the number one industry in Montana: Agriculture. "There is no reason that Vermont and Bernie Sanders should dictate our way of life in Montana," Daines stated. "This compromise will protect Montanan jobs, prevent baseless discrimination against Montana agricultural goods and avoid higher prices in the grocery line." Key provisions of the bipartisan bill include: Pre-emption: imme… Continue Reading

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