Daines, Gardner, Burr Lead LWCF Colloquy on Senate Floor

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) led a colloquy today on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Without congressional action, the program is set to expire at the end of the month. Watch HERE Download HERE "As an avid outdoorsman myself, I know first-hand the importance of our public lands… LWCF ensures that our booming outdoor economy can continue to grow. It … Continue Reading


Daines, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Medicare Benefits

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Angus King (Maine) today introduced S. 3497, the bipartisan Medicare Advantage Quality Payment Relief Act, to reverse an unintended policy of the Affordable Care Act that is currently denying millions of seniors and people with disabilities the full measure of their Medicare Advantage benefits. "This damaging Obamacare policy has left 17,000 Montanans without the Medicare benefits they deserve," Daines said. "Our bipartisan bill will ensure t… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bill to Increase Campaign Transparency Signed into Law

U.S. SENATE - Today, President Trump signed U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill requiring U.S. Senate candidates to file campaign reports electronically into law. Daines, who chairs the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations, fought to include the provision, which increases campaign transparency for U.S. Senate candidates, in the bill. The new requirement will take effect immediately. "I'm very pleased to see one of the most important campaign finance reforms in recent history be signed … Continue Reading


Forest Service Responds to Daines’ Demand for Paradise Valley Mineral Withdrawal

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for recommending the withdrawal of approximately 30,000 acres of the Custer Gallatin National Forest from mineral entry in the Paradise Valley and Gardner Basins. Daines has urged the withdrawal given the strong local support. "The Paradise Valley and Gardner Basin are truly special places that deserve protection," Daines said. "After an extensive process and public input, I'm glad to see that the Forest Servic… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure $1,360,000 for Refurbished Buses in Billings

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the City of Billings has been awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant of $1,360,000 to purchase at least five refurbished buses for MET Transit and replace aging buses. "Billings MET transit provides over half a million rides a year," Daines said. "Many of those riders are elderly, disabled, or low-income and rely solely on public transportation. I'm glad to have supported this grant request and am pleased that this mo… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure Over $4 Million for Montana Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today that 16 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Montana were awarded funding totaling $4,372,775. The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will help Montana communities combat substance abuse including opioids and meth. "CHCs are on the front line of providing health care in Montana," Daines said. "They do vital work in keeping Montanans healthy. I will continue to fight to keep these CHC's funded to help Mont… Continue Reading


Daines Delivers Big Win for Montana, the Nation in Defense Spending Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who sits on the Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations, today voted to secure funding for Montana's military units, installations, research partners, universities, small businesses and manufactures. The funding secured in the bill is critical to Montana, Malmstrom, Montana National Guard and the rest of the nation. The bill also secures a 2.6% pay raise for troops - the largest in 10 years. "This funding will greatly enhance our national defense and give… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Secure $499,983 for Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Lake County Community Development Corporation (LCCDC) has been awarded a grant of $499,983 to renovate the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan. The grant, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will also be used to help purchase new equipment for the center. "The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center does good work in providing assistance to Montana food businesses while also creating jobs i… Continue Reading


Daines Fights to Include Tools to Combat Meth, Opioids Crisis in Landmark Legislation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted on a bill that will help combat the devastating meth and opioid epidemic across Montana and the nation. Before the vote, Daines took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to support the measure and to highlight the drastic impacts meth and opioids have in Montana. Watch full video HERE Download full video HERE "The legislation before us will help combat an epidemic that touches the lives of almost every person in our co… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Secure Funds for West Yellowstone Airport

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced a bipartisan bill to allow seasonal, non-primary airports that are open less than 6 months a year and have at least 8,000 enplanements to receive increased Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding and to compete for terminal grants. West Yellowstone Airport in Montana meets the criteria. "West Yellowstone Airport serves thousands of Montanans every year and brings in folks from around the world to visit our great state," Daines … Continue Reading


Daines Announces $10 Million in Grants for Missoula International Airport, Grants for Bert Mooney and Ennis-Big Sky Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced over $10 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a new terminal and access road reconstruction at Missoula International Airport. He also announced FAA grants for Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, and Ennis-Big Sky Airport in Ennis. "The new terminal at Missoula International Airport will be a game changer for travel in Western Montana, creating more jobs and generating more tourist dollars." Daines stated… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Firefighting Grants to Three Western Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced firefighting grant funding for three fire departments in Western Montana communities. The City of Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department, Charlo/Moiese Rural Fire District, and Corvallis Rural Fire District all received funds as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is vital that we give our first responders in rural communities the resources that they need to protect lives and property. I'm glad to see these much-ne… Continue Reading


Daines Completes 56 County Tour

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday finished his fourth 56 County Tour of Montana. Daines met with constituents, local stakeholders and community leaders in Garfield, Petroleum and Treasure Counties to discuss an array of issues including 2nd Amendment rights, agriculture and the Farm Bill, and the need to reduce burdensome regulations. Watch HERE Download HERE "This is the fourth time I've been to all of Montana's 56 Counties," Daines said. "It's an honor to do this job an… Continue Reading


Daines Brings EPA Administrator Wheeler to Butte, Anaconda Superfund Sites

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines brought Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to tour the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area and the Anaconda Smelter Co. Superfund sites in Montana yesterday. Daines was also joined by local, state, and community leaders including Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive Dave Palmer, and Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Chief Executive Bill Everett. "These communities have been ignored for far t… Continue Reading


Forest Service Responds to Daines’, Gianforte’s Request, Announces Approval of Rice Ridge Salvage Project

U.S. CONGRESS - The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) once again responded to Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte's request to expedite salvage projects, announcing that they will sign the Rice Ridge Fire Salvage Project located near Seeley Lake on the Lolo National Forest in Missoula and Powell Counties. Under the approved Emergency Situation Determination (ESD), the Lolo National Forest is able to expedite timber sales for the Rice Ridge project during the fall of 2018. The project will occu… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Demand Funding for Six Montana Counties

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long to urge the agency to reconsider the denial of Public Assistance for Carbon, Golden Valley, Missoula, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Powell Counties. "These counties are in desperate need of federal assistance to rebuild their infrastructure," the letter writes. "These communities cannot afford any further delay and need federal assistance for their c… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Pushes for Robust Forest Management Reforms

U.S. SENATE - Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.), and Caucus Members Cory Gardner (Colo.), Lisa Murkowski (Ala.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mike Crapo (Ind.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Thune (S.D.), Dan Sullivan (Ala.), and Dean Heller (Nev.) today sent a letter to urge Farm Bill conferees to include robust forest management reforms in the final Farm Bill. These provisions will reduce the r… Continue Reading


Daines: Kavanaugh is Well Qualified

This week, one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees ever nominated to the bench, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Other than sending our sons and daughters to war, confirming a Supreme Court Justice is the most consequential vote I will take as a United States Senator. For Montana, and the rest of the nation, the impacts of this decision will last forever - because while laws come and go, judges serve for a lifetime. That's why it's cri… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Secure Funding for Montana Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the State of Montana's major disaster declaration request following this year's severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to the Administration in support of the declaration request. "This is great news. I'm pleased the Administration respond to our request," Daines said. "This year's flooding devastated communities and infrastr… Continue Reading


Daines to Welcome NAM President to 2018 Montana Manufacturing Summit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), will speak at the 2018 Montana Manufacturing Jobs Summit in Kalispell. "Montana's manufacturing industry is one of the state's fastest growing economic sectors, and supports thousands of good-paying jobs for Montanans," Daines said. "I am excited to welcome Jay to Big Sky Country for the upcoming Summit. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in… Continue Reading

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