Daines Moves to Combat Spread of Invasive Mussel Larvae

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today requested expedited implementation and distribution of funds for watercraft inspection stations to combat the spread of adult mussels wreaking havoc on Montana's ecosystem. Recently, invasive mussel larvae was confirmed in the Tiber Reservoir and possibly found in the Canyon Ferry as well. If adult mussels spread, they can block hydropower and irrigation ducts, as well as wreak havoc on the ecosystem, recreation and tourism. In a letter to the U.S. … Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Call for More Reliable Mail Service in Rural Montana

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Congress to improve mail service in rural Montana so families can stay connected and businesses can get their products to market. In a letter to Senate leadership, Tester and Daines also raised concerns over the House's proposed postal reform bill which they say lacks key service improvements. "The United States Postal Service is a critical lifeline throughout our country, connecting loved ones and families, delivering prescr… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jeremiah Kennedy of Glacier

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Jeremiah Kennedy of Glacier County, for his years in service in the United State Navy. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. 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 Mont… Continue Reading


Daines Secures $1.2 Million for Crow Tribe for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,224,949.00 in funding for the Crow Tribe for diabetes treatment and prevention. "Through this funding, the Crow Tribe can continue to improve care for tribal members living with diabetes, a disease which sadly plagues so many in Montana's Native communities" Daines stated. Native Americans have the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Daines is a strong supporter of the Special Diabetes Program. On September 20, 20… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Resolution to Mark November as National Native American Heritage Month

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture, and history of Native Americans and recognizes the many contributions Native Americans have made to our nation. The resolution was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate. "National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture and legacy of Indian tribes t… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bicameral Bill to Delay Changes to Government Hacking Powers

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to provide Congress the time necessary to seriously consider and debate the proposed changes to Rule 41 that would expand the government's ability to search computers and other digital devices. The Review the Rule Act would delay the proposed changes to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 from going into effect until July 1, 2017. Without congressional action, the proposed changes will go into effect on December 1, 2016. "W… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bill to Improve Access to Montana’s Outdoors Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Senate's unanimous passage of his legislation to improve maintenance of Montana's National Forest trails. The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act would ensure existing Forest Service resources are better used to maintain National Forest trails. It would also significantly increase the role of volunteers and local partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest trail system. "Too many of our … Continue Reading


Daines Applauds House Committee Passage of Blackfeet Water Compact

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee's passage of the Blackfeet water compact. Earlier today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 5633 the "Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act." The bill would authorize and implement the water rights compact among the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the State of Montana, and the United States. The compact passed by a unanimous vote. "I'm thrilled to see this mile… Continue Reading


Daines Hails Passage of Legislation Honoring Gold Star Families

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Senate passage of legislation to preserve the stories of servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States. H.R. 4511, the Gold Star Families Voices Act, will allow the parents, spouses, siblings and children of fallen heroes to participate in the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress and tell the stories of their loved ones-ensuring the preservation of the lives and sacrifices of servicememb… Continue Reading


Daines Slams BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) newly issued methane and waste prevention rule that stifles Montana's energy future. "This is yet another example of the Obama administration getting dangerously close to regulating this industry out of business in the U.S.," Daines stated. "I look forward to seeing President-elect Trump and Congress stop this assault on energy innovation." Alan Olson, Montana Petroleum Association: "The Montana Petrol… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Ticket Availability for Presidential Inauguration

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced ticket availability for Montanans interested in attending the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The President-elect will take the oath of office Friday, January 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Montanans interested in attending the inauguration of President-elect Trump can do so by submitting a ticket request at: "The inauguration i… Continue Reading


Daines, Fox Continue ‘Brawl of the Wild’ Rivalry

HELENA - For the fourth year in a row, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Montana's U.S. Senator Steve Daines continue their 'Brawl of the Wild' wager for the University of Montana - Montana State University football game. The Cats and Grizzlies clash this Saturday in Missoula. The terms of this year's bet: the winner will buy the loser a ball cap (Griz or Cat), and the loser will have to post a photo of himself wearing the cap on Twitter and Facebook. Fox has won the bet for three straigh… Continue Reading


Daines Urges BIA to Approve Ag Leases in Timely Manner

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stressed the importance of processing agricultural leases on Native American lands in a more timely manner. In a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Director Bruce Loudermilk, Daines urges BIA to process and approve Native Americans' agricultural lease applications in a more timely manner. Current leases can take months to process, which results much-needed economic revenue being lost or delayed. Daines' letter is available to download H… Continue Reading


Daines Statement Congratulating President-Elect Donald J. Trump

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement congratulating President-elect Donald J. Trump: "Congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump on winning Montana and the presidency. Now the hard work really begins as we bring our nation together and move our country forward for hardworking families." Audio of Daines' statement is available to download HERE. ###… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Crow Tribe Elections

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Crow Tribe's recent elections: "Congratulations to Chairman-elect AJ Not Afraid on his election. I appreciated the opportunity to work with him as Secretary of the Crow Tribe and I look forward to continuing to do so in his new role. "And I want to thank Chairman Old Coyote for inviting me to his home and welcoming me to Indian Country. I deeply respect the Chairman's dedication to the sovereignty and e… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Colleagues to Reverse the Ninth’s Circuit Cottonwood Decision

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reverse the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disastrous Cottonwood Decision. In a memo to his colleagues, Daines underscored the critical nature of quick action to avoid further crippling of federal land management across Ninth Circuit states, and demonstrate why Congress should statutorily reverse the decision this year. "To avoid the 'crippling' impacts on federal land manag… Continue Reading


Daines Asks “Share Your Obamacare Story”

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a new opportunity for Montanans to share their experiences on the Obamacare exchange with his office. "Since Obamacare became the unhappy law of the land, Montanans have been hit with higher costs and fewer choices," Daines stated. "I want to make sure Montanans feel heard and represented in Congress - that's why I'm asking for them to share with me their story on how Obamacare has affected their lives." Montanans who want to share t… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Latest Ninth Circuit Decision

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applied their decision in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. Forest Service to rule against a forest health restoration project near Bozeman. "Today's disastrous ruling against a commonsense project to reduce wildfire risk and protect Bozeman's watershed makes it even more urgent that we enact meaningful forest reform that will remove this sort of absurd regulatory bu… Continue Reading


Daines Demands Transparency Around Colstrip Closure

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today demanded transparency around the closure of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 to provide certainty to hardworking Montana families who rely on good-paying jobs at Colstrip. In a letter to Paul Farr, the President and CEO of Talen Energy Corporation, Daines sought clarification if a decision had already been made to close Colstrip Units 1 and 2 at the earliest opportunity in 2017 and if the disclosure of this decision is being withheld. Daines requested … Continue Reading


Daines Statement on FBI Reopening Clinton Email Investigation

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey informed the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary that Hillary Rodham Clinton is back under investigation. "Hillary Rodham Clinton's reckless conduct put our national security at risk," Daines stated. "The citizens of our country deserve an honest and transparent investigation to hold the former Secretary accountable." ###… Continue Reading

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