DAINES: We Must Permanently Reauthorize LWCF

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced an amendment that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If not renewed LWCF will expire at the end of September. "LWCF is critical to Montana jobs and our outdoor way of life. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to preserve America's outdoor heritage. I will fight at every opportunity for its permanent reauthorization." said Daines. The amendment would modify the Interior Appropriatio… Continue Reading


Daines Video Statement on Senate Passage of East Rosebud

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after the final passage of the Montana delegation's bill to designate East Rosebud Creek as Wild and Scenic. It will now be sent to the President for signature. Senator Daines has worked tirelessly over five years on the passage of this bill. Watch HERE Download HERE The bill designates two sections, totaling 20 miles, of the creek that run entirely though Forest Service land. East Rosebud Creek originates in the … Continue Reading


Daines Pushes Agriculture Under Secretary Nominee To Commit to Forest Reform

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pushed Mr. James E. Hubbard, nominee to be the next Agriculture Undersecretary of Natural Resources and Environment, to commit to addressing the barriers to forest management. If confirmed, Mr. Hubbard would oversee the U.S. Forest Service. Watch HERE Download HERE "I'm fighting for 3 buckets of reforms: reducing red tape; combating fringe litigation; and increasing the partnership between the Forest Service and State Foresters in managing ou… Continue Reading


Daines: Statement on the Confirmation of Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the confirmation of Robert Wilkie as the new Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "The sacrifices made by Montana's veterans should be honored and their commitment to our democracy has earned them our respect. As President Lincoln noted in his second inaugural address, we have duty 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle…" "I am confident Secretary Robert Wilkie is the right i… Continue Reading


Senate Western Caucus Demands Prompt Confirmation of Nominees Critical to the West

U.S. SENATE -Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), today led members of the Senate Western Caucus in demanding U.S. Senate leadership to prioritize confirmation of nominees to the West. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Daines and nine U.S. Senators of the Senate Western Caucus drew attention to the languishing nominations of Susan Combs to be Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Departme… Continue Reading


Daines: U.S. Must Protect U.S. Diplomats

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to the Administration discussing allowing Russians to interrogate United States diplomats. "Russian President Vladimir Putin's request to interrogate United States officials is absurd. American diplomats are serving our country abroad and oftentimes in dangerous places. They need to know that the United States government has their back. President Trump should deny any requests to turn over Ambassador Mike… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Applaud Announcement of Kootenai National Forest Restoration Project

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte applauded the Forest Service's announcement that they will sign the Cub Creek Salvage Project located on the Cabinet Ranger District in Sanders County. "Last year's wildfires devastated our forests and harmed communities," said Daines. "This critical project will restore areas on the Kootenai National Forest devastated by last year's Cub Creek Fire while supporting good-paying Montana timber jobs." "Montana survived last y… Continue Reading


Daines Stands With ICE

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor to thank the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for all the work they are doing and will continue to do to protect Americans. Download Here Watch Here Background: On July 13, 2018 Senator Daines sponsored a resolution supporting ICE. Remarks as prepared: ICE agents keep our borders secure and I want to thank them for the important work they are doing Far too many people a… Continue Reading


Daines Bill Gives NATO Allies an Escape From Russia’s Political Coercion

Bill would impose sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream II gas pipeline and expedite the export of American natural gas to NATO allies. U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to give North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members an escape from Russia's political coercion and manipulation. The Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe Act, or the "ESCAPE Act," enhances the energy security of NATO members by providing those countries with reliabl… Continue Reading


Daines Meets with SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today met with the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Below is his statement: "As a U.S. Senator, one of my most significant responsibilities is to critically and thoughtfully evaluate the individuals charged with defending our Constitution and our nation's laws. It is disappointing that many of my Democrat colleagues in the Senate apparently do not feel the same and decided to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination before it was even announced. In … Continue Reading


Daines Highlights Importance of Critical Mineral Mining to Montana and to our National Security

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the importance of critical mineral mining to Montana and to our national security during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. WATCH HERE DOWNLOAD HERE "We talk in this committee a lot about reducing our dependence and our allies' dependence on Russia and other countries for oil and natural gas, but I believe we are not focusing enough on our dependence on critical minerals. I gave the examples of my phone and energy sto… Continue Reading


Montana Delegation Gibson Dam Hydro Bill Passes House Now heads to President Donald J. Trump’s Desk

U.S. SENATE -U.S House of Representatives passes U.S. Senators Steve Daines, Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte bill on the Gibson Dam Hydro Project. The bill will now be sent to President Donald J. Trump for signature. "Hydropower is critical to Montana's 'all-of-the-above' energy approach and is an important source of tax revenue, jobs and national security," said Daines. "Completion of the Gibson Dam will not only power Montana homes, but will power our economy and provide Montanan… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Montana Jobs, Clean Coal

Calls for opening of Millennium Bulk Terminal U.S. SENATE - Today, in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Congress to take action to stop the abuse of power by Washington State who is blocking the building of the Millennium Bulk Terminal and stopping coal from Montana's Crow tribe from getting to market. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. "Montana is a net energy exporter - that means we need to have the ability to transmit, ship, an… Continue Reading


Chairman Daines Calls for Action to Address National Park Maintenance Backlog

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on National Parks, chaired a congressional hearing to discuss his bill, the Restore Our Parks Act, and call for action of the National Park System's maintenance backlog. The Restore Our Parks Act would create a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund that would receive revenue from energy development and private donors. Currently, the National Park Service backlog is $11.6 bi… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the below statement following President Donald Trump's announcement of Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. "As a United States Senator, confirming a Supreme Court justice is one of the most consequential votes I will take," said Daines. "Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive background and excellent experience. I look forward to meeting with the nominee and reviewing his judi… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Announce Approval of Kootenai National Forest Restoration Project

Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte announced the Forest Service's approval of a project to help restore areas of the Kootenai National Forest that were damaged in last year's West Fork Fire. The West Fork Fire Salvage and Restoration Project will begin implementation in August. Last fall, the West Fork Fire burned 21,800 acres seven miles northwest of Libby. Approximately 42 percent of trees in the most severely burned areas - over 9,000 acres - are dead or expected… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Bill to Complete Gibson Dam Near Augusta Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - The U.S. Senate passed U.S. Sens. Steve Daines' and Jon Tester's bill to ensure the completion of the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta. The bill will provide for the six-year extension of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the dam. "Hydropower is critical to Montana's 'all-of-the-above' energy approach and is an important source of tax revenue and jobs," said Daines. "Completion of the Gibson Dam will not only power Montana homes, but will power our … Continue Reading


Daines Secures Essential Support for Montana Defense Priorities

Defense Appropriations Act will fund critical missions performed by Montana service members, utilize Montana innovation to advance military readiness U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today advanced the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriation Act, which provides robust funding for Montana's military priorities and enables Montana researchers and small businesses to continue supporting U.S. military readiness. The funding measure, which was reported out of the Senate Appropr… Continue Reading


Daines Resolution to Recognize the Great Outdoors Passes Senate

Resolution establishes June 2018 as "Great Outdoors Month" U.S. SENATE - The U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, which recognizes June 2018 as national "Great Outdoors Month." "For Montanans, nothing beats getting outdoors for some hunting, skiing, fishing, backpacking, you name it - it's our way of life," said Daines. "That's why I'm excited June is National Great… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for Montana Agriculture and Secures Wins for Montana Farmers and Ranchers in Farm Bill

Underscores the importance of needed action on forest reform Among other Montana priorities secured by Daines, the Farm Bill included: Critical safety net programs such as crop insurance and the sugar program; ag research funding for land grant universities, such as Montana State University and ag research stations across Montana; prioritization of rural broadband for Montana's unserved communities; an important vaccine bank to help better respond to animal disease outbreaks, and, support for… Continue Reading

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