Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Alan Charles of Miles City

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Alan Charles of Miles City for his tireless work at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Alan served in the agency's Helena office for the last twenty years, helping maintain Montanans' access to quality hunting grounds: an integral part of our way of life. 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 stateme… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $198,506 for Educational Training for Fort Peck Community College

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $198,506.00 in funding for Fort Peck Community College to help train new farmers and ranchers and building on their existing curriculum, especially tailoring it to the Fort Peck community. "Our ag industry is of critical importance to our state, and our farmers play a key role in feeding not only Montana, but the world," Daines stated. "It's important that we support the next generation of Montana farmers and ranchers and I'm glad to see … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Enhance Crowdfunding for Startups

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to better the way entrepreneurs raise funds through crowdfunding, a way that prevents expensive regulatory red tape from keeping startups from getting off the ground. Crowdfunding is the basic idea of raising money by relatively small contributions from a large number of people - combining the best of microfinance and crowdsourcing. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a rule last October to give entreprene… Continue Reading


Daines Encourages Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

Proposed Regulations Would Have Severe Chilling Effect on Family Farms and Businesses BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today wrote to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow their farms an… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $1.2 Million to Address Domestic Violence Safety for Indian Women

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,260,000.00 in funding for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. in Lame Deer to address domestic violence and improve safety for Indian women. "I am committed to ensuring American Indian women have access to the resources they need to feel safe in their communities," Daines stated. Paula Julian, Policy Specialist National Indigenous Women's Resource Center: "We are honored and humbled to continue to serve as the Nationa… Continue Reading


Daines and Bipartisan Bicameral Coalition Introduce Bill to Protect Law-Abiding Gun Owners

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2016, which transfers regulatory responsibility for non-military-grade firearms from the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "The Obama administration is continually making attempts at restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns," Daines stated. "Their latest heavy-handed policy unduly targets gunsmiths, most of whom make little to no income and simply do it for the… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Give 9/11 Victims Justice

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow families of victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil to sue the foreign states that fund terrorism and permit them to hold accountable those who aid and abet terrorism. The vote was 97-1. "It has been 15 years since the horrific terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001, that rocked our nation and forever changed our world - that is 15 years too lo… Continue Reading


Daines Statement Following Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the conclusion of oral arguments in West Virginia v. EPA before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Under President Obama's Unaffordable Power Plan, Montanans who can afford it the least are paying the steepest price," Daines stated. "I'm thankful for our Attorney General Tim Fox who is working tirelessly to ensure that this rule is stopped to protect coal jobs and the hardworking fam… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $150,000 for CSKT Employment Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $156,202 in funding for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) to implement an employment and economic development program. The funding is for the CSKT's Pilot Project Implementation Plan and Pilot Training Initiative, which is the third phase of their Sustainable Economic Development Project funded by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). "This grant is good news to help CSKT complete the final phase of their projec… Continue Reading


Daines, Nelson: Patrons Should Be Protected from Online Booking Scams

Daines and Nelson introduce legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams. Daines and Nelson introduced The Stop Online Booking Scams Act that protects consumers from illegitimate third party websites that trick consumers into thinking they are making reservations directly with hotels. Online booking sites have created a marketplace… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $1,094,800 for Law Enforcement for the Chippewa Cree Tribe, Crow Tribe

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,094,800 in funding for the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the Crow Tribe to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Energy Chairman to Prioritize LWCF Permanent Reauthorization

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today implored Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to preserve permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "LWCF was created in the spirit of reinvesting the revenues from the sale of our national resources into future resources for all Americans - asset for asset," Daines wrote. "Like many of th… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on the Passing of Ben Steele

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in memory of the life of World War II POW and Bataan Death March survivor, Ben Steele: "Montana has lost an American hero and a state treasure," Daines stated. "Ben Steele will be remembered for his service, his courage and his artistic legacy." On July 10, 2015, Daines honored Steele as Montanan of the Week for his exceptional service to the nation and the Billings community. Daines met Steele on September 9,… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $750,000 for Kootenai Rail Development

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $750,000 in funding for the Kootenai Business Park in Libby. "Through these additional funds Lincoln County will be able to create and save good-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "The Kootenai Rail Development Project will invigorate the region and be a boon for local business." Daines authored a letter of support for this project on April 21, 2016 to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), "Completion of the new rail spur will… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Fight for Montana Counties on Capitol Hill

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Congress to support Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) which are critical to helping Montana counties balance their budgets. If Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, PILT payments will run dry. PILT supported 55 Montana counties last year to the tune of $30 million. Additionally, SRS expired September 30, 2015 and counties have been waiting for nearly a year for Congress to reauthorize … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Joan Eliel of Broadwater County

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Joan Eliel, Investigator/Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Justice for receiving one of three 2016 Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Awards. 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 th… Continue Reading


Daines Leads 29 Senators Urging President Obama to Refrain From ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Weapons Policy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 29 Senators in urging President Obama to refrain from implementing the dangerous and irresponsible 'no first use' nuclear weapons policy. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the Senators underscore the strategic importance of the nuclear arsenal to domestic safety and geopolitical strength. "While no American wishes to employ nuclear weapons in conflict, establishing a no first use policy would weaken the nation's security and make th… Continue Reading


Daines: Chinese Market Opens to Montana Beef

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today welcomed news that China would be ending the ban on U.S. beef that began in 2003: "This is game-changing news for Montana ranchers," Daines stated. "The beef market is critical to Montana jobs and the economy. With over 95% of the world's consumers living outside the US, opening markets abroad for Montana agricultural exports is essential. Having the ability to access a new market, especially one as large and significant as China, will help keep Mon… Continue Reading


Daines: Montanans Know Best How to Protect our Resources

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today worked to protect Montanans from the Obama administration's unilateral efforts to designate large areas of land as national monuments. During a Committee on Energy and Natural Resources legislative hearing, Daines pressed the Obama administration to ensure that any monument designation secured the input of Montanans who live and work on the land and know best how to protect those resources. "Too often, unilateral designations completely ignore t… Continue Reading


Bill to Name Peak After Alex Diekmann Receives Legislative Hearing

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today hailed the first step in the legislative process to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann by naming an unnamed peak in his memory. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a legislative hearing to name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak". The legislation now awaits further action in the Committee. "In the West land projects are not… Continue Reading

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