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03.23.16

Daines Opens First Congressional Office in Sidney

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines opened the first ever Congressional office in Sidney, Montana. Yesterday, Daines held a grand opening of his new office. Daines' office is located at 609 S. Central Ave. Suite #4 (Central Plaza Building), Sidney, MT, 59270. "I'm excited to announce the opening of our Sidney, Montana office," Daines stated. "This office will help us better serve all of eastern Montana and fight everyday on behalf of Montanans. If you ever have a concern with a federal agency or… Continue Reading


03.18.16

Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: The Eighth Grade Class at Big Timber Grade School

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized the eighth grade class at Big Timber Grade School for taking over the writing for the Big Timber Pioneer Newspaper. The Big Timber Pioneer participated in Newspapers in Education Week and the lucky new young writers were the eighth graders of the Big Timber Grade School. This very special edition of the newspaper was a compilation of stories written and pictures taken by the individuals. There are 38 students in the class and they all wrote an… Continue Reading


03.18.16

Daines, Tester Help Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Medically Necessary Equipment in Rural America

U.S. SENATE -Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester this week helped introduce the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016, legislation that would provide durable medical equipment (DME) providers and patients in certain parts of the country with relief from harmful payment policies. DME providers help connect patients with medically necessary equipment like wheelchairs, hospital beds, and oxygen. This bipartisan legislation would extend the current payment phase-in perio… Continue Reading


03.18.16

Daines Calls on Air Force to Decide on UH-1N Helicopter Replacement

Leads Eight Senators in Letter to Air Force Secretary U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today led eight Senators in calling on the Air Force to expedite their decision on the course of action to replace Vietnam-era UH-1N helicopters that provide security for our nuclear weapons. Daines letter was signed by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Deb Fischer (R-NE). I… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Tester and Daines’ East Rosebud bill receives Senate hearing

Bipartisan legislation will preserve the free-flowing condition of the East Rosebud Creek (U.S. Senate)-Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines' bill to designate the East Rosebud Creek as Wild and Scenic received a hearing today in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. Tester and Daines' bill was built through on-the-ground collaboration and will preserve the free-flowing condition of East Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. When S. 15… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Congratulates Caitlin Gillespie on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. CONGRESS - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke congratulated Hamilton High School student Caitlin Gillespie on her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Gillespie was nominated to the academy by the entire Montana Congressional delegation. Gillespie is a senior at Hamilton High School and was captain of both her Track & Field and Basketball teams, and is a proud member of her State Champion Class A Basketball Team. She is on the Honor Roll,… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Tester, Daines Legislation Honoring Montana’s Medal of Honor Recipients Passes Senate

Senators' bill will rename Reserve Center in Great Falls (U.S. SENATE) - Earlier today, the Senate passed Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines' legislation to rename the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls to the "Captain John E. Moran and Captain Willian Wylie Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center." Tester and Daines introduced this legislation last year to honor Captain Moran and Captain Galt, the only two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Montana. "Both our state and our nati… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Daines Secures Necessary Reforms to Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today secured important provisions to improve Montana air travel for passengers, pilots and the aviation industry. During today's Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation mark-up on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, Daines fought to secure important provisions for Montana. "It's important that Montanans have reliable, safe and affordable access to air travel," Daines stated. "This is a step in the right d… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Daines Statement on President Obama’s Nominee to the Supreme Court

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement reiterating that the American people should have the opportunity to elect a new President before a new Supreme Court justice is seated: "The replacement of Justice Scalia will have far-reaching impacts on our country for a generation. The American people have already begun voting on who the next President will be and their voice should continue to be reflected in a process that will have lasting implications on our nation… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Daines’ Bill to Reform Veterans Choice Act Receives First Legislative Hearing

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines' legislation to improve health care services for America's veterans today received its first legislative hearing in the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Daines' bill, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016 makes major changes to the Veterans Choice Program, which was created in 2014 to allow veterans to get needed health care outside of the VA system, and creates a permanent program with advance funding. More information on the legislation is avai… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Daines Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Expand Montana Hydro

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House of Representative's passage of legislation to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana. The legislation would provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "The Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon D… Continue Reading


03.11.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Gordon Stoner of Outlook

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Gordon Stoner, a wheat grower from Outlook on his newly elected position serving as the President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. 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' recognition in the Congressional Record is available her… Continue Reading


03.11.16

Daines Announces Over $750,000 to Combat Opioid and Heroin Abuse

U.S. SENATE - Following yesterday's passage of bipartisan legislation to address prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America, Senator Steve Daines today announced $379,167 in funding for Bighorn Valley Health Center and $379,167 in funding for Billhook Community Health Center to help tackle this crisis. "Tackling our nation's drug epidemic from all sides - to help the victims of addiction dealing with their disease to providing resources for our law enforcement officials - is the … Continue Reading


03.10.16

Daines Statement on Arch Coal’s Announcement to Suspend Efforts to Obtain Otter Creek Mining Permit

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to Arch Coal, Inc.'s announcement that it will suspend efforts to obtain a mining permit for the Otter Creek coal reserves near Ashland, Montana: "Arch Coal's suspension of its pursuit of a permit for the Otter Creek Mine is a devastating loss for Montana's economy and schools - for jobs, tax revenues and made-in-Montana energy. This decision is an unfortunate repercussion of President Obama's all-fronts assa… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Daines Slams Obama Administration on Long-Delayed Admission of Iranian Cyberattack on New York Dam

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Obama administration after reports indicate that they will name Iran as the perpetrator of a 2013 cyberattack on a New York dam. "It is downright shameful that it has taken President Obama three years to denounce Iran for a malicious cybersecurity attack on our country while at the same time sitting at a negotiating table with them," Daines stated. "This failure is undoubtedly linked to President Obama's clouded judgment in ushering through h… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Tester, Daines celebrate Montana’s Senate Youth Delegates

(U.S. SENATE) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines met with two of Montana's brightest young students this week as part of the United States Senate Youth Program's (USSYP) 54th Annual Washington Week. Out of hundreds of students from across the state, seniors Mollie Lemm of Polson, and Arthur Pettit of Missoula, were selected to represent Montana on Capitol Hill. Lemm and Pettit joined a group of 102 other student delegates for an intensive week in the nation's capital, where they met with S… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Daines Statement in Opposition to Selling Arms to Pakistan

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting to block the sale of F-16 aircraft to the Government of Pakistan. "The behavior of the Pakistani government gives me great concern regarding their commitment as an ally to the United States as we witness terrorist networks continue to operate freely in their federally administrated tribal areas," Daines stated. "Rewarding Pakistan with U.S. fighter jets would send the wrong message and only harm our efforts to… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Senators Introduce Resolution to Detain ISIL Fighters in Guantanamo

U.S. SENATE - Following the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 14 Senators in introducing a resolution to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joni Er… Continue Reading


03.09.16

USDA Secretary: Biotech Foods are Safe

U.S. SENATE - Under Senator Steve Daines' questioning, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today stated that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) pose no risk to food safety or threat to plant pest risk. During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2017 funding request for the USDA, Daines pressed Vilsack to allow sound science to be preeminent … Continue Reading


03.09.16

Daines Works to Improve Federal Cooperation with Indian Country

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today fought to improve Montana's tribes' sovereignty, pressing the Obama administration to work more collaboratively and efficiently with Montana's tribes relating to health care and management of tribal forests. During two different Senate Committee hearings today, Daines called on witnesses to improve stewardship of federal funds while working to alleviate some of the challenges associated with wildfires in Indian Country. U.S. Indian Health Service Fiscal… Continue Reading

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