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04.14.16

Daines: Venting and Flaring Rule Stifles Innovation

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today called on the Obama administration to ease red tape regulations stifling Montana's energy future. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed rule, entitled "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resources Conservation," Daines pressed the Obama administration on burdensome costs to American innovation and that further stifle oil a… Continue Reading


04.14.16

Daines Secures Important Provisions for Montana’s Veterans in Senate Appropriations Bill

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today secured important reforms that increase Montana veterans' access to health care services and ensures that the services and care earned by Montana veterans through their loyal and dedicated service to the nation is rightfully given to them. Daines successfully worked to include provisions for Montana veterans' long-standing concerns in the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which was marked up and app… Continue Reading


04.14.16

Daines Secures Provisions to Improve Montana’s Energy Future

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today secured important provisions that improve the future of Montana energy. "Made-in-Montana energy means good-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "Through provisions I've secured, Montana can lead the world in developing energy resources that will power not only our state, but the country and the world." Daines successfully included many important provisions for Montana energy and water projects in the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriatio… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Daines Announces over $4.6 Million in Critical Funding for Ten Montana Community Airports

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that ten Montana community airports will receive $4,661,676 for critical construction and maintenance projects. Grants will be awarded to airports in Billings, Broadus, Circle, Forsyth, Hardin, Livingston, Malta, Ronan, Shelby and Wolf Point. "Community airports across Montana provide critical transportation services to Montana's rural communities," Daines stated. "These grants will ensure that Montana's smaller airports are able to meet ri… Continue Reading


04.12.16

Daines Supports Montana’s Brewers Efforts

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced two new efforts to promote the growth of small craft breweries, a growing industry in Montana that has a significant impact on the state's economy. Daines sponsored, S. 1562, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which reduces the excise taxes on beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Daines recently joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus, established in June 2011, to "provide a forum for members of the Senate and their… Continue Reading


04.08.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Paul Kanning of Flaxville

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Paul Kanning of Flaxville as Montanan of the Week. This past week Paul testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the importance of assisting veterans find employment opportunities in agriculture. Daines met with Kanning in his DC office this week prior to his testimony. Click here to download a high-resolution photo. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the W… Continue Reading


04.06.16

Daines Presses Obama Administration on Security at Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pressed the Obama administration on the security of Montana airports. During today's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on transportation security, Daines pressed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger on procuring necessary security equipment for the Helena and Great Falls airports. Daines also called on the Neffenger to look into TSA's proposed removal of passenger screening at the airpor… Continue Reading


04.06.16

Daines to Department of Interior: Conditions at Tribal Schools are Unacceptable

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today passionately implored the Obama administration to improve conditions at tribal schools. During today's Senate Indian Affairs committee hearing on Indian education, Daines pressed Department of Interior (DOI) Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts on his failure to conduct any health inspections at Montana's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) facilities from 2012-2014. "In a recent conversation with Loverty Erickson, Superintendent … Continue Reading


04.06.16

Daines Pushes to Reduce Red Tape in Forest Management on Federal, Tribal Lands

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pushed to find solutions to increase active forest management by reducing red tape on federal lands, including lands adjacent to tribal lands. During this morning's Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the U.S. Forest Service's Fiscal Year 2017 budget, Daines commended the Forest Service for progress on implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, while expressing his dismay that it's not being comple… Continue Reading


04.05.16

Daines Introduces Legislation to Permanently Ban Guantanamo Transfers to U.S. and Suspend International Releases

Legislation Would Also Prohibit The Closure or Transfer to Cuba of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo U.S. SENATE -Following yesterday's announcement that the Obama administration had released two more Guantanamo Bay detainees, Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill that would permanently ban the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. and would suspend the release of Guantanamo detainees internationally until September 30, 2017. Daines' bill the Detaining Terrorists to Protect American… Continue Reading


04.05.16

Daines Hails New Vet Center in Helena

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' announcement that they will increase veterans access to Readjustment counseling services in Helena and the surrounding area through the creation of a permanent Vet Center in Helena. "Our veterans deserve the best care possible, close to home and without delay. Rural veterans face a higher suicide rate - and it's welcome news to see the VA prioritize our rural veterans." Daines stated. "This new Helena Vet Ce… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Daines, 42 Senators File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Challenging Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Actions

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today joined 42 Senators in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation's governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama Administration's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Supreme Court took up this case (United States of America vs. State of Texas) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in November of 2015 affirmed a pr… Continue Reading


04.03.16

Daines Statement on Passing of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in honor of Crow War Chief Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow who passed away today at the age of 102. "Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow leaves an unmatched legacy as the Crow Tribe's historian and storyteller, a decorated World War II veteran and the first member of the Crow Tribe to attain a master's degree," Daines stated. "Medicine Crow's spirit, humility and life achievements leave a lasting imprint on Montana's history. My deepest c… Continue Reading


04.01.16

Daines, Zinke Statement on Pacific International Terminals, Inc. Pausing the Gateway Pacific Terminal Review

U.S. CONGRESS - Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today issued the following statement after Pacific International Terminals, Inc. announced that they are voluntarily requesting the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to pause the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) infrastructure project. "The federal government is clearly slow walking the approval process on the Gateway Pacfiic Terminal as part of its effort to destroy … Continue Reading


03.31.16

Daines Response to Governor Inslee's Intention to Sign Legislation Putting Colstrip at Risk

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) announced his intentions to sign legislation that paves the way for the eventual shutdown of two coal-fired electricity units at Colstrip. "It's too bad that Governor Inslee had to cancel his recent trip to Montana," Daines stated. "If Governor Inslee saw the devastating impact this legislation will have on hardworking Montana families perhaps he would have reconsidered. The reality is, hi… Continue Reading


03.28.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Congratulates John Winters on Merchant Marines Appointment

U.S. SENATE - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke congratulated John Winters on his appointment to the United States Merchant Marines Academy. Winters, whose parents live in Florence, Montana is attending Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a member of his school Varsity Soccer, Cross County and Track teams. He is a black belt in Taekwondo and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America. Winters is also on the Drill team at his school and was a … Continue Reading


03.25.16

Daines’ Statewide Made-in-Montana Energy Tour

Save Montana Energy, Save Montana Jobs U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines this week stopped in ten-cities across Montana on his statewide tour to promote made-in-Montana energy and the good-paying jobs it supports. Daines' tour included stops in Laurel, Colstrip, Miles City, Baker, Glendive, Sidney, Great Falls, Missoula, Helena and Butte. "Montana is truly an all-of-the-above energy state - we have significant coal and natural gas deposits, oil, hydro, wind, solar and biomass that powers Mont… Continue Reading


03.25.16

Tester and Daines Congratulate Polson High Graduate on Appointment to Merchant Marine Academy

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced today that a recent graduate of Polson High School has been accepted to the prestigious U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Nicholas Becker, 19, received a full appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy. A Big Arm resident, Becker served on his high school's Board of Governors, played tennis, lacrosse, and skied throughout his high school career. Tester and Daines spoke with Becker and congratulated him on his appointment. "Nicholas wil… Continue Reading


03.25.16

Daines Applauds Permit Extension of Lower Yellowstone Intake Irrigation Project

U.S. SENATE - Following a request from Senator Steve Daines, the Army Corps of Engineers today announced their plans to extend the permit for the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project. "The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project is critical to irrigate over 50,000 acres of cropland as planting season gets underway," Daines stated. "Our hardworking farmers and ranchers don't deserve any undue economic burdens. It's great to see the government prioritize this essential source of water for our farmer… Continue Reading


03.24.16

Daines Announces Four Montana Schools to Receive Computers Through Senate Program

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has helped facilitate a donation of 25 computers to four Montana public schools as part of the United States Senate's Computers for Schools Program. "Access to computers and technology is a vital part of today's learning environment that helps students connect with the world beyond their classroom walls, explore new topics and advance their education," Daines stated. "The Computers for Schools program helps students develop and maintain… Continue Reading

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