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01.18.17

Daines: Tillerson Will Restore American Leadership on World Stage

Tillerson will put America first U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's Secretary-designee for the U.S. Department of State, Rex Tillerson. "Under Rex Tillerson's leadership, our allies and enemies will know that the United States will keep our promises and put America's national security interests first," Daines stated. "He is ready to bring his vast knowledge and experience in working with different … Continue Reading


01.17.17

Daines: Zinke Headed Toward Confirmation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following videos after the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald J. Trump's Secretary-designee for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Montana's U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke. Click here to download Daines' opening remarks. Click here to watch Daines' opening remarks. Click here to download Daines' questioning of Zinke. Click here to watch Daines' qu… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Daines: Mattis Has Unwavering Sense of Duty

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's Secretary-designee for the U.S. Department of Defense, General James Mattis. "General Mattis is a leader of conviction and resolve. His legacy on the battlefield stands as a testament to his character and moral courage," Daines stated. "I am confident that General Mattis will lead our Armed Forces decisively." Daines and Mattis discussed the importance of … Continue Reading


01.17.17

Montana Senators Congratulate Two Students on West Point Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today congratulated Darby native Miriam Smith and Whitefish High student Travis Catina on their appointments to the U.S. Military Academy. Daines and Tester both nominated Smith and Catina and called to congratulate them earlier today. Miriam Smith: Smith's family is currently stationed in Germany with the U. S. Army and is native of Darby. She is a senior at Stuttgart High School and is captain of her swim team and has set four high sch… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Daines Hails Passage of Legislation to Empower Federal Watchdogs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the bipartisan U.S. Senate passage of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse's (R-NE) legislation to audit federal programs on behalf of taxpayers. H.R. 72, the GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 will ensure that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is able to access the National Directory of New Hires Database to audit key federal programs on behalf of taxpayers. "Government needs to be accountable to people it serves," Daines stated. "Today we a… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Daines: Carson Will Revitalize HUD

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's Secretary-designee for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson. "Dr. Carson has a passion for improving the lives of his fellow Americans and will work to make our communities safe," Daines stated. "I know he will promote policies to revitalize rural and urban communities and be the change-maker that the Department of Housing and … Continue Reading


01.16.17

Daines, Tester Reintroduce Bill to Name Peak in Diekmann’s Honor

U.S. SENATE - Building on efforts from the 114th Congress, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today reintroduced a bill to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann, by naming an unnamed peak in his memory. The bill will name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak". "Alex Diekmann brought Montanans together to balance the needs of local landowners, ranchers and foresters, local cities and towns, county commissions, and federal and state interests to pr… Continue Reading


01.16.17

Daines Marks Religious Freedom Day

U.S. SENATE -On Religious Freedom Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a resolution to celebrate and reaffirm the role of religious freedom as a fundamental human and Constitutional right. The resolution recognizes the 231st anniversary of the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and commemorates January 16, 2017 as Religious Freedom Day by an act of Congress. The Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom was authored by Thomas Jefferson and served as the model for the Free… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Mack Cole of Treasure County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Mack Cole of Treasure County, a third generation Montanan and dedicated public servant. 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 Mon… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Daines, Tester Congratulate Bekah Joy on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today congratulated Sentinel High School student Bekah Joy on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Joy was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy by Daines and Tester, they both called to congratulate her. Joy is the goalkeeper on her high school varsity soccer team and she is a recruited soccer goalie in the national premier league "Elite Club National League." Joy is also Key Club Treasurer and is involved in organizing mid… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Daines: Sessions Will Uphold Rule of Law as AG

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. "I know Jeff Sessions to be a kind-hearted man that stays true to his word and honors the commitment to the rule of law," Daines stated. "In his new role as Attorney General, I have confidence that he will faithfully defend the Constitution and enforce the law - principles that were too o… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Daines, Tester Introduce Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today announced that they have introduced legislation repealing federal mandates for driver's licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. "The REAL ID Act infringes on Montanans privacy and civil liberties and is not what Montanans want," Daines stated. "As Montana's Senator, I will ensure their voices are heard and will work to scrap this intrusive law." "Montanans value their independence and privacy, and REAL ID is a violation of tho… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Daines: Obamacare Repeal Moving Forward

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today commented on the Obamacare repeal resolution that passed the U.S. Senate at 1:25AM ET. "Over the past several years, I have heard from countless Montanans how Obamacare has failed them. Obamacare is in a death spiral and today we took a monumental step toward repealing it. This is great news for Montanans and great news for America. I will continue to work to ensure that we put the voice of the people back in the healthcare equation. "I urge my… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Democrats Repeat Played Out Strategy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement before the U.S. Senate began an extended vote series intended to undermine the process to repeal Obamacare. "Tonight while the U.S. Senate votes to begin the process to repeal Obamacare, Democrats are predictably continuing to play their reindeer games - introducing unrelated legislation to hold up the repeal of Obamacare. Montanans deserve better." Earlier today, Daines took to the Senate floor to highlight Obama… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Daines: One Star For Montana’s Veterans is Disgraceful

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on news that Fort Harrison was downgraded from two stars to just one star in a performance rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "It's incredibly disturbing that Fort Harrison is performing far below a level that Montana veterans deserve," Daines stated. "Clearly, major improvements are needed so that our vets get the best possible care. I'm actively engaged with VA leadership to find solutions to… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Daines Secures Funds to Repair Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Water System

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) has complied with Daines' request for emergency funding to repair the on-reservation water system in light of recent breakages and contamination. "The repairs to the tribe's water system are critical for wellbeing of the Chippewa Cree tribal members, " Daines stated. "I'm pleased that Chippewa Cree Tribe will once again have access to safe drinking water." Harlan Baker, Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman: "I… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Daines: Mnuchin Will Shake Up Status Quo to Rein in Spending

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin. "Washington, D.C. is in desperate need of a leader who is willing to make the bold decisions necessary to put our fiscal house in order and back a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda," Daines stated. "Steven Mnuchin is an experienced leader who isn't afraid to challenge the status quo." Earlier today, Dai… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Daines: Mulvaney Will Restore Fiscal Sanity to OMB

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney. "As the principal architect of the President's budget, Mick Mulvaney is tasked with being the chief steward of taxpayer dollars, balancing the budget and restoring fiscal sanity to our federal government," Daines stated. "Mick is a disciplined leader who appreciates the value of a dollar and … Continue Reading


01.11.17

Daines Introduces First Bill in 115th Congress: The Balanced Budget Accountability Act

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced his first piece of U.S. Senate legislation in the 115th Congress: the Balanced Budget Accountability Act requiring that Congress passes a balanced budget - or members won't get paid. The Balanced Budget Accountability Act strengthens accountability in Washington and encourages members of Congress to commit to the annual budget process as required by law and pass budgets that balance within ten years. If a balanced budget is not passed by… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Daines: BLM Review of Coal Program is Laughable

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) results of their laughable "comprehensive, public review" of the Nation's federal coal program. "Despite my efforts to ensure Montanans' voices were heard in a meaningful way, the Obama administration has denied their input and put forth ideas for reforms to the federal coal program that would jeopardize good-paying jobs and tax revenue that support our schools, ro… Continue Reading

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