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03.23.21

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Public Safety, Support Montana Small Businesses

U.S. SENATE-U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill, the "Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act," to ensure that legal cannabis businesses have access to banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. Today, many legal cannabis businesses must conduct all of their business entirely in cash. "Montana businesses shouldn't have to operate in all cash-they should have a safe way to conduct business," Daines said. "My bipartisan bill will provide needed certaint… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Daines Slams Report of Biden Sending Illegal Aliens Apprehended at the Southern Border to Northern Border States

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines is demanding answers from the Biden administration following reports of plans to transport illegal aliens apprehended at the southern border to northern border states, like Montana, for processing and urging them to stop in their tracks and not proceed with any action of this sort. "The current crisis at our southwest border is a direct result of the actions taken by your Department and by President Biden to undermine the successful programs instituted by… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Daines Cosponsors Bill to Support Montana Veterans Affected by Burn Pits

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored legislation to help veterans who were exposed to toxins, specifically burn pits, while serving in the military. The bill, "Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act," would lift a barrier that prevents veterans from receiving care from Department of Veterans Affairs. "Many of Montana's veterans suffer serious health complications after serving our country and it's our duty to ensure they receive the care they need," Daines said. "This bill r… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Daines Pushes to Restart Construction on Southern Border Wall, Slams Biden for Violating the Law over Border Wall Funding

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines slammed the Biden administration for violating the law by freezing funding specifically appropriated for the southern border wall. "On January 20th, in one of the first official acts of his presidency, Joseph Biden suspended border wall construction and ordered a freeze of funds provided by Congress for that purpose," Daines' letter states. "In the weeks that followed, operational control of our southern border was compromised and a humanitarian and natio… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Daines Cosponsors Legislation to Support Montana Families, Permanently Repeal the Death Tax

U.S. SENATE-U.S. Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, cosponsored legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2021" would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family-run farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death. "The death tax hits the heart of Montana-our farming and ranching families. It's time to fully repeal this crippling, unfair… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Daines Votes No on Becerra Confirmation to be HHS Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted against the confirmation of President Biden's Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra. "Xavier Becerra has made a career out of defending the abortion industry and promoting far-left priorities like free healthcare for illegal immigrants. He has shown that he will take this agenda so far as to infringe on religious freedoms," Daines said. "While I hope he does not weaponize this $1.3 trillion department to impose his progres… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Daines Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Lawsuit

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the below statement regarding Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen's announcement to pursue legal action against the Biden administration for revoking the permit for construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. "President Biden decided to ignore science, ignore our rural communities and instead side with environmental activists and shut down construction on the Keystone XL pipeline," Daines stated. "This Day One action has already cost hardworking … Continue Reading


03.17.21

Daines Introduces Bill to Punish Criminals for Targeting Law Enforcement

U.S. SENATE-U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored the "Protect and Serve Act," to help protect law enforcement officers by creating federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence. "Montana law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our families and communities safe," said Senator Daines. "We should return the favor by doing everything we can to ensure they are protected from senseless v… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Daines Pushes to Protect Montana Cities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today defended Montana cities against proposed changes by President Biden's administration that would redefine "metropolitan areas" and lead to less federal funding for cities like Bozeman, Missoula and Great Falls. "The implications of this shift would be significant, as up to half of the federal funding these cities normally receive would be redirected. I urge you to not adopt this change and carefully consider what effect this will have on communities t… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Daines Urges Biden to Listen to Montana Leaders, Stakeholders Before Enacting Ambiguous Land Grabbing Program

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today demanded clarification from President Biden on his vague Executive Order establishing a mandate to put restrictions on 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 and urged him to include Montana stakeholders in future conversations. "Conservation remains a top priority for Western congressional members, and our constituents' lives and livelihoods rely upon a healthy, actively-managed landscape. However, the 30 by 30 initiative displays a dangerous thoughtl… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Daines Statement on Stanley Patrick Weber Losing Tax Payer Benefits

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the below statement regarding the termination of pension and benefits for convicted predator and former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. "I'm glad to see the Indian Health Service deny Mr. Weber's federal benefits and cut off his pension. It is outrageous that a convicted pedophile was receiving taxpayer funded pension checks while serving time in prison. I will be reintroducing my bill to fix this horribly flawed sy… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Daines, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reverse Ban on State Tax Cuts in $1.9T Package

U.S. SENATE-U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the "State Fiscal Flexibility Act" to remove a section in the massive and wasteful $1.9 trillion package that prohibits states from providing tax relief. This legislation will give power back to the states to decide when to cut taxes and get Montana's economy back up and running. "The Democrats used the 'COVID relief' package as a way to usher in a new era of big government and crush the independence of state governments in the process," Daines… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Daines Votes No on Haaland Confirmation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted against confirmation of President Biden's Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland. "Representative Haaland has a hostile record toward made in America energy, natural resource development, and wildlife and land management. She has enthusiastically called for a ban on all new pipelines and is a leading cosponsor of the Green New Deal. I have serious concerns about how Rep. Haaland will use this position in ways that negatively impact the Montana … Continue Reading


03.12.21

Daines, Tester, Rosendale Bill to Fund Dam to Provide Water to Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. CONGRESS - Today, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Matt Rosendale introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide much needed funding to Montana water infrastructure. The bill, "St. Mary's Reinvestment Act," legislation will ensure the St. Mary's Diversion Dam receives $52 million for rehabilitation efforts, and require the Bureau of Reclamation's (BoR) to use an ability-to-pay study on what the current water users could afford to pay for the project and set… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Daines Introduces Bill to Create and Protect Montana Coal Jobs, Reduce Emissions

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced legislation to help create Montana coal jobs while reducing emissions. The bill, the "Carbon Capture Modernization Act," supports the use of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology by modernizing the Section 48A tax credit for coal facilities. "With American innovation, we can support our coal jobs and still reduce our carbon footprint. As the Biden Administration launches attack after attack on traditional American ene… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Daines: Northern Border Access is Critical for MT Jobs, Agriculture, Small Businesses

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is pushing the Biden administration to allow non-essential travel between Montana and Canada to boost Montana jobs, Montana agriculture and Montana small businesses. Daines emphasized that with COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the decline and vaccinations on the rise, the time is now to move forward to safely re-open the northern border. "As we approach the end of winter, ensuring that the movement of people and goods across the U.S.-Canada border c… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Babies with Down Syndrome

Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Babies with Down Syndrome U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill to protect babies with Down syndrome from abortion. The bill, the "Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act," would prevent the selective abortion of babies with Down syndrome. "Every human being is born with God-given dignity and potential," Daines said."The most endangered human is a Down syndrome baby in the womb. We must protect these precious lives at all costs." … Continue Reading


03.10.21

Daines Introduces Bills to Support Montana Rural Counties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure Montana's rural communities get a fair opportunity to apply for federal grants to help them support local economies. "This legislation will help ensure Montana's rural counties have better access in competing for, and securing, federal resources that are important to help grow their local economies," Daines stated. The federal government manages roughly 28 percent of th… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Daines Votes Against Massive Wasteful Spending, Liberal Priorities Disguised as COVID Relief

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted against a massive $1.9 trillion package filled to the brim with wasteful, non-COVID-19 related spending. "I voted against wasting over $1 trillion of taxpayer money on liberal wish list priorities for President Biden, Schumer and Pelosi disguised as COVID relief. Shoveling all this money into an economy that is on the rebound is deeply irresponsible and will cause our debt to soar to new heights. Its partisanship is exceeded only by its reckle… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Daines: We Must Stand for Life, Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Funding Abortion

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today fought to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. Senate Democrats blocked this prohibition from being added to the $1.9 trillion spending package disguised as COVID-19 relief. "Senate Democrats voted to allow billions of taxpayer dollars to be used to fund abortions and voted against applying a 44-year-old prohibition called the Hyde Amendment. We have had five bipartisan COVID relief packages and not one of them included any provisions tha… Continue Reading

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