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02.23.16

Daines Grills Interior Secretary Jewell on Coal Leasing Moratorium

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pressed the Department of Interior on their proposed review of the coal leasing program and the unwarranted moratorium on coal leasing. During this morning's Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the Department of Interior's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, Daines demanded answers from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell regarding the decision to place a moratorium on new coal leasing and for certainty in the Department's plan. "In Montana, we do… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Daines Joins 34 Senators, 171 Representatives in Filing Amicus Brief, Urge Circuit Court to Block EPA Attempt to Transform the Nation’s Electricity Sector

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today joined 34 Senators and 171 House Members in filing an amicus brief in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. The bipartisan amicus brief is in support of petitions filed by 27 states, including Montana, seeking to overturn the EPA final rule identified as the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, 80 Fed. Reg. 64,662 (Oct… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Daines: Terrorists Don’t Belong in Americans’ Back Yards

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Obama's announcement to transfer terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to facilities within U.S. Borders. "Since 2009, Congress has repeatedly acted to prevent the transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to American soil. The President's plan violates laws passed by Congress-including many that bear the President's own signature-that directly prohibit funds from being used to move enemy combatants from Guantanam… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Daines, Zinke Request USTR to Prioritize Montana Issues with Canadian PM

U.S. CONGRESS - In advance of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first state visit to Washington, D.C., Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prioritize Montana issues in discussions with Canada. In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, Daines and Zinke requested that the USTR prioritize Montana issues as they prepare for Prime Minister Trudeau's upcoming state visit including the renegotiation of the expir… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Daines Statement on Reported Surface-to-Air Missiles on Man-Made Islands in South China Sea

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on reports that surface-to-air missiles have been deployed on man-made islands in the South China Sea: "The new reports of surface-to-air missiles being deployed on man-made islands in the South China Sea are deeply concerning. The deployment of these missiles could have serious adverse impacts not only on the stability of the region, but on global commerce. With over five trillion dollars of global trade passing through t… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Daines Travels to Alaska for Senate Energy Field Hearing

U.S. SENATE - This week, Senator Steve Daines traveled to Alaska to participate in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources field hearing to examine opportunities for innovation in America's energy industry. Daines was joined by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Angus King (I-ME), in addition to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who testified at the hearing. Daines with Murkowski as they prepare to head out from A… Continue Reading


02.16.16

Daines, Zinke Commend Extension of Yellowstone Bison Quarantine Plan Comment Period

U.S. CONGRESS - Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke successfully secured a two-week extension of the comment period for the National Park Service's (NPS) Environmental Assessment of Yellowstone National Park's Bison Quarantine Plan. The previous deadline for the comment period was February 15, 2016. At Daines' and Zinke's urging, NPS recently announced that the comment period would be extended to February 29, 2016. In a letter sent last week to NPS Directo… Continue Reading


02.13.16

Daines Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon news of the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. "Our nation has lost a giant of freedom who leaves behind a legacy of tirelessly defending our Constitution and the principles that make our nation great. Justice Scalia was a man of faith and a brilliant legal mind who dedicated himself to our country with a servant's heart. Cindy and I are praying for his family and are grateful for his servi… Continue Reading


02.12.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Beverly Anderson of Conrad

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Beverly Anderson of Conrad, Montana for her ongoing work to better her community. Daines noted that she is a standout in the Conrad community and has a giving spirit for caring for those in need. 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 th… Continue Reading


02.12.16

Daines Statement on Montanore Project Decisions

Senator Steve Daines today commended the United States Forest Service for their full approval of the long-overdue Montanore Project, while expressing his disappointment in Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) partial approval of the project. The Montanore Project will create much-needed jobs and economic opportunity in Lincoln County. "The Forest Service's long-overdue approval is welcome news for Lincoln County and an important step forward in getting this job-creating project… Continue Reading


02.11.16

Daines Secures Permanent Ban on Government Taxation of the Internet

Senator Steve Daines today secured a permanent ban on state and local governments from taxing Internet access. Daines is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act that passed the Senate this afternoon as part of H.R.644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act would permanently extend the current moratorium on taxing Internet access. Montana is one of a few states that would automatically impose a 3.75 percent tax o… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Meets Montana Special Olympics Global Messenger

Senator Steve Daines today met with Montana Special Olympics Global Messenger, Patrick Chapman of Great Falls, in the United States Capitol. Daines gave a tour of his office and the United States Capitol to Chapman, President and CEO of Special Olympics Montana Bob Norbie, Chief Marketing Officer for Special Olympics Kirsten Suto Seckler and Special Olympics International's Global CEO Mary Davis. Daines with Chapman at his desk "Patrick is an impressive young Montanan who has shown that with… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Works to Bolster National Security, Strengthen North Korea Sanctions

Following reports of yet another North Korean missile test, Senator Steve Daines today worked to successfully pass bipartisan legislation to bolster national security by strengthening sanctions on North Korea. "We can't sit by idly and allow a dangerous regime to conduct ballistic missile tests without repercussions," Daines stated. "This legislation is crucial to not only strengthening sanctions but outlining a comprehensive strategy to combat North Korea's criminal cyber activities and horrif… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Fights to Ensure Readiness of Montana Military Missions

Senator Steve Daines today called on the U.S. Air Force to prioritize the readiness of Montana's military missions by ensuring the modernization of aircraft at Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base. During this morning's Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the proposed FY 2017 U.S. Air Force budget, Daines pressed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh about the Air Force's plan to ensure top security for the transport of nuclear weapons by rep… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Statement on Inexcusable IRS Security Breach

Senator Steve Daines slammed President Obama's failure to expeditiously inform Congress after yet another security breach occurred at the Internal Revenue Service in January. "The President has a duty to inform Congress of cyber attacks on federal infrastructure, yet once again has tried to sweep this under the rug," Daines stated. "It's no coincidence that on President Obama's watch, two federal agencies within the past year have suffered large-scale and inexcusable breaches in security. He h… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines, Blumenthal Resolution Recognizes February 17 as Digital Learning Day

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today sought to affirm the importance of student data privacy by recognizing February 17, 2016 as Digital Learning Day. Last night, Daines and Blumenthal successfully passed a bipartisan resolution recognizing February 17 as Digital Learning Day. The senators' resolution, which passed by unanimous consent, highlights the many ways in which technology can enhance the classroom experience while striking the right balance in protecting the… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Daines Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Issue Nationwide Stay on Clean Power Plan

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court decision to issue a nationwide stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan - successfully blocking implementation of the plan while it's being challenged in court. "The Supreme Court decision to issue a nationwide stay on the Obama administration's misguided, job-killing rule is great news for Montana. The so-called Clean Power Plan will kill Montana jobs and leads our country in the wrong direction-away from… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Daines Statement on President Obama’s Budget Proposal

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Obama's budget proposal that once again fails to balance: "President Obama's budget is full of the same failed policies that has led our country down a path of reckless bloated spending, burdensome regulations and higher taxes. This is President Obama's eighth consecutive unbalanced budget that only serves to bolster his liberal agenda instead of lifting up hardworking American families. The American people deserve real so… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Daines Reaffirms Importance of Splitting the Ninth Circuit

"We need to ensure all Americans have access to the justice they deserve. It's time to split the Ninth." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines recently took to the Senate floor to bring to light the crushing caseload of the Ninth Circuit and reaffirm the need to split the Ninth Circuit to provide quality service and expeditious justice for the American people. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Daines joined Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) last… Continue Reading


02.08.16

Daines Marks Beginning of National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

Senator Steve Daines today marked the beginning of "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week" by recognizing the critical role these institutions hold in providing access to high-quality postsecondary educational opportunities for Montana tribal members. Montana is home to seven Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Daines is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week" resolution that unanimously passed the Senate last week. On Wednesday, D… Continue Reading

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