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01.19.16

Daines: New Deficit Projections Affirm Need to Rein in Spending

Senator Steve Daines today reaffirmed his commitment to reining in Washington's out-of-control spending after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the federal budget deficit is expected to increase by $105 billion in 2016 - the first increase in seven years. "These projections reaffirm the dire consequences of Washington's continued bloated spending. Make no mistake - this $105 billion increase in the federal deficit is direct result of the 2000-page trillion dollar spending bill… Continue Reading


01.19.16

Daines: The IRS is Failing Montanans

Daines Underscores Need to Reform IRS Services, Tax Code as Tax Season Begins WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the first day of tax season, Senator Steve Daines is calling for reforms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operations in light of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealing that nearly 62 percent of callers who wanted to speak with an IRS representative were unable to receive assistance. "As this year's tax season begins today, we are once again reminded of the consisten… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Daines, Forbes Highlight Resolution to Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) today highlighted their resolution to celebrate and reaffirm the role of religious freedom as a fundamental human and Constitutional right. The resolution recognizes the 230th anniversary of the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and commemorates January 16, 2016 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… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Daines Blasts Obama Moratorium on New Coal Leases

Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama's decision to place a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands, which will likely end coal mining in the west and destroy the thousands of good-paying jobs coal supports in Montana. "This moratorium is almost exclusively focused at destroying Montana and Wyoming coal. It is an unprecedented assault on one of Montana's most important sources of good paying jobs and tax revenue that will likely shut down coal development in Montana and… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Daines Applauds American Airlines Expansion to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the announcement that American Airlines will expand their air services to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and create an additional travel route for Montanans. "This is exciting news for the Bozeman community and the thousands of Montanans who rely on Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport for reliable air travel," Daines stated. "This new partnership with American Airlines won't just increase options for Montanans, but will also make it easi… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Daines to Kerry: Congress Doesn’t Make Laws With Iranian Interests in Mind

Senator Steve Daines today criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his recent attempts to placate Iran's concerns over the United States' Visa Waiver Program (VWP) restrictions. Daines also called on Kerry to press the Iranian government, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, to cease its support for terrorist activity and provide tangible evidence of such action. In a letter to Secretary Kerry, Daines and 13 of his colleagues ask the Secretary to make clear to Iranian Foreign Minister … Continue Reading


01.13.16

Daines Applauds House Action to Stop Obama’s WOTUS Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House of Representatives' passage of bipartisan legislation nullifying the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The House today joined the Senate in passing S.J.Res.22, a joint resolution Daines helped introduced to disapprove of the EPA's new, overreaching WOTUS rules. The bill now heads to President Obama's desk. "I'm pleased to see the House join the Senate in passing bipartisan legislat… Continue Reading


01.13.16

Tester, Daines continue delivering on their promises to “Blue Water Navy” veterans

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are working to deliver on the promises they've made to "Blue Water Navy" veterans by restoring their eligibility for service-connected disability benefits and health care as a result of Agent Orange exposure. "Blue Water Navy" veterans served in the waters offshore during the Vietnam War. In a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Tester and Daines urged the VA to reverse a 2002 rule that excluded "Blue Water Navy" veterans from the VA benef… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Daines: President Obama Cemented His Failed Legacy

Senator Steve Daines tonight called out President Obama for his empty rhetoric, noting the President's final State of the Union address was just "politics as usual." Daines' full statement is as follows: "Rather than fighting for solutions that strengthen our economy, tonight President Obama cemented his failed legacy. "Rather than presenting concrete solutions that bolster our national security, President Obama chose to lead from behind. "Rather than supporting hardworking farm… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Daines: Capture of U.S. Navy Boats is Further Proof Iran Can’t Be Trusted

Senator Steve Daines tonight released the following statement regarding the recent capture of U.S. Navy boats by Iranian military forces: "This is yet another reminder that the Iranian regime cannot and should not be trusted. Given this latest provocation, it is unthinkable to lift any sanctions on Iran. We cannot placate Iran - the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism - with its current leadership in place. It should outrage all Americans that President Obama intends to completely ignore… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Daines: It’s Past Time to ‘Audit the Fed’

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment following the Senate's failure to advance to debate on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, widely known as "Audit the Fed." Daines is an original co-sponsor of S. 2232, which eliminates restrictions on Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandates that the Federal Reserve's credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight. "We must … Continue Reading


01.12.16

Montana Delegation Introduces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

U.S. CONGRESS -Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke today announced that they have formally introduced legislation in the Senate and House repealing federal mandates for driver's licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. "Montanans have spoken loud and clear: we don't want REAL ID and we don't want the federal government infringing on our personal privacy," Daines stated. "The Repeal ID Act ensures Montanans' voices are heard and will help strike the right … Continue Reading


01.11.16

Daines to Welcome Jason Small, Boilermaker Leader & Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, as Guest for State of the Union

Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jason Small, President of Boilermakers Local 11, small business owner and Northern Cheyenne tribal member, will serve as Daines' guest of honor for the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. tomorrow night. "It's my honor to welcome Jason Small as my guest for the upcoming State of the Union address," Daines stated. "As President of Boilermakers Local 11 and an experienced labor advocate, Jason is a proven leader in standing up against the Obama… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Daines Discusses National Security with New Regional FBI Leader

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today met with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eric Barnhart, the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent for Salt Lake City Division, which includes Montana. Daines and Barnhart met in Helena at Daines' urging to discuss national security issues facing Montana. Daines sought more information regarding FBI Director James Comey's statement that law enforcement authorities have open investigations of suspected ISIS supporters in all 50 states. Di… Continue Reading


01.07.16

Daines, Zinke Call on Governor Bullock to Issue Full Approval of the Montanore Project

U.S. CONGRESS - Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are calling on Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to expeditiously issue full approval for the Montanore Project, which would create much-needed jobs and economic opportunity in Lincoln County. After more than a decade, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Montanore project was recently completed, clearing the way for the U.S. Forest Service and MDEQ to issue Rec… Continue Reading


01.07.16

Daines Announces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today announced his plan to reintroduce legislation repealing federal mandates for drivers' licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. Standing alongside Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at the Montana Attorney General's Office, Daines announced that he would be reintroducing the "Repeal ID Act," which works to protect Montana's right to reject the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) intrusive ID requirements by fully repealing Section II of the REAL… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Daines Applauds House Passage of Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the House of Representative's passage of legislation that repeals Obamacare, puts states on a glide path toward creating locally driven health care solutions and reduces the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years. "Today marks the first time an Obamacare repeal bill will be on President Obama's desk for his signature," Daines stated. "I commend my colleagues in the House for joining me in standing up for the American people and fighting to protect hardworking f… Continue Reading


01.05.16

Daines Statement on Obama’s Unlawful Gun Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama's latest unlawful executive action on gun control as yet another power grab that threatens the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans: "President Obama is jeopardizing the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with his latest efforts to undermine the Second Amendment. It is a gross abuse of executive authority for the President to unilaterally move forward his ineffective, anti-gun agenda with the stroke of his pen. As Montana'… Continue Reading


12.28.15

Daines Congratulates Stephen Reynolds of Missoula on Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Missoula student Stephen Reynolds on his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Reynolds, a senior at Sentinel High School in Missoula, received a nomination to the Naval and Air Force Academies from Daines earlier this month. Reynolds is currently the student body class president, captain of the varsity football team as well as member of both the National Honor Society and Key Club. "Stephen Reynolds is a hardworking student excelling both ins… Continue Reading


12.23.15

Daines Wishes Montanans a Merry Christmas

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines is wishing all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Click here to watch Daines' Christmas greeting. Click here to download Daines' Christmas greeting. Daines' full Christmas greeting is below: "I want to wish all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and especially to the servicemen and women serving far away and in harm's way. "As we gather together with our family, friends and neighbors, join me in saying 'thank you' to the brave m… Continue Reading

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