Montana Congressional Delegation Pushes Forest Service to Advance Permitting Process for Rock Creek Mine

(U.S. Congress)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke this week pushed the U.S. Forest Service to finalize an important document and advance a decades-old permitting process for the Rock Creek Mine in northwest Montana. In a letter to Kootenai National Forest Supervisor Chris Savage, the Montana congressional delegation encouraged the Forest Service to finalize the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in a timely manner. The SEIS must be finalized before … Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Request Meeting With VA Secretary McDonald on Replacement for MT VA

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today urged Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald to prioritize a quick and qualified replacement for outgoing VA Montana Director John Ginnity. The VA Montana went for nine months without a full-time director before Ginnity was appointed director in March of 2015. The members also requested a full congressional meeting with Secretary McDonald to ensure this replacement is timely and with a top c… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Important Healthcare Resources for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured important healthcare resources for Montanans to improve the quality and reliability of services. "Montanans deserve reliable access to quality healthcare services close to home," Daines stated. "Through my efforts, our health care providers will be able to better serve rural communities across our state and country." The Senate Committee on Appropriations today passed the bipartisan FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Resignation Montana VA Director Ginnity

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Montana VA Director John Ginnity announced his resignation. "Montana veterans deserve a leader who will ensure their needs are being met and the Montana VA has not lived up to this commitment. The Montana VA needs a strong leader who understands the mission and will not fail Montana veterans." Daines has always fought to ensure that Montana VA leadership is serving Montana's veterans. March 23: Daines sent… Continue Reading


Daines’ Amendment to Provide Security for Nuclear Sites Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' amendment to provide additional security for land based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites, like Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB) today unanimously passed the United States Senate and will now be included in the National Defense Authorization Act. It was confirmed this year that the UH-1N Huey helicopter does not meet the security requirements for land based missile sites. The Air Force has known this since before 2001 and is working currentl… Continue Reading


Daines Ensures Due Process for Veterans Erroneously Discharged

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded unanimous Senate passage of his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help veterans who may have been erroneously given a less than honorable discharge from the military due to negative behavior resulting from mental traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The bipartisan amendment codifies the principles of the Hagel memo, ensuring Discharge Review Boards (DRBs) give l… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Tribal Forestry Legislation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced major legislation that will improve the health of both Indian and federal forest land. Daines' bill, the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act helps keep Indian forest land and nearby federal forest land healthy by fostering greater cooperation between tribes and the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. This legislation will empower Montana tribes and federal agencies with a new tool to expedite critical restoration project… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $400,000 for Rural Hospitals

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana State University was awarded $428,617 for the Montana Office of Rural Health and Area Health Education Center to improve services at small rural hospitals in Montana - all but one are Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). "Ensuring rural hospitals have the tools and training they need will provide a better healthcare system and better care for all Montanans," Daines stated. There are forty-eight rural hospitals in Montana which … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Temporarily Stop Gitmo Transfers

Nearly Two Dozen Detainees Reportedly Set for Release This Summer U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The administration reportedly is set to release nearly two dozen Gitmo detainees to several different countries this summer amid efforts to close the prison before the end of the president's term. Daines' bill, S. 2999 would prohibit these transfers until either the end of this year … Continue Reading


Daines Prioritizes National Security and Secures Air Support for Nuclear Weapons

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today worked to bolster aviation security, cybersecurity and nuclear security. The Senate Committee on Appropriations today marked up and passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill and Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. "It's unconscionable to imagine that our nuclear warheads do not have adequate air security," Daines stated. "With my provisions and additional funding, we will have the needed air support for our nuclear… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $99,000 for Polson Hospital

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that St. Joseph Hospital in Polson will receive $99,023 to address healthcare needs in rural areas. The grant will be used by St. Joseph Hospital to engage a network of hospitals serving rural communities through development of a Western Montana Rural Nursing Collaborative (WMRNC). WMRNC provides a unique partnership of hospitals that seek to expand, enhance and improve access to services in rural communities and allow patients to receive… Continue Reading


Daines Named ‘Hero of Main Street’

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has received the "Hero of Main Street" award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Daines is part of a bipartisan group honored for their support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues. "I'm proud to be recognized for my efforts supporting local Montana business owners that create good-paying jobs… Continue Reading


Daines Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Introducing Measure to Strengthen Cybersecurity

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today lead a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the president to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a Combatant Command. U.S. Cyber Command it is currently a subordinate unit to U.S. Strategic Command. Congress established U.S. Special Operations Command to address a rapidly growing need, strengthen the warfighter and to unify forces. Today, with cyber threats being one of the … Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Congratulate Ashleigh Lehotsky of Great Falls on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today congratulated Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School graduate Ashleigh Lehotsky on her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Daines and Tester both nominated Lehotsky and called to congratulate her. Ashleigh Lehotsky is a graduate of Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School and is currently a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. While in high school she was President of Key Club, received the Outstanding … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Bob Newman of Musselshell County

U.S. SENATE - In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized U.S. Army veteran Bob Newman of Musselshell County. After leaving the Army, Newman went into law enforcement and served his community in Musselshell County Sheriff's Department. 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 o… Continue Reading


Daines Moves Forward Investments in Montana Infrastructure

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured important investments in Montana air, rail and surface transportation. The U.S. Senate today overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan FY2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and related agencies in fiscal year 2017. "Infrastructure is an important part of our everyday lives, fr… Continue Reading


Daines Addresses Montana’s Veterans Long-Standing Concerns

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today moved forward important reforms that increase Montana veterans' access to healthcare services. This afternoon, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which includes many of Daines' reforms that address Montana's veterans long-standing concerns. "I am proud to secure important priorities for Montana on behalf of those that served our nation in uniform," Da… Continue Reading


Daines Makes Important Gains for Montana Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured key provisions for Montana farmers and ranchers. "As a steadfast champion of our state's number one industry, I work everyday to ensure that our farmers and ranchers are being heard and well represented," Daines stated. "I was able to secure important provisions to sustain funding for initiatives to help farmers and ranchers with loans, help stop diseases that are encroaching our forests and expand employment opportunities for veterans in a… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Call on Congress to Stop Massive Expansion of Government Surveillance and Hacking Power

Stopping Mass Hacking Act Reverses Disastrous Changes to Warrant Procedures; Congress Must Act or Government Will Be Able to Hack Millions of Americans' Devices with a Single Warrant, Compromising Security and Privacy U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced the Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act to protect millions of law-abiding Americans from government hacking. The Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act, S. 2952, is a bipartisan effort that prevents recently approved c… Continue Reading


Daines Rallies Support for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (R-NY) and David Valadao (R-CA) to rally support for their legislation to ensure Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans are eligible to receive benefits linked to Agent Orange Exposure. Daines at the U.S. Capitol with Senate and House co-sponsors and veterans. Click here to download. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Daines… Continue Reading

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