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12.16.15

Daines Slams FCC Rebuff of Montana Small Businesses

Senator Steve Daines slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to permanently protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the FCC's 317-page "net neutrality" rules. Earlier today, the FCC rebuffed Daines' request to provide small Internet service providers with a permanent exemption from their new so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which requires Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network perfo… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Daines Congratulates Distinguished Student on U.S. Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Lucas Figi on his offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Figi, whose family is from Bozeman, Montana, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Daines. Figi is currently a student at Charterhouse, a boarding school in England. Daines called Figi today to inform him of his offer and give his congratulations. "Lucas has proved himself as an exceptional student, a trem… Continue Reading


12.15.15

Daines Secures Crucial Reforms for Montana Pilots

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the unanimous Senate passage of his bill to protect and expand protections for Montana pilots. Daines' bill, S. 571 - the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2), increases protections for general aviation pilots by expanding the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broadening the protections provided in the original Pilot's Bill of Rights signed into law in 2012. "Today's unanimous vote is a victory for those working to contribute to Montana a… Continue Reading


12.14.15

Daines’ Bill to Protect Consumers from Backlash Over Online Reviews Unanimously Passes Senate

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the unanimous Senate passage of his legislation to protect consumers who want to write honest online reviews of companies, without fear of financial repercussions from the businesses being reviewed. Daines' bill, S. 2044 - the Consumer Review Freedom Act, would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. "The Senate took an important step forward in protecting the… Continue Reading


12.11.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Rocky Mountain Rifle Club

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club (RMRC) for their efforts to support the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs. The Rocky Mountain Rifle Club has been a strong supporter of the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs, and is currently raising funds to purchase top-of-the-line air rifles and air pistols, in addition to target equipment, for the 4-H program. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daine… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Daines Works to Protect American Energy Security

Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Senator Steve Daines today spoke out about the critical role that American energy independence holds in winning the war on terrorism and strengthening American security both at home and abroad. "Our national security-protecting our families from terrible acts of terrorism-I can tell you is on many Montanans' minds every day as I travel around the state. It's telling to us today how important American energy independ… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Daines Announces over $700,000 in Funding for Tribal Transportation

Senator Steve Daines today announced more than $700,000 in funding for tribal public transit services for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the Crow Tribe. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides approximately $5 million competitive grant funding through the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program) for FY14/15 to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for triba… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Daines’ Bill to Reauthorize PHMSA Passes Senate Commerce Committee

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the overwhelming bipartisan passage of his legislation to help ensure the safety of America's pipeline network. The bipartisan SAFE PIPES Act passed out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. The bill would reauthorize Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 through FY 2019. "The SAFE PIPES Act is an important step forward to improve the protection of pipeline river cro… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Daines’ Bill to Protect Pilots Passes Senate Commerce Committee

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the bipartisan passage of his measure to protect and expand protections for Montana pilots. Daines' bill, S. 571 the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2) passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today on a large bipartisan vote. It increases protections for recreational and volunteer pilots by expanding the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broadening the protections provided in the original Pilot's Bill of Rights sign… Continue Reading


12.07.15

Daines Announces Montana Student U.S. Military Academy Nominations

Senator Steve Daines today announced his nominations of 19 Montana students who are applying for enrollment into U.S. military academies. A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of the nation's four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. "It's an honor and a privilege to nominate… Continue Reading


12.07.15

Daines to Lead Montana Energy 2016

Senator Steve Daines announced that he will be spearheading Montana Energy 2016 in Billings this upcoming spring. The summit, sponsored by Daines, the Montana Contractors' Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Chamber Foundation and KLJ, will take place in Billings, Montana on March 30 and 31, 2016. "Montana holds a vital role in securing our nation's all-of-the-above energy strategy and it's vital that we work together to ensure our state remai… Continue Reading


12.06.15

Daines Responds to President Obama’s Address to the Nation

Following President Obama's address to the nation, Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement: "Cindy and I are deeply saddened by the acts of terrorism that took place in San Bernardino this past week. It is abundantly clear that we need a strong and aggressive strategy to extinguish the growing threat of Islamic extremism both here at home and overseas. I am disappointed that once again, President Obama is choosing to lead from behind. Rather than establishing a clear strateg… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Rick Young of Forsyth

Senator Steve Daines today honored Rick Young of Forsyth, a U.S. Marine, for his dedicated efforts to expand quality health care for all Montana veterans. Despite suffering from a serious illness himself, Rick was able to successfully advocate for area veterans to receive long-term care through the Rosebud Health Care Center (RHCC) in Forsyth. RHCC recently established a contract with the VA, which now allows for veterans to receive long-term care in Forsyth rather than having to travel a great… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Daines, Zinke Urge Canadian PM to Prioritize Montana Issues

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are reaching out to newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to emphasize Montana priorities and ensure continued economic growth on both sides of the northern border. In a letter, Daines and Zinke congratulated Trudeau on his recent election and underscored the treasured and crucial relationship between Canada and Montana. "The state of Montana has a great appreciation for the conducive working relationship we have foster… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Daines Challenges Hoeven to Friendly Wager on Upcoming Griz, Bison Football Game

Senator Steve Daines and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven have entered into a wager on Saturday's second round, Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the North Dakota State University Bison. If the Grizzlies win the game, Daines will receive Dakota Growers pasta made from North Dakota durum wheat. If the NDSU Bison win, Hoeven will be drinking Moose Drool beer from Missoula's Big Sky Brewing. "Every Montanan knows that a bison … Continue Reading


12.03.15

Daines Applauds Passage of Multi-Year Highway Bill

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the passage of a multi-year highway bill that provides Montanans much-needed certainty in infrastructure investments: "The long-overdue passage of a multi-year highway bill is great news for Montana and a critical step forward in providing our state with the certainty needed to make long-term infrastructure investments," Daines stated. "Our transportation infrastructure is a critical component of our state's economy and given Montana's short construction se… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Daines Upholds Promise to Montanans to Repeal Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of legislation that repeals the President's failed health care law and puts states on a glide path toward creating locally driven health care solutions, upholding the promise Daines made to Montanans to continue fighting to repeal Obamacare. "Last year, when I decided to run for Montana's open Senate seat, I promised the people of Montana that I would work tirelessly to repeal Obamacare. Today, I upheld that promise and voted to repeal President Oba… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Daines Applauds House Rebuke of President Obama’s Unaffordable Energy Regulations

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House of Representative's bipartisan vote to fully nullify President Obama's anti-coal regulations that threaten more than 7,000 Montana jobs. "Today Congress sent a clear message to President Obama that the American people don't want and can't afford his job-killing, anti-energy agenda. The United States should be on the cutting edge of technological advances in energy development - not actively working against American entrepreneurs who can help our co… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Daines Works to Provide Tax Relief for Montana Farmers, Small Businesses, Families and Tribes

On "Tax Relief Tuesday," Senator Steve Daines spoke out on the need to pass bipartisan, comprehensive solutions that permanently protect Montana families, famers and ranchers, small businesses and tribes from burdensome and uncertain tax hikes. Daines emphasized his continued commitment to working toward reforms that end Washington's habit of passing last-minute extensions of critical tax provisions and instead provide the long-term certainty needed to generate new economic investment and innov… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Daines Continues Fight to Block Internet Sales Tax

Daines, Ayotte, Rubio, Lee urge congressional leaders to oppose so-called Marketplace Fairness Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Cyber Monday, Senator Steve Daines urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to reject any legislation to impose onerous Internet sales tax requirements that would hurt online retailers in Montana and across the nation. In a letter to Congressional leadership, Daines joined Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mi… Continue Reading

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