Daines Urges BIA to Approve Ag Leases in Timely Manner

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stressed the importance of processing agricultural leases on Native American lands in a more timely manner. In a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Director Bruce Loudermilk, Daines urges BIA to process and approve Native Americans' agricultural lease applications in a more timely manner. Current leases can take months to process, which results much-needed economic revenue being lost or delayed. Daines' letter is available to download H… Continue Reading


Daines Statement Congratulating President-Elect Donald J. Trump

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement congratulating President-elect Donald J. Trump: "Congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump on winning Montana and the presidency. Now the hard work really begins as we bring our nation together and move our country forward for hardworking families." Audio of Daines' statement is available to download HERE. ###… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Crow Tribe Elections

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Crow Tribe's recent elections: "Congratulations to Chairman-elect AJ Not Afraid on his election. I appreciated the opportunity to work with him as Secretary of the Crow Tribe and I look forward to continuing to do so in his new role. "And I want to thank Chairman Old Coyote for inviting me to his home and welcoming me to Indian Country. I deeply respect the Chairman's dedication to the sovereignty and e… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Colleagues to Reverse the Ninth’s Circuit Cottonwood Decision

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reverse the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disastrous Cottonwood Decision. In a memo to his colleagues, Daines underscored the critical nature of quick action to avoid further crippling of federal land management across Ninth Circuit states, and demonstrate why Congress should statutorily reverse the decision this year. "To avoid the 'crippling' impacts on federal land manag… Continue Reading


Daines Asks “Share Your Obamacare Story”

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a new opportunity for Montanans to share their experiences on the Obamacare exchange with his office. "Since Obamacare became the unhappy law of the land, Montanans have been hit with higher costs and fewer choices," Daines stated. "I want to make sure Montanans feel heard and represented in Congress - that's why I'm asking for them to share with me their story on how Obamacare has affected their lives." Montanans who want to share t… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Latest Ninth Circuit Decision

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applied their decision in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. Forest Service to rule against a forest health restoration project near Bozeman. "Today's disastrous ruling against a commonsense project to reduce wildfire risk and protect Bozeman's watershed makes it even more urgent that we enact meaningful forest reform that will remove this sort of absurd regulatory bu… Continue Reading


Daines Demands Transparency Around Colstrip Closure

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today demanded transparency around the closure of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 to provide certainty to hardworking Montana families who rely on good-paying jobs at Colstrip. In a letter to Paul Farr, the President and CEO of Talen Energy Corporation, Daines sought clarification if a decision had already been made to close Colstrip Units 1 and 2 at the earliest opportunity in 2017 and if the disclosure of this decision is being withheld. Daines requested … Continue Reading


Daines Statement on FBI Reopening Clinton Email Investigation

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey informed the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary that Hillary Rodham Clinton is back under investigation. "Hillary Rodham Clinton's reckless conduct put our national security at risk," Daines stated. "The citizens of our country deserve an honest and transparent investigation to hold the former Secretary accountable." ###… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Kathy Berger as Director of VA Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement of Dr. Kathy Berger's appointment as permanent Director of VA Montana Health Care System. "The appointment of a new VA Montana Director is welcome news for Montana's veterans and I wish Dr. Berger the best," Daines stated. "Now that our veterans have a new director I look forward to seeing a commitment and change to ensure their needs are not only being met, b… Continue Reading


Daines Celebrates Completion of the Kalispell Bypass

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon the completion of the Kalispell Bypass. "Downtown Kalispell is an economic engine for northwest Montana and the whole state," Daines stated. "This engine runs on our transportation network, allowing residents, visitors, freight and natural resources to traverse the state. It's great to see infrastructure growing in Kalispell. This bypass may only add seven miles of road, but it will increase safety downtown an… Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Work to Ensure Healthcare Delivery for Rural Montanans

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today worked to ensure equitable healthcare delivery for rural Montanans. In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, Daines and Zinke seek to clarify why certain Montana zip codes are not designate as rural for ground ambulances despite meeting qualifications and having rural designations for most other Medicare programs. There are currently 16 zip codes through… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Fight for Montanans’ Right to Privacy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today stood up for Montanans' right to privacy and pressed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to provide Congress with more information about a proposed expansion of government hacking and surveillance powers. In the letter to AG Lynch, Daines and Tester ask for more information about how the government would use the new hacking authority, formally known as amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Unless Congress acts, … Continue Reading


Daines and Tester Push Obama to Update ICBM Fleet

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are pushing the Obama Administration to take steps forward and update the ICBM fleet at Malmstrom Air Force Base. In a letter to President Obama, Montana's Senators reiterated their support for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which is scheduled to replace the Minuteman III fleet and provide a next generation land component of the U.S. nuclear triad for decades to come. Tester and Daines both agree that modernizing Malmstrom's IC… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Obamacare Rate Increases

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Obama administration announced that premiums for Obamacare will increase by an average of 25 percent next year. "Montanans are stuck with insurance rate hikes that are more than the jaw dropping 25 percent national average for next year," Daines stated. "Obamacare isn't affordable and needs to be replaced with state-driven solutions that puts patients at the center of the healthcare equation." Average in… Continue Reading


Daines Demands Response to Lapsed Softwood Lumber Agreement

Moratorium on litigation related to U.S. - Canada softwood lumber trade lapsed at midnight, October 12, 2016 U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined 26 Senators in urging President Obama to prioritize ongoing negotiations to obtain a new softwood lumber trade agreement with Canada. In a letter to President Obama, Daines underscored the need to reach a new deal to prioritize American jobs and help forested counties. "We are disappointed that Canada appears reluctant to follow … Continue Reading


Daines Welcomes Montana Telecom Leaders to DC

U.S. SENATE - This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines welcomed two Montana telecommunications industry leaders to Washington, D.C. for a forum to discuss rural connectivity. The #Solutions2020 Policy Forum, hosted by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, gathered communications specialists from around the country to discuss connectivity issues facing America. Participants discussed issues such as: digital inclusion, communications affordability, 5G technology and d… Continue Reading


Daines Seeks to Level Trade Playing Field

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of 14 Senators in deriding the Obama administration's decision to increase the costs of production for Montana companies by excluding many Generalized System of Preferences countries from duty relief on exports of backpacks, luggage and other related travel goods. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Daines pressed for the criteria that were used in making a decision that negatively impacts Montana com… Continue Reading


Daines Marks National Forest Products Week

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today celebrated National Forest Products Week by highlighting the important impact forestry has on Montana's economy. Montana's National Forests are a treasured part of the state's heritage for generations and provide timber-surrounded counties with good-paying jobs and a vital revenue source to fund schools and infrastructure projects. National Forest Products Week occurs the third week in October as designated by Public Law 86-753 (36 U.S.C. 123), a… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bill to Support Native Children Signed into Law

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill to support Native children was signed into law on Friday, October 14, 2016. The bipartisan Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act creates a Commission on Native Children, which will conduct a comprehensive study on the programs, grants, and supports available for Native children, both at government agencies and on the ground in Native communities. The goal is to develop a sustainable system that delivers wrap-aro… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Expiration of Softwood Lumber Agreement

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA): "Subsidized and unfairly traded lumber imports continue to severely harm Montana mills, workers and communities. President Obama needs to remain committed to reaching a new trade agreement that prioritizes the American worker and fights for good-paying jobs." The SLA expired on October 12, 2015 with a one-year moratorium on complaints or lawsuits ending on Oc… Continue Reading

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