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06.27.17

Daines Statement on $31.8 Million in PILT Funding

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the $31.8 million Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties. "PILT payments are essential for Montana's rural counties - to keep our public services operating," Daines stated. "The PILT program provides critical support for the safety of Montana's rural counties. Thank you Secretary Zinke for releasing this important funding." Complete information on the U.S. Department of the Interior's… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Daines Announces $738,430 in Funding for Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today $738,430.00 in critical funding for five Montana airports in Terry, Baker, Superior, Ekalaka and Circle. "These dollars play a critical role in keeping our airports safe and functioning, to continue to connect our state," Daines stated. Daines secured the following provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization: Airport Improvement Program (AIP) dollars which build and maintain Montana's critical aviation infrastructure … Continue Reading


06.23.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Tongue River Winery

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the team at the Tongue River Winery, in Custer County, for having the skill, patience and dedication required to produce quality wines on the high plains of eastern Montana. 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 official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Daines Praises Secretary Perdue’s Actions to Halt Brazilian Beef Imports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the action taken by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to halt Brazilian beef imports to the U.S. "Food on our tables must be safe to eat," Daines stated. "Montana families have to know that their food won't make them sick. I'm glad to see my efforts to secure our food supply be prioritized by Secretary Perdue." Perdue's announcement follows his trip to Montana earlier this month for Daines' Montana Ag Summit, which brought togethe… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Daines Statement on Recovery and Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior's announcement that the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear has been recovered to the point where federal protections can be removed and overall management can be returned to the states and tribes. "It will be great to see the grizzly bear recovered and off the endangered species list," Daines stated. "I was 12 years old growing up in Bozeman when steps began to restore t… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Daines Statement on Senate Healthcare Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today relased the following statement: "I'm glad to see the draft text of the bill made public for everyone to see. I look forward to hearing directly from Montanans on this legislation, including on the 17th teletownhall I'll be hosting next Wednesday." Earlier today, Daines announced that he will host his seventeenth teletownhall next Wednesday, June 28 to discuss the Senate healthcare discussion draft with Montanans. Daines immediately posted the tex… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Daines to Host Teletownhall to Discuss Senate Health Bill with Montanans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he will host his seventeenth teletownhall next Wednesday, June 28 to discuss the Senate healthcare discussion draft with Montanans. Earlier today, Daines posted the healthcare bill on his website, Facebook and Twitter for Montanans to read. Click HERE to read the bill. During the teletownhall, Daines will answer questions on healthcare asked from across Montana. Daines encourages all Montanans to join his teletownhall by texting "Se… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Daines Statement on Gianforte Swearing-In

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Greg Gianforte on being sworn-in as Montana's U.S. Congressman: "Greg will be a great partner in the U.S. House," Daines stated. "It's nice to have another member to bring much-needed business sense to Washington, D.C." ###… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Daines Celebrates National Great Outdoors Month

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today celebrated National Great Outdoors Month on the U.S. Senate floor. June is National Great Outdoors Month and Daines is encouraging Montanans to enjoy public lands and support Montana's economy. Daines is Chairman of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. Click HERE to download Daines' floor remarks. Click HERE to watch Daines' floor remarks. Daines' remarks as prepared are below: "Montanans can… Continue Reading


06.19.17

Daines Announces $500,000 in Funding for St. Vincent in Billings

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation has received $500,000 in funding for the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Project in Billings. "St. Vincent's delivers reliable, quality care for the community and this funding will ensure it continues to do so in the future," Daines stated. "Nurses are the front lines of healthcare and this will help train and retain the vital part of hea… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Pam Moore of Lewis and Clark County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Pam Moore, the Benchmark Plant Manager in Lewis and Clark County. 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 official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines' "Mon… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Daines’ Rural Water Projects Bill Receives Senate Hearing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill to provide much-needed authorization for Montana rural water infrastructure this week received a legislative hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power. The Clean Water for Rural Communities Act authorizes two Bureau of Reclamation rural water projects: the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System and the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System. The bill will collectively facilitate water t… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Daines Questions Forest Service Chief on Montana Projects

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on encouraging Montana forest projects. Click HERE to watch Daines' questioning. Click HERE to download Daines' questioning. During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Daines asked Tidwell for an update on the Montanore Mine. The project would provide full employment for 450 people at full production, with an annual payroll of $12 million during the production phas… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Senators Daines, Hassan Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research. The Preserving Data in Government Act, introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), would require federal agencies to preserve public access to existing open datasets, and prevent the removal of existing datasets without sufficient public notice. Small … Continue Reading


06.14.17

On Flag Day, Daines Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Flag Burning

U.S. SENATE -On Flag Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a Constitutional Amendment to give Congress the authority to prohibit burning the American flag. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution making the first stars and stripes our nation's flag. In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a narrow decision that protected the desecration of the U.S. Flag under the First Amendment. Their rulings determined that as Constitutional free speech, desecratio… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Daines: U.S. Beef On Its Way To China

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that an agreement has been reached to begin shipping U.S. beef to China. "For the first time in 13 years, Montana beef will now be served on menus, plates and in Chinese households," Daines stated. "China is the world's second largest beef market. After my two official trade missions to Beijing, including pressing the Chinese Premier and endless conversations with the Trump and Obama administrations - the ban is over. Montanans know U.S. b… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Daines Takes on Sexual Assault in National Parks

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today chaired his first U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on National Parks hearing. The topic was improving the workplace in National Parks as it relates to sexual harassment. Daines' hearing follows a report by the U.S. Department of Interior's inspector general outlining, "unwelcome conduct toward female workers in Yellowstone National Park." During Daines' opening statement, he spoke about the need for accountability to ensur… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Forest Chief Endorses Daines’ Bill to Provide Litigation Relief

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pressed the U.S. Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, on forest management reforms to create much needed revenues for Montana counties. During a U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing, Daines questioned Tidwell on reversing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service that negatively impacts forest hea… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Daines, Peters Introduces Bill to Protect Children from Meth Abuse

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced legislation that strengthens states' abilities to provide an additional option within the foster care system in Montana and Michigan and across the country. Montana has a record 3,400 children in foster care and about a third of those children are there because of methamphetamine use by their parents. Last December, the Montana Department of Justice issued a report detailing fourteen child deaths within a year of… Continue Reading


05.31.17

Watch the Montana Ag Summit 2017 Live

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced how to follow along during the Montana Ag Summit 2017. The Summit will begin at 8AM MT/10AM ET. A live feed available at www.daines.senate.gov. The Montana Ag Summit 2017 will be streamed live HERE beginning at 8AM MT/10AM ET. Follow the Montana Ag Summit on: Facebook Twitter The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation's agricultural leade… Continue Reading

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