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09.25.16

Daines Statement on the Passing of Ben Steele

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in memory of the life of World War II POW and Bataan Death March survivor, Ben Steele: "Montana has lost an American hero and a state treasure," Daines stated. "Ben Steele will be remembered for his service, his courage and his artistic legacy." On July 10, 2015, Daines honored Steele as Montanan of the Week for his exceptional service to the nation and the Billings community. Daines met Steele on September 9,… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Daines Announces $750,000 for Kootenai Rail Development

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $750,000 in funding for the Kootenai Business Park in Libby. "Through these additional funds Lincoln County will be able to create and save good-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "The Kootenai Rail Development Project will invigorate the region and be a boon for local business." Daines authored a letter of support for this project on April 21, 2016 to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), "Completion of the new rail spur will… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Tester, Daines Fight for Montana Counties on Capitol Hill

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Congress to support Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) which are critical to helping Montana counties balance their budgets. If Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, PILT payments will run dry. PILT supported 55 Montana counties last year to the tune of $30 million. Additionally, SRS expired September 30, 2015 and counties have been waiting for nearly a year for Congress to reauthorize … Continue Reading


09.23.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Joan Eliel of Broadwater County

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Joan Eliel, Investigator/Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Justice for receiving one of three 2016 Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Awards. 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 th… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Daines Leads 29 Senators Urging President Obama to Refrain From ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Weapons Policy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 29 Senators in urging President Obama to refrain from implementing the dangerous and irresponsible 'no first use' nuclear weapons policy. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the Senators underscore the strategic importance of the nuclear arsenal to domestic safety and geopolitical strength. "While no American wishes to employ nuclear weapons in conflict, establishing a no first use policy would weaken the nation's security and make th… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Daines: Chinese Market Opens to Montana Beef

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today welcomed news that China would be ending the ban on U.S. beef that began in 2003: "This is game-changing news for Montana ranchers," Daines stated. "The beef market is critical to Montana jobs and the economy. With over 95% of the world's consumers living outside the US, opening markets abroad for Montana agricultural exports is essential. Having the ability to access a new market, especially one as large and significant as China, will help keep Mon… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Daines: Montanans Know Best How to Protect our Resources

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today worked to protect Montanans from the Obama administration's unilateral efforts to designate large areas of land as national monuments. During a Committee on Energy and Natural Resources legislative hearing, Daines pressed the Obama administration to ensure that any monument designation secured the input of Montanans who live and work on the land and know best how to protect those resources. "Too often, unilateral designations completely ignore t… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Bill to Name Peak After Alex Diekmann Receives Legislative Hearing

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today hailed the first step in the legislative process to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann by naming an unnamed peak in his memory. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a legislative hearing to name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak". The legislation now awaits further action in the Committee. "In the West land projects are not… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Daines, Hirono Launch Congressional Inventions Caucus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) today launched the Congressional Inventions Caucus in the U.S. Senate. The Congressional Inventions Caucus will provide a forum for inventors to showcase innovative products, have candid and balanced conversations about barriers to economic growth, and educate members and staff about the innovation ecosystem. In addition, the Caucus will seek to provide a platform… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Daines Presses FDA on Access to Affordable Medicine for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - Following recent reports of the sky-high price hikes for lifesaving EpiPens, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sought to ensure that Montanans had access to affordable lifesaving medication. During an Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration & Related Agencies hearing on the Food and Drug Administration's role in the generic drug marketplace, Daines pressed FDA Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Dr. Janet Woodcock… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Daines Moves Indian Health Service Reforms Forward

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today helped move forward reforms that would improve patient safety and care by increasing accountability and transparency at the Indian Health Service (IHS). This afternoon, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed S. 2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act of 2016. Daines is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Video of Daines' remarks is available to watch here and download here. Daines: "During the July and August work period … Continue Reading


09.21.16

Tester and Daines Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Care for Western Montana Veterans

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines introduced legislation today to allow the VA to move forward with expanding its planned outpatient clinic in Missoula. The Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act will authorize the VA to move forward with leasing space in Missoula to expand the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) by 24 percent. That expansion will allow the VA to see more patients, provide more privacy to veterans seeking care, and better ensure doctors, nurses and medi… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Daines Announces $104,602 for the Crow Tribe to Prevent Suicide and Combat Meth Addiction

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $104,602.00 in funding for the Crow Tribe to reduce and prevent methamphetamine abuse and suicide prevention strategies in Native youth. "By working together we can ensure that Montanans dealing with drug abuse and addiction have the support and resources they need to get help and care in their local communities,"Daines stated. "We need to keep investing in mental healthcare services." "We are thrilled that we received this grant and we … Continue Reading


09.19.16

Daines Announces $864,468 for Montana Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $864,468.00 in funding for Community Health Centers in Montana to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care. "Montana's Community Health Centers provide reliable access to affordable healthcare close to home," Daines stated. "I'm excited that there is more funding available to enhance the quality and reliability of care for Montanans." The Department of Health and Hu… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Daines Urges Energy Bill Conferees to Support Montana Made Solutions

Daines Asks for Support for a Wildfire Funding Fix, National Parks, LWCF, Rural Water Projects, Sportsmen's Act, Hydropower Development, Forest Management Reform with Litigation Relief U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the conferees of S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act to support Montana priorities: a wildfire funding fix, Montana's National Parks, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), rural water projects, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, hydropower develop… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Daines Receives Guardian of Small Business Award

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines this week was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award for the second time in a row. The award is given for outstanding support of America's small business owners in the 114th Congress. "It's an honor to receive this recognition from the NFIB, and I will continue to work at every opportunity to help create a business environment where small businesses can succeed, free of unnecessary govern… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Bruce Dutton of Garfield County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Bruce Dutton of Garfield County for his life of service, his contributions to Montana's agriculture community and the celebration of his 100th birthday. 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 proceedi… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Daines: Obamacare is Still a Train Wreck

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today berated the Obama administration for their broken promises to the American people and the train wreck that is Obamacare. Yesterday, Montana State Auditor Monica Lindeen announced an average premium increase for Montana's top three insurance providers between 27 and 58 percent. "Not only have premiums not gone down, the coverage that people get from Obamacare is unaffordable and unusable," Daines stated. "You know in Montana, we like to f… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Daines Speaks on Historic Blackfeet Water Compact Vote

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to speak on the historic Blackfeet Water Compact vote in the U.S. Senate. As a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Daines worked with Senator Jon Tester to include authorization for the Blackfeet Water Compact in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate 95-3. "Today is a good day for Montana and the Blackfeet people. With the passage of the Water Resource Development Act, the… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Announces $2 Million for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today announced $2 million in funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Project. The funding is made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). "It's great news that we were able to secure additional funds to help protect Montana's natural resources and preserve it for future generations," Daines stated. "The Whitefish Lake Watershed Project is… Continue Reading

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