Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Thomas Family of Lake County

U.S. SENATE - During National Foster Care Month, U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the Thomas Family for giving their time and talent to serve as foster parents for children in Lake County. J.P. Thomas, and his wife Tiara Thomas, have done honorable work by providing structure and consistency in many young lives. 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 … Continue Reading


Daines Congratulates Manhattan Student on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Manhattan High senior Alexa Arthun on her offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Arthun is a ranch hand at Daniel Angus Ranch in Fishtail and is a varsity athlete in track, basketball, and boys' football. She has volunteered with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, National Honors Society and Vacation Bible School. Daines called Arthun today to inform her of her offer and give h… Continue Reading


Daines Votes Against Big Spending, No Strategy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting against the $1.1 trillion spending deal and lack of strategy to fund the federal government: "We are seven months into the federal government's fiscal year without a budget. Washington, D.C.'s govern-by-crisis strategy is the hallmark of dysfunction. Congress has repeated this process for 42 years and it has only worked four times. D.C. only knows one thing to do: Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Montana doesn't o… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Crowdfunding for Startups with SEC Chairman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today reintroduced legislation to better the way entrepreneurs raise funds through crowdfunding by repealing regulatory red tape that keeps startups from getting off the ground. Yesterday, Daines met with Jay Clayton, the newly confirmed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding his bill. During the meeting, Daines handed him a letter outlining his priorities writing, "I encourage you to review the Crowdfunding Rule for opportunit… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Legislation Authorizing Move of BLM Headquarters to the West

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines this week introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act, legislation that would authorize the move of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters from Washington, D.C. to one of the following Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. "The folks who make decisions about our land should have a solid understanding of what it means to have the f… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Funding for State Veterans Homes

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation's veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new facilities to serve ag… Continue Reading


Daines: We Need to Remove Uncertainty from SRS & PILT

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today remarked about the uncertainty in the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs and the need to provide certainty for Montana counties. Daines today participated in a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through SRS and PILT, and the need to provide greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-exempt federal lands. … Continue Reading


Daines: Perdue Coming to Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to highlight Montana Ag Summit 2017 that will take place May 31-June 1 in Great Falls. Click HERE to watch. Click HERE to download. Daines' remarks as prepared are below: "I have good news for Montana - a week ago yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as our next Secretary of Agriculture. "Secretary Perdue and I discussed Montana ag and the need to expand agricultural acces… Continue Reading


Daines, Peters Introduce Bill to Protect Americans’ Personally Identifiable Information

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced legislation to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII) from vessel manifest sheets before making them available for public disclosure. The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act would simply amend the manifest disclosure process to explicitly require the removal of individuals' PII, such as, residential addresses, social security numbers, and passport n… Continue Reading


Ag Secretary Perdue to Keynote Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will deliver a keynote address at the Montana Ag Summit 2017. 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 leaders to Montana's Golden Triangle. The summit will focus on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advanceme… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Emma Homer of Ashland

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Emma Homer of Ashland for the many years she has helped children in 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 official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montana… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Make Indian Coal Production Tax Credit Permanent

U.S. SENATE -Montana's U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (ICPTC). The ICPTC provides a crucial tax incentive to level the playing field for future development of tribal coal resources that are currently subject to more regulatory requirements than comparable development on private, state or federal lands. ICPTC credit protects the economic viability of existing tribal coal mining projects, which su… Continue Reading


Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Encourage Cross Boundary Management of Forests to Protect Water Resources, Enhance Wildlife Habitat, Restore Forest Health, and Strengthen Local Economies

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to encourage cross boundary management of forests to protect water resources, enhance wildlife habitat, restore forest health, and strengthen local economies. The bipartisan Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017 would encourage a landscape approach to forest management. The bill has been endorsed by the American Forest Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. "I've… Continue Reading


Daines: Acosta Confirmed for Labor Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Alexander Acosta for U.S. Secretary of Labor. "Alexander Acosta will work to ensure workers in Montana have the support and protections they need and deserve," Daines stated. "I look forward to working with Secretary Acosta to provide Montana businesses with relief from burdensome regulations so that we can promote the wellbeing of Montana workers and retirees, and create more op… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $2,499,999 for Asbestos Health Screening

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $2,499,999.00 in funding for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) Clinic for asbestos health screening. "The Center for Asbestos Related Disease is a vital nonprofit resource that helps with identification treatment, and research for those with asbestos exposure," said Daines. "Too many Montana families have suffered at the hands of asbestos and through this additional funding, Dr. Black and his team will be able to continue the … Continue Reading


Daines, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Protect and Recognize Wildland Firefighters

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced two bipartisan, bicameral bills to protect and recognize wildland firefighters. First, the Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act requires the federal government to provide a special designation to call wildland firefighters just that, wildland firefighters, rather than their current designation as forestry technicians. Providing wildland firefighters with the proper title will improve recruitment efforts an… Continue Reading


Daines Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. "Alexander Acosta will be a champion for the American worker," Daines stated. "Montanans deserve a system with financial investment rules that encourage savings, optimize investment choices and increase access to investment advice. Mr. Acosta will be an advocate for providing regulatory relief for Montana small bu… Continue Reading


Daines Praises Trump’s Action on Softwood Lumber

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's intention to levy a 20 percent import tax on Canadian softwood lumber. "President Trump has taken decisive action to put America first and protect against unfairly subsidized lumber that harms Montana mills," Daines stated. "For too long Canadian softwood lumber has had a significant negative impact on Montana jobs. Canada needs to play by the same set of rules that Montanans do." A tim… Continue Reading


Daines, Brat Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Bring Integrity to Federal Budget Process

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) today introduced bicameral legislation that would require congressional budgetary scorekeepers to account for interest costs incurred on borrowed funds needed for legislative proposals. The Budgetary Accuracy in Scoring Interest Costs (BASIC) Act will include the cost of debt in both Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis so that Congress can have the full picture … Continue Reading


Daines: Perdue Confirmed for Ag Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. "I am thrilled to have a Secretary of Agriculture that will prioritize Montana's number one economic driver," Daines stated. "Secretary Perdue has extensive experience advocating for agriculture and will work to expand opportunities for Montana agricultu… Continue Reading

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