Daines Secures $500,000 Investment to Boost High-Speed Internet in Lincoln County

Grant expected to create 62 jobs, $150,000 in private investment U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced a nearly $500,000 investment to boost high-speed Internet accessibility in Eureka, Montana. "Improved high-speed Internet connectivity will greatly benefit Eureka by growing existing businesses, creating new economic opportunities and supporting new, good-paying jobs," Daines stated. "This investment will allow InterBel Telephone Cooperative to continue their mission of suppor… Continue Reading


Daines Fights for a Tax-Free Internet

U.S. Senate - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a bipartisan coalition in opposition to ongoing attempts to sneak the Internet sales tax, which would mandate small businesses to collect sales tax on behalf of other cities and states when selling products over the Internet, into the upcoming government funding bill. "This bill would fundamentally change how online purchases are taxed and would impose yet another burden on Montana's small businesses," Daines stated during a press conference he… Continue Reading


Daines: We Must Secure Our Schools

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senators Steve Daines (MT), Orrin Hatch (UT), Marco Rubio (FL), Joni Ernst (IA) Bill Nelson (FL) and Dan Sullivan (AK) and students from Florida's Parkland High School held a press conference on the STOP School Violence Act. The bill has 35 cosponsors, including 15 Democrats. This bipartisan legislation will work to secure America's schools by implementing proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that stop school violence before it happens. "Parents deserve to … Continue Reading


Daines Sponsors Bill to Increase Access to Lower-Cost Generic Drugs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act, bipartisan legislation to combat brand-name drug manufacturers' attempts to delay competition from more affordable generic drugs. "Keeping the market competitive will increase Montanans' access to safe, affordable drugs," said Daines. Statements of Support: "I couldn't be happier that Senator Daines is advocating for increased access to affordable prescriptions f… Continue Reading


Daines Tours 26 Montana Counties Talking Tax Cuts and Jobs

U.S. Senate - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines released a video of his recent six-day, 26 county tour around Montana, where the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has increased wages, created jobs and helped small business owners expand and invest in new equipment. "The ink of the tax cuts bill is barely dry and already Montanans are seeing more money in their pockets," said Daines. "More jobs and higher paychecks - that's what real hope and change looks like." Watch video HERE. Download… Continue Reading


Daines: Free, Fair and Smart Trade is Critical to Montana Jobs

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced plans to combat unfair trade practices. "I support the President's efforts to make better trade deals for the American worker," said Daines. "I am relieved he has more narrowly tailored our trade sanctions, than originally proposed, however, I remain concerned that tariffs will increase costs on Montana working families, farmers and ranchers. Free, fair and smart trade is vital … Continue Reading


Daines and Colleagues Announce Plan to Secure Schools, Help Children in Need

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced a new proposal, the School Safety & Mental Health Services Improvement Act, legislation to allow 100,000 public schools, including over 800 in Montana, to improve school safety by using federal dollars for school counselors, alarm systems, security cameras and crisis intervention training. Download the video HERE. "Parents want to know their kids are safe," said Daines. "This bill improves school security by using federal funds for measu… Continue Reading


Daines Plans Hearing to Combat Sexual Harassment in Forest Service

Strong leadership is needed to remove bad actors, culture change starts at the top U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced plans for a hearing on combatting sexual harassment in the U.S. Forest Service in response to the resignation of U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, amid sexual misconduct allegations in the agency. "I am distraught and angered that this happened in Montanans' own backyard. That's why I am planning a Senate hearin… Continue Reading


Daines Cyber and Privacy Priorities Pass out of Committee

U.S. SENATE - Today, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting, Committee members voted to include six of U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bills to protect Americans' privacy, improve cyber security and ensure the responsible use of taxpayer dollars in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Reauthorization Act. "As Americans continue to face threats at home and abroad, we must make sure we continue to innovate cyber technologies to protect Americans' security," s… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Restore and Rebuild National Parks

Bill will help pay for $11 billion National Park maintenance backlog, including buildings, campgrounds, trails and water systems U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a group of eight senators and two representatives to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral bill that will use revenues from energy production on federal lands to help pay for the over $11 billion maintenance backlog at U.S. national parks. The legislation was announced during a press conference with Department of the… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $10,292,000.00 Grant for Gallatin County Transportation Projects

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a $10,292,000.00 federal grant to improve transportations systems that connect Gallatin County to Big Sky, Montana. "Gallatin County is leading the state in economic growth," said Daines. "This grant will help the county meet the infrastructure demands of this rapid growth and continue creating good-paying jobs in the community." The grant will add approximately seven left turn lanes at key intersections along MT 64, install road signag… Continue Reading


Gianforte Joins Daines in Introducing Bill to Protect Access to Public Lands

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of Congressman Greg Gianforte's introduction of a bill previously introduced by Daines, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. The bill protects public access and use of Montana's public lands by implementing the U.S. Forest Service's recommendation to release 449,500 acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Montana. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. Additional… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Secure Our Schools

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his new proposal, the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act. This bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), secures our schools by implementing proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that stop school violence before it happens. This afternoon, he reiterated the need to secure our schools during a Fox News interview. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. "Moms and Dads … Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Repeal Crippling Dodd-Frank Regulations

Dodd-Frank has put Montana's rural banks and credit unions out of business U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to open debate on the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, legislation that would work to repeal some of the crippling regulations placed on Montana's small rural community banks and credit unions under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "Dodd-Frank regulations are suffocating Montana's rural banks and credit unio… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Daines’ Bipartisan Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act

Legislation provides grave liners at no cost for veterans buried at national park cemeteries U.S. SENATE - Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Steve Daines' bipartisan bill, the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act. His legislation requires the U.S. Department of the Interior to provide outer burial receptacles - also known as grave liners - for veterans buried in cemeteries under the control of the National Park Service. Daines is Chairman of the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natur… Continue Reading


Daines Bill to Fight Cyber Crimes Wins Support

U.S. SENATE - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on protecting America's electrical grid, Jim Matheson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, endorsed U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill, the Cyber Safety Act, which incentivizes the private sector to innovate and commercialize the next generation of cyber security technologies. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. "A secure electrical grid is critical to Montanans' access… Continue Reading


Daines, Warren Introduce Bill to Upgrade America’s Retirement Saving System

Americans are already $7.7 trillion short on what they need for retirement U.S. SENATE - United States Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to modernize the retirement system to better protect Americans' hard earned savings. The proliferation of small accounts is costing Americans tens of billions of dollars every year in lost savings because of cash-outs and redundant fees, and that doesn't include lost savings… Continue Reading


Daines Calls on OPM to Address Workplace Harassment

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today, during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, urged the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to expedite the termination process for federal employees who have engaged in harassment, including sexual harassment. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. "Our national parks and places of work must be safe for all employees," said Daines. "OPM and federal agencies must take steps now to make sure bad a… Continue Reading


Daines: Feel-Good Measures Won’t Keep Our Kids Safe

We must take action now to secure our schools U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines this morning during an interview on Fox and Friends called out congressional colleagues for proposing feel-good solutions that won't prevent tragedies like the recent murder of seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and urged for immediate action to secure our schools. Watch video HERE.Download video HERE. "Feel-good measures that will offer a false sense of hope … Continue Reading


Daines to POTUS: We Must Secure Our Schools

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today during a bipartisan, bicameral meeting at the White House on school safety spoke with President Donald Trump and colleagues about the urgent need to secure our schools to prevent future tragedies like the recent murders of seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. "We must protect our children by securing our schools," said Daines. "These cowards can be stopped by deadly… Continue Reading

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