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10.20.15

Daines Condemns Senate Dems’ Refusal to Allow Consideration of Sanctuary Cities Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment after Senate Democrats failed to allow consideration of commonsense legislation that would withhold certain federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services: "It is infuriating that Senate Democrats blocked thoughtful and meaningful debate on legislation that goes after real criminals who are not only in the United States illegally, but continuously violate the laws … Continue Reading


10.15.15

Daines, Zinke Call on Missoula City Council to Withdraw Proposed Gun Control Ordinance

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today called on the Missoula City Council to withdraw a proposed ordinance that would intrude upon the Constitutional rights of law-abiding firearm owners in Missoula. In a letter sent today to Missoula Mayor John Engen and the Missoula City Council, Daines and Zinke conveyed their concerns that the proposal would violate Montanans' Second Amendment rights and place additional burdens on law-abiding Montanans, while doing little to prevent viol… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Daines: Nationwide WOTUS Stay is a Victory for States' Rights

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to issue a nationwide stay on Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) misguided Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: "The Sixth Circuit Court's nationwide stay on the EPA's misguided WOTUS rule is a victory for states' rights, local governments, farmers, ranchers and landowners. This ruling pushes back on the extreme overreach of the Obama administration, which threatened Montana agriculture and natural … Continue Reading


10.09.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jessica Anderson of Deer Lodge

Senator Steve Daines today honored Jessica Anderson, the 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year. Ms. Anderson is an outstanding educator at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge. 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' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Daines welcomes… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Daines Calls on Senate to Take Up Rural Water Bills

Senator Steve Daines today reaffirmed his commitment to moving forward Montana rural water projects and called on the Senate to take up his bills to ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana. During today's Energy and Natural Resources hearing on western water legislation, Daines emphasized the challenges associated with inadequate water management in western communities, including many regions in Montana. "My bills would facilitate water delivery to over 23 million acres in … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Daines: Democrats Blocking Funding for Water, Infrastructure Projects is Shameful

Senator Steve Daines today slammed Senate Democrats for blocking the FY2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, which funds critical infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation - including Montana rural water projects. "Despite the vast majority of Democrats supporting this bill during an Appropriations Committee vote this summer, once again Democrats have chosen to block legislation that protects Montanans' interests and strength… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Daines, Klobuchar, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Expand Broadband Infrastructure

Legislation would increase broadband deployment by cutting red tape for companies, states, and local governments that want to install broadband infrastructure on federal land and promotes the simultaneous installation of underground broadband conduit during the construction of federal transportation projects Yesterday the president of the Wireless Infrastructure Association announced his support for this important legislation at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators … Continue Reading


10.07.15

Daines Honors Helena Veteran as an “Angel in Adoption”

Senator Steve Daines today recognized John Joyce of Helena as an "Angel in Adoption" - an honor designated to Americans making a difference in the lives of children through adoption. Click here to download the photo of John Joyce with Senator Daines. "It's an honor to nominate John as an 'Angel in Adoption.' As a Guardsman and Afghanistan veteran from Helena, Montana, John has a heart for serving not only his country, but his community. John is a source of support, stability and inspiration f… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Daines Applauds Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the overwhelming bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical support for the nation's military and national security. "Montana is playing a critical role in meeting our nation's security and military needs and this bill provides the support our men and women in uniform need to carry out their missions," Daines stated. "The NDAA prioritizes the needs of our service members, while protecting the important role t… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Daines Calls for Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to call on the Senate to swiftly pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes critical support for Montana's military missions. Daines also called on Senate Democrats to stop blocking the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and fund the military. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this afternoon: "Montana has … Continue Reading


10.02.15

Daines Hails Passage of Legislation to Protect Small Businesses from Costly Obamacare Mandates

Senator Steve Daines hailed the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation to protect small businesses from costly and burdensome Obamacare mandates. H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act sponsored by Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) would alter the definition of the state based small group markets under Obamacare. The Act allows states to change their definition of "small employers" from businesses with 50 or fewer employees to businesses with up to 100 emp… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Sally Aschim of Sunburst

Senator Steve Daines today honored Sally Aschim of Sunburst. Sally will be retiring after 38 years of dedicated teaching. 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' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines' "Montanan… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Daines Honors Jean Turnage on Senate Floor

Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor to honor Jean Turnage, former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Senate President who passed away earlier this week. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor: "I rise today in recognition of Jean Turnage, former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Senate President who passed away earlier this week. "Chief Justice Turnage w… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Daines, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Open Science and Innovation in Government

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage and increase the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science within the federal government to advance and accelerate scientific research, literacy, and diplomacy. This is the first ever legislation to grant explicit authority to the government to use these methods. "In the private sector, I've seen firsthand how empowering Americans to innovate can yield cost savings, greater efficiencies and better… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Daines Blasts Senate Democrats’ Refusal to Fund the Department of Veterans Affairs

Senator Steve Daines today blasted Senate Democrats' obstruction of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which provides critical funding for veterans services: "Our nation's heroes should have easy access to the resources, services and medical care that they need and deserve. It's unconscionable that Senate Democrats would rather make our veterans pawns in political games. This legislation contains numerous important provisions to address Montana… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Daines Applauds SEMPER FI Provisions in NDAA

Senator Steve Daines today applauded a provision included in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows military officers the ability to carry weapons at military recruitment centers. The NDAA conference report, agreed to by the House and Senate conference committee, includes a provision that mirrors Daines' legislation, the Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative (SEMPER FI) Act. "The fastest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I'm glad that … Continue Reading


09.30.15

Daines Announces Kick Off of Veterans History Project in Montana

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he will be bringing the American Folklife Center's Veterans History Project (VHP) to Montana to collect and preserve the stories of Montana's wartime veterans in the Library of Congress. Montana veterans who served in the United States military during wartime in any capacity from World War I through the present and are no longer serving, as well as civilians who served in support of a U.S. war effort in a professional capacity, are eligible to partici… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Daines Rallies Senators in Support of LWCF Reauthorization

Senator Steve Daines today led a coalition of Senators in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an important tool for increasing public access to public lands, on the Senate floor. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Richard Burr (R-NC) joined Daines on the Senate floor to urge their House and Senate colleagues to reauthorize LWCF and not allow authorization to lapse. "We're not going to let this conversation die. We're going to cont… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Daines Applauds Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the overwhelming bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical support for the nation's military and national security. "Montana is playing a critical role in meeting our nation's security and military needs and this bill provides the support our men and women in uniform need to carry out their missions," Daines stated. "The NDAA prioritizes the needs of our service members, while protecting the important role t… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Daines Votes to Keep the Federal Government Funded

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting for the second time to keep the government funded through December 11, 2015: "Like all Montanans, I know how important it is to keep our government running. While I'm glad the Senate was able to find agreement and ensure the government remains funded, I am disappointed that this bill failed to address several critical issues, including permanently reauthorizing LWCF and directing funding away from Planned Parenthood. I wil… Continue Reading

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