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09.29.15

Daines Announces Over $350,000 for Montana State University - Northern

Senator Steve Daines today announced $350,388.00 in funding for the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program at Montana State University (MSU) - Northern in Havre. The NASNTI program provides grants and related assistance to Native American-serving, nontribal institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. "Montana State University - Northern plays an important role in providing a qualit… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Daines Calls on Senate Veterans Affairs Committee To Help Blue Water Vietnam Veterans

Senator Steve Daines today called on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to pass his legislation to ensure that Blue Water Navy veterans who are victims of Agent Orange-related diseases receive the care and compensation they have long deserved. During today's Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on "Examining the Impact of Exposure to Toxic Chemicals on Veterans and the VA's Response," Daines testified on the importance of reversing a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision that cut… Continue Reading


09.28.15

Daines Statement on Passing of Former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Turnage

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the passing of former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Turnage: "Chief Justice Turnage was a true public servant who always put Montana and this nation first. As a World War II veteran, a state legislator and Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, he exemplified Montana's strong legacy of service. Cindy and I are keeping the Turnage family in our thoughts and prayers during this time." ###… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Russ Fullmer of Sidney

Senator Steve Daines today honored Russ Fullmer of Sidney. Russ Fullmer will be retiring from Sidney Sugars Inc. in December after 30 years of loyal service and hard work. 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 anyo… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Daines Statement on Double-Digit Obamacare Rate Increases

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the double-digit Obamacare rate increases for approximately 41,000 Montanans: "Despite President Obama's promises, health care premiums are not as affordable for many Americans as he claimed they would be. These steep premium increases make it harder to have access to affordable healthcare and create severe hardships for thousands of Montanans. It's money that's no longer in the pockets of Montanans. We need to ensure health care i… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Daines Statement on Historic Pope Address

Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement ahead of Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress: "On behalf of all Montanans, it is a privilege to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the United States and to our nation's capital," Daines stated. "We should let this day remind us that our great nation was founded with the vision that we are all endowed with certain natural rights and dignity that come from God, not from government. It is the role of government to protec… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Senators Introduce Born-Alive Protection Act

Senator Steve Daines today along with 20 Senate cosponsors helped introduce the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. "We cannot stand idly by and allow those who can't fight for themselves to receive substandard care or simply no care at all," Daines stated. "The right to life is protected by our Constitution and is part of the framework of the Declaration of Independence. We must continue to be a voice for those who have none. We need to get this common sense legislation passed and o… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Daines Statement on Department of Interior’s Sage Grouse Announcement

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Department of the Interior's sage grouse announcement: "While it is good news that the sage grouse is not listed as an endangered species, I remain concerned that the Obama administration's land-use plans will have a harmful impact on Montana's economy, our land users and Montanans' way of life. The fact remains, sage grouse numbers have increased in the west by nearly two-thirds since 2013. Montana needs to continue take the l… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Daines: We Must Continue to be a Voice for Those Who Don't Have a Voice

Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to underscore the importance of Senate passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which will prevent late-term abortion nationwide beyond 20 weeks. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Daines is an original cosponsor of the commonsense Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would prevent late-term abortion nationwide beyond 20 weeks - more than halfway through pregna… Continue Reading


09.21.15

Daines Applauds Senate Passage of Federal Grain Inspection Reforms

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the Senate passage of the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, which contains key reforms secured by Daines to ensure Montana farmers are protected from disruptions in federally mandated grain inspections, like what occurred last summer at the Port of Vancouver. Daines' provisions maintain continuous required grain inspection for farmers, ranchers and producers. The legislation was passed by the Senate today without opposition. The … Continue Reading


09.21.15

Daines Leads Montana, North Dakota Congressional Delegations in Urging Army Corps of Engineers to Prioritize the Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam

Senator Steve Daines today led the Montana and North Dakota congressional delegations in urging the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to prioritize concerns at the Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and BOR Commissioner Estevan Lopez, the bipartisan delegations emphasized the economic benefit that the dam provides to both Montana and North Dakota. On September 8, a federal judge blocked c… Continue Reading


09.18.15

Daines Investigates Pipeline Safety, PHMSA Reauthorization at Montana Field Hearing

BILLINGS, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today held a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation field hearing in Billings, Montana to discuss the upcoming reauthorization of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The hearing examined current issues and challenges relating to the inspection and safe management of the nation's pipeline network, as well as the importance of safely transporting our natural resources through pipelines, highways and rail lines. Daines an… Continue Reading


09.18.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Principal Jacob Francom of Troy

Senator Steve Daines honored Jacob Francom as the Montanan of the Week today at Daines' office in Washington, D.C. Jacob Francom was recently named 2015 Montana Principal of the Year. Click here to download a high-resolution photo of Daines and Francom. 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'… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Daines, Zinke Work to Protect Montana Sawmills

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today worked to provide much needed certainty for Montana sawmills, which are facing the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) on October 12, 2015. In a letter to US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Daines and Zinke highlighted the economic benefits that sawmills provide Montana and called on Tidwell to provide mills with needed relief and flexibility as they face concerns surrounding the impact of foreign demand and exchange rates… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Daines, 46 Additional Senators Introduce Resolution to Nullify Expanded WOTUS Definition

Senator Steve Daines, along with 46 Senate cosponsors, today introduced a joint resolution disapproving the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which directly threatens Montana agriculture and energy production, Montanans' property rights and Montana jobs. The resolution would nullify the EPA's WOTUS rule, which greatly expands the scope of federal authority over land and waterways in the United States under the Federal Water Pollut… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Daines, Zinke Stand With Montanans In Opposition to President Obama’s Iran Deal

Daines, Zinke Stand With Montanans In Opposition to President Obama's Iran Deal WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today stood with Montanans in opposition to President Obama's bad deal with Iran. A recent poll showed that 60 percent of Montanans are opposed to President Obama's deal with Iran. Click here to watch Daines' and Zinke's remarks. Click here to download Daines' and Zinke's remarks. "Ryan Zinke and I stand opposed to President Obama's Ir… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Daines Works to Expand Access to Public Lands

Senator Steve Daines today sought to improve and expand access to public lands in Montana and throughout the country for sportsmen, outfitters and guides. During an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), Daines sought answers on how to streamline and improve access by cutting down red tape on public access to public lands. Additionally, Daines emphasized his work to end fire borrowing and reform federal fore… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Daines: We need to be Proactive in Preventing Future Cyber Attacks

Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to underscore the gaping holes in the cybersecurity of the United States, while also reflecting on his first biannual Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, which took place in Bozeman earlier this week. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor: "Mr. President, this generation is at the forefront of technological advances. In fact it's making the United State… Continue Reading


09.16.15

Daines Discusses Montana Trade Opportunities With Taiwanese Business Leaders

Senator Steve Daines today met with Taiwanese business leaders to discuss future opportunities to export Montana goods to Taiwan. Taiwan is Montana's fourth largest export market in Asia and seventh largest export market in the world. In 2014, Montana's exports to Taiwan reached $44 million in exports. Taiwan is one of Montana's top foreign markets for agricultural products, especially the state's hard red winter and hard red spring wheat crops, as well as barley and durum. Taiwan is Montana… Continue Reading


09.15.15

Daines: Democrats Put Partisanship Above the American People

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Senate Democrats' repeated refusal to allow an up or down vote on the Iran deal: "Yet again, Senate Democrats have put partisanship above the American people and refused to allow an up or down vote on the Iran deal. I am extremely disappointed that Senate Democrats are refusing to stand with Americans and give them their right to be heard in the United States Senate. Opposition to this deal is bipartisan. We need a deal that can be … Continue Reading

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