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05.25.16

Daines Named ‘Hero of Main Street’

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has received the "Hero of Main Street" award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Daines is part of a bipartisan group honored for their support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues. "I'm proud to be recognized for my efforts supporting local Montana business owners that create good-paying jobs… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Daines Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Introducing Measure to Strengthen Cybersecurity

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today lead a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the president to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a Combatant Command. U.S. Cyber Command it is currently a subordinate unit to U.S. Strategic Command. Congress established U.S. Special Operations Command to address a rapidly growing need, strengthen the warfighter and to unify forces. Today, with cyber threats being one of the … Continue Reading


05.23.16

Daines, Tester Congratulate Ashleigh Lehotsky of Great Falls on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today congratulated Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School graduate Ashleigh Lehotsky on her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Daines and Tester both nominated Lehotsky and called to congratulate her. Ashleigh Lehotsky is a graduate of Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School and is currently a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. While in high school she was President of Key Club, received the Outstanding … Continue Reading


05.20.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Bob Newman of Musselshell County

U.S. SENATE - In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized U.S. Army veteran Bob Newman of Musselshell County. After leaving the Army, Newman went into law enforcement and served his community in Musselshell County Sheriff's Department. 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 o… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Daines Moves Forward Investments in Montana Infrastructure

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured important investments in Montana air, rail and surface transportation. The U.S. Senate today overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan FY2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and related agencies in fiscal year 2017. "Infrastructure is an important part of our everyday lives, fr… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Daines Addresses Montana’s Veterans Long-Standing Concerns

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today moved forward important reforms that increase Montana veterans' access to healthcare services. This afternoon, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which includes many of Daines' reforms that address Montana's veterans long-standing concerns. "I am proud to secure important priorities for Montana on behalf of those that served our nation in uniform," Da… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Daines Makes Important Gains for Montana Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured key provisions for Montana farmers and ranchers. "As a steadfast champion of our state's number one industry, I work everyday to ensure that our farmers and ranchers are being heard and well represented," Daines stated. "I was able to secure important provisions to sustain funding for initiatives to help farmers and ranchers with loans, help stop diseases that are encroaching our forests and expand employment opportunities for veterans in a… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Daines, Tester Call on Congress to Stop Massive Expansion of Government Surveillance and Hacking Power

Stopping Mass Hacking Act Reverses Disastrous Changes to Warrant Procedures; Congress Must Act or Government Will Be Able to Hack Millions of Americans' Devices with a Single Warrant, Compromising Security and Privacy U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced the Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act to protect millions of law-abiding Americans from government hacking. The Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act, S. 2952, is a bipartisan effort that prevents recently approved c… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Daines Rallies Support for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (R-NY) and David Valadao (R-CA) to rally support for their legislation to ensure Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans are eligible to receive benefits linked to Agent Orange Exposure. Daines at the U.S. Capitol with Senate and House co-sponsors and veterans. Click here to download. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Daines… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Daines Leads ICBM Coalition Urging Defense Department to Expedite Security of Nuclear Weapons

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led the bipartisan ICBM coalition urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to outline a clear plan for the security of the nuclear missiles stationed in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming following the news that the Department of Defense failed to approve the Air Forces' request for a faster acquisition process. In a letter to DoD Secretary Ash Carter, the members expressed their concerns with DoD's announcement to proceed with the slowest proposed … Continue Reading


05.17.16

Daines, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Give States & Tribes Say in Energy Development

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today introduced bicameral legislation to protect Montana coal jobs from the Obama administration's recent moratorium on new federal coal leases and ensure that states and tribes have a significant voice in any changes to federal coal, oil, gas royalties or leasing policy. The Certainty for States and Tribes Act, S.2938 and H.R. 5259, provides critical flexibility needed to keep Montana mines open, protect thousands of… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Daines Announces Over $3 Million in Funding for Montana Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $3,118,584.00 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. The Department of Health and Human Services will provide funding to improve community health and public healthcare services. "Montana Community Health Centers provide critical healthcare services for Montanans, increasing access close to home," Daines stated.… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Daines Rural Water Projects Bill Receives Senate Hearing

Daines Presses Forest Service on Health of Watersheds and Impact of Litigation U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill that would move Montana rural water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana today received its first hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act would help improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden on new projec… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Fights for Disaster Relief Funding

Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the State of Montana's funding request to help rebuild communities across Montana after they were devastated by a mid-April snow storm. "The resulting damage from this storm impacted Montana's rural communities, severely damaged local infrastructure, and left thousands of residents and commercial customers without electricity," Tester, Daines, and Zin… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Delaney Biel of Hinsdale High

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized to Delaney Biel, a fifth generation Montana rancher and Hinsdale High School senior. Delaney is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and will soon be receiving her state certification. Biel in a classroom learning about being an EMT. Click here to download. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a M… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines, Zinke Introduce Measures Demanding Answers to Secure Nuclear Missiles

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today introduced measures that aim to ensure the Department of Defense (DoD) secures the nation's nuclear assets. Daines' bill directs the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to tell Congress within five days how they will secure nuclear missiles made vulnerable by the insufficient capability of the UH-1N, and implement the necessary mitigation with additional resource… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines Hails Passage of Legislation to Improve Montana’s Energy Future

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of bipartisan legislation that works to improve the future of Montana energy. "I'm proud to see the passage of bipartisan legislation that protects Montana energy jobs, is critical to irrigate over 50,000 acres of cropland in the eastern part of our state and strengthens rural water systems that serve tens of thousands of Montana families," Daines stated. "I'm working to provide certainty for our farmers, ranchers and communities b… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines Announces Nearly $7 Million in Critical Funding for Montana Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $6,989,615.00 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. The Department of Health and Human Services will provide funding to improve community health and public healthcare services. "Montana's community health centers provide reliable and quality healthcare services to thousands of Montanans," Daines stated. "Through… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines’ Bill to Allow Women World War II Pilots Inurnment at Arlington Heads to President Obama’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill to allow women World War II pilots to be eligible for inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery is headed to President Obama's desk for his signature. The U.S. House of Representatives last night passed Daines' legislation following unanimous Senate passage on May 11, 2016. "This is a wrong that needed to be made right and I'm proud to be part of restoring benefits to our WWII women pilots who trained right here in Montana," Daines stated. "With the… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Daines Announces UH-1N Helicopter Replacement Decision

U.S. SENATE - Following a meeting with U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Air Force will be going with the slowest proposed route to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1Ns that provide security for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The Air Force had the option to utilize existing contracts for Blackhawk helicopters and secure the ICBMs up to two years faster, or enter into a normal acquisition proce… Continue Reading

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