Daines Blasts Obama Moratorium on New Coal Leases

Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama's decision to place a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands, which will likely end coal mining in the west and destroy the thousands of good-paying jobs coal supports in Montana. "This moratorium is almost exclusively focused at destroying Montana and Wyoming coal. It is an unprecedented assault on one of Montana's most important sources of good paying jobs and tax revenue that will likely shut down coal development in Montana and… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds American Airlines Expansion to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the announcement that American Airlines will expand their air services to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and create an additional travel route for Montanans. "This is exciting news for the Bozeman community and the thousands of Montanans who rely on Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport for reliable air travel," Daines stated. "This new partnership with American Airlines won't just increase options for Montanans, but will also make it easi… Continue Reading


Daines to Kerry: Congress Doesn’t Make Laws With Iranian Interests in Mind

Senator Steve Daines today criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his recent attempts to placate Iran's concerns over the United States' Visa Waiver Program (VWP) restrictions. Daines also called on Kerry to press the Iranian government, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, to cease its support for terrorist activity and provide tangible evidence of such action. In a letter to Secretary Kerry, Daines and 13 of his colleagues ask the Secretary to make clear to Iranian Foreign Minister … Continue Reading


Daines Applauds House Action to Stop Obama’s WOTUS Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House of Representatives' passage of bipartisan legislation nullifying the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The House today joined the Senate in passing S.J.Res.22, a joint resolution Daines helped introduced to disapprove of the EPA's new, overreaching WOTUS rules. The bill now heads to President Obama's desk. "I'm pleased to see the House join the Senate in passing bipartisan legislat… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines continue delivering on their promises to “Blue Water Navy” veterans

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are working to deliver on the promises they've made to "Blue Water Navy" veterans by restoring their eligibility for service-connected disability benefits and health care as a result of Agent Orange exposure. "Blue Water Navy" veterans served in the waters offshore during the Vietnam War. In a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Tester and Daines urged the VA to reverse a 2002 rule that excluded "Blue Water Navy" veterans from the VA benef… Continue Reading


Daines: President Obama Cemented His Failed Legacy

Senator Steve Daines tonight called out President Obama for his empty rhetoric, noting the President's final State of the Union address was just "politics as usual." Daines' full statement is as follows: "Rather than fighting for solutions that strengthen our economy, tonight President Obama cemented his failed legacy. "Rather than presenting concrete solutions that bolster our national security, President Obama chose to lead from behind. "Rather than supporting hardworking farm… Continue Reading


Daines: Capture of U.S. Navy Boats is Further Proof Iran Can’t Be Trusted

Senator Steve Daines tonight released the following statement regarding the recent capture of U.S. Navy boats by Iranian military forces: "This is yet another reminder that the Iranian regime cannot and should not be trusted. Given this latest provocation, it is unthinkable to lift any sanctions on Iran. We cannot placate Iran - the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism - with its current leadership in place. It should outrage all Americans that President Obama intends to completely ignore… Continue Reading


Daines: It’s Past Time to ‘Audit the Fed’

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment following the Senate's failure to advance to debate on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, widely known as "Audit the Fed." Daines is an original co-sponsor of S. 2232, which eliminates restrictions on Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandates that the Federal Reserve's credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight. "We must … Continue Reading


Montana Delegation Introduces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

U.S. CONGRESS -Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke today announced that they have formally introduced legislation in the Senate and House repealing federal mandates for driver's licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. "Montanans have spoken loud and clear: we don't want REAL ID and we don't want the federal government infringing on our personal privacy," Daines stated. "The Repeal ID Act ensures Montanans' voices are heard and will help strike the right … Continue Reading


Daines to Welcome Jason Small, Boilermaker Leader & Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, as Guest for State of the Union

Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jason Small, President of Boilermakers Local 11, small business owner and Northern Cheyenne tribal member, will serve as Daines' guest of honor for the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. tomorrow night. "It's my honor to welcome Jason Small as my guest for the upcoming State of the Union address," Daines stated. "As President of Boilermakers Local 11 and an experienced labor advocate, Jason is a proven leader in standing up against the Obama… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses National Security with New Regional FBI Leader

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today met with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eric Barnhart, the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent for Salt Lake City Division, which includes Montana. Daines and Barnhart met in Helena at Daines' urging to discuss national security issues facing Montana. Daines sought more information regarding FBI Director James Comey's statement that law enforcement authorities have open investigations of suspected ISIS supporters in all 50 states. Di… Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Call on Governor Bullock to Issue Full Approval of the Montanore Project

U.S. CONGRESS - Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are calling on Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to expeditiously issue full approval for the Montanore Project, which would create much-needed jobs and economic opportunity in Lincoln County. After more than a decade, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Montanore project was recently completed, clearing the way for the U.S. Forest Service and MDEQ to issue Rec… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today announced his plan to reintroduce legislation repealing federal mandates for drivers' licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. Standing alongside Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at the Montana Attorney General's Office, Daines announced that he would be reintroducing the "Repeal ID Act," which works to protect Montana's right to reject the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) intrusive ID requirements by fully repealing Section II of the REAL… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds House Passage of Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the House of Representative's passage of legislation that repeals Obamacare, puts states on a glide path toward creating locally driven health care solutions and reduces the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years. "Today marks the first time an Obamacare repeal bill will be on President Obama's desk for his signature," Daines stated. "I commend my colleagues in the House for joining me in standing up for the American people and fighting to protect hardworking f… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Obama’s Unlawful Gun Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama's latest unlawful executive action on gun control as yet another power grab that threatens the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans: "President Obama is jeopardizing the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with his latest efforts to undermine the Second Amendment. It is a gross abuse of executive authority for the President to unilaterally move forward his ineffective, anti-gun agenda with the stroke of his pen. As Montana'… Continue Reading


Daines Congratulates Stephen Reynolds of Missoula on Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Missoula student Stephen Reynolds on his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Reynolds, a senior at Sentinel High School in Missoula, received a nomination to the Naval and Air Force Academies from Daines earlier this month. Reynolds is currently the student body class president, captain of the varsity football team as well as member of both the National Honor Society and Key Club. "Stephen Reynolds is a hardworking student excelling both ins… Continue Reading


Daines Wishes Montanans a Merry Christmas

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines is wishing all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Click here to watch Daines' Christmas greeting. Click here to download Daines' Christmas greeting. Daines' full Christmas greeting is below: "I want to wish all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and especially to the servicemen and women serving far away and in harm's way. "As we gather together with our family, friends and neighbors, join me in saying 'thank you' to the brave m… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Mark Gollinger of Butte-Silver Bow

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Mark Gollinger for his faithful devotion to the veterans of Butte-Silver Bow. Mark is a US Navy retired Senior Chief who runs the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) from the Butte Job Service. One of the chief responsibilities of his position is communicating with veterans in the area and keeping them informed of what is happening around the community. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submi… Continue Reading


Daines Votes Against Trillion Dollar Backroom Spending Deal

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting in opposition to a $1.1 trillion backroom spending bill that fails to rein in the national debt: "Once again, Washington's inaction and govern-by-crisis strategy is getting in the way of providing the American people with the long-term solutions they deserve. We need an open discussion about how to support our nation's priorities while also cutting wasteful Washington spending and reining in the nation's debt. This 2000-p… Continue Reading


Daines Slams FCC Rebuff of Montana Small Businesses

Senator Steve Daines slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to permanently protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the FCC's 317-page "net neutrality" rules. Earlier today, the FCC rebuffed Daines' request to provide small Internet service providers with a permanent exemption from their new so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which requires Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network perfo… Continue Reading

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