Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity of "Internet-of-Things" (loT) Devices

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 would require that devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements. Under the terms of the bill, vendors who supply the U.S. governmen… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Funding for Great Falls, Deer Lodge Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced two Montana airports have received $2,099,654 in funding for critical upgrades and maintenance. "The Great Falls and Deer Lodge airports play critical roles in our state's connectivity and economy," Daines stated. "I'm excited to secure these funds to keep these airports operational and growing for both Montanans and folks who want to visit our great state." The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Deta… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Online Privacy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize our nation's privacy laws and update warrant requirements for electronic communications to reflect the technological realities of the 21st century. The current law that governs protections afforded to electronic communications was passed in 1986, a time when Congress could not have anticipated the prevalence of email and digital communication. The Email Privacy Act updates this law and shows ho… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Skip Walters of Great Falls

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Skip Walters of Great Falls for a tremendous radio broadcasting career. 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 official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Da… Continue Reading


Daines Blasts Failure to Repeal Obamacare

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate fell short of advancing the effort to repeal Obamacare: "Montanans have made it clear in election after election, they want Obamacare to be repealed and replaced," Daines stated. "These families have paid far too much and have faced an increase of 133 percent in their premiums over the past five years. We must help these families and not let them suffer under this broken law anymore." ###… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Demand Relief for Farmers and Ranchers Hit by Wildfire

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte today requested emergency relief to farmers and ranchers severely impacted by the Lodgepole Complex Wildfire in Eastern Montana. In a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Daines and Gianforte urged Zinke to grant farmers and ranchers the ability to graze livestock on retired grazing allotments within the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge (CMR). "We write to request that the Department of the Inte… Continue Reading


Daines Puts Senators on Record on Socialized Medicine

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured a vote on his amendment to the healthcare bill, currently being debated on the U.S. Senate floor, to put U.S. Senators on the record on whether or not they support socialized medicine. While Democrats have consistently championed this proposal, today they shielded their true views from their constituents and the American people on their real support for a single payer system. Daines' amendment is consistent with U.S. Representative … Continue Reading


Daines Secures Critical Funds for Montana’s Transportation Network

U.S. SETNATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured important funding to help improve Montana's transportation services including for roadways, highways, runways and the big sky. This afternoon, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations passed the bipartisan FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. "Improving our roadways, bridges and runways is critically important for Montana's connectivity and economic activity," Daines stated… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Critical Funds to Spur Economic Development

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured important funding to support Montana's commerce, justice and science systems including new forest products, outdoor recreation economic impact and countering the drug epidemic in Montana. This afternoon, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations passed the bipartisan FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. We need to prioritize spending to support efforts most important to protecting Montana familie… Continue Reading


Daines, Gianforte Urge FEMA to Reconsider Aid to Montana for Lodgepole Complex Fires

Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare Montana eligible for emergency funds. Gianforte and Daines sent a letter to Brock Long, Administrator of FEMA, requesting reconsideration of Montana's request for eligibility for fire management assistance. The Lodgepole Complex fires have already consumed more than 270,000 acres, and the devastating disaster threatens the livelihood of thousands of Montanans. "We… Continue Reading


Daines: Let’s Repeal the #PovertyTax

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines blasted the Obamacare tax penalty that targets low income Americans who did not buy insurance required by Obamacare's heavy handed mandates. In his remarks, Daines previewed an amendment he wants adopted into legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare to return money to the 7,973,490 Americans who paid the Poverty Tax to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. Dain… Continue Reading


Daines: Paradise Valley Home to Renowned Recreation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke about Paradise Valley during the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining hearing. Daines reiterated he supports the local communities efforts for a mineral withdrawal to protect Paradise Valley and emphasized the need to focus on the best path forward with the highest chance of success for securing protections for the Gateway to Yellowstone. Click HERE to watch Daines' r… Continue Reading


Daines Meets with White House Leaders to Fight Montana Meth Problem

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines met with White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Acting Director Richard Baum on ways to combat the growing problem of methamphetamine in Montana. "Meth is ruining lives across our great state. The future of the next generation of Montanans is at risk if we do not combat this growing epidemic," Daines stated "I am glad the White House is committed to finding a solution to the drug problem in America and I look forward to working with… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bills to Protect Taxpayer Dollars Pass Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured the passage of his legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This morning the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs overwhelmingly passed both S.886 - DHS Acquisition Review Board Act and the S.906 - Reduce DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act. "We need more accountability and transparency with taxpayer dollars," Daines state… Continue Reading


EPA Meets Daines Requests in Superfund Task Force Report

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured his recommendations in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Task Force Report released by Administrator Scott Pruitt. "With nearly 20 National Priority List Superfund sites in Montana, it's a high priority of mine to ensure we are doing all we can to work toward cleaning them up," Daines stated "I am glad to see Administrator Pruitt take into account my recommendations and I look forward to continue working with the EPA to… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $5,024,695 in Funding for Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $5,024,695.00 in critical funding for four Montana airports in Glendive, Billings, Butte and Kalispell. "Montana airports play a critical role in our communities," Daines stated. "This funding will make a big difference in keeping our airports in good shape for current and future use." Daines secured the following provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization: Airport Improvement Program (AIP) dollars which bu… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Billings Couple as “Angels in Adoption”

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines last week recognized Susan and Jack Klein of Billings as his "Angels in Adoption" - an honor designated to Americans making a difference in the lives of children through adoption. "It's an honor to nominate Susan and Jack Klein as our 'Angels in Adoption.' As a Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Jack has continued the practice of serving both his country and community," stated Daines "Today, Jack and Susan make a profound impact not only on the lives of the children… Continue Reading


Daines: Bernhardt Will Make a Great Deputy Secretary of Interior

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the U.S. Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. "David Bernhardt is a westerner who is well-qualified to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Interior," Daines stated. "I look forward to watching David hit the ground running and work with him to improve our great public lands." Shortly before the vote, Daines took to the Senate floor to highlight Bernhardt's qualifications: C… Continue Reading


Daines Speaks on Senate Floor on Montana Fires

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the U.S. Senate floor to discuss the fires burning across Montana, the tragic loss of Trenton Johnson and the severe drought facing Montana producers: Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. ### Contact: Marcie Kinzel, Katie Waldman… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Guthrie McLean

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Guthrie McLean. "I am thrilled to report that we just received an email from Guthrie McLean's mother that 'prayers answered, Guthrie is home,'" Daines stated. "After days of working the phones with top Chinese and American officials to secure Guthrie's freedom from a Chinese detention facility, he has been safely reunited with his mother." Daines has been working through the weekend with both the Chinese and Uni… Continue Reading

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