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11.21.17

National Park Service Extends Comment Period Following Daines’ Request

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured a 30-day extension to the comment period of proposed fee increase for our National Parks, following a letter sent to the Acting Director of the National Park Service, Mike Reynolds. "It is critical that Montanans and Americans can afford to enjoy Montana's national treasures," Daines stated. "A fee increase of this magnitude needs enough time for Montanans and our visitors to have their voices heard." On November 14, Daines sent a letter t… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Daines Applauds Roll-Back of Burdensome Internet Regulation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement regarding plans to dismantle harmful internet regulations implemented under the Obama Administration and return to a light-touch regulatory system that allows the internet economy to thrive. "Some of America's greatest companies were born on the internet," said Daines. "By dismantling harmful internet regulations, American companies will have an open internet th… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Daines Applauds New Direct Flights from MSO and FCA to Los Angeles

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded United Airlines' announcement to offer direct flights from Missoula (MSO) and Glacier Park (FCA) in Montana to Los Angeles (LAX). "Tourism is a critical part of the Montana economy and supports tens of thousands of jobs," said Daines. "Having more flight options means less expensive airfare for Montana families and more businesses opportunities for the Treasure State." "This new flight is an excellent opportunity for travelers to access… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Daines Fights for Montana Agriculture

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led seven Senators from the Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest in sending a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, urging them to address India's unfair trade practices affecting American dry pea producers. The letter calls on Indian Prime Minister Modi to reverse or delay the implementation of a 50 percent tariff on all dry pea imports and re… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Ray Hageman of Garfield County

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Ray Hageman of Garfield County for the bravery and leadership he demonstrated while fighting the Lodgepole Complex Fire this past wildfire season. 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 Co… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Senate Western Caucus Urges Prompt Confirmation of Interior Nominees

U.S. SENATE -Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), was joined by 15 Senators in leading members of the Senate Western Caucus in urging U.S. Senate leadership to prioritize confirmation of nominees important to the West. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, the Senate Western Caucus drew attention to the languishing nominations of Joseph Balash to be Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Susan Combs t… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Daines Introduces Legislation to Accelerate Forest Management

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests Act to accelerate badly needed and locally supported forest management projects that will improve the health of National Forests and get loggers back to work. Daines' bill establishes a pilot arbitration program authorizing the U.S. Forest Service to use binding arbitration in Region 1 (Montana, parts of Idaho, North Dakota) as an alternative dispute resolution process for certain forest res… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Daines: National Parks Must Be Accessible to All

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the Acting Director of the National Park Service, Mike Reynolds, asking for an extension of the public comment period for fee increases at 17 National Parks. On October 24, 2017, the National Park Service announced it is considering raising the entrance fees during peak season for 17 National Parks, including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park in Montana. Under the proposal, the price per vehicle will be raised from $30 … Continue Reading


11.15.17

Daines Votes for Energy Dominance and American Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to empower Alaskans to develop a job-creating oil and gas program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "Conservation and job creation are not mutually exclusive," said Daines. "Alaskans, like Montanans understand the needs of their communities better than radical extreme environmentalists who are determined to block good-paying American jobs." Earlier this month at a Committee hearing, Sen. Daines spoke about the importance of blending th… Continue Reading


11.14.17

Daines Supports Repeal of Individual Mandate in Tax Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate after the Senate acted on his urging to include a repeal of Obamacare's poverty tax in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Watch video HERE. Download video HERE. Last week, Senator Daines sent a letter to Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, urging him to include a repeal of the poverty tax in the tax legislation. Read the letter HERE. Remarks as prepared: Mr. President - As we cut taxes, there's one goal I… Continue Reading


11.14.17

Daines Announces Staff Changes

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Helena-native, Liz Dellwo has been promoted to State Director. Daines also welcomes new hire Breanna Deutsch to join his communications team, serving as Press Secretary. "A Helena-native, Liz brings Montana hard work, dedication and passion for our state," Daines stated. "I know Liz will be invaluable in serving Montanans and putting their interests first." Liz Dellwo is a fourth generation Montanan who grew up in Helena. She attend… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Daines, Fox Continue ‘Brawl Of The Wild’ Rivalry

U.S. SENATE -For the fifth straight year, Montana's U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and continue their 'Brawl of the Wild' wager for the University of Montana - Montana State University football game. The Bobcats (4-6) and Grizzlies (7-3) clash this Saturday at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. The terms of this year's bet: the loser will sport the colors of the winning team and record a video, congratulating them. The loser will share the video on Twitter and Facebook. … Continue Reading


11.10.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Town of Roberts

U.S. SENATE - Just ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the town of Roberts, in Carbon County, who is honoring military veterans by lining Highway 212 with crosses and dogtags to represent servicemembers who have lived in Roberts. 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, … Continue Reading


11.10.17

Daines Introduces Legislation to Build Veteran Homes

U.S. SENATE - Just ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to ensure that underserved veterans get the care they need. Daines' bill, "Veteran State Home Grant Backlog Reduction Act" will create a new prioritization system that will separate out upgrades and needed rehabilitation to existing VA facilities and much-needed new construction. It requires the VA to separately designate construction specific budget resources and have a plan to clear up the state hom… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Daines Talks Cyber With DHS Secretary Nominee Nielsen

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary nominee Kirstjen Nielsen about border security at both the northern and south borders and protecting Americans' privacy and cybersecurity. During today's hearing on Nielsen's nomination in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Daines discussed the cyber threat facing Columbia Falls, Montana. "Recently the Columbia Falls, Montana school district was h… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Daines Secures Agreement to Ship $200 Million of Montana Beef to China

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured an agreement between JD.com, one of China's largest retailers and the Montana Stockgrowers Association with the intent to purchase a minimum of $200 million in Montana-sourced beef over the next several years. JD.com will also seek to invest up to another $100 million to build a processing plant in Montana to support Montana beef production, with construction beginning as early as 2018. While President Donald Trump is in China to grow and strength… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Daines: This is About Giving Families a Pay Raise Through a Tax Cut

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined his Senate colleagues, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and leading tax reform advocates at an event to highlight the need for tax cuts. Click HERE to watch Daines' remarks. Click HERE to download Daines' remarks. Excerpts of Daines' remarks are below: "We're standing here on behalf of millions of American families who cannot afford a plane ticket, a bus ticket or a train ticket to come … Continue Reading


11.06.17

Daines to Ryan & Brady: Repeal the Individual Mandate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady to include a full repeal of the individual mandate in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "I'm encouraging the Speaker and Chairman Brady to include eliminating the individual mandate in the House tax bill - a fine on the low income in our country," Daines stated. "It's important we take every opportunity to repeal this costly tax and this is a prime oppor… Continue Reading


11.03.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Diana Tolstedt of Billings

U.S. SENATE - During National Adoption Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Diana Tolstedt of Billings for helping navigate Montanans through all aspects of the adoption process for nearly three decades. 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 th… Continue Reading


11.03.17

Daines: We Need to Strike the Balance Between Protecting the Environment and Energy Development

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines underscored the importance of states taking the lead in both protecting the environment and energy development. During yesterday's U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the potential for oil and gas exploration and development in the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Daines remarked on the important of states defining their own future, not out of state bureaucrats. "It's a bit arrogant for folks in… Continue Reading

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