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07.22.15

Daines Helps Secure Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF in Bipartisan Energy Bill

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that will permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund: "As Montana's sole member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I'm pleased that the Committee has reached a bipartisan solution to permanently reauthorize LWCF. LWCF is an important program for Montana that helps expand acce… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Daines Presses PHMSA Administrator Nominee on Rail and Pipeline Safety

Senator Steve Daines today underscored the need to ensure safe and environmentally sound transportation of our natural resources, whether by pipeline or rail. Daines pressed Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Administrator Nominee Marie Therese Dominguez on the recent oil spills in Montana and the need to ensure public confidence in America's pipelines. Daines also highlighted the economic impact of the oil, gas and coal industry to Montana. "PHMSA plays a ver… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Daines Joins 49 Fellow Senators in Raising Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices, Urging HHS Secretary to Comply with Investigations, Conduct Assessment to Facilitate Congressional Review

Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group including 49 other senators in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of footage by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the senators draw attention to the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by the … Continue Reading


07.22.15

In Case You Missed It: Daines on Protecting our Military Recruiters, Latest Developments on Iran Deal

"The fastest way to stop a bad guy with a gun - is a good guy with a gun." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today appeared on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business to speak on the importance of his bill, the SEMPER FI Act, which would allow military officers and non-commissioned officers the ability to carry a firearm at military recruitment centers. Daines underscored the crucial need for our men and women in uniform to be able to protect and defend themselves. Additionally, Daines joined F… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Daines: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Pay the Price for Obama Administration’s OPM Hack

Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today highlighted the growing cyber-warfare threats facing our nation, and the incompetence of the Obama administration that led to a massive breach of personal and security information at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that resulted in the resignation of Director Katherine Archuleta. Click here to watch Daines' speech. Click here to download Daines' speech. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate f… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Daines, Hunter Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Allow Military to Carry at Recruitment Centers

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today introduced legislation to allow military officers the ability to carry weapons at military recruitment centers. The Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative (SEMPER FI) Act, which was introduced today in the Senate and the House, allows the military to authorize recruiters to be armed when they're at recruitment centers or allows them to improve structural security at recruitment centers. The bill also lim… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Daines Introduces Legislation to Increase Transparency in Regulatory Rules

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to provide oversight in the federal regulatory structure by creating much needed transparency for the American people. Daines' bill, the Regulatory Impact Scale on the Economy Small Business Act of 2015 (RISE Act), would provide the federal government with a proper framework to effectively monitor regulatory activity. The bill brings essential accountability and transparency to the federal regulatory process, which currently lacks a codified, s… Continue Reading


07.20.15

Daines Statement on the UN Security Council Iran Vote

Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the United Nations (UN) Security Council voted unanimously to approve the P5+1 deal with Iran, the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism: "The President taking the deal with Iran to the United Nations before Congress even had its first full day to review the deal is an affront to the American people. The UN's vote will not corner Congress into rubberstamping a bad deal. The actions taken by the President make clear that he is … Continue Reading


07.17.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Shayne Pierre of Polson

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Shayne Pierre of Polson, Montana for his exceptional heroism. This past May, Shayne acted heroically when a drunk driver collided with a school bus. He helped save the entire bus and attended to the driver, despite sustaining injuries himself. 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 procee… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines, Forest Service Affirm Importance of Categorical Exclusions as Forest Restoration Tool

Senator Steve Daines today pressed the U.S. Forest Service to outline reforms needed to restore the health of the National Forest system and clarify the importance of Categorical Exclusions (CEs) as utilized by the Forest Service in forest health restoration projects. Click here to download Daines' questioning. Click here to watch Daines' questioning. During today's Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Daines reaffirmed his commitment to forest management reform and asked Forest Servic… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines Fights to Give Montana Farmers Certainty in Federally Mandated Grain Inspections

Senator Steve Daines today fought to secure key provisions for Montana farmers and ranchers and provide farmers greater certainty in federally mandated grain inspections to protect against disruptions like those that occurred last summer at the Port of Vancouver. Daines successfully worked to include provisions addressing concerns voiced by Montana's farmers and ranchers in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, which w… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines Works to Move Forward Long-Term Highway Bill

Senator Steve Daines joined the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee last night in approving key components of a multi-year transportation bill and reaffirmed his call for Senate leadership to move forward a long-term highway bill that provides Montanans with much-needed certainty for infrastructure investments. "This vote is an important step forward in getting a long-term highway bill across the finish line. Montana's short construction season is well underway, and it's criti… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Protect Students’ Data

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced legislation to ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect students' data. The Safeguarding American Families from Exposure by Keeping Information and Data Secure (SAFE KIDS) Act protects student privacy by establishing clear parameters for third-party operators when using data collected from students. The legislation empowers parents to control access to their children's information. The current federal protec… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Daines, Alexander Introduce Legislation to Halt Over-Regulation of Legal Ivory

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today introduced legislation to halt the Obama administration's over-regulation of lawfully owned ivory found in antique firearms, musical instruments and other family heirlooms and antiques often sought by collectors. The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015 ends the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's unilateral moratorium on the importation, exportation, and sale of lawfully possessed ivory, while also makin… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Daines, Zinke Announce Legislation to Protect Tribes from Costly Obamacare Employer Mandate

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) today announced the introduction of legislation to protect Native American tribes from Obamacare's costly employer mandate. The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act, which was introduced today in the Senate and House, will exempt tribes and tribal employers from Obamacare's employer mandate. The bills prevent massive fines that tribal employers would incur under Obamacare's employer mandate. "Tribes should not be forced to … Continue Reading


07.14.15

Daines Speaks at Helena Native Newman’s Swearing-in as NASA Deputy Administrator

Senator Steve Daines today spoke at the ceremonial swearing-in of Helena native Dr. Dava Newman as the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Deputy Administrator. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Newman on April 27, 2015. Click here to download the picture of Newman and Daines. "Dr. Newman is inspiration for countless of young Montanans who are excited about not only space exploration, but also science, technology, engineering and math," Daines stated. "I ha… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Daines Applauds Air Force Decision to Maintain RED HORSE Unit at Malmstrom

Senator Steve Daines today applauded news that the 819th RED HORSE squadron will remain stationed at Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base. "This is great news for Malmstrom, the Great Falls community and the state of Montana," Daines stated. "The 819th RED HORSE unit at Malmstrom Air Force Base holds an important role in our national security and is a critical partner for the Montana Air National Guard's 219th RED HORSE unit. I'm thankful that the Air Force has recognized the importance of mainta… Continue Reading


07.14.15

PHOTO: Daines Presents Montanan of the Week to Son of Crow Code Talker

Senator Steve Daines presented his Montanan of the Week award to Judge Not Afraid, son of Crow Code Talker, Cyril Not Afraid. Cyril Not Afraid was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for serving in the armed forces as a "code talker," speaking his native Apsaalooké (Crow) language during wartime in order to transmit and receive military intelligence and successfully avoid disclosing information to enemy forces. Click here to download the photo of Daines and Judge Not Afraid. "I am … Continue Reading


07.14.15

Daines Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Obama administration's announcement that the P5+1 has reached an agreement with Iran, the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism: "I remain unconvinced that this agreement will prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. This agreement paves the way for Iran to further direct its resources in leading the way as the world's greatest state-sponsor of terrorism." Last night, Daines took to the Senate floor to outline paramet… Continue Reading


07.13.15

Daines Announces New Books Program for Montana Schools

Senator Steve Daines today announced a new partnership with the Library of Congress to donate surplus books to Montana public schools. Through the program, three different Montana schools and libraries will receive books each month to encourage education and learning. The first recipients include: Harlowton Public Library in Wheatland County Troy Public High School in Lincoln County Brockton Public High School in Roosevelt County "As a product of Montana public scho… Continue Reading

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