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07.10.15

Daines Statement on Resignation of OPM Director

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to the resignation of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta. "Director Archuleta's resignation is an important first step in restoring accountability at OPM-however, OPM's consistent failure to properly address and react to these cyber attacks results from a much larger, systemic lack of accountability within the Obama administration," Daines stated. "It's time for President Obama to place a high… Continue Reading


07.10.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Ben Steele of Billings

Senator Steve Daines today honored Ben Steele, a World War II veteran of Billings, for his exceptional service to the nation and the Billings community. During the war, Steele served in the Philippines and survived the Bataan Death March. After World War II Steele studied art at the University of Denver and later taught at Montana State University - Billings. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in th… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Daines: Latest OPM Report Affirms Need for New Leadership

Senator Steve Daines today reiterated his calls for new leadership at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in light of new reports that more than 21.5 Americans were victims of a mass breach of the OPM's personnel database. This reported hack is in addition to the more than 4.2 million breached records originally announced by OPM last month. "The systemic failures and lack of accountability at OPM is staggering and completely unacceptable. The breach reported today is five times larger tha… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Daines Fights to Increase State, Local Role in Schools and Education

Senator Steve Daines is working to increase local control in Montana students' education by giving states greater flexibility in allocating federal funds to schools. Earlier today, Daines took to the Senate floor to introduce an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Daines' Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) amendment increases states' ability to allocate federal education funding in a way that best fits students' unique needs, frees states from burdensome federal re… Continue Reading


06.29.15

Daines Statement on AG Lawsuit to Rein in EPA Overreach

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 12 other states' lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the new regulation broadly expanding the definition of the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS). "I applaud Attorney General Tim Fox for standing up for Montana farmers, ranchers and small businesses against another egregious power grab by the Obama administration.… Continue Reading


06.29.15

Daines Statement on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA et. al.

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA et. al.: "The Court took an important step today to help ensure the EPA takes into account the true cost of excessive regulations on the American people, their jobs and their livelihoods. This rule is just one of the numerous burdensome regulations the Obama administration has cooked up that has the potential to eliminate good paying jobs and devastate the livelihoods… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: Crow Tribe Code Talkers

Senator Steve Daines today honored Samson Birdinground, Cyril Not Afraid, Barney Old Coyote and Henry Old Coyote of the Crow Indian Nation for their exceptional service to our country during World War II. These four men were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for serving in our armed forces as "code talkers," speaking their native Apsaalooké (Crow) language during wartime in order to transmit and receive military intelligence and successfully avoid disclosing information to enemy forc… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Daines Recognizes PTSD Awareness Day on Senate Floor

To mark National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, this Saturday, June 27, Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental illnesses like PTSD among service members and veterans. Below are key excerpts from Daines' floor speech: "PTSD is a serious problem affecting too many of our country's bravest individuals. We must do more to help our heroes. "There is no greater honor or responsibility than fighting for our vetera… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Daines Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges et al.: "The Court is overriding the will of the people of Montana and numerous other states that have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman." In 2004, Montana voters approved Initiative 96 that amended the Montana Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. ###… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Daines Fights for Montana Transportation Priorities

Senator Steve Daines today helped move forward key provisions important to Montana transportation and public safety. Daines joined the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today in moving forward the "Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act," which reauthorizes Amtrak services. Daines successfully included an amendment requiring Amtrak to evaluate options for establishing additional Amtrak stops that would have a positive financial impact to Amtrak, including a potent… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Daines Statement on Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell ruling: "Obamacare is a poorly written law that is failing the American people. I'll continue working to repeal this failed law and replace it with Montana-driven solutions that increase access to affordable care for all Montanans and put patients first." ###… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Daines Announces Miles City Airport to Receive Grant to Rehabilitate Runway

Senator Steve Daines today announced that Miles City's Frank Wiley Field will receive $2.5 million to rehabilitate the airport's runway and modernize its visual guidance system. The grant was awarded under the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "Safe and reliable air service is critical to the long-term economic needs of Montana's rural communities, including Miles City," Daines stated. "This grant will provide the Miles City airport with the tools needed to b… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Daines Joins Cavuto to Discuss OPM Hack

Senator Steve Daines today reiterated his call for Director Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Katherine Archuleta to step down amid serious concerns that under her watch, OPM failed to address major security flaws and systemic problems leading to the largest ever breach of federal employees' personal information. In the interview, Daines also called for the resignation of Donna Seymour the Chief Information Office (CIO) for OPM. "We need to hold the government accountable to standards we h… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Daines: OPM Director Should Step Down

Senator Steve Daines today called on Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Katherine Archuleta to step down in light of recent reports that due to failures in OPM's security, an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were victims of a mass cyber breach. "Under Katherine Archuleta's watch, OPM allowed one of the largest breaches of federal employees' personal information in our nation's history. More, Ms. Archuleta has refused to take accountability… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Daines Presses Highway Safety Administrator for Answers on Fire Truck Safety

Senator Steve Daines today pressed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for answers about delayed recall efforts for a failing fire truck component that resulted in a deadly crash outside of Helena, Montana last summer. During today's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing with NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, Daines recalled the crash and pressed Rosekind as to why a full recall of the defective part has taken approximately one year to institute. Daine… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Gene Peterson

Senator Steve Daines today honored Gene Peterson, a native of Culbertson and resident of Missoula, for his fifty successful years of shaping Montana's broadcasting industry and long history of public service to the state. Peterson was inducted into the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame earlier this month. In addition to working in Montana broadcasting for more than fifty years, Peterson has served as president of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and a member of the St. Patrick Hospital Advisor… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Daines Introduces Bill to Honor Jeannette Rankin on U.S. Currency

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to require that former Montana Representative Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, be featured as the first woman on U.S. paper currency. Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that it is taking nominations for the new face of the $10 bill. Daines introduced the "Celebrating the First Woman in Congress Currency Act" to require that Jeannette Rankin be the first woman on paper currency. "Jeannette Rankin, a proud Mont… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Daines’ Bills to Provide Critical Funding for Montana’s Rural Water Infrastructure Receive First Hearing

Senator Steve Daines' bills to provide much-needed funding for Montana rural water infrastructure received their first Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing today. Daines' bills- S. 1552 the Clean Water for Rural Communities Act and S. 1365, the Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act - provide much-needed funding and authorization for the construction and completion of critical rural water infrastructure projects in Montana and other states. Daines' remarks can be viewed he… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Daines Applauds Passage of Critical Defense Bill

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical support for the nation's military and national security. "This legislation is critical to ensuring our men and women in uniform have the funding and support they need to fulfill their missions," Daines stated. "The NDAA prioritizes the needs of our service members while protecting the important role that Montana holds in our national defense." Daines successfully included an… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Daines Secures Additional Support for LWCF

Senator Steve Daines today secured close to $14 million in additional funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program of critical importance to increasing access to Montana public lands and protecting Montana's outdoors heritage. During today's mark up of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2016, Daines and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) successfully passed an amendment to increase LWCF programs by nearly $14 million, bringing the overall tot… Continue Reading

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