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06.15.15

Daines Works to Ensure Due Process for Veterans Erroneously Discharged

Senator Steve Daines today announced he has helped introduce two measures to ensure due process for veterans who suffer from mental health illnesses who may have been erroneously given an administrative discharge, rather than an honorable discharge. Daines has joined Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to introduce S. 1567 which ensures active duty members who suffer from invisible wounds, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) aren't incorrec… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jaydyn Child of Dillon

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today honored Jaydyn Child, a Dillon high school student who recently received the Girl Scouts' highest possible award, the Gold Award, for her project to raise awareness about suicide prevention among teens and adults in Montana. Daines presented Jaydyn with her award today at the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming office in Bozeman. Click here to download the high-resolution photo. Through his "Montanan of the Week" i… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Daines Statement on Reported Chinese Cyber Attacks

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to reports that Chinese hackers have accessed the private security clearance information of millions of military and intelligence personnel: "Reports that Chinese hackers have hacked into private security clearance information from our nation's military and intelligence agencies is deeply concerning and could have devastating implications for our national security. This is the second major cyber attack on the federal govern… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Daines, Senate Appropriations Committee Move Forward Critical Montana Defense Priorities

Senate defense appropriations bills approved by committee, contains key provisions to support Montana defense priorities WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today helped move forward support for important Montana defense priorities in the Senate Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2016. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill today with a strong bipartisan vote of 18-3. "This bill is essential to funding our military," Daines stated. "I'm proud that this bill contain… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Daines Helps Introduce Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Senator Steve Daines today helped introduce legislation to protect unborn children from the pain of late-term abortions. Daines is an original cosponsor of the commonsense Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would prevent late-term abortion nationwide beyond 20 weeks - more than halfway through pregnancy when a baby can feel pain. "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is an important measure to do exactly that: protect unborn children who can feel pain," Daines… Continue Reading


06.09.15

PHOTO: Daines Meets with Children's Miracle Network Champion Jordynn Hardman

Senator Steve Daines today met with Helena native Jordynn Hardman, the 2015 Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Champion for Montana. Hardman discussed with Daines her journey to receiving a diagnosis, her plans to become a writer and the important role Children's Miracle Network plays in her life. Senator Daines with Jordynn Hardman "Jordynn is an incredible young woman who inspires others to live each day to the fullest," Daines stated. "She is dedicated, smart and resilient and it was honor… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Daines Works To Expand Markets for Montana Energy

Senator Steve Daines today worked to break down some of the regulatory barriers facing Montana energy producers and expand markets for made in Montana energy. During today's Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Daines sought to ensure that Montana coal isn't hindered by duplicative regulations that could increase energy prices and negatively impact the thousands of jobs and more than one hundred million dollars in tax revenue each year that coal provides. Daines: "Can you provide some example… Continue Reading


06.08.15

Senators Call on Commerce, Ag Secretaries to Prioritize Broadband Access for Rural Americans

Daines, Manchin, King lead bipartisan effort to ensure high-speed broadband for rural communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Angus King (I-ME) today led a bipartisan effort to ensure the federal government prioritizes high-speed broadband access for rural Americans. In a bipartisan letter signed by more than a dozen Senators, the Senators pressed Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Co-Chairs of the Broadband Oppo… Continue Reading


06.05.15

Montana’s Senators Work to Improve Access to Montana’s Outdoors

In honor of the upcoming National Trails Day, Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are working to improve maintenance of Montana's National Forest trails. Daines and Tester have signed onto S.1110, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2015, which would ensure existing Forest Service resources are better used to maintain National Forest trails. It would also significantly increase the role of volunteers and local partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of… Continue Reading


06.05.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jim Weber of Helena

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Jim Weber, a welding and machining teacher at Capital High School in Helena, Montana. Under Mr. Weber's leadership his class recently made 15 machined fly rods to donate to the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program. Big Hearts Under the Big Sky allows service members, children with life-threatening illnesses and women battling breast cancer, opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at no cost. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will … Continue Reading


06.04.15

Daines Takes to Senate Floor to Blast Rising Costs of Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to blast the rising costs of Obamacare in Montana, as insurers across the state have asked for double-digit increases in premiums for 2016. Below are key excerpts from Daines' floor speech: "Look no further than Montana, where it is evident that health care premiums aren't as affordable as President Obama promised they would be. "Policies sold through Obamacare exchanges are becoming even more expensive. "In Montana, according to fillings w… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Daines Statement on EPA Study Confirming Safety of Hydraulic Fracturing

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft assessment concluding that hydraulic fracturing has not led to "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources." "The EPA assessment reflects what Montanans have long known: hydraulic fracturing is a safe and effective way to access Montana's vast energy resources. The federal government needs to step back and allow states to take the lead in regulating hydrauli… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Daines Introduces Legislation to Decrease Regulatory Burden on Montana Small Businesses

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to rollback the regulatory burdens and uncertainty facing too many Montana small businesses. Daines' bill, S.1487, the Regulatory Predictability for Business Growth Act, ensures that small businesses aren't subjected to unexamined and altered regulations that change at the whims of Washington bureaucrats. The bill requires any interpretative rule to undergo the Notice and Comment process if there is a change to a previously issued rule. The bil… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Daines Hails Long Overdue Passage of USA Freedom Act

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the long overdue passage of the bipartisan USA Freedom Act: "I look forward to seeing this bipartisan legislation quickly signed into law by the President. The USA Freedom Act takes the long overdue step to end the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records and secures important reforms to protect Americans' Fourth Amendment rights. Today's vote is a win for our civil liberties and our constitutional rights. " Daines has long worked to protect Americans… Continue Reading


05.31.15

Daines Statement on the USA Freedom Act

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate voted to advance the bipartisan USA Freedom Act. "I'm pleased to see the Senate take a critical step towards ending the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by advancing the USA Freedom Act. The USA Freedom Act strikes the right balance between protecting the homeland from terror attacks while protecting the constitutional rights and liberty of the American people. I urge the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act s… Continue Reading


05.28.15

Daines Statement on BLM and USFS’s Greater Sage-Grouse Plan

"Obama Administration's Land Use Plans Are One-Size-Fits-None" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today expressed his deep concerns about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) newly released federal plan to manage the greater sage-grouse habitat. "We can't protect the greater sage-grouse in a checkerboard-like fashion - after all, the bird can't tell the difference between federal, state and private lands. I have serious concerns that the Obama administr… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Daines Slams EPA Waters of the U.S. Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed the newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Waters of the United States" rule as a direct threat to Montana's agriculture and natural resources industries, jobs and water rights: "Once again, the Obama administration is pushing forward its extreme agenda with little regard for its devastating impacts on Montanans. By expanding the EPA's powers to regulate virtually any spot across the country that is occasionally wet, this new rule has the potent… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Daines Fights for Montana Veterans’ Priorities in Senate Appropriations Bill

Senator Steve Daines today helped secure important reforms that increase Montana veterans' access to health care services and ensure that all Montana veterans are treated with the utmost care and respect in both life and death. Daines successfully worked to include language addressing several of Montana veterans' long-standing concerns in the FY 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which was marked up and approved by the Senate Appropriations Co… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Deborah Blong of Missoula

Senator Steve Daines today commended Debroah Blong of Missoula, Montana, who was recently recognized as the recipient of the American Network of Community Options and Resources 2015 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award for the state of Montana. 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. Da… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Daines Secures Vital Reforms to Ensure On-Time Federal Grain Inspections for Montana Farmers

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has secured key reforms to the United States Grain Standards Act to ensure Montana farmers are protected from disruptions in federally mandated grain inspections, like what occurred last summer at the Port of Vancouver. The Senate Agriculture Committee today passed the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, which contains provisions authored by Daines to maintain continuous required grain inspection for farmers, ranchers and p… Continue Reading

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