Daines, Tester Congratulate Bekah Joy on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today congratulated Sentinel High School student Bekah Joy on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Joy was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy by Daines and Tester, they both called to congratulate her. Joy is the goalkeeper on her high school varsity soccer team and she is a recruited soccer goalie in the national premier league "Elite Club National League." Joy is also Key Club Treasurer and is involved in organizing mid… Continue Reading


Daines: Sessions Will Uphold Rule of Law as AG

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. "I know Jeff Sessions to be a kind-hearted man that stays true to his word and honors the commitment to the rule of law," Daines stated. "In his new role as Attorney General, I have confidence that he will faithfully defend the Constitution and enforce the law - principles that were too o… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today announced that they have introduced legislation repealing federal mandates for driver's licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. "The REAL ID Act infringes on Montanans privacy and civil liberties and is not what Montanans want," Daines stated. "As Montana's Senator, I will ensure their voices are heard and will work to scrap this intrusive law." "Montanans value their independence and privacy, and REAL ID is a violation of tho… Continue Reading


Daines: Obamacare Repeal Moving Forward

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today commented on the Obamacare repeal resolution that passed the U.S. Senate at 1:25AM ET. "Over the past several years, I have heard from countless Montanans how Obamacare has failed them. Obamacare is in a death spiral and today we took a monumental step toward repealing it. This is great news for Montanans and great news for America. I will continue to work to ensure that we put the voice of the people back in the healthcare equation. "I urge my… Continue Reading


Democrats Repeat Played Out Strategy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement before the U.S. Senate began an extended vote series intended to undermine the process to repeal Obamacare. "Tonight while the U.S. Senate votes to begin the process to repeal Obamacare, Democrats are predictably continuing to play their reindeer games - introducing unrelated legislation to hold up the repeal of Obamacare. Montanans deserve better." Earlier today, Daines took to the Senate floor to highlight Obama… Continue Reading


Daines: One Star For Montana’s Veterans is Disgraceful

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on news that Fort Harrison was downgraded from two stars to just one star in a performance rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "It's incredibly disturbing that Fort Harrison is performing far below a level that Montana veterans deserve," Daines stated. "Clearly, major improvements are needed so that our vets get the best possible care. I'm actively engaged with VA leadership to find solutions to… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Funds to Repair Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Water System

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) has complied with Daines' request for emergency funding to repair the on-reservation water system in light of recent breakages and contamination. "The repairs to the tribe's water system are critical for wellbeing of the Chippewa Cree tribal members, " Daines stated. "I'm pleased that Chippewa Cree Tribe will once again have access to safe drinking water." Harlan Baker, Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman: "I… Continue Reading


Daines: Mnuchin Will Shake Up Status Quo to Rein in Spending

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin. "Washington, D.C. is in desperate need of a leader who is willing to make the bold decisions necessary to put our fiscal house in order and back a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda," Daines stated. "Steven Mnuchin is an experienced leader who isn't afraid to challenge the status quo." Earlier today, Dai… Continue Reading


Daines: Mulvaney Will Restore Fiscal Sanity to OMB

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney. "As the principal architect of the President's budget, Mick Mulvaney is tasked with being the chief steward of taxpayer dollars, balancing the budget and restoring fiscal sanity to our federal government," Daines stated. "Mick is a disciplined leader who appreciates the value of a dollar and … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces First Bill in 115th Congress: The Balanced Budget Accountability Act

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced his first piece of U.S. Senate legislation in the 115th Congress: the Balanced Budget Accountability Act requiring that Congress passes a balanced budget - or members won't get paid. The Balanced Budget Accountability Act strengthens accountability in Washington and encourages members of Congress to commit to the annual budget process as required by law and pass budgets that balance within ten years. If a balanced budget is not passed by… Continue Reading


Daines: BLM Review of Coal Program is Laughable

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) results of their laughable "comprehensive, public review" of the Nation's federal coal program. "Despite my efforts to ensure Montanans' voices were heard in a meaningful way, the Obama administration has denied their input and put forth ideas for reforms to the federal coal program that would jeopardize good-paying jobs and tax revenue that support our schools, ro… Continue Reading


Daines: McMahon Will Be A Champion For Small Business

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon. "Linda McMahon knows what it takes to grow a business from the ground up," Daines stated. "I know she will fight for small businesses with the same vigor that she did for her company." According to the Small Business Administration Montana has over 115,000 small businesses in the state, mak… Continue Reading


Daines: Kelly Will Protect Our Nation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, General John F. Kelly during the nomination hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Following breaches at both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Managment (OPM), Daines asked Kelly how he would protect Americans sensitive information from a cyberattack. "General Ke… Continue Reading


Daines Bill to Protect Small Businesses Passes House

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives bipartisan passage of his legislation to protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 317-page "net neutrality" rules. "Hardworking small business owners are already facing uncertainty and more red tape because Washington can't get its act together," Daines stated. "The last thing small businesses need is bureaucrats hundreds of miles a… Continue Reading


Daines to Kelly: Make America Safe Again

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), General John Kelly. "General Kelly is a straight shooter who knows what it takes to secure our borders, protect Americans and will Make America Safe Again," Daines stated. Daines and Kelly discussed securing the southern border, robust refugee vetting, enhancing cybersecurity and increasing security at the norther… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Health Net to Get Their Act Together

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today implored Health Net to address long-standing concerns of Montana veterans and ensure timely care and payment. In a letter to Billy Maynard, President and CEO of Health Net, Daines expressed concerns that he has heard from Montana veterans of their lack of confidence in Health Net's ability to fulfill their obligations. "It is unacceptable that over a year later, I continue to hear concerns from Montana providers and veterans that Health Net's perf… Continue Reading


Montana Senators Congratulate Evan Morris and Max Sechena on Acceptance to Naval Academy

Tester, Daines Nominated both Montana Seniors for Prestigious Appointments (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today congratulated Max Sechena of Great Falls and Evan Morris of Bozeman on their appointments to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. "These two young men embody Montana values through and through," Tester said. "They're leaders, scholars, and athletes who strive every day to make their communities-and this nation-better. I know they will excel as mid… Continue Reading


Colstrip Native Joins Daines DC Office as U.S. Army Fellow

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that U.S. Army Major Brad Caton has been selected to serve as a Defense Fellow in Daines' Washington, D.C. office through 2017. Most recently, Caton served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G8 (Financial Management) for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, and deployed to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the J8 for CENTCOM Forward - Jordan. "I am excited to welcome Major Caton to our team to help serve Montana's military … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: John and Stephanie Hekkel of Anaconda

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized John and Stephanie Hekkel of Anaconda in celebration of the rebuilding of Club Moderne. 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 Mon… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Reversal of Misguided Decision to Stop Hearings on Disability Insurance for Montanans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the U.S. Social Security Administration to continue processing Montanans Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Recently, Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge Nicholas LoBurgio suspended all hearings for SSDI and SSI claims in the state of Montana until at least the summer of 2017 unless there is a dire need. In letters to Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and Judge LoBurgio, Daines impl… Continue Reading

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