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05.20.15

Daines ‘Stands with Rand’ in Opposition to NSA Bulk Collection of Montanans’ Phone Records

Senator Steve Daines today stood alongside Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and called for the end of the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk meta-data collection program. Below are key excerpts from Daines' floor speech: "I know firsthand the power that big data holds - I also know the great risks that arise when this power is abused. There is a clear and direct threat to Americans' civil liberties that comes with the mass collection of our personal information and phone records. "This program is … Continue Reading


05.20.15

Daines Partners with Google to Bring Small Business Workshops to Bozeman, Billings

Senator Steve Daines today announced that representatives from Google will host free tech workshops for Montana small business owners in Bozeman on Thursday, May 28 and Billings on Friday, May 29. Daines' workshops are part of Google's Let's Put Our Cities on the Map small business events. Google experts will help small business owners create their own websites, courtesy of StartLogic. Businesses receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Googl… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Daines’ Bills to Expand Montana Hydropower Receive First Committee Hearing

Senator Steve Daines bills to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana received their first Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today. Daines' bills provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "Hydropower is an important aspe… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Montana Senators Introduce Bill to Make Indian Coal Production Tax Credit Permanent

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (ICPTC). The ICPTC provides a crucial tax incentive to level the playing field for future development of the tribal coal resources that are currently subject to more regulatory requirements than comparable development on private, state or federal lands. The credit protects the economic viability of existing tribal coal mining projects, which support much-needed t… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Sun River Watershed Group

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the achievement of the Sun River Watershed group from Cascade, MT for recently being named one of four finalists for the 2015 North American Riverprize. Since 1994, the group has prioritized the management and restoration of the river. 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 C… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Tester, Daines introduce bill to improve Montana’s rural water infrastructure

Senators' bill will invest in tribal and rural water needs (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today announced they will introduce a bipartisan bill to guarantee critical investments to improve and update Montana's aging rural water systems. The Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act will establish a guaranteed annual investment of $80 million from the Reclamation Fund to upgrade eligible rural water systems for 20 years. Montana has two rural water systems that would… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Daines, Montana Ag & Business Leaders Call for Passage of Trade Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today joined Montana farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and business leaders in calling for the swift passage of bipartisan legislation to give Congress and the American people a greater voice in trade negotiations. "Montanans know the importance of trade to our state's economy. Montana ag producers, manufacturers and small businesses need fair and transparent trade policies that increase access to new markets and help grow their businesses," Daines stated. "This bipartisan t… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Daines Introduces Bill to Roll Back EPA Regs

"A War on Coal is a War on the Crow People" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce legislation that ensures Montanans have access to affordable energy and protects good-paying coal jobs. Daines is an original cosponsor of The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which holds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable and protects states' rights by requiring the EPA to demonstrate how their proposed regulations could imp… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Daines Statement on BBER Study on Timber Sale Litigation

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research's (BBER) study examining the costs and impacts associated with litigation of U.S. Forest Service timber sales in the Northern Region. "This eye-opening study confirms what we long suspected: Litigation against commonsense timber projects is having far-reaching, damaging impacts on Montana jobs, access to recreation and our environment," Daines stated. "It is unacce… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Big Sky Students and Teacher

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the hard work of Ms. Jennifer Zirbel and her class at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky. Ms. Zirbel's class competed in the Capitol Hill Challenge for the 12th annual Stock Market Game. 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' recognition in the Congressional … Continue Reading


05.07.15

Daines: Court Ruling Bulk Phone Collection Illegal is Welcome News

Senator Steve Daines today welcomed a federal court ruling that the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk telephone metadata collection program is illegal and reaffirmed his commitment to ending the federal government's mass collection of Montanans' personal information. The New York-based 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously ruled today that the NSA does not have the legal authority to widely collect Americans' bulk telephony metadata. "Montanans have long known that the federal gove… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Consumers Correct Errors on Credit Reports

A report by the Federal Trade Commission found that millions of consumer credit reports contain mistakes and errors, often leading to less favorable loan terms or denial of credit; Resolving these errors can take a long time and many consumers have incorrect information on their credit reports as they go through the dispute process The FIX Credit Reporting Errors Act would require credit reporting agencies to forward any documents the consumer has provided as evidence in their dispute to partie… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Daines Salutes Montana Small Businesses on Senate Floor

Senator Steve Daines today saluted Montana small businesses in recognition of National Small Business Week. During remarks made today on the Senate floor, Daines highlighted the important role that Montana small businesses hold in supporting Montana's economy and creating good-paying Montana jobs. Daines also outlined many of the challenges facing Montana's small businesses, and called for reforms that reduce Washington's regulatory overreach, simplify the nation's tax code and repeals and repl… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Daines: Increased Forest Management Vital to Reducing Threat of Wildfire in Montana

Senator Steve Daines today emphasized the importance of proper management of Montana's National Forests to reduce the costly threat of devastating wildfires in Montana. During today's Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the federal government's role in wildfire management, the impact of fires on communities and potential improvements to be made in fire operations, Daines called on Congress to find long-term solutions for funding wildfire suppression. "I've spent a lot of time t… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Daines Announces Hiring of Six Montana Veterans

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has hired six Montana veterans to work in Daines' state offices and serve Montana's veterans and military communities. "The best way to serve Montana's veterans is to hire those who have been in their shoes," Daines stated. "I'm excited to have a strong group of Montana veterans working in our offices, ready and prepared to help Montana's veterans and military families receive the services they deserve and ensure that their voices are heard in Washin… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Daines Launches New Initiative to Recognize Outstanding Montanans

Senator Steve Daines today announced a new effort to recognize Montanans who exemplify the Treasure State's strong legacy of community spirit and leadership. 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. "In Montana, we have some of the most compassionate, hardworking and dedicated folks in the nation," Dai… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Daines Slams EPA Administrator on Job-Killing Coal Plan

Senator Steve Daines today slammed Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy for pushing forward new EPA carbon regulations without fully consulting affected states and tribes or addressing the plan's detrimental impacts on coal production and jobs in Montana. During today's Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Daines emphasized Montanans' concerns that the EPA's proposed "Clean Power Plan" could shutter the state's coal-fired p… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Tester, Daines push for swift Secure Rural Schools payments

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are pushing the U.S. Forest Service to expedite Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments to rural Montana counties. In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Tester and Daines demanded the Forest Service distribute SRS payments to rural counties as quickly as possible. "For rural America to thrive, communities must be able to maintain quality schools, protect public safety, and invest in roads and bridges," Tester and Daines wrote. "As we w… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Tester, Daines introduce Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines introduced legislation to finalize a decades-old water rights settlement for the Blackfeet tribe. The Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean water for the communities within the Reservation, as well as farms, ranches, and businesses in the surrounding area. "Folks in Montana came together, worked out their differences, and built this a… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Daines Fights to Ensure Modernization of Montana’s Military Missions

Senator Steve Daines is fighting to ensure that the C-130s of the Montana Army National Guard (MANG) are mission-ready and fully modernized by 2020. During a Defense Appropriations Committee hearing on the President's Fiscal-Year 2016 budget request for the National Guard and Reserve, Daines pressed Guard officials to ensure MANG's C-130 planes are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified and flyable by 2020. Daines conveyed ongoing concerns with the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) … Continue Reading

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