Daines Leads 29 Senators Urging President Obama to Refrain From ‘No First Use’ Nuclear Weapons Policy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 29 Senators in urging President Obama to refrain from implementing the dangerous and irresponsible 'no first use' nuclear weapons policy. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the Senators underscore the strategic importance of the nuclear arsenal to domestic safety and geopolitical strength. "While no American wishes to employ nuclear weapons in conflict, establishing a no first use policy would weaken the nation's security and make th… Continue Reading


Daines: Chinese Market Opens to Montana Beef

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today welcomed news that China would be ending the ban on U.S. beef that began in 2003: "This is game-changing news for Montana ranchers," Daines stated. "The beef market is critical to Montana jobs and the economy. With over 95% of the world's consumers living outside the US, opening markets abroad for Montana agricultural exports is essential. Having the ability to access a new market, especially one as large and significant as China, will help keep Mon… Continue Reading


Daines: Montanans Know Best How to Protect our Resources

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today worked to protect Montanans from the Obama administration's unilateral efforts to designate large areas of land as national monuments. During a Committee on Energy and Natural Resources legislative hearing, Daines pressed the Obama administration to ensure that any monument designation secured the input of Montanans who live and work on the land and know best how to protect those resources. "Too often, unilateral designations completely ignore t… Continue Reading


Bill to Name Peak After Alex Diekmann Receives Legislative Hearing

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today hailed the first step in the legislative process to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann by naming an unnamed peak in his memory. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a legislative hearing to name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak as "Alex Diekmann Peak". The legislation now awaits further action in the Committee. "In the West land projects are not… Continue Reading


Daines, Hirono Launch Congressional Inventions Caucus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) today launched the Congressional Inventions Caucus in the U.S. Senate. The Congressional Inventions Caucus will provide a forum for inventors to showcase innovative products, have candid and balanced conversations about barriers to economic growth, and educate members and staff about the innovation ecosystem. In addition, the Caucus will seek to provide a platform… Continue Reading


Daines Presses FDA on Access to Affordable Medicine for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - Following recent reports of the sky-high price hikes for lifesaving EpiPens, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sought to ensure that Montanans had access to affordable lifesaving medication. During an Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration & Related Agencies hearing on the Food and Drug Administration's role in the generic drug marketplace, Daines pressed FDA Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Dr. Janet Woodcock… Continue Reading


Daines Moves Indian Health Service Reforms Forward

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today helped move forward reforms that would improve patient safety and care by increasing accountability and transparency at the Indian Health Service (IHS). This afternoon, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed S. 2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act of 2016. Daines is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Video of Daines' remarks is available to watch here and download here. Daines: "During the July and August work period … Continue Reading


Tester and Daines Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Care for Western Montana Veterans

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines introduced legislation today to allow the VA to move forward with expanding its planned outpatient clinic in Missoula. The Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act will authorize the VA to move forward with leasing space in Missoula to expand the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) by 24 percent. That expansion will allow the VA to see more patients, provide more privacy to veterans seeking care, and better ensure doctors, nurses and medi… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $104,602 for the Crow Tribe to Prevent Suicide and Combat Meth Addiction

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $104,602.00 in funding for the Crow Tribe to reduce and prevent methamphetamine abuse and suicide prevention strategies in Native youth. "By working together we can ensure that Montanans dealing with drug abuse and addiction have the support and resources they need to get help and care in their local communities,"Daines stated. "We need to keep investing in mental healthcare services." "We are thrilled that we received this grant and we … Continue Reading


Daines Announces $864,468 for Montana Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $864,468.00 in funding for Community Health Centers in Montana to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care. "Montana's Community Health Centers provide reliable access to affordable healthcare close to home," Daines stated. "I'm excited that there is more funding available to enhance the quality and reliability of care for Montanans." The Department of Health and Hu… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Energy Bill Conferees to Support Montana Made Solutions

Daines Asks for Support for a Wildfire Funding Fix, National Parks, LWCF, Rural Water Projects, Sportsmen's Act, Hydropower Development, Forest Management Reform with Litigation Relief U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the conferees of S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act to support Montana priorities: a wildfire funding fix, Montana's National Parks, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), rural water projects, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, hydropower develop… Continue Reading


Daines Receives Guardian of Small Business Award

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines this week was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award for the second time in a row. The award is given for outstanding support of America's small business owners in the 114th Congress. "It's an honor to receive this recognition from the NFIB, and I will continue to work at every opportunity to help create a business environment where small businesses can succeed, free of unnecessary govern… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Bruce Dutton of Garfield County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Bruce Dutton of Garfield County for his life of service, his contributions to Montana's agriculture community and the celebration of his 100th birthday. 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 proceedi… Continue Reading


Daines: Obamacare is Still a Train Wreck

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today berated the Obama administration for their broken promises to the American people and the train wreck that is Obamacare. Yesterday, Montana State Auditor Monica Lindeen announced an average premium increase for Montana's top three insurance providers between 27 and 58 percent. "Not only have premiums not gone down, the coverage that people get from Obamacare is unaffordable and unusable," Daines stated. "You know in Montana, we like to f… Continue Reading


Daines Speaks on Historic Blackfeet Water Compact Vote

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to speak on the historic Blackfeet Water Compact vote in the U.S. Senate. As a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Daines worked with Senator Jon Tester to include authorization for the Blackfeet Water Compact in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate 95-3. "Today is a good day for Montana and the Blackfeet people. With the passage of the Water Resource Development Act, the… Continue Reading


Montana Congressional Delegation Announces $2 Million for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today announced $2 million in funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Project. The funding is made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). "It's great news that we were able to secure additional funds to help protect Montana's natural resources and preserve it for future generations," Daines stated. "The Whitefish Lake Watershed Project is… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $1.3 Million for Yellowstone Airport

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,332,461 funding for critical upgrades at the Yellowstone Airport located just north of West Yellowstone. "This grant will help ensure that one of Montana's top tourist destinations, Yellowstone National Park, remains easily accessible and safe for air travelers for years to come," Daines stated. The funding will be used to rehabilitate the apron and taxiway. In August, Daines announced an additional $3.4 million in funding fo… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds House Bill to Stop Gitmo Transfers

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today applauded passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Daines introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate in May. "The Obama administration's reasoning for releasing or transferring some of the most dangerous known terrorists in the world is reckless and degrades our national security. I applaud Congressman Zinke for … Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Push Senate to Authorize Historic Blackfeet Water Compact

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today pushed the authorization of the Blackfeet Water Compact through the U.S. Senate. As members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester and Daines worked together to include authorization for the Blackfeet Water Compact in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate 95-3. The Blackfeet Water Compact will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean wat… Continue Reading


Daines: Obamacare Rate Increases are Unacceptable

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon the announcement that the average final rate filings for Obamacare insurance plans will be as high as 58 percent. "It is unconscionable that Montanans will be stuck with such astronomical increases on their individual health insurance plans because of the train wreck that is Obamacare," Daines stated. "These rates confirm that Obamacare is broken and needs to be repealed and replaced with a Montana-driv… Continue Reading

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