Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today underscored the urgency in reversing the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service by introducing bipartisan bicameral legislation to do just that. The bill seeks to codify the Obama administration's position that federal agencies are not required to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service at a programmatic level when new critical … Continue Reading


Daines Highlights Importance of Consolidated Tribal Land Ownership at Senate Hearing

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the importance of reducing divided land ownership on Indian reservations. During a hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Daines questioned two Montana tribal leaders testifying at the hearing, Chairman Floyd Azure of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and Vice Chairman Terry Tatsey of the Blackfeet Tribe, on the value of the U.S. Department of the Interior Land Buy-Back Program to their communities and how they… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Montana Transportation Priorities with Secretary of Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao. "Secretary Chao has the proven experience that the Department of Transportation needs to implement bold policies that reinvigorate our roads, bridges, railroads and pipelines," Daines stated. "After speaking with Secretary Chao, I am excited to support her confirmation and look forward to working with her to empower … Continue Reading


Daines Meets Todd Ricketts, Looks Forward to Confirming Nomination

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Todd Ricketts, President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for Deputy Secretary of Commerce following their meeting in his Washington, D.C. office. "Mr. Ricketts knows how to win and will get the job done at Commerce," Daines stated. "I look forward to watching him bring his decades of proven business experience to the government to create more good-paying American jobs." ###… Continue Reading


Daines: Pruitt Will Support Coal Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: "I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece as EPA Administrator." A University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research study foun… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Important Defense Priorities for Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the bipartisan agreement for final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "The NDAA provides critical support and security for our servicemembers in uniform to carry out their missions," Daines stated. "It's great to see Congress prioritize the needs of our servicemembers, while protecting the important role that Montana holds in our national defense." The bill now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature. Da… Continue Reading


Daines Hails Passage of Medical Innovation Bill

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of bipartisan legislation to bring medicine into the 21st century: "Around every kitchen table in Montana are moms and dads worried about healthcare," Daines stated. "This bill helps folks gain access to life saving drugs, provides help for family members struggling with depression and gain access to equipment needed for an elderly parent. Working together in a bipartisan fashion we took an important step in helping these famili… Continue Reading


Daines Congratulates Two Montana Students on Appointments to U.S. Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Cade Wessel of Bozeman and Travis Catina of Whitefish on receiving an offer of appointment from the U.S. Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland. Daines called Wessel and Catina today to inform them of the offer and give his congratulations. Wessel, a senior at Bozeman High School is a four-year letter winner on the football team, varsity football team captain and starting linebacker for the state championship football team. W… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes Army Corps on Spread of Invasive Mussels

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today pushed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to expedite the deployment of funds for watercraft inspection stations to combat the spread of adult mussels wreaking havoc on Montana's ecosystem. Daines met with the Commander of the Northwest Division Brigadier General Scott Spellmon, Director-Programs Directorate, Northwestern Division Dave Ponganis and Engineering Officer, Aide-de-Camp, First Lieutenant Eric Chu. "It's important we get these wate… Continue Reading


Daines Outlines Montana Priorities for President-Elect Trump

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today outlined specific priorities that could bring jobs back to Montana. In a letter sent to President-elect Donald J. Trump today, Daines enumerated 49 executive actions he would like to see President-elect Trump take starting on Day One. "One of your driving principles is rolling back the countless Obama administration regulations and policies that have stifled job creation, economic growth, and innovation," Daines wrote. "I could not agree more t… Continue Reading


Daines, Booker Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency in Air Travel

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) measure performance goals for new technology shaping America's air traffic control system. The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will make air travel safer by moving from a radar-based system with radio communication to a satellite-based one. NextGen deployment has been bogged with delays and cost overruns since it was first c… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Legislation to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the First Woman Elected to Congress

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to honor the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to Congress. The 100 Years of Women in Congress Act would pay tribute to former Representative Jeannette Rankin - who was elected to the House in 1916 - by renaming in her honor a key science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program that provides grants to colleges and universities who encourage women and minorities to pursue degrees an… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Amtrak Report on Potential Stop in Culbertson

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the release of an Amtrak report on developing passenger rail service in the Bakken Region. This report was required by language drafted by Daines in the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, reported out of Committee on June 25, 2015. "Amtrak plays a critical role in connectivity along Montana's Hi-Line. Reinstating the stop in Culbertson will increase the transportation options for people i… Continue Reading


Daines Announces 2016 Montana Student U.S. Military Academy Nominations

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his nominations for 25 Montana students who are applying for enrollment into U.S. military academies. A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of the nation's four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. "One of my greatest h… Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Statement on Draft Proposal to Move Forward with UH-1N Acquisition

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today released the following statement on the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) draft request for proposal (RFP) for the UH-1N Replacement Program. The USAF intends to conduct a full and open competition to procure up to 84 replacement helicopters. "It's welcome news to see forward movement in replacing the Vietnam-era helicopters to enhance the security of our nuclear weapons," Daines stated. "These aircraft are a much needed … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Royce Perrett of Wibaux

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Royce Perrett of Wibaux County, a true American cowboy, who will celebrate his 93rd birthday this weekend. 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 no… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Inclusion of Important Nuclear Arsenal Security in Defense Bill

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the inclusion of his amendment to provide security for nuclear sites in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "This will improve accountability and bring needed security improvements for our nuclear arsenal," Daines stated. "We have an obligation to secure our nuclear weapons at Malmstrom and this will begin doing so." Daines' amendment requires the Department of Defense to certify what security shortfalls the UH-1N has creat… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Bipartisan Passage to Reauthorize Iran Sanctions

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded bipartisan passage of a bill to provide a long-term extension of the Iran Sanctions Act: "These sanctions are an important tool in holding Iran - the world's leading state sponsor of terror - accountable in maintaining our strength in the region," Daines stated. "Iran is not a friend to our country or our allies and it's critical they aren't treated like a normal country until they behave like a normal country." The Iran Sanctions Extensi… Continue Reading


Manufacturing Day Highlights Opportunity to Bolster Good-Paying Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the unanimous passage of a resolution to mark October 6, 2016 as National Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. "Manufacturing plays an integral role in supporting hardworking families across our state," Daines stated. "Manufacturing jobs pay an average of 17 percent higher wages than non-manufacturing jobs and I'm proud to support funding to crea… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Nearly $1.5 Million for MSU to Increase Public Transportation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,402,200.00 for the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to study how best to improve accessibility and efficiency of rural public transportation. "It's great to see additional funds being sent to an organization that has been an advocate for rural transportation efficiency and safety for over 20 years," Daines stated. "As a graduate of MSU's College of Engineering, I am proud their contributions are recognized and these funds will… Continue Reading

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