Daines Announces over $150,000 for CSKT Employment Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $156,202 in funding for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) to implement an employment and economic development program. The funding is for the CSKT's Pilot Project Implementation Plan and Pilot Training Initiative, which is the third phase of their Sustainable Economic Development Project funded by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). "This grant is good news to help CSKT complete the final phase of their projec… Continue Reading


Daines, Nelson: Patrons Should Be Protected from Online Booking Scams

Daines and Nelson introduce legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams. Daines and Nelson introduced The Stop Online Booking Scams Act that protects consumers from illegitimate third party websites that trick consumers into thinking they are making reservations directly with hotels. Online booking sites have created a marketplace… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $1,094,800 for Law Enforcement for the Chippewa Cree Tribe, Crow Tribe

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,094,800 in funding for the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the Crow Tribe to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Energy Chairman to Prioritize LWCF Permanent Reauthorization

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today implored Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to preserve permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "LWCF was created in the spirit of reinvesting the revenues from the sale of our national resources into future resources for all Americans - asset for asset," Daines wrote. "Like many of th… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on the Passing of Ben Steele

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in memory of the life of World War II POW and Bataan Death March survivor, Ben Steele: "Montana has lost an American hero and a state treasure," Daines stated. "Ben Steele will be remembered for his service, his courage and his artistic legacy." On July 10, 2015, Daines honored Steele as Montanan of the Week for his exceptional service to the nation and the Billings community. Daines met Steele on September 9,… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $750,000 for Kootenai Rail Development

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $750,000 in funding for the Kootenai Business Park in Libby. "Through these additional funds Lincoln County will be able to create and save good-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "The Kootenai Rail Development Project will invigorate the region and be a boon for local business." Daines authored a letter of support for this project on April 21, 2016 to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), "Completion of the new rail spur will… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Fight for Montana Counties on Capitol Hill

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Congress to support Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) which are critical to helping Montana counties balance their budgets. If Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, PILT payments will run dry. PILT supported 55 Montana counties last year to the tune of $30 million. Additionally, SRS expired September 30, 2015 and counties have been waiting for nearly a year for Congress to reauthorize … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Joan Eliel of Broadwater County

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Joan Eliel, Investigator/Program Specialist with the Montana Department of Justice for receiving one of three 2016 Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Awards. 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 th… Continue Reading


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

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