Daines: We Need to Remove Uncertainty from SRS & PILT

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today remarked about the uncertainty in the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs and the need to provide certainty for Montana counties. Daines today participated in a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through SRS and PILT, and the need to provide greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-exempt federal lands. … Continue Reading


Daines: Perdue Coming to Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to highlight Montana Ag Summit 2017 that will take place May 31-June 1 in Great Falls. Click HERE to watch. Click HERE to download. Daines' remarks as prepared are below: "I have good news for Montana - a week ago yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as our next Secretary of Agriculture. "Secretary Perdue and I discussed Montana ag and the need to expand agricultural acces… Continue Reading


Daines, Peters Introduce Bill to Protect Americans’ Personally Identifiable Information

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced legislation to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remove personally identifiable information (PII) from vessel manifest sheets before making them available for public disclosure. The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act would simply amend the manifest disclosure process to explicitly require the removal of individuals' PII, such as, residential addresses, social security numbers, and passport n… Continue Reading


Ag Secretary Perdue to Keynote Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will deliver a keynote address at the Montana Ag Summit 2017. The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation's agricultural leaders to Montana's Golden Triangle. The summit will focus on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advanceme… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Emma Homer of Ashland

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Emma Homer of Ashland for the many years she has helped children in eastern Montana. 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 Montana… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Bill to Make Indian Coal Production Tax Credit Permanent

U.S. SENATE -Montana's U.S. 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 tribal coal resources that are currently subject to more regulatory requirements than comparable development on private, state or federal lands. ICPTC credit protects the economic viability of existing tribal coal mining projects, which su… Continue Reading


Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Encourage Cross Boundary Management of Forests to Protect Water Resources, Enhance Wildlife Habitat, Restore Forest Health, and Strengthen Local Economies

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to encourage cross boundary management of forests to protect water resources, enhance wildlife habitat, restore forest health, and strengthen local economies. The bipartisan Empowering State Forestry to Improve Forest Health Act of 2017 would encourage a landscape approach to forest management. The bill has been endorsed by the American Forest Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. "I've… Continue Reading


Daines: Acosta Confirmed for Labor Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Alexander Acosta for U.S. Secretary of Labor. "Alexander Acosta will work to ensure workers in Montana have the support and protections they need and deserve," Daines stated. "I look forward to working with Secretary Acosta to provide Montana businesses with relief from burdensome regulations so that we can promote the wellbeing of Montana workers and retirees, and create more op… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $2,499,999 for Asbestos Health Screening

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $2,499,999.00 in funding for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) Clinic for asbestos health screening. "The Center for Asbestos Related Disease is a vital nonprofit resource that helps with identification treatment, and research for those with asbestos exposure," said Daines. "Too many Montana families have suffered at the hands of asbestos and through this additional funding, Dr. Black and his team will be able to continue the … Continue Reading


Daines, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Protect and Recognize Wildland Firefighters

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today introduced two bipartisan, bicameral bills to protect and recognize wildland firefighters. First, the Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act requires the federal government to provide a special designation to call wildland firefighters just that, wildland firefighters, rather than their current designation as forestry technicians. Providing wildland firefighters with the proper title will improve recruitment efforts an… Continue Reading


Daines Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. "Alexander Acosta will be a champion for the American worker," Daines stated. "Montanans deserve a system with financial investment rules that encourage savings, optimize investment choices and increase access to investment advice. Mr. Acosta will be an advocate for providing regulatory relief for Montana small bu… Continue Reading


Daines Praises Trump’s Action on Softwood Lumber

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's intention to levy a 20 percent import tax on Canadian softwood lumber. "President Trump has taken decisive action to put America first and protect against unfairly subsidized lumber that harms Montana mills," Daines stated. "For too long Canadian softwood lumber has had a significant negative impact on Montana jobs. Canada needs to play by the same set of rules that Montanans do." A tim… Continue Reading


Daines, Brat Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Bring Integrity to Federal Budget Process

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) today introduced bicameral legislation that would require congressional budgetary scorekeepers to account for interest costs incurred on borrowed funds needed for legislative proposals. The Budgetary Accuracy in Scoring Interest Costs (BASIC) Act will include the cost of debt in both Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis so that Congress can have the full picture … Continue Reading


Daines: Perdue Confirmed for Ag Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. "I am thrilled to have a Secretary of Agriculture that will prioritize Montana's number one economic driver," Daines stated. "Secretary Perdue has extensive experience advocating for agriculture and will work to expand opportunities for Montana agricultu… Continue Reading


As Shutdown Talk Continues, Daines Introduces Bill to Permanently Prevent Government Shutdowns

Bill Would Keep Government Running, End Shutdowns that Disrupt Critical Government Services & Cost Taxpayers Billions U.S. SENATE - As Congress races to prevent another government shutdown this week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down, ensuring that essential government services aren't disrupted and protecting taxpayers who must bear the resulting cost. The End Government Shutdowns Act would creat… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Protect Montana Manufacturing Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Acting United States Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn to include the trade dispute related to Chinese solar panels and US polysilicon manufacturers in any "100 day plan" negotiations with China. REC Silicon operates a facility in Butte that manufactures polysilicon for electronics and other products, and is one of Butte-Silver Bow's largest employers. The company has been caught up in a long-standing trad… Continue Reading


Daines Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging Trump Administration to Quickly Nominate Watchdogs

Senators: Inspectors General needed to "conduct the oversight and investigations necessary to ensure that taxpayer dollars are protected" U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to urge President Donald J. Trump to quickly nominate qualified candidates for Inspectors General (IGs), who serve as watchdogs over federal agencies. Many government agencies have an independent Office of the Inspector General that is responsible for auditing federal … Continue Reading


Daines Leads Congressional Delegation to China and Japan

Discussed Opening Chinese Markets to U.S. Beef Imports, National Security U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he recently returned from an official overseas congressional delegation trip to China and Japan including visits to Beijing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Daines met with China Premier Li Keqiang, as well as National People's Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang, Vice Chairman Zhang Ping, National People's Congress Lobsang Gyaltsen, Party Secretary of the… Continue Reading


Daines Urges TSA to Provide Glacier Park International Third X-Ray Machine

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fulfill Glacier Park International Airport's request for a third X-ray machine. In a letter to TSA Acting Administrator Dr. Huban Gowadia, Daines noted the increased tourism in the Kalispell area and the need to ensure timely screening for passengers. "GPI provides reliable air service for nearly 250,000 passengers per year, enabling economic growth and allowing thousands of tourists to vis… Continue Reading


Daines, McCaskill Introduce Legislation to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS spends over $7 billion on acquisition programs annually. This legislation would codify acquisition best practices, increase transparency and accountability, increase communication and understanding of needs to industry providing these technologies, and require notification to the… Continue Reading

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