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03.10.16

Daines Statement on Arch Coal’s Announcement to Suspend Efforts to Obtain Otter Creek Mining Permit

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to Arch Coal, Inc.'s announcement that it will suspend efforts to obtain a mining permit for the Otter Creek coal reserves near Ashland, Montana: "Arch Coal's suspension of its pursuit of a permit for the Otter Creek Mine is a devastating loss for Montana's economy and schools - for jobs, tax revenues and made-in-Montana energy. This decision is an unfortunate repercussion of President Obama's all-fronts assa… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Daines Slams Obama Administration on Long-Delayed Admission of Iranian Cyberattack on New York Dam

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Obama administration after reports indicate that they will name Iran as the perpetrator of a 2013 cyberattack on a New York dam. "It is downright shameful that it has taken President Obama three years to denounce Iran for a malicious cybersecurity attack on our country while at the same time sitting at a negotiating table with them," Daines stated. "This failure is undoubtedly linked to President Obama's clouded judgment in ushering through h… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Tester, Daines celebrate Montana’s Senate Youth Delegates

(U.S. SENATE) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines met with two of Montana's brightest young students this week as part of the United States Senate Youth Program's (USSYP) 54th Annual Washington Week. Out of hundreds of students from across the state, seniors Mollie Lemm of Polson, and Arthur Pettit of Missoula, were selected to represent Montana on Capitol Hill. Lemm and Pettit joined a group of 102 other student delegates for an intensive week in the nation's capital, where they met with S… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Daines Statement in Opposition to Selling Arms to Pakistan

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting to block the sale of F-16 aircraft to the Government of Pakistan. "The behavior of the Pakistani government gives me great concern regarding their commitment as an ally to the United States as we witness terrorist networks continue to operate freely in their federally administrated tribal areas," Daines stated. "Rewarding Pakistan with U.S. fighter jets would send the wrong message and only harm our efforts to… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Senators Introduce Resolution to Detain ISIL Fighters in Guantanamo

U.S. SENATE - Following the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 14 Senators in introducing a resolution to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joni Er… Continue Reading


03.09.16

USDA Secretary: Biotech Foods are Safe

U.S. SENATE - Under Senator Steve Daines' questioning, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today stated that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) pose no risk to food safety or threat to plant pest risk. During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2017 funding request for the USDA, Daines pressed Vilsack to allow sound science to be preeminent … Continue Reading


03.09.16

Daines Works to Improve Federal Cooperation with Indian Country

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today fought to improve Montana's tribes' sovereignty, pressing the Obama administration to work more collaboratively and efficiently with Montana's tribes relating to health care and management of tribal forests. During two different Senate Committee hearings today, Daines called on witnesses to improve stewardship of federal funds while working to alleviate some of the challenges associated with wildfires in Indian Country. U.S. Indian Health Service Fiscal… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Daines Announces over $3.9 Million DHHS Grant for Yellowstone County Health Center

US. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced over $3.9 million in funding for Montana community health centers in Yellowstone County. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will provide RiverStone Health Center in Yellowstone County with funding to improve community health and public healthcare services. "Montana's community health centers provide critical health care services to thousands of Montanans," Daines stated. "This grant will give the Yellowstone County community the… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Daines Announces Over $500,000 Grant for Miles City Vocational Training Program

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that Miles Community College (MCC) was awarded an economic development grant for more than $529,000 to stimulate jobs and economic growth in Montana. The Economic Development Administration grant will go towards required renovations, environmental mitigation and Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development (CDBG-ED) matching funds, on a workforce training facility that will allow MCC to expand its vocational training curriculum to … Continue Reading


03.07.16

Daines Helps Introduce Veterans Choice Improvement Act

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced legislation to improve health care services for America's veterans. Daines' bill, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016 makes major changes to the Veterans Choice Program, which was created in 2014 to allow veterans to get needed health care outside of the VA system, and creates a permanent program with advance funding. It makes changes and reforms to address the bureaucratic delays, hassles and confusion that veterans continue to… Continue Reading


03.04.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Sergeant Tim Lingle of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Sergeant Tim Lingle of the Roosevelt County Sheriff's office who was recently named the Montana American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. 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 Record is availabl… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Daines’ Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Bill Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - This evening, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Daines' bipartisan legislation to help ensure the safety of America's pipeline network. The Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act, would reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019. The SAFE PIPES Act is also sponsored by Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Daines Presses FDA Commissioner on Importance of Biotechnology to Food Supply

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines worked to ensure that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) upholds its duty to ensure that the U.S. has a safe food supply and abstains from marketing or labeling mandates that it determines have no bearing on food safety. During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration FDA and Related Agencies hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2017 funding request for the Food and Drug Administration, Daine… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Daines Hails Recovery of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) announcement concerning the recovery of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear: "It's great news that the Fish and Wildlife Service is taking the important step forward in working to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear after their population has significantly rebounded. I hope this announcement helps clear the way for responsible management of the species and more responsible management of our natural resources, … Continue Reading


03.03.16

Daines Works to Connect Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today worked to increase broadband service and improve reliable connectivity for rural Montanans. During two Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearings this week, Daines emphasized the need for reliable broadband service throughout rural America and successfully moved forward bipartisan solutions and ensure that rural communities are not left behind. On Wednesday, all five Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioners testified be… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Daines Slams Interior Secretary for Failing to Listen to States and Tribes in Moratorium on Coal Leasing

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today took the Obama administration to task for failing to properly take into account states' and tribes' voices in placing a misguided moratorium on coal leasing. During this morning's Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the Department of Interior's (DOI) Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, Daines pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to better incorporate Montanans voices in unilateral bureaucratic decisions that have the potential to severely crip… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Daines Visits Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

U.S. SENATE - On Monday, Senator Steve Daines went on a fact-finding mission to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Daines was joined by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Cory Gardner (R-CO). Upon Daines return, he took to the Senate floor to underscore the importance of maintaining the detention center and not helping President Obama fulfill a campaign promise to bring detainees to American communities. Click here to watch Daines' remarks.Click here to download Daines' remarks. … Continue Reading


02.29.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Congratulates Maren Kirkland of Billings on Receiving Naval Academy Appointment

U.S. CONGRESS - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke congratulated Billings Senior High School student Maren Kirkland on her appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Kirkland is a senior at Billings Senior High School. She is a National Honor Society member, President of the Yellowstone County 4H Club, soccer and tennis All-State, and won second place in the American Mathematics Competition in 2014. Kirkland is also a volunteer with her school's Senior Advoc… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Tom Kuntz of Red Lodge

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Tom Kuntz of Red Lodge for his company's generous donations to non-profits throughout Carbon County. Tom is the owner of local pizza shop Red Lodge Pizza Co., which contributed $11,700 of its profits to 20 various non-profits to help support their goals and missions. His contributions make up the largest portion of $34,000 raised during this year's third annual charitable contribution program on behalf of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundati… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Daines, Gillibrand, Gibson, Valadao Urge VA to Clarify Decision Against Providing ‘Blue Water’ Veterans VA Benefits

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Chris Gibson (R-NY) and David Valadao (R-CA) today are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to clarify their misguided decision against providing "Blue Water" Navy veterans with the disability and health care benefits that they deserve for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. In a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Gibson, the members request the VA to clarify ho… Continue Reading

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