Daines Announces $750,000 for Billings Airport, $600,000 for Missoula Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that two Montana airports will receive $1,350,000 in funds to attract new routes for Montana. Billings Logan International Airport: $750,000: Revenue guarantee and marketing campaign to attract new service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Missoula County Airport: $600,000: Revenue guarantee and marketing campaign for service to a Texas hub. "This is exciting news for Montanans who rely on these airports for reliable air t… Continue Reading


Commerce Committee Passes Daines’ Outdoors Recreation Bill

U.S. SENATE - The United States Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today approved U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill that allows federal, state and local policymakers to better understand the economic impact outdoor recreation has to the American economy. This legislation would inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and avid outdoorsman, I know firsthand … Continue Reading


Daines Announces Nearly $8 Million in Preparedness Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana will receive a total of $7,990,666.00 million in preparedness funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "It's critical that we continue to fund our operations centers and law enforcement to ensure that we are fully prepared for when an emergency occurs," Daines stated. "This additional funding will provide Montana, tribes and our local communities more security." The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program: $86,… Continue Reading


Montana Congressional Delegation Introduces Resolution to Designate National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today introduced a resolution to designate May 5, 2017 as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls in memory of the birthday of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. The resolution seeks to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women whose cases are documented and undocumented in pu… Continue Reading


Daines Leads Bicameral Group of Members Urging Congressional Leadership to Include Medical Marijuana Provision in Funding Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led ten members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives today urged Congressional leadership to include a provision in the final funding bill sent to the president that protects veterans' ability to discuss the use of medical marijuana with VA physicians in states where it is legal. Although, the provision passed both chambers of Congress, the provision was removed in the conferenced appropriations for Military Construction, Veterans Aff… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Nearly $300,000 for Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes Telehealth

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $297,041.00 in critical funding for the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes to improve access to needed high-quality healthcare. "Telehealth services are critical to ensuring access to quality healthcare services close to home," Daines stated. "It's great to see the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes have even more resources available to expand healthcare for tribal members." Daines recently secured funding to focus resources … Continue Reading


Daines Joins Congressional Fire Services Caucus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines continued his efforts supporting hardworking and brave firefighters, both career and volunteer, by joining the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. "Montana's hardworking firefighters are first on the scene when a disaster strikes and I'm proud to join this caucus and continue working to address the needs of our first responders who help keep our communities safe every day," Daines stated. The announcement came yesterday during a meeting with local firefi… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Louis Armentaro of Livingston

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized U.S. Army veteran Louis Armentaro who will log his 68th continuous year announcing the Livingston Roundup Parade this July 4th 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. … Continue Reading


Daines Announces $1.5 Million for Montana Water Conservation Projects

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana will receive $1,500,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Reclamation for local projects in Bozeman, Huntley and the Missouri River headwaters basin in southwestern Montana to improve water and energy efficiency and drought mitigation. The Bureau of Reclamation funding will support three Montana projects through U.S. Department of Interior's (DOI) WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants. "Wate… Continue Reading


Daines Pushes for Forest Management Reform

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines moved forward forest management reforms to improve the health of Montana's National Forests, create good-paying jobs and provide Montanans with the economic certainty they deserve. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a legislative hearing on draft legislation aimed at improving forest management and wildfire budgeting. Additionally, this draft legislation requires federal agencies to work with states to certify fir… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on SCOTUS Ruling Upholding Separation of Powers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to affirm a lower court's order forbidding President Obama's executive action on immigration. "Once again, President Obama's regulatory overreach and abuse of power has been blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court." In April, Daines joined 42 Senators in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation's governors and attorne… Continue Reading


Daines Tribal Forestry Bill Passes Senate Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill to improve the health of both Indian and federal forest land recently passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. This action follows a June 8, 2016 legislative hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "The status quo on federal lands is unacceptable and costing Montanans good paying jobs," Daines stated. "We must pursue every tool available to make our forested lands healthier and get more Montana logs to our mills." Cl… Continue Reading


Daines Stands Up for Montanans’ Civil Liberties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stood up for Montanans' civil liberties and voted against an amendment that gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) increased authority to examine electronic records through a secretive surveillance order without a warrant. "It's important that we protect the homeland without trampling all over our constitutional rights and blatantly disregarding our civil liberties," Daines stated. Daines voted against U.S. Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) amen… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Weyerhaeuser Closure of Two Mills in Columbia Falls

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Weyerhaeuser announced it is closing two mills in Columbia Falls: "This is devastating news to the Columbia Falls community and the hardworking families who relied upon these good-paying jobs. This underscores the importance to urgently pass forest reform legislation to get Montana's abundance of logs to our mills and keep good-paying jobs in our state. I will not sit idly by and watch Montana jobs disappear a… Continue Reading


Daines Partners with Weather Channel’s Maria LaRosa: How to Prepare for Severe Weather

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stressed the importance of severe weather preparedness in a newly created Public Service Announcement (PSA). The locally targeted PSA, recorded in partnership with The Weather Channel television network, is airing on the network throughout the summer. "Severe weather affects us all," Daines stated. "Our first line of defense against severe weather is preparedness. I encourage members of the community to create an emergency plan, practice that plan… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana Counties Set to Receive over $30 Million in PILT Payments

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has allocated $30,285,246 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties. "These payments are essential for the health and safety of Montana's rural counties," Daines stated. "The PILT program provides critical support for Montana's rural and forested counties, but long-term certainty and permanent solutions are still needed. That's why I've been pushing multiple… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Fracking Ruling

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming's ruling to strike down the Obama administration's regulation on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. "This is great news for Montana made energy and Montana made jobs," Daines stated. "It's important that the Obama administration's over-regulation tyranny comes to an end. Yet another court decision confirms: President Obama can't make laws with his phone and pen." On March 20, 2016, … Continue Reading


Daines Hosts Scoping Meeting in Billings

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today held a public meeting in Billings to ensure that the Department of Interior (DOI) hears the voices that will be most impacted by their review of the federal coal program. Today, DOI held a scoping meeting in Seattle, Washington. Washington State contains only 0.26 percent of the nation's recoverable coal reserves and produces zero. Montana has the nation's largest estimated recoverable coal reserves. Over 150 Montanans attended Daines' scoping mee… Continue Reading


Daines, Warren Introduce Bill to Protect Americans' Retirement Savings

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and today introduced the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to protect hard-working Americans' retirement savings. As employers have shifted from defined benefit pensions to individualized retirement plans such as 401(k)s, workers have become responsible for tracking, managing, and consolidating multiple retirement accounts as they move from job to job. But moving accounts from job to job is not eas… Continue Reading


Daines: Stands up for Due Process, Stops Known Terrorists from Purchasing a Gun

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after supporting legislation that would take suspected terrorists off the streets. "A known terrorist shouldn't be able to board a plane or buy a gun," Daines stated. "By ensuring that we investigate individuals on the terrorist watch list who are trying to buy a gun, we are upholding Americans' constitutional rights while making our country a safer place." Daines voted in support of U.S. Senator John Cornyn's (R-… Continue Reading

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