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


Daines' Amendment to Elevate Cyber Command Included in NDAA

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the inclusion of his amendment to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a Combatant Command in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). U.S. Cyber Command it is currently a subordinate unit to U.S. Strategic Command. "The elevation of CYBERCOM will ensure that we are always one step ahead of the enemies who seek to destroy us and our way of life," Daines stated. "As radical Islamic extremists continue to recruit online, it is imperative… Continue Reading


Daines' Bill to Promote Telehealth Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bipartisan bill to promote the use of telehealth today passed the U.S. Senate. The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration, to study technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models and the ability of those models to improve patient care and provider education. "Geographic location should no… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate Sends Daines' Bill Protecting Consumer Reviews to President

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the unanimous U.S. Senate passage of his legislation to protect consumers who want to write honest online reviews of companies, without fear of financial repercussions from the businesses being reviewed. Daines' bill, the Consumer Review Freedom Act, would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. "Today was a good day for the First Amendmen… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate Passes Daines’ Outdoors Recreation Bill, Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - 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 unanimously passed the U.S. Senate this evening. This legislation would inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy. "Montana is well-known for our world-class outdoor recreation that is critical to our state's economy," Daines… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Latest Court Decision to Halt Red Lodge Forest Management Project

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris's ruling on Alliance for the Wild Rockies et al v. Marten et al. "Yet another ruling confirms that we need urgent action to reverse the disastrous Cottonwood decision," Daines stated. "Too many commonsense forest management projects have been halted because of lawsuits from fringe environmentalists that do more to harm forest health." U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morr… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Encourage Montana to “Shop Small” on November 26

U.S. SENATE -In recognition of Small Business Saturday, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are encouraging their fellow Montanans to "shop small." Daines and Tester are original co-sponsors of a bipartisan resolution to recognize November 26, 2016 as "Small Business Saturday" and to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses. S.Res. 569 unanimously passed the United States Senate. "When small businesses grow, our economy grows," Daines stated. "Our country was f… Continue Reading


Daines Releases Thanksgiving Video Message

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following video message wishing Montanans a happy Thanksgiving. Click here to watch the video. Click here to download the video. Below is a transcript of Daines' message: "From my family to yours, I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. "On this day of Thanksgiving we celebrate and we give thanks to God for our many blessings. "We can be so thankful for this great country we are blessed to live in, and for our fre… Continue Reading


Daines, Fox Statement DHS Rejection of Montana’s Application for REAL ID Extension

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) rejection of Montana's application for an extension on REAL ID compliance: "Montanans have spoken loud and clear: we don't want REAL ID and we don't want the federal government infringing on our personal privacy," Daines stated. "I'm going to work to pursue every legislative fix I can to safeguard Montanans' civil liberties and pe… Continue Reading


Daines Moves to Combat Spread of Invasive Mussel Larvae

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today requested expedited implementation and distribution of funds for watercraft inspection stations to combat the spread of adult mussels wreaking havoc on Montana's ecosystem. Recently, invasive mussel larvae was confirmed in the Tiber Reservoir and possibly found in the Canyon Ferry as well. If adult mussels spread, they can block hydropower and irrigation ducts, as well as wreak havoc on the ecosystem, recreation and tourism. In a letter to the U.S. … Continue Reading

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