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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


02.25.16

Tester, Daines designate National Asbestos Awareness Week

Senators' resolution highlights impact of asbestos on Libby & Troy (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness week to educate the public about asbestos-related diseases that have plagued folks in Libby and Troy. The Senators' resolution highlights the devastating impacts of asbestos exposure to residents in Libby and Troy and urges the U.S. Surgeon General to educate people about the public health issues relat… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Daines Calls on USDA to Expand Veterans' Employment Opportunities to Montana

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand their Bridges to Opportunity Program to Montana to help increase veterans' employment opportunities in agriculture. The Bridges to Opportunity Program this week announced its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Hiring Our Heroes" program, which is a nationwide initiative to help veterans find meaningful and available work opportunities. In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, … Continue Reading


02.24.16

Daines Presses Kerry on Coal

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pressed the Obama administration on their anti-coal, anti-energy policies and emphasized the important role that innovation holds in America's energy future. During this afternoon's Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing, Daines pressed Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama administration's failure to take into account the effect of anti-energy policies on hardworking Montana families including… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Daines Fights to Enhance Safety of Combat Soldiers

Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Senator Steve Daines today fought to enhance the safety of America's soldiers in combat theaters by underscoring the importance of lighter gear for soldiers. During this morning's Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2017 funding request for the Army, Daines pressed Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy and Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley on issuing lighter m… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Daines Reaffirms Importance of Passenger Rail to Montana

Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Senator Steve Daines today called on Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman to work with Eastern Montana stakeholders on efforts to reinstate an Empire Builder stop in Culbertson, Montana. During this morning's Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on passenger rail, Daines successfully received a commitment from Boardman to visit and work with local leaders to discuss… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Daines Grills Interior Secretary Jewell on Coal Leasing Moratorium

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pressed the Department of Interior on their proposed review of the coal leasing program and the unwarranted moratorium on coal leasing. During this morning's Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the Department of Interior's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, Daines demanded answers from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell regarding the decision to place a moratorium on new coal leasing and for certainty in the Department's plan. "In Montana, we do… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Daines Joins 34 Senators, 171 Representatives in Filing Amicus Brief, Urge Circuit Court to Block EPA Attempt to Transform the Nation’s Electricity Sector

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today joined 34 Senators and 171 House Members in filing an amicus brief in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. The bipartisan amicus brief is in support of petitions filed by 27 states, including Montana, seeking to overturn the EPA final rule identified as the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, 80 Fed. Reg. 64,662 (Oct… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Daines: Terrorists Don’t Belong in Americans’ Back Yards

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Obama's announcement to transfer terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to facilities within U.S. Borders. "Since 2009, Congress has repeatedly acted to prevent the transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to American soil. The President's plan violates laws passed by Congress-including many that bear the President's own signature-that directly prohibit funds from being used to move enemy combatants from Guantanam… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Daines, Zinke Request USTR to Prioritize Montana Issues with Canadian PM

U.S. CONGRESS - In advance of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first state visit to Washington, D.C., Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prioritize Montana issues in discussions with Canada. In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, Daines and Zinke requested that the USTR prioritize Montana issues as they prepare for Prime Minister Trudeau's upcoming state visit including the renegotiation of the expir… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Daines Statement on Reported Surface-to-Air Missiles on Man-Made Islands in South China Sea

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on reports that surface-to-air missiles have been deployed on man-made islands in the South China Sea: "The new reports of surface-to-air missiles being deployed on man-made islands in the South China Sea are deeply concerning. The deployment of these missiles could have serious adverse impacts not only on the stability of the region, but on global commerce. With over five trillion dollars of global trade passing through t… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Daines Travels to Alaska for Senate Energy Field Hearing

U.S. SENATE - This week, Senator Steve Daines traveled to Alaska to participate in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources field hearing to examine opportunities for innovation in America's energy industry. Daines was joined by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Angus King (I-ME), in addition to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who testified at the hearing. Daines with Murkowski as they prepare to head out from A… Continue Reading


02.16.16

Daines, Zinke Commend Extension of Yellowstone Bison Quarantine Plan Comment Period

U.S. CONGRESS - Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke successfully secured a two-week extension of the comment period for the National Park Service's (NPS) Environmental Assessment of Yellowstone National Park's Bison Quarantine Plan. The previous deadline for the comment period was February 15, 2016. At Daines' and Zinke's urging, NPS recently announced that the comment period would be extended to February 29, 2016. In a letter sent last week to NPS Directo… Continue Reading


02.13.16

Daines Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon news of the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. "Our nation has lost a giant of freedom who leaves behind a legacy of tirelessly defending our Constitution and the principles that make our nation great. Justice Scalia was a man of faith and a brilliant legal mind who dedicated himself to our country with a servant's heart. Cindy and I are praying for his family and are grateful for his servi… Continue Reading


02.12.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Beverly Anderson of Conrad

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Beverly Anderson of Conrad, Montana for her ongoing work to better her community. Daines noted that she is a standout in the Conrad community and has a giving spirit for caring for those in need. 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 th… Continue Reading


02.12.16

Daines Statement on Montanore Project Decisions

Senator Steve Daines today commended the United States Forest Service for their full approval of the long-overdue Montanore Project, while expressing his disappointment in Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) partial approval of the project. The Montanore Project will create much-needed jobs and economic opportunity in Lincoln County. "The Forest Service's long-overdue approval is welcome news for Lincoln County and an important step forward in getting this job-creating project… Continue Reading


02.11.16

Daines Secures Permanent Ban on Government Taxation of the Internet

Senator Steve Daines today secured a permanent ban on state and local governments from taxing Internet access. Daines is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act that passed the Senate this afternoon as part of H.R.644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act would permanently extend the current moratorium on taxing Internet access. Montana is one of a few states that would automatically impose a 3.75 percent tax o… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Meets Montana Special Olympics Global Messenger

Senator Steve Daines today met with Montana Special Olympics Global Messenger, Patrick Chapman of Great Falls, in the United States Capitol. Daines gave a tour of his office and the United States Capitol to Chapman, President and CEO of Special Olympics Montana Bob Norbie, Chief Marketing Officer for Special Olympics Kirsten Suto Seckler and Special Olympics International's Global CEO Mary Davis. Daines with Chapman at his desk "Patrick is an impressive young Montanan who has shown that with… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Works to Bolster National Security, Strengthen North Korea Sanctions

Following reports of yet another North Korean missile test, Senator Steve Daines today worked to successfully pass bipartisan legislation to bolster national security by strengthening sanctions on North Korea. "We can't sit by idly and allow a dangerous regime to conduct ballistic missile tests without repercussions," Daines stated. "This legislation is crucial to not only strengthening sanctions but outlining a comprehensive strategy to combat North Korea's criminal cyber activities and horrif… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Daines Fights to Ensure Readiness of Montana Military Missions

Senator Steve Daines today called on the U.S. Air Force to prioritize the readiness of Montana's military missions by ensuring the modernization of aircraft at Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base. During this morning's Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the proposed FY 2017 U.S. Air Force budget, Daines pressed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh about the Air Force's plan to ensure top security for the transport of nuclear weapons by rep… Continue Reading

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