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03.10.15

Daines: Obama Administration Abandons Ammo Ban Plan

Senator Steve Daines today announced that at his urging, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has abandoned its proposal to ban M855 ammunition for one of the most common firearms in the United States: the AR-15. "The Obama administration's decision to abandon its misguided ammunition ban is welcome news for countless law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen. I'm glad that the ATF has heeded my call and listened to the more than 80,000 Americans who spoke out in opposi… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Daines Demands Commitment to On-Time Federal Grain Inspection Service

Senator Steve Daines today renewed his call to ensure timely and efficient grain inspections from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are conducted so that normal shipments of Montana grain will continue uninterrupted. In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Daines underscored the importance of maintaining continuous required grain inspection for farmers, ranchers and producers. Daines also highli… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Daines, 46 Fellow Senators Send Letter to Iranian Leaders on Nuclear Negotiations

Senator Steve Daines, along with 46 Republican Senators, today sent an open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States. The letter emphasizes the role of Congress in scrutinizing any potential agreement between the Obama administration and Iranian leadership. A PDF of the official letter may be found here. The full text of the letter is below: An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Daines, Gillibrand to Help Thousands of "Blue Water" Vietnam Vets Harmed by Agent Orange, but Ignored by Feds Due to Technicality in the Law

Current Law Requires VA To Provide Benefits For Service Members Exposed To Agent Orange On Dry Ground, But Ignores Vets Off Shore WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. During … Continue Reading


03.09.15

Daines, 52 Senators Condemn ATF Framework Limiting Sporting Ammo

Senator Steve Daines is continuing his fight to stop the Obama administration from implementing new restrictions on Montanans' Second Amendment rights and access to ammunition. Daines today joined 52 of his Senate colleauges in condemning a new proposal from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that would restrict access to M855 ammunition, which is primarily used for sporting purposes. In a letter sent today to ATF Director Todd Jones, Daines and his colleagues quest… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Daines: Obama's Anti-Gun Agenda, Plan to Ban M855 Ammunition Must Be Stopped

Senator Steve Daines today called on the Obama administration to halt its anti-Second Amendment agenda and abandon the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) plan to ban the manufacturing, importation and sale of ammunition for one of the most common rifles in the United States: the AR-15. In a letter sent to B. Todd Jones, Director of the ATF, Daines condemned the ATF for overstepping its mission by moving to restrict M855 ammunition, which is primarily used for sporting pu… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Daines Works to Encourage Job Creation, Investment

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage investment, job creation and economic growth in Montana and across the nation. Daines joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in introducing the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2015. This legislation would make permanent the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, provide an annual allocation of credits indexed to inflation, and exempt NMTC investments from… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Daines, Tester and Juneau announce Montana students selected to participate in Senate Youth Program

(MONTANA) - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau today announced Missoula Loyal Sacred Heart High School students Ian Descamps and Rosemarie McCormack have been selected to serve as delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program. The United States Senate Youth Program was created in 1962 to provide students from each state the opportunity to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and officials who lead i… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Daines Calls for Montana Solutions to Land Management, Coal Jobs and Increasing Access to Public Lands

Senator Steve Daines today advocated for the Department of Interior to better incorporate Montana-driven solutions in the management of Montana's public lands, energy resources and wildlife habitats. During this morning's Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the Department of Interior's fiscal year 2016 budget request, Daines pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to work more collaboratively with Montana in the conservation and management of the state's sage grouse population. Daines… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Daines Statement on Vote to Override President Obama's Keystone Veto

Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement after the Senate failed to gain enough votes to override President Obama's veto of the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline. "It's disappointing that some of my Democrat Senate colleagues failed to stand with a majority of the Senate and the American people to override the President's short-sighted veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Regardless of today's vote, the fight to build Keystone is not over. I will continue to keep pressure on the Obama adm… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Daines Calls for Prioritized Funding for Tribal Water Projects

Senator Steve Daines is working to ensure that Montana tribes have the resources they need to maintain irrigation projects on Montana reservations. During today's Senate Indian Affairs Committee legislative hearing on S. 438, the Irrigation Rehabilitation and Renovation for Indian Tribal Governments and Their Economies Act (IRRIGATE Act), Daines stressed the importance of fixing the maintenance backlog issues facing a number of irrigation projects throughout Indian Country, including five in Mo… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Daines Slams Obama Administration's Doublespeak on Internet Regulation

Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Obama administration's empty rhetoric on job creation and innovation following the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) recent move to impose unprecedented regulations on the Internet. During today's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget request for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Daines stressed the importance of a free and open Internet and shed light on the sever… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Daines, Tester cast support for increasing public land access for Montana sportsmen

(U.S. SENATE) - Montana's hunters and anglers today hailed Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines' support for the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, a bill that increases access for hunting and fishing. Montana's Senators, joined by over one-dozen colleagues, are pushing legislation that increases public access for outdoorsmen and women, supports conservation, protects hunting and fishing rights, and increases Second Amendment protections on public land. "As a lifelong sportsman, I know firsthand the … Continue Reading


03.03.15

Daines Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Joint Address to Congress

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's joint address before Congress. "It was an honor to hear today from Prime Minister Netanyahu - a strong leader for whom I have great respect and admiration. As our nations work together to address the growing threat of a nuclear Iran, it is imperative that we hear directly from Israel's leaders. Iran's dangerous nuclear weapons program, persistent support of terrorist groups, and determ… Continue Reading


02.27.15

Daines Invites Montana Students to Apply for Summer Internships

Senator Steve Daines today invited Montana students to apply for summer internships with his Washington, D.C. office and state offices in Great Falls, Missoula, Helena, Bozeman and Billings. "Internships offer Montana students a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight into the legislative process," Daines stated. "I look forward to welcoming Montana's young leaders to our Washington, D.C. and Montana offices and working with them to make our state and nation better." … Continue Reading


02.26.15

Daines Statement on FCC Internet Access Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting to place more burdens on Internet access through their 317-page plan to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934. "The Obama administration's 317-page regulation is nothing short of a government takeover of the Internet and a power grab that will slap more red tape on Americans' Internet access. Rather than working toward bipartisan solutions that create jobs and promo… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Daines Presses Forest Service Chief on Forest Reforms

Senator Steve Daines today called on the U.S. Forest Service to work together with Congress to move forward common sense forest management reforms to responsibly increase timber harvests, create good-paying jobs and improve forest health across Montana. During today's Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the U.S. Forest Service budget request for Fiscal Year 2016, Daines pressed Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell on the effect of litigation on Montana National Forest timber output… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Daines: No Confidence in Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

Senator Steve Daines today announced his strong concerns regarding President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. "Ms. Lynch has an accomplished career as the United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and has built a strong and admirable resume. Her capability as a litigator is clear. A strong resume is a necessary but not sufficient qualification for confirmation. "After carefully considering Ms. Lynch's testimony before the Senate Judiciary… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Daines: Naming of Permanent VA Montana Director Is Welcome News

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to John Ginnity being named as the new permanent director of VA Montana: "This is welcome news for Montana veterans. I'm glad to finally see a permanent director put in place at VA Montana, and I wish John the best as he assumes this role. Now that a permanent director has been named, we need to quickly take steps to address the shortages of health care providers and services facing VA Montana and implement much needed refo… Continue Reading


02.25.15

Daines Fights to Defend Critical Montana Military Missions

Senator Steve Daines today called on the U.S. Air Force to prioritize the modernization of Montana's critical military missions and take additional steps to address Montanans' ongoing concerns regarding the proposed expansion of the Powder River Training Complex. This morning, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on the proposed FY 2016 U.S. Air Force budget. During the hearing, Daines pressed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh fo… Continue Reading

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