Daines, Tester Introduce Timber Innovation Act

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced bipartisan legislation that would support Montana's timber industry, create jobs, and help accelerate research and development of tall wood buildings in the United States. The Timber Innovation Act will focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories. "In Montana, we have an abundance of trees, and through innovative technology we c… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Congratulate Billings Student Simon Petsch on Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today congratulated Billings High School student Simon Petsch on his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Tester and Daines nominated Petsch last year. Petsch is a member of the varsity cross-country and track and field teams. The cross-country team named him the Most Valuable Runner in 2016. Petsch is a Student Leader in his youth group and received the President's Education Award for academic excellence. "Simon has proven to be an excep… Continue Reading


Daines to Leadership: Protect Libby

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives leadership to protect the residents of Libby by preserving provisions to treat those affected by asbestos. In 2009, Libby was declared a Public Health Emergency after linking years of asbestos exposure to the now closed W.R. Grace & Co. mine. Daines' letter is available to download HERE and below. Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell: Thank you for your leadership in developing legislati… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Trump’s Executive Order to Make America Safe Again

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement: "The safety and security of Americans must and should be our number one priority. Until we can secure our borders, we need to take the necessary precautions, including slowing down the refugee program. We are at war with radical Islamic extremism and we must protect our citizens from terrorists." The President's executive order includes Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Iraq has since been removed sin… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Ty Lantis of Prairie County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Ty Lantis, a distinguished Montana craftsman with deep roots along the Yellowstone Valley. 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 nominate fellow… Continue Reading


Daines, Duckworth Highlight GSA Cybersecurity Deficiency in Operations

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today wrote to the General Services Administration (GSA) highlighting the clear deficiency in GSA's operations regarding foreign-owned buildings. In a letter to GSA Acting Administrator Timothy Horne, the Senators expressed concern with GSA's practice of leasing high-security space from foreign owners and the cybersecurity risks created by conducting high-security operations in foreign-owned buildings. Daines also request… Continue Reading


Hirono, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Expiration of Asia-Pacific Expedited Travel Program

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the bipartisan APEC Business Travel Card Reauthorization Act to make permanent the APEC Business Travel Card Program, which grants U.S. citizens access to fast-track processing lanes at airports across the Asia-Pacific. Without reauthorization, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cannot issue cards to U.S. citizens after September 30, 2018. Over 200 Hawaii residents are active holders of the APEC Business Travel Card which save… Continue Reading


Zinke Heeds Daines’ Call: Reverses Obama Directive Restricting Hunting and Fishing

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the first actions taken by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to return power back to the people. "I'm pretty certain the bureaucrat that put this regulation in place has never hunted elk in Montana," Daines stated. "Secretary Zinke is off to a strong start protecting Montana's and our country's hunting and fishing heritage." "Secretary Zinke's first actions in office also help unlock access to our nation's pub… Continue Reading


Daines: Perry Confirmed as Energy Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry. "Secretary Perry will work to make our nation energy secure and I'm excited to partner with him to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments to create more good-paying jobs," Daines stated. Immediately following Perry's confirmatio… Continue Reading


Daines: Carson Confirmed as HUD Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson. "Secretary Carson knows what it is like to grow up in poverty and will use that experience along with his deep devotion to the country to best serve Americans," Daines stated. "It is only fitting that his career marked by consistent compassion would lead him t… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Two Bills to Complete Montana Hydro Projects

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana. The bills will provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "The Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon Dam are critical for tax reven… Continue Reading


Tester and Daines Reintroduce Bill to Preserve East Rosebud Creek

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to permanently preserve the East Rosebud Creek in south central Montana. Tester and Daines are introducing the legislation at the request of local Montana residents. Their bill will designate 20 miles of East Rosebud Creek as wild and scenic under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which will preserve the free-flowing condition of the creek located south of Roscoe, Montana. "East Rosebud Cre… Continue Reading


Daines Named “Friend of Farm Bureau” by the American Farm Bureau Federation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he was recognized by the American Farm Bureau with its "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for his strong support of agriculture and his advocacy on behalf of Montana farmers and ranchers. The American Farm Bureau Federation gives the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award to members of Congress who have led on issues critical to farmers and ranchers across the country, supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting records and who wer… Continue Reading


Daines: Zinke Confirmed as Interior Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Montana's U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke. "This is a historic moment for Montana as Congressman Zinke is the first Montanan to ever serve in a President's cabinet," Daines stated. "Ryan is a Montanan who grew up in America's public lands. He knows that we must strike the right balance betwe… Continue Reading


Trump Heeds Daines Calls: Starts Process to Reverse WOTUS

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's executive actions to revise former President Barack Obama's overreaching Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The overreaching WOTUS rule seeks to regulate virtually every ditch and pond that may be occasionally wet across the United States and would have a significant negative impact on farmers, ranchers, and landowners across the country. "We can protect Montana's pristine water… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on President Trump’s Joint Address

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump's first joint address to Congress. "There is a renewed spirit because Americans know that Washington, D.C. is returning power back to Montanans and back to the people. The strategy that the President laid out tonight is an optimistic, clear vision to create jobs, return education decisions back to families and keep our communities safe. I will continue working with President Trump to d… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state's laws. "It is our constitutional right to keep and bear arms," Daines stated. "This bill protects Montanans' constitutional freedoms and allows Montanans to exercise their rights when traveling ac… Continue Reading


Daines: Ross Confirmed for Commerce Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. "Secretary Ross was a force in the private sector and will undoubtedly be a force at the Department of Commerce," Daines stated. "He will bring a mountain of ideas to expand opportunities for our producers and manufactures to create more good-paying jobs." Immediately following Ro… Continue Reading


Daines to Welcome Montana Attorney General as Guest for Joint Session

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox will serve as Daines' guest of honor at President Donald J. Trump's first joint address to Congress. Fox is invited to attend the president's speech while he is in Washington D.C. for the National Association of Attorneys General annual winter meeting, February 27 - March 1. "Tim Fox has led the fight to push back on overreaching Obama administration regulations that have harmed hardworking Montana… Continue Reading


Daines to Lead Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he will be spearheading the Montana Ag Summit 2017 in Great Falls this spring. The summit, sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will deliver a keynote address at the summit. "The summit will highlight our state's number one economic driver by bringing together agricultural leaders to dis… Continue Reading

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