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


Tester, Daines Call for More Reliable Mail Service in Rural Montana

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Congress to improve mail service in rural Montana so families can stay connected and businesses can get their products to market. In a letter to Senate leadership, Tester and Daines also raised concerns over the House's proposed postal reform bill which they say lacks key service improvements. "The United States Postal Service is a critical lifeline throughout our country, connecting loved ones and families, delivering prescr… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jeremiah Kennedy of Glacier

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Jeremiah Kennedy of Glacier County, for his years in service in the United State Navy. 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 Mont… Continue Reading


Daines Secures $1.2 Million for Crow Tribe for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,224,949.00 in funding for the Crow Tribe for diabetes treatment and prevention. "Through this funding, the Crow Tribe can continue to improve care for tribal members living with diabetes, a disease which sadly plagues so many in Montana's Native communities" Daines stated. Native Americans have the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Daines is a strong supporter of the Special Diabetes Program. On September 20, 20… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Introduce Resolution to Mark November as National Native American Heritage Month

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture, and history of Native Americans and recognizes the many contributions Native Americans have made to our nation. The resolution was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate. "National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture and legacy of Indian tribes t… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bicameral Bill to Delay Changes to Government Hacking Powers

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to provide Congress the time necessary to seriously consider and debate the proposed changes to Rule 41 that would expand the government's ability to search computers and other digital devices. The Review the Rule Act would delay the proposed changes to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 from going into effect until July 1, 2017. Without congressional action, the proposed changes will go into effect on December 1, 2016. "W… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bill to Improve Access to Montana’s Outdoors Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Senate's unanimous passage of his legislation to improve maintenance of Montana's National Forest trails. The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act would ensure existing Forest Service resources are better used to maintain National Forest trails. It would also significantly increase the role of volunteers and local partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest trail system. "Too many of our … Continue Reading


Daines Applauds House Committee Passage of Blackfeet Water Compact

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee's passage of the Blackfeet water compact. Earlier today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 5633 the "Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act." The bill would authorize and implement the water rights compact among the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the State of Montana, and the United States. The compact passed by a unanimous vote. "I'm thrilled to see this mile… Continue Reading


Daines Hails Passage of Legislation Honoring Gold Star Families

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Senate passage of legislation to preserve the stories of servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States. H.R. 4511, the Gold Star Families Voices Act, will allow the parents, spouses, siblings and children of fallen heroes to participate in the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress and tell the stories of their loved ones-ensuring the preservation of the lives and sacrifices of servicememb… Continue Reading


Daines Slams BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) newly issued methane and waste prevention rule that stifles Montana's energy future. "This is yet another example of the Obama administration getting dangerously close to regulating this industry out of business in the U.S.," Daines stated. "I look forward to seeing President-elect Trump and Congress stop this assault on energy innovation." Alan Olson, Montana Petroleum Association: "The Montana Petrol… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Ticket Availability for Presidential Inauguration

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced ticket availability for Montanans interested in attending the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The President-elect will take the oath of office Friday, January 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Montanans interested in attending the inauguration of President-elect Trump can do so by submitting a ticket request at: "The inauguration i… Continue Reading

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