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12.04.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Rick Young of Forsyth

Senator Steve Daines today honored Rick Young of Forsyth, a U.S. Marine, for his dedicated efforts to expand quality health care for all Montana veterans. Despite suffering from a serious illness himself, Rick was able to successfully advocate for area veterans to receive long-term care through the Rosebud Health Care Center (RHCC) in Forsyth. RHCC recently established a contract with the VA, which now allows for veterans to receive long-term care in Forsyth rather than having to travel a great… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Daines, Zinke Urge Canadian PM to Prioritize Montana Issues

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are reaching out to newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to emphasize Montana priorities and ensure continued economic growth on both sides of the northern border. In a letter, Daines and Zinke congratulated Trudeau on his recent election and underscored the treasured and crucial relationship between Canada and Montana. "The state of Montana has a great appreciation for the conducive working relationship we have foster… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Daines Challenges Hoeven to Friendly Wager on Upcoming Griz, Bison Football Game

Senator Steve Daines and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven have entered into a wager on Saturday's second round, Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the North Dakota State University Bison. If the Grizzlies win the game, Daines will receive Dakota Growers pasta made from North Dakota durum wheat. If the NDSU Bison win, Hoeven will be drinking Moose Drool beer from Missoula's Big Sky Brewing. "Every Montanan knows that a bison … Continue Reading


12.03.15

Daines Applauds Passage of Multi-Year Highway Bill

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the passage of a multi-year highway bill that provides Montanans much-needed certainty in infrastructure investments: "The long-overdue passage of a multi-year highway bill is great news for Montana and a critical step forward in providing our state with the certainty needed to make long-term infrastructure investments," Daines stated. "Our transportation infrastructure is a critical component of our state's economy and given Montana's short construction se… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Daines Upholds Promise to Montanans to Repeal Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of legislation that repeals the President's failed health care law and puts states on a glide path toward creating locally driven health care solutions, upholding the promise Daines made to Montanans to continue fighting to repeal Obamacare. "Last year, when I decided to run for Montana's open Senate seat, I promised the people of Montana that I would work tirelessly to repeal Obamacare. Today, I upheld that promise and voted to repeal President Oba… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Daines Applauds House Rebuke of President Obama’s Unaffordable Energy Regulations

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House of Representative's bipartisan vote to fully nullify President Obama's anti-coal regulations that threaten more than 7,000 Montana jobs. "Today Congress sent a clear message to President Obama that the American people don't want and can't afford his job-killing, anti-energy agenda. The United States should be on the cutting edge of technological advances in energy development - not actively working against American entrepreneurs who can help our co… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Daines Works to Provide Tax Relief for Montana Farmers, Small Businesses, Families and Tribes

On "Tax Relief Tuesday," Senator Steve Daines spoke out on the need to pass bipartisan, comprehensive solutions that permanently protect Montana families, famers and ranchers, small businesses and tribes from burdensome and uncertain tax hikes. Daines emphasized his continued commitment to working toward reforms that end Washington's habit of passing last-minute extensions of critical tax provisions and instead provide the long-term certainty needed to generate new economic investment and innov… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Daines Continues Fight to Block Internet Sales Tax

Daines, Ayotte, Rubio, Lee urge congressional leaders to oppose so-called Marketplace Fairness Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Cyber Monday, Senator Steve Daines urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to reject any legislation to impose onerous Internet sales tax requirements that would hurt online retailers in Montana and across the nation. In a letter to Congressional leadership, Daines joined Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mi… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Daines to Lead Montana Energy 2016

Senator Steve Daines announced that he will be spearheading Montana Energy 2016 in Billings this upcoming spring. The summit, sponsored by Daines, the Montana Contractors' Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Chamber Foundation and KLJ, will take place in Billings, Montana on March 30 and 31, 2016. "Montana holds a vital role in securing our nation's all-of-the-above energy strategy and it's vital that we work together to ensure our state rema… Continue Reading


11.27.15

Daines Encourages Montanans to “Shop Small” on November 28

BOZEMAN, Mont. - In recognition of Small Business Saturday, Senator Steve Daines is encouraging his fellow Montanans to "shop small" and join him in highlighting the important contributions that Montana's small businesses make to Montana's economy year round. Daines is an original cosponsor of a bipartisan resolution to recognize November 28, 2015 as "Small Business Saturday" and to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses. S.Res. 304 unanimously passed the United Stat… Continue Reading


11.23.15

Daines, Zinke Work to Protect Port of Raymond Operational Hours

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to reverse plans to reduce operating hours at the Port of Raymond and terminate the northeastern Montana border crossing's 24-hour operating status. In a letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, Daines and Zinke highlighted the important role that the Port of Raymond holds for regional economic activity and the overwhelming local concern surrounding CBP's recent decisio… Continue Reading


11.23.15

Tester, Daines call on Senate to fully fund critical payments to Montana counties

PILT helps 55 Montana counties pay for essential services (Montana) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are calling on Senate leaders to fully fund a critical tool for Montana counties. Tester and Daines urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to fully fund Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for the 2016 Fiscal Year. PILT payments are made by the Department of the Interior to 55 Montana counties with federal lands that are not taxable by … Continue Reading


11.20.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Mary Crawford of Stevensville

In honor of National Adoption Month, Senator Steve Daines today honored Mrs. Mary Crawford, an adoptive parent from Stevensville, Montana. Mary and her husband have selflessly opened their homes and hearts to nine foster children, six of whom they have since adopted. Daines is an original cosponsor of S.Res. 315, a resolution to designate November as National Adoption Month and November 21 as National Adoption Day. The resolution passed the Senate unanimously this week. There are 415,000 child… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Daines Announces $350,000 in Grants to Improve Rural Montana Mental Health Services

On National Rural Health Day, Senator Steve Daines announced more than $350,000 in funding for rural Montana telehealth and mental health services. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants have been awarded to Western Montana Mental Health Center and St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. Daines wrote a letter of support for St. Patrick Hospital's plan to build the Western Montana Telepsychiatry Network - a partnership between St.… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Daines Helps Move Forward Key Legislation to Reauthorize LWCF, Expand Access to Public Lands

Senator Steve Daines today helped move forward critical bipartisan solutions to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and protect and preserve Montana's outdoors heritage. The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015 passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning on a large bipartisan vote. This bill promotes and protects access to Montana's public lands and increases recreational opportunities for hunters and anglers. Additionally, the Bip… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Daines, Capito, King Call on FCC to Increase Transparency, Enforcement for Rural Broadband Funding

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Angus King (I-ME) today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to consider strict enforcement measures and increase transparency for the recently announced Connect America Fund funding. The FCC recently announced more than $1.5 billion in annual funding as part of the second phase of the Connect America Fund to expand and support broadband service in rural areas. "We believe strict enforcement measures, coupled with transp… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Daines: UM BBER Report Reaffirms Devastating Impact of Obama’s War on Affordable Energy

Announces telephone townhall to discuss alarming UM report, Daines' efforts to block anti-coal regulations WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today called a new report on the impact of President Obama's anti-coal regulations "devastating for Montana" and announced that he will hold a telephone townhall meeting this evening to discuss the alarming report with Montanans. The University of Montana (UM) Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) today released a study on the economic … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Daines, Zinke Urge Governor Bullock to Block the Relocation of Syrian Refugees to Montana

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today urged Montana Governor Steve Bullock to block any efforts from the federal government to move Syrian refugees to Montana until exhaustive and comprehensive background checks can be completed. In a letter to Bullock, Daines and Zinke stressed the importance of prioritizing Montanans' safety and security by refusing Syrian refugees until there is 100 percent confidence in these refugees' backgrounds. At present, the state of Montana… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Tester, Daines urge Senate to permanently reauthorize and fully fund LWCF

Senators: LWCF is "one of the country's best conservation programs" (U.S. Senate) - Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are urging Senate leaders to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to protect more of Montana's best outdoor places. LWCF, which expired October 1, funds conservation projects in all 50 states using offshore oil and gas receipts. Tester and Daines, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Daines’ Bill to Protect Consumers Passes Senate Commerce Committee

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the bipartisan passage of his legislation to protect and expand protections for consumers. The bipartisan Consumer Review Freedom Act unanimously passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. The bill would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. "Feedback from consumers provides valuable insights not only for companies but for oth… Continue Reading

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