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01.22.16

Daines Calls on FCC to Clarify Broadband Definition

Senator Steve Daines today led five of his Senate colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify their inconsistent and arbitrary definitions of broadband, which could detrimentally impact rural Montanans. The letter is also signed by Roger Wicker (MS), Roy Blunt (MO), Deb Fischer (NE), Ron Johnson (WI) and Cory Gardner (CO). The senators expressed their concerns that: The FCC's arbitrary 25/3 Mbps benchmark speed does not reflect what most Americans consider br… Continue Reading


01.22.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Blake Wombold of Heart Butte

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Blake Wombold of Heart Butte, a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves, for his generous contribution of new shoes for the Heart Butte High School Boys basketball team. This year marks the second year that Blake has donated new shoes to Heart Butte's basketball team. Growing up, Blake witnessed the sacrifices his mother, a teacher at Heart Butte School, made to provide for him and he wanted to be able to give back to the community that supported … Continue Reading


01.22.16

Daines Congratulates Four Montana Students on Receiving West Point Academy Appointments

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated four distinguished Montana students for their appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The students are Keller Balsam, Macy Newbary, Alliemarinda Phillips and Michael Sewell. Daines spoke to the four students last night and personally congratulated each of them on their appointment. Keller Balsam, a senior at Helena High School, is a member of his school's varsity track team and a cross-country runner. He serves as a member of … Continue Reading


01.21.16

Daines Statement on Vote to Override President Obama’s WOTUS Veto

Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Senate failed to gain enough votes to override President Obama's veto of legislation to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) egregious overreach through newly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: "Senate Democrats and President Obama have made clear they don't care about the harmful effects that this overreaching rule will have on our hardworking farmers and ranchers. The EPA's greatly expanded powers… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Daines Blasts Senate Dems’ Refusal to Allow Debate on Syrian Refugee Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment in Senate Democrats' refusal to allow debate on legislation that would increase security and screening measures for refugees seeking to enter the United States. "It is Congress's responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our nation, but today Senate Democrats proved they would rather play politics than prioritize our national security," Daines stated. "The SAFE Act is commonsense legislation that institutes a much-needed intensiv… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Daines Blasts Senate Dems’ Refusal to Allow Debate on Syrian Refugee Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment in Senate Democrats' refusal to allow debate on legislation that would increase security and screening measures for refugees seeking to enter the United States. "It is Congress's responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our nation, but today Senate Democrats proved they would rather play politics than prioritize our national security," Daines stated. "The SAFE Act is commonsense legislation that institutes a much-needed intensi… Continue Reading


01.19.16

Daines: New Deficit Projections Affirm Need to Rein in Spending

Senator Steve Daines today reaffirmed his commitment to reining in Washington's out-of-control spending after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the federal budget deficit is expected to increase by $105 billion in 2016 - the first increase in seven years. "These projections reaffirm the dire consequences of Washington's continued bloated spending. Make no mistake - this $105 billion increase in the federal deficit is direct result of the 2000-page trillion dollar spending bill… Continue Reading


01.19.16

Daines: The IRS is Failing Montanans

Daines Underscores Need to Reform IRS Services, Tax Code as Tax Season Begins WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the first day of tax season, Senator Steve Daines is calling for reforms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) operations in light of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealing that nearly 62 percent of callers who wanted to speak with an IRS representative were unable to receive assistance. "As this year's tax season begins today, we are once again reminded of the consisten… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Daines, Forbes Highlight Resolution to Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) today highlighted their resolution to celebrate and reaffirm the role of religious freedom as a fundamental human and Constitutional right. The resolution recognizes the 230th anniversary of the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and commemorates January 16, 2016 as Religious Freedom Day by an act of Congress. The Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom was authored by Thomas Jefferson and served as the model… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Daines Blasts Obama Moratorium on New Coal Leases

Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama's decision to place a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands, which will likely end coal mining in the west and destroy the thousands of good-paying jobs coal supports in Montana. "This moratorium is almost exclusively focused at destroying Montana and Wyoming coal. It is an unprecedented assault on one of Montana's most important sources of good paying jobs and tax revenue that will likely shut down coal development in Montana and… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Daines Applauds American Airlines Expansion to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the announcement that American Airlines will expand their air services to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and create an additional travel route for Montanans. "This is exciting news for the Bozeman community and the thousands of Montanans who rely on Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport for reliable air travel," Daines stated. "This new partnership with American Airlines won't just increase options for Montanans, but will also make it easi… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Daines to Kerry: Congress Doesn’t Make Laws With Iranian Interests in Mind

Senator Steve Daines today criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his recent attempts to placate Iran's concerns over the United States' Visa Waiver Program (VWP) restrictions. Daines also called on Kerry to press the Iranian government, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, to cease its support for terrorist activity and provide tangible evidence of such action. In a letter to Secretary Kerry, Daines and 13 of his colleagues ask the Secretary to make clear to Iranian Foreign Minister … Continue Reading


01.13.16

Daines Applauds House Action to Stop Obama’s WOTUS Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House of Representatives' passage of bipartisan legislation nullifying the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The House today joined the Senate in passing S.J.Res.22, a joint resolution Daines helped introduced to disapprove of the EPA's new, overreaching WOTUS rules. The bill now heads to President Obama's desk. "I'm pleased to see the House join the Senate in passing bipartisan legislat… Continue Reading


01.13.16

Tester, Daines continue delivering on their promises to “Blue Water Navy” veterans

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are working to deliver on the promises they've made to "Blue Water Navy" veterans by restoring their eligibility for service-connected disability benefits and health care as a result of Agent Orange exposure. "Blue Water Navy" veterans served in the waters offshore during the Vietnam War. In a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Tester and Daines urged the VA to reverse a 2002 rule that excluded "Blue Water Navy" veterans from the VA benef… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Daines: President Obama Cemented His Failed Legacy

Senator Steve Daines tonight called out President Obama for his empty rhetoric, noting the President's final State of the Union address was just "politics as usual." Daines' full statement is as follows: "Rather than fighting for solutions that strengthen our economy, tonight President Obama cemented his failed legacy. "Rather than presenting concrete solutions that bolster our national security, President Obama chose to lead from behind. "Rather than supporting hardworking farm… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Daines: Capture of U.S. Navy Boats is Further Proof Iran Can’t Be Trusted

Senator Steve Daines tonight released the following statement regarding the recent capture of U.S. Navy boats by Iranian military forces: "This is yet another reminder that the Iranian regime cannot and should not be trusted. Given this latest provocation, it is unthinkable to lift any sanctions on Iran. We cannot placate Iran - the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism - with its current leadership in place. It should outrage all Americans that President Obama intends to completely ignore… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Daines: It’s Past Time to ‘Audit the Fed’

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment following the Senate's failure to advance to debate on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, widely known as "Audit the Fed." Daines is an original co-sponsor of S. 2232, which eliminates restrictions on Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandates that the Federal Reserve's credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight. "We must … Continue Reading


01.12.16

Montana Delegation Introduces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

U.S. CONGRESS -Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke today announced that they have formally introduced legislation in the Senate and House repealing federal mandates for driver's licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. "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. "The Repeal ID Act ensures Montanans' voices are heard and will help strike the right … Continue Reading


01.11.16

Daines to Welcome Jason Small, Boilermaker Leader & Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, as Guest for State of the Union

Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jason Small, President of Boilermakers Local 11, small business owner and Northern Cheyenne tribal member, will serve as Daines' guest of honor for the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. tomorrow night. "It's my honor to welcome Jason Small as my guest for the upcoming State of the Union address," Daines stated. "As President of Boilermakers Local 11 and an experienced labor advocate, Jason is a proven leader in standing up against the Obama… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Daines Discusses National Security with New Regional FBI Leader

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today met with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eric Barnhart, the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent for Salt Lake City Division, which includes Montana. Daines and Barnhart met in Helena at Daines' urging to discuss national security issues facing Montana. Daines sought more information regarding FBI Director James Comey's statement that law enforcement authorities have open investigations of suspected ISIS supporters in all 50 states. Di… Continue Reading

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