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06.30.20

Daines Statement on Montana School Choice, Religious Freedom SCOTUS Ruling

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision ruling in favor of the three Montana mothers, a major win for Montana families, in the Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue case-one of the most important equal protection and religious freedom cases in recent history. To download the full video, click HERE. "I'm very glad the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn the State of Montana's discriminatory action and … Continue Reading


06.29.20

Daines Announces Over $35 Million in PILT Funds for Montana’s Small and Rural Counties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will be directing $35,166,221 in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's small and rural counties. "PILT payments provide critical support to Montana's rural counties," Daines said. "I've worked hard to support the PILT program which provides critical resources for essential services like emergency response efforts and transportation in Montana's rural counties. Given the impacts of… Continue Reading


06.29.20

Daines Announces Over $35 Million in PILT Funds for Montana’s Small and Rural Counties

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will be directing $35,166,221 in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's small and rural counties. "PILT payments provide critical support to Montana's rural counties," Daines said. "I've worked hard to support the PILT program which provides critical resources for essential services like emergency response efforts and transportation in Montana's rural counties. Given the impacts of… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Daines Introduces Bill to Put Pressure on MLB to Save Montana Minor League Teams

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill that would make Major League Baseball (MLB) teams ineligible to participate or benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program or emergency lending programs within the CARES Act if MLB moves forward with eliminating Montana's minor league baseball teams. "Montana's minor league baseball teams are an important part of our community and bring joy to many Montana families during the summer season," Daines said. "It would be devastating i… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Daines Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Restore St. Mary River Project

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging quick consideration and passage of his bipartisan St. Mary's Reinvestment Act which would help to repair the St. Mary Canal and Conveyance Works system. "The St. Mary Milk River project has been coined the life-line of the Hi-Line, supplying up to 90% of water for the Milk River Basin during a dry year and providing food for over one million people," Daines wro… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Daines Introduces Bill to Cut Red Tape to Improve Forest Health, Support Critical Timber Jobs

U.S. SENATE - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill that will address the challenges stemming from the Cottonwood decision that created a new standard for re-consultation on Forest Plans when 'new information' is made available. The bill will improve the health of forests, advance wildlife and restoration projects, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and support timber jobs. "Even the Obama Administration agreed that the Cottonwood decision was flawed and crippled forest … Continue Reading


06.24.20

Daines Leads Bipartisan Letter to Amtrak Opposing Job Cuts, Reduced Hours of Service

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a bipartisan letter to the President of Amtrak opposing their plans to terminate one out of every five employees, putting thousands out of work, and reducing the hours of operation of the National Network long distance trains. Daines stressed the need to protect these jobs and the local economy they support on the Hi-Line. "We are deeply concerned by the downsizing plan outlined in your supplemental funding request and believe it to be contrary… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Trump Administration Expresses Support for Daines’ Bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection Act

U.S. SENATE - At a U.S. Senate Hearing today, the Trump administration expressed support for U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bipartisan bill, the "Montana Water Rights Protection Act," which permanently settles the century-long Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) water dispute. At the hearing, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Tim Petty discussed the benefits of the bill which will create more than 6,000 jobs, modernize critical NW Montana infrastructure, avoid costly litigati… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Daines Sends Bipartisan Letter to USDA on Regulatory Relief for the Meat Processing Industry

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue asking him to consider four areas for regulatory and programmatic reform in the meat processing industry. "When high-capacity processing facilities experienced outbreaks amongst employees, operations were forced to shut-off or slow down production, leaving the rancher with livestock they could not move and the consumer with either empty grocery shelves or overp… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Daines Announces $1 Million for Montana Department of Justice to Continue Fight Against Meth Epidemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Montana Department of Justice will receive a $1 million grant as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program under the Department of Justice. This program provides funding to law enforcement to aid them in slowing the purchasing and distribution of meth that is ravaging Montana communities and families. "This funding will help support our law enforcement and give them resources and tools ne… Continue Reading


06.23.20

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Create Jobs, Support Montana Outfitters and Guides Economically Impacted by COVID-19

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill that will provide economic opportunities for Montana's outfitters and guides impacted by COVID-19 and related travel restrictions. The bipartisan "Trail Stewardship for Economic Recovery Act" will provide funding for outfitters & guides to conduct trail maintenance projects on Forest Service lands. "Montana's outfitters and guides have seen a drastic decline in business due to the coronavirus pandemic and the travel … Continue Reading


06.22.20

Daines Secures $834,158 for Healthcare Training in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is distributing $834,158 to Montana universities to help increase the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved communities. "I'm glad to have helped secure this funding which is critical to ensuring our rural and underserved communities are taken care of," Daines said. "This funding will help improve the qualit… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Daines: Montana’s Wilderness Shouldn’t Be Used as a Playground for the Rich & Famous

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced he will be introducing a bill that would increase the penalties for landing any unauthorized aerial vehicles on designated wilderness areas in national forests. His bill will raise the maximum penalty to $20,000. "Montana's wilderness shouldn't be taken advantage of and exploited as a playground for the rich and famous," Daines said. "Montanans value wilderness for the solitude it provides and the adventure that is involved to travel to so… Continue Reading


06.18.20

Daines Signs On To Major Police Reform Legislation in Senate

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines cosponsored a major police reform bill in the Senate, the JUSTICE Act, which will help restore confidence between communities and law enforcement by increasing accountability, transparency and commonsense training. Click HERE for the video statement. "The men and women who serve our communities in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, and a few bad actors have reflected poorly upon the values of their service," … Continue Reading


06.17.20

Daines Cosponsors Bill to Ban No-Knock Warrants

U.S. SENATE -Senator Daines today cosponsored a bill to ban no-knock warrants federally and incentivize states and localities to stop using the tactic by restricting grant eligibility. "No-knock warrants are an unconstitutional tool that often puts the lives of both law enforcement and individuals in danger. It's time that we follow the constitution and end this practice all together," said Daines. This bill would require federal law enforcement officers to announce their authority and purpose… Continue Reading


06.17.20

What They Are Saying: MT Conservation, Public Lands Leaders Applaud Daines’ Leadership on the Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured Senate passage of his bipartisan conservation bill, the "Great American Outdoors Act" out of the Senate. Daines' bill provides full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the national park and public lands maintenance backlog. Here's what Montana conservation, sportsmen and public lands leaders and stakeholders are saying about the passage of the "Great American Outdoors Act" out of the Senate. F.H. … Continue Reading


06.17.20

Daines Secures Historic Senate Passage of Major Conservation Bill, the Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for and secured Senate passage of his bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act. Daines' bill requires full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the maintenance backlog facing the nation's national parks and public lands. Click HERE to download the video. "Today, we passed the most important conservation bill for Montana and the nation in decades - one that will increase public access… Continue Reading


06.15.20

Daines: We Must Keep Expansion of Telehealth for Montanans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a bipartisan letter to Senate Leadership urging them to make permanent provisions in previous COVID-19 legislation that expanded telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. "Telehealth has proven to be pivotal for many patients during the current pandemic, ensuring they receive the care they need while reducing the risk of infection and the further spread of COVID-19. We have all heard from our constituents about how effective and convenien… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Daines Announces Helena’s Claudia Downing Offer of Appointment from the Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines today announced academy nominee Claudia Downing offer of appointment from the United States Naval Academy. Downing lives in Helena, Montana. "Claudia is an outstanding young Montanan whose future is bright. Between her leadership on the cross country team, volunteering at the Lewis and Clark Humane society, and her service to our country in the United States Marine Corps, Claudia will be a great fit for the Naval Academy," Daines said. "She is one of Mont… Continue Reading


06.12.20

Daines, Gianforte Urge DOI to Rapidly Respond to St. Mary’s River Project Amid Drop Five’s Failure

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today sent a letter to the Department of the Interior's Secretary Bernhardt urging him to continue to address and monitor the St. Mary's Drop 2 and Drop 5 reconstruction projects. "We are grateful for the Bureau of Reclamation's responsiveness to this crisis, but would encourage you to continue monitoring reconstruction closely to ensure timely completion." Daines and Gianforte wrote. "We would appreciate any help your of… Continue Reading

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