Daines Discusses Veterans Choice with VA Secretary Nominee Shulkin

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin. "When it comes to veterans and healthcare - a promise made must be a promise kept," Daines stated. "That's why it's critical we ensure that our veterans have access to the healthcare they need, especially in rural areas. I believe that Dr. Shulkin will work with me to meet the needs of … Continue Reading


Daines: Chao Confirmed for Transportation Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao. "Secretary Chao is an experienced leader who knows what it takes to deliver results for the American people," Daines stated. "I look forward to working with her to improve our roads, bridges, runways and infrastructure to create more good-paying jobs." Immediately following Chao's c… Continue Reading


Daines to Chair Key Energy Subcommittee: National Parks

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he would take the gavel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. The Subcommittee on National Parks includes oversight and legislative responsibilities for: National Park System; Wild and Scenic Rivers System; National Trails System; national recreation areas; historic sites; military parks and battlefields; Land and Water Conservation Fund; historic preservation; outdoor recreation … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Measures to Promote American Energy Innovation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced two resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). In the closing weeks of his term, President Obama announced the Stream Protection Rule and the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of which does little to actually protect waterways and instead extends the strong arm of the federal government at the expense of states, coal workers and ultimately ratepayers. The other is duplicative and unnecessary, conflicts with… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Measures to Protect Life

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced two measures to protect life. Daines introduced the Protect Funding for Women's Health Care Act, that redirects funds from Planned Parenthood to other eligible women's health care providers, and a measure to scrap the Department of Health and Human Services' new rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program. "We must fight for those that are unable to fight for themselves," Daines stated. "We will maintain f… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement: "We are at war with Islamic extremists and anything less than 100 percent verification of these refugees' backgrounds puts our national security at risk. We need to take the time to examine our existing programs to ensure terrorists aren't entering our country. The safety of U.S. citizens must be our number one priority." ###… Continue Reading


Daines Urges FAA to Accept Non-Compliant REAL ID Identifications

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he is continuing his efforts to ensure that Montanans are not faced with any disruptions in the face of the REAL ID deadline. During a meeting with Recreational Aviation Foundation, Daines announced that he is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to accept non-REAL ID compliant licenses when implementing third class medical reform. "While Montana has refused to comply with the current REAL ID law, the state has made numerous s… Continue Reading


Daines, Montana Leaders Mark Data Privacy Day

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines along with Montana's statewide leaders today marked Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is celebrated worldwide on January 28, recognizing the role that technology plays in Americans' everyday lives and the need to take steps to safeguard individual privacy. "Our personal information has become a form of currency," Daines stated. "Hackers are everywhere and we need to take action to ensure our data is secure. I'm pleased to see our state's leaders coming… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Belle Wendelburg of Ekalaka

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Mrs. Belle Wendelburg for her continued work in serving her community. Belle retired from Dahl Memorial Nursing Home in Ekalaka in July of 2016 after working there for more than 20 years. 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 documen… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on five Senate Appropriations subcommittees. Daines will serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense; Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs; Financial Services and General Government; and, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies. "On these subcommittees, I will fight for Montana priorities whi… Continue Reading


Daines Reintroduces Legislation to Kill the Death Tax

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, which would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death. "The Death Tax is a direct threat to our state's number one economic driver," Daines stated. "Montana family farms - many of which have been passed down from gen… Continue Reading


Daines: Trump Working to Secure Our Borders

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's executive action to secure America's borders. "I applaud President Trump's action to protect Americans and make our nation safe," Daines stated. "I share President Trump's commitment to securing the border, building our border's infrastructure and protecting the homeland from threats." ###… Continue Reading


Trump Heeds Daines’ Call: Pulls Funding from Sanctuary Cities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised President Donald J. Trump's executive action to remove federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services. "America's cities need to uphold the rule of law and prosecute criminals who are not only in our country illegally, but repeatedly violate the laws of our nation," Daines stated. "I'm pleased the President has taken this important action to protect Americans and uph… Continue Reading


Daines Congratulates Harlowton High Student on West Point Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Harlowton High School senior Ally Martin on her appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Martin is a senior at Harlowton High School and received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy from Daines. She grew up on a ranch near Two Dot and won the Wheatland County 4-H grand championship project for raising sheep. She is the point guard and captain of her varsity basketball team and was selected last year to se… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Federal Hiring Freeze

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's executive action to institute a federal government wide hiring freeze. "We know public union bosses are going to do everything they can to fight this, but Montanans know that we don't need a larger federal government with more bureaucracy. We don't need more federal employees with less accountability," Daines stated. "The federal government must become more efficient and accountable to … Continue Reading


Daines Marks National School Choice Week

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines this week introduced two measures to empower local control of schools and education. Daines' Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act allows educational dollars to go where they are needed to best fit students' unique needs, frees states from burdensome federal regulations and better ensures academic achievement in schools. Additionally, Daines introduced a U.S. Senate resolution recognizing the importance of providing parents and families… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Introduce Bill to Approve Expansion of Missoula VA Clinic

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have introduced legislation that will expand the VA's outpatient clinic in Missoula to provide better care for Montana veterans. The bipartisan Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act will authorize the VA to move forward with leasing space in Missoula to expand the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) by 24 percent. That expansion will allow the VA to serve more patients, provide more privacy to veterans seeking care, and better ens… Continue Reading


Daines, Manchin Reintroduce Bill to Roll Back Red Tape for Small Businesses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to protect Montana and West Virginia small businesses from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) burdensome regulations. The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act would extend a temporary exemption from the FCC's "enhanced transparency requirements," which would require Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance, some of… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Ask Secretary Kelly to Grant Montana an Emergency REAL ID Waiver

As Compliance Deadline Looms, Senators Stand Up for Citizens' Right to Privacy (U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly to grant the state of Montana an emergency waiver for compliance with the REAL ID Act, a law that sets a federal standard for ID compliance. Starting January 30, Montanans without a compliant federal ID-such as an American passport-will not be able to access Malmstrom Air Force Ba… Continue Reading


Daines to Shulkin: Make Veterans Choice Work for Montana Veterans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the importance of improving the Veterans Choice Program for Montana's veterans in a letter to President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin. In the letter, Daines underscored his commitment to working with Shulkin to improve access to timely and quality care for veterans. "I recently reiterated to Health Net that their performance is unacceptable and have asked for r… Continue Reading

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