Daines: BLM Review of Coal Program is Laughable

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) results of their laughable "comprehensive, public review" of the Nation's federal coal program. "Despite my efforts to ensure Montanans' voices were heard in a meaningful way, the Obama administration has denied their input and put forth ideas for reforms to the federal coal program that would jeopardize good-paying jobs and tax revenue that support our schools, ro… Continue Reading


Daines: McMahon Will Be A Champion For Small Business

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon. "Linda McMahon knows what it takes to grow a business from the ground up," Daines stated. "I know she will fight for small businesses with the same vigor that she did for her company." According to the Small Business Administration Montana has over 115,000 small businesses in the state, mak… Continue Reading


Daines: Kelly Will Protect Our Nation

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, General John F. Kelly during the nomination hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Following breaches at both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Personnel Managment (OPM), Daines asked Kelly how he would protect Americans sensitive information from a cyberattack. "General Ke… Continue Reading


Daines Bill to Protect Small Businesses Passes House

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives bipartisan passage of his legislation to protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 317-page "net neutrality" rules. "Hardworking small business owners are already facing uncertainty and more red tape because Washington can't get its act together," Daines stated. "The last thing small businesses need is bureaucrats hundreds of miles a… Continue Reading


Daines to Kelly: Make America Safe Again

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), General John Kelly. "General Kelly is a straight shooter who knows what it takes to secure our borders, protect Americans and will Make America Safe Again," Daines stated. Daines and Kelly discussed securing the southern border, robust refugee vetting, enhancing cybersecurity and increasing security at the norther… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Health Net to Get Their Act Together

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today implored Health Net to address long-standing concerns of Montana veterans and ensure timely care and payment. In a letter to Billy Maynard, President and CEO of Health Net, Daines expressed concerns that he has heard from Montana veterans of their lack of confidence in Health Net's ability to fulfill their obligations. "It is unacceptable that over a year later, I continue to hear concerns from Montana providers and veterans that Health Net's perf… Continue Reading


Montana Senators Congratulate Evan Morris and Max Sechena on Acceptance to Naval Academy

Tester, Daines Nominated both Montana Seniors for Prestigious Appointments (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today congratulated Max Sechena of Great Falls and Evan Morris of Bozeman on their appointments to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. "These two young men embody Montana values through and through," Tester said. "They're leaders, scholars, and athletes who strive every day to make their communities-and this nation-better. I know they will excel as mid… Continue Reading


Colstrip Native Joins Daines DC Office as U.S. Army Fellow

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that U.S. Army Major Brad Caton has been selected to serve as a Defense Fellow in Daines' Washington, D.C. office through 2017. Most recently, Caton served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G8 (Financial Management) for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, and deployed to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the J8 for CENTCOM Forward - Jordan. "I am excited to welcome Major Caton to our team to help serve Montana's military … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: John and Stephanie Hekkel of Anaconda

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized John and Stephanie Hekkel of Anaconda in celebration of the rebuilding of Club Moderne. 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 Mon… Continue Reading


Daines Urges Reversal of Misguided Decision to Stop Hearings on Disability Insurance for Montanans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the U.S. Social Security Administration to continue processing Montanans Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Recently, Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge Nicholas LoBurgio suspended all hearings for SSDI and SSI claims in the state of Montana until at least the summer of 2017 unless there is a dire need. In letters to Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and Judge LoBurgio, Daines impl… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Reform Monument Designation Process

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today helped introduce the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, a bill to facilitate greater local input and require state approval before national monuments can be designated on federal lands and waters. The bill requires, before any national monument can be declared on public land or within the exclusive economic zone, that the following be met: Specific authorization by an Act of Congress; Approval by the state legislature, and for ma… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Introduce Little Shell Recognition Bill

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines kicked off the 115th Congress by introducing bipartisan legislation to grant the Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Cree federal recognition. The Little Shell Tribe has sought federal recognition for nearly four decades, and has been recognized by the State of Montana since 2000. "The federal government can't fulfill its trust responsibility to Montana's Little Shell Tribe until it recognizes their sovereignty," Tester said. "These folks have… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Local Control of Education with President-elect Trump’s Education Designee DeVos

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos. "Betsy DeVos has a passion for education and will be a formidable leader at the Department of Education," Daines stated. "I look forward to watching her shape the Department of Education to increase local control of our schools, with policies that originate with the parents, teachers and administrato… Continue Reading


Daines: Zinke Will Make an Outstanding Interior Secretary

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Montana U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke. "Commander Zinke is a military hero who served honorably for 23 years and is taking his service to another level," Daines stated. "Ryan understands the balance of conservation, responsible energy development and public access." "I appreciate Senator Daines taking the time to sit down … Continue Reading


Daines Meets with Energy Designee Perry, Looks Forward to Confirmation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. "After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama's Energy Department," Daines stated. "Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure." Dur… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Indian Health Service to Immediately Fund Repairs to Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Water System

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Indian Health Service (IHS) to comply with Chippewa Cree Tribe's request for emergency funding to repair the on-reservation water system in light of recent breakages and contamination. In a letter to Mary Smith, the Principal Deputy Director of IHS, Daines implored her to immediately act on the Chippewa Cree Tribe's request to ensure water delivery and water safety. "I write to implore your swift and immediate action in response to the Ch… Continue Reading


Daines Reiterates Opposition to Transfer of Federal Lands

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today commented on a recent U.S. House of Representatives budgetary rule change related to federal lands. "I continue to strongly oppose the transfer of federal lands to the states while fighting to improve the management of those lands." ###… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Trade Opportunities with Commerce Designee Wilbur Ross

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. "Wilbur Ross has an impressive resume and is a force in the private-sector," Daines stated. "The Department of Commerce and the American economy will be well served by his extensive experience. I'm excited for his ideas to institute strong trade policies that expand opportunities for Montana ag producers and manufactur… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Details on 58th Presidential Inauguration

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today provided details to those traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. "I'm excited to see so many Montanans in our nation's capital for the 58th Presidential Inauguration," Daines stated. Details on events are below: Washington, DC Office Open House: The Senator will be hosting an Open House the day before the Presidential Inauguration on January 20. We hope that Montanans who are visiting will stop by, visit with the Se… Continue Reading


Ag & Forestry Leaders Praise Daines' Ag Committee Membership

U.S. SENATE -Following U.S. Senator Steve Daines' announcement of committee assignments for the 115th Congress, Montana's top agriculture and forestry leaders praised his new membership on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "Montana's number one economic driver is agriculture and I'm excited to represent their priorities on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture," Daines stated. Alan Merrill, President Montana Farmers Union: "Montana Farmers Union wants to c… Continue Reading

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