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08.17.15

Daines: New VA Service Animal Rule is a “Step in the Right Direction”

Senator Steve Daines today commended news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has revised its rules regarding veterans' ability to bring service animals to VA facilities. Veterans in some states, including Montana, have had difficulty bringing their animals into VA medical facilities. The VA's new rule will put clear guidance in place that allows the presence of service animals at VA facilities across the United States. "While there is still work to be done, today's announcement is a … Continue Reading


08.14.15

Daines, Zinke Statements on Crow Tribe’s New Agreement in Gateway Pacific Terminal

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today released the following statement on the partnership between Cloud Peak Energy, the Crow Tribe of Indians and SSA Marine in the Gateway Pacific Terminal, located in the northwest corner of Washington State: "The Crow Tribe's economic opportunities have long been tied with the future of the Gateway Pacific Terminal," Daines stated. "With this announcement, the importance of this project to the Crow Tribe is greater than ever. It is imperati… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Montana FCCLA Participants

Senator Steve Daines today honored Montana students participating in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who recently brought home a combined 31 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals from their STAR Event national conference in Washington, D.C. Daines met with representatives from Montana FCCLA when they were in Washington, D.C. for the national conference on July 8. Click here to download the picture. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines e… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Daines Announces Nearly $4 Million in Funding for Glacier Park International Airport

Senator Steve Daines today announced nearly four million dollars in funding for critical construction and maintenance needs at Glacier Park International Airport. The Department of Transportation's $3,986,340 grant will fund a full-depth reconstruction of the airport's existing runway, as well as the rehabilitation of the runway's lighting system. "Glacier Park International Airport provides critical transportation services to the entire Flathead Valley," Daines stated. "This grant will ensure… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Daines Statement on Reported Russian Cyber Attack

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to reports that Russia hacked the Pentagon's unclassified email system: "Reports that Russian hackers-possibly sanctioned by the Russian government-hacked into the Joint Chiefs of Staff email servers nearly two weeks ago are deeply concerning. This is the third known major cyber attack on the federal government unearthed this summer, and we still have yet to see a full report on the depth of the hack at the Office of Perso… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Daines Reiterates Call to End Fire Borrowing

Senator Steve Daines today reiterated his call for the federal government to end the practice of fire borrowing, following the U.S. Forest Service's recent report on the rising cost of wildfire operations: "Montana has already experienced several high-intensity fires this year. The fire season thus far has been one of the worst in the past decade and has only made more evident the urgent need for a wildfire funding solution. It is critical that Congress end fire borrowing and ensure that the Fo… Continue Reading


08.04.15

Daines: Privacy and Security Both Matter in Cyber Reforms

Senator Steve Daines today underscored the importance of enhancing America's cybersecurity infrastructure while striking the right balance between protecting Americans from borderless cyber criminals and protecting Americans' privacy. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this morning: "As I like to say, there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those who know they have been hacked. "This was recently seen at J.P Morgan Chase. "Last summer… Continue Reading


08.04.15

Daines Blasts Obama’s So-Called Clean Power Plan

Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to blast President Obama's plan to devastate Montana's coal industry and the good-paying jobs it provides. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this morning: "Yesterday, President Obama and his Employment Prevention Agency continued to wage their war on American energy, American families and American jobs. "As President Obama was announcin… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Daines: Fight to Defend Life, Protect Women’s Health Care Services Is Not Over

Senator Steve Daines today reiterated his call to redirect funds away from Planned Parenthood while reaffirming his dedication to fully funding women's health care services: "Today, I voted to reaffirm my dedication to protecting women's health while removing funds from a scandal-plagued organization that has been caught selling human baby parts. I cannot support an organization that would place a dollar amount on a baby's body parts. The fight to protect women's health care, while redirecting … Continue Reading


08.03.15

Daines Leads 27 Senators in Urging State Department to Halt Misguided ITAR Changes

Senator Steve Daines today led a group of 27 Senators in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Anthony Dearth in response to proposed changes to definitions in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which has the potential to limit Americans' freedom of speech and negatively impact Americans' Second Amendment freedoms. On June 3rd, the State Department proposed changes to modify several definitions in ITAR that would empower the federal go… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Daines Slams Obama Admin’s Latest Anti-Energy Regulations

Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Obama administration's newly released regulations as the latest step in Obama's war on American energy and the thousands of jobs Montana's energy industry supports: "The Obama administration's war on American energy is a war on American families and a war on American jobs. The Obama administration's so-called 'Clean Power Plan' not only would shutter our country's coal-fired power plants, but also hinder tribes' and states' ability to develop their coal re… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Caley Clark of White Sulphur Springs

Senator Steve Daines today honored Caley Clark, a teacher in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Ms. Clark was the only Montanan selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in this week's Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Daines presented Ms. Clark with her award this week while she was in town for the teaching institute. Click here to download high-resolution photos. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week … Continue Reading


07.31.15

Daines Announces Critical Funding for Six Montana Community Airports

Senator Steve Daines today announced that six Montana airports will receive more than $2.8 million dollars for critical construction and maintenance needs. Grants will be awarded to airports in Circle, Columbus, Glendive, Lewistown, Sidney and West Yellowstone. "Montana's community airports provide critical transportation services to Montana's rural communities," Daines stated. "These grants will ensure that Montana's smaller airports are able to meet rising ridership demands, ensure safe and … Continue Reading


07.31.15

Daines, Fischer Call for Field Hearing on PHMSA Reauthorization

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have formally requested that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hold a field hearing in Billings, Montana to discuss the reauthorization of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the agency's efficacy in overseeing the transportation of hazardous materials. Before the hearing will be scheduled, the request must receive approval from the Commerce Committee Chairman and Ranking member. In a … Continue Reading


07.30.15

Daines Calls for Defunding Planned Parenthood, Safeguarding Women’s Health Care

"Planned Parenthood has clearly articulated the value they place on babies' organs and limbs, but what they fail to acknowledge is the value that the American people know full well, and that is the value of our children. And that is priceless." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to speak out about legislation he helped introduce to defund of Planned Parenthood and ensure that there is no overall reduction in federal funds for women's health care services. D… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Daines: Montana Needs a Multi-Year Highway Bill

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the DRIVE Act, which lays the groundwork for a multi-year highway bill, and the 34th short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund since 2009: "Today the Senate took an important step in moving forward a bipartisan, multi-year bill to address our nation's infrastructure needs. Montanans deserve a long-term solution that provides needed certainty, improves our infrastructure country, and most importantly, hel… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Daines, Energy Committee Move Forward Key Energy Reforms

Senator Steve Daines today helped pass multiple pieces of legislation that will help expand Montana energy production, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and rein in the Obama administration's overreaching anti-energy regulations. "This bipartisan legislation will not only strengthen our country's global competitiveness, but also empower our tribes to develop their energy resources, expand Montana families' access to affordable energy and create good-paying ene… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Daines’ Bills to Expand Montana Hydro Power Pass Out of Committee

Senator Steve Daines' bills to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana today unanimously passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Daines' bills provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "Hydropower is a critical component of… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Daines, Zinke Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Complete Environmental Study on Gateway Pacific Terminal

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) today led a bipartisan group of sixteen Senators and seventeen House members in urging the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the required review process for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal before making any decisions that could impact the project's future. Daines' and Zinke's letters come in the wake of news that the Seattle District of the Corps may make an atypical final determination on key components of the project bef… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Daines, Alexander Statements on Proposed Rule to Regulate Ivory

, July 29 - Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made the following statements today on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule to regulate domestic ivory trade: "I'm pleased that the proposed rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service more clearly focuses on addressing the real threat of poachers and those who are violating our laws," Daines stated. "While this proposed rule appears to mitigate some of the concerns from law-abiding citizens who would have been p… Continue Reading

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