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05.17.16

Daines, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Give States & Tribes Say in Energy Development

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today introduced bicameral legislation to protect Montana coal jobs from the Obama administration's recent moratorium on new federal coal leases and ensure that states and tribes have a significant voice in any changes to federal coal, oil, gas royalties or leasing policy. The Certainty for States and Tribes Act, S.2938 and H.R. 5259, provides critical flexibility needed to keep Montana mines open, protect thousands of… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Daines Announces Over $3 Million in Funding for Montana Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $3,118,584.00 in funding for community health centers in Montana to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care. The Department of Health and Human Services will provide funding to improve community health and public healthcare services. "Montana Community Health Centers provide critical healthcare services for Montanans, increasing access close to home," Daines stated.… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Daines Rural Water Projects Bill Receives Senate Hearing

Daines Presses Forest Service on Health of Watersheds and Impact of Litigation U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill that would move Montana rural water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana today received its first hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act would help improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden on new projec… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Fights for Disaster Relief Funding

Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the State of Montana's funding request to help rebuild communities across Montana after they were devastated by a mid-April snow storm. "The resulting damage from this storm impacted Montana's rural communities, severely damaged local infrastructure, and left thousands of residents and commercial customers without electricity," Tester, Daines, and Zin… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Delaney Biel of Hinsdale High

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized to Delaney Biel, a fifth generation Montana rancher and Hinsdale High School senior. Delaney is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and will soon be receiving her state certification. Biel in a classroom learning about being an EMT. Click here to download. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a M… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines, Zinke Introduce Measures Demanding Answers to Secure Nuclear Missiles

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today introduced measures that aim to ensure the Department of Defense (DoD) secures the nation's nuclear assets. Daines' bill directs the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to tell Congress within five days how they will secure nuclear missiles made vulnerable by the insufficient capability of the UH-1N, and implement the necessary mitigation with additional resource… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines Hails Passage of Legislation to Improve Montana’s Energy Future

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of bipartisan legislation that works to improve the future of Montana energy. "I'm proud to see the passage of bipartisan legislation that protects Montana energy jobs, is critical to irrigate over 50,000 acres of cropland in the eastern part of our state and strengthens rural water systems that serve tens of thousands of Montana families," Daines stated. "I'm working to provide certainty for our farmers, ranchers and communities b… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines Announces Nearly $7 Million in Critical Funding for Montana Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $6,989,615.00 in funding for community health centers in Montana to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care. The Department of Health and Human Services will provide funding to improve community health and public healthcare services. "Montana's community health centers provide reliable and quality healthcare services to thousands of Montanans," Daines stated. "Through… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Daines’ Bill to Allow Women World War II Pilots Inurnment at Arlington Heads to President Obama’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bill to allow women World War II pilots to be eligible for inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery is headed to President Obama's desk for his signature. The U.S. House of Representatives last night passed Daines' legislation following unanimous Senate passage on May 11, 2016. "This is a wrong that needed to be made right and I'm proud to be part of restoring benefits to our WWII women pilots who trained right here in Montana," Daines stated. "With the… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Daines Announces UH-1N Helicopter Replacement Decision

U.S. SENATE - Following a meeting with U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Air Force will be going with the slowest proposed route to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1Ns that provide security for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The Air Force had the option to utilize existing contracts for Blackhawk helicopters and secure the ICBMs up to two years faster, or enter into a normal acquisition proce… Continue Reading


05.10.16

Daines Introduces Rural Water Projects Legislation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would move Montana rural water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana. The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act is a bill that would help improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden on new projects and protect water rights that are critical to the prosperity of the western United States. The bill also accelerates impleme… Continue Reading


05.09.16

Resolution Honoring Former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the unanimous U.S. Senate passage of a resolution honoring former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns who passed away at the age of 81 on April 28, 2016. The resolution is below: S.RES. 457 Relative to the death of Conrad Ray Burns, former United States Senator for the State of Montana. 114th CONGRESS 2nd Session S. RES. 457 Relative to the death of Conrad Ray Burns, former United States Senator for the State of Montana. IN THE SENATE OF TH… Continue Reading


05.09.16

Daines Slams Unprecedented U.S. Army Corps Decision on Gateway Pacific Terminal

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) released their unprecedented de minimis determination halting the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) infrastructure project based on the Lummi Tribe's assertion that the project will impact their usual and accustomed fishing rights. This is the first time ACE has given a single tribe veto-authority of a project of this scale under their purview without a full environmen… Continue Reading


05.06.16

Daines Applauds Decision to Enhance Tools to Combat Wildfires, Protect Public Safety

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the federal government's decision to work with Montana to enhance the tools necessary to combat wildfires. "It's great to see the federal government work with Montanans to combat wildfires," Daines stated. "While this announcement is a step in the right direction, the Forest Service needs to continue working with our state to utilize all aerial firefighting resources on federal fires at any time to protect our forests and communities."… Continue Reading


05.05.16

Daines Tours VA Equine Therapy Center in Helena

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today toured the Montana Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Equine Therapy Center in Helena and learned about how the program helps veterans across Montana. Daines recorded a video of his experience. Click here to view: Click here to watch the video Click here to download the video Click here to download the picture Daines was joined by members of his Veteran Affairs team at the Montana VA Equine Therapy Center to learn more about the program an… Continue Reading


05.02.16

Daines Introduces Timber Innovation Act

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today joined a group of bipartisan Senators in support of a bill that would help accelerate research and development of tall wood buildings in the United States. The Timber Innovation Act will focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories. "Innovative technology is creating new markets for Montana's abundance of wood," Daines stated. "I'm proud to champion legislation… Continue Reading


05.02.16

Montana Congressional Delegation Congratulates Polson Student on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. CONGRESS - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke congratulated Polson High School senior Nathan Young on his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Young was nominated to the academy by the entire Montana Congressional delegation. Young is a senior at Polson High School and the Student Government Vice President. He is also captain of his Lacrosse team and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America. Young volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, he's the… Continue Reading


05.02.16

Daines’ Resolution to Celebrate Nation’s Teachers Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines this week celebrated and honored teachers by introducing a resolution to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week, the week of May 2, 2016. This week the resolution passed the Senate unanimously "During National Teacher Appreciation Week, and every day, I want to thank my first grade teacher Mrs. Hahn for teaching me how to read at Longfellow Elementary School in Bozeman. She truly believed in her students and gave me the confidence to succeed as a young… Continue Reading


05.02.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Elementary Students at Chester-Joplin-Inverness

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized the elementary students at Chester-Joplin-Inverness for gathering 2136.5 pounds of nonperishable food for Chester's annual Harvest 4 Hunger Campaign. The food the students collected. Click here to download. 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 Recor… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Daines Statement on the Passing of Senator Conrad Burns

Daines Statement on the Passing of Senator Conrad Burns U.S. SENATE - Former United States Senator Conrad Burns passed away peacefully in his home today. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement on his passing: "Conrad Burns left a legacy as a faithful husband, father, Marine, and Senator who loved Montana and his country. He passed away with his boots on, active and engaged until the very end, and will be dearly missed. God bless you, Conrad." Burns spent the morning having coff… Continue Reading

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