Daines Slams FCC’s Overregulation of Small Businesses

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to relieve small businesses of burdensome regulations found in the FCC's 317-page "net neutrality" rules. The FCC failed to extend a small business exemption to the so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which requires internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance, some of which may require investing in new equipment and hiri… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Legislation to Protect Injured Wildland Firefighters Retirements

HELENA, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced legislation to protect wildland firefighters retirement. Currently, if injured and not able to return to a firefighting position, federal wildland firefighters must switch from the 20-year retirement track authorized for federal employees with certain hazardous jobs to the 30-year retirement track for ordinary federal employees. Daines' fix will allow wildland firefighters to remain on the 20-year retirement track if they're injured on … Continue Reading


Daines Meets with VA Montana Director

HELENA, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today met with Dr. Kathy Berger, the director of the Montana VA Healthcare System, to discuss prioritizing Montana veterans and ensuring they receive the care they deserve. Daines pressed Berger on holding officials at the VA accountable and ensuring those who have served receives the best possible care. They also discussed the unique challenges facing veterans living in rural areas, issues related to Health Net and third party providers, as well as th… Continue Reading


Daines Comments on Latest Yahoo Security Breach

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement on Yahoo's disclosure that more than 1 billion accounts were attacked: "The Yahoo breach is a glaring example of how vulnerable our digital information is," Daines stated. "Private companies must uphold the highest standard to combat cyber criminals and prevent future breaches." In September, Yahoo disclosed that 500 million users were attacked in 2014. Before serving in Congress, Daines worked in the technology… Continue Reading


Daines: Perry Will Restore Balance to Energy

CIRCLE, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Energy: "Governor Perry will restore balance to the Department of Energy so that its priorities better reflect our nation's all-of-the-above energy mix," Daines stated. "We need to encourage federal investments in fossil fuel research and make the United States a leader in clean coal technology to make… Continue Reading


Daines: Ryan Zinke Outstanding Pick for Secretary of the Interior

BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Interior: "Ryan Zinke protected us abroad and in combat and I know he will do the same for our treasured public lands as Secretary of the Interior," Daines stated. "In Congress, I've seen Ryan stand up and fight to protect our way of life. As a westerner, Ryan understands the challenges of having the … Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses

COLUMBUS, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to exempt small business from burdensome regulations found in their 317-page "net neutrality" rules. Daines led the effort in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to extend a temporary exemption from the FCC's so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which would require internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance, some of whic… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate Passes Daines’ Bipartisan Bill to Promote Open Science and Innovation in Government

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bipartisan bill to encourage and increase the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science within the federal government to advance and accelerate scientific research, literacy and diplomacy passed the U.S. Senate this evening. This is the first ever legislation to grant explicit authority to the government to use these methods. Daines' bill is included in S. 3084 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. "The best solutions to the challenges facing our … Continue Reading


Daines Secures Provision to Stop Spread of Invasive Mussels

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured passage of legislation to combat the spread of invasive mussels in Montana. Daines secured language in the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, clarifying congressional intent that inspection stations are not just intended to be in the Columbia River Basin, they must be strategically located across Montana and the West to prevent transmission of these invasive species from all bodies of water. "If these invasive… Continue Reading


Daines Hails Passage of Blackfeet Water Compact, Applauded By Senate Leaders

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the passage of the Blackfeet water compact in the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The authorization of Blackfeet water compact is included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The WIIN Act authorizes the Blackfeet water compact and ends decades of litigation and paves the way for more than 400 million of investment … Continue Reading


Daines: Port of Raymond Will Remain Open 24-Hours

U.S. SENATE - After more than a year of work by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, today the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Port of Raymond will remain a 24-hour entryway into Canada. "The announcement that the Port of Raymond will remain open 24-hours is welcome news for Montana farmers and ranchers who need to get their goods to market," Daines stated. "I'm pleased that the CBP heard my frustration and that of Montanans and reversed their misguided decision to reduce the… Continue Reading


Daines Congratulates Student on Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Andrew Sorenson on his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Maryland. Daines called Sorenson today to inform him of the appointment and offer his congratulations. Sorenson is an Eagle Scout and entrepreneur who owns and operates his own lawn care business and has earned varsity letters in wrestling, tennis, football, indoor track and cross country. "Andrew has shown himself to be a leader both on the field and … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Legislation to Bring Integrity to Federal Budget Process

U.S. SENATE - As the Federal Reserve is expected to increase the interest rate next week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would require congressional budgetary scorekeepers to account for interest costs incurred on borrowed funds needed for legislative proposals. The Budgetary Accuracy in Scoring Interest Costs (BASIC) Act will include the cost of debt in both Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis so that Congress can have … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Lisa Cline of Broadus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized educator Lisa M. Cline for over 30 years of service as a K-6 STEM educator throughout the State of Montana. 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… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Over $1 Million Grant for CSKT Healthcare Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,040,808 in funding for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) for diabetes treatment and prevention. "Diabetes sadly plagues many in Montana's Native communities, and through this funding the CSKT can continue to improve care for tribal members living with this disease," Daines stated. Native Americans have the highest rate of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Daines is a supporter of the Special Diabetes Program for I… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling

U.S. CONGRESS -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today underscored the urgency in reversing the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service by introducing bipartisan bicameral legislation to do just that. The bill seeks to codify the Obama administration's position that federal agencies are not required to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service at a programmatic level when new critical … Continue Reading


Daines Highlights Importance of Consolidated Tribal Land Ownership at Senate Hearing

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the importance of reducing divided land ownership on Indian reservations. During a hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Daines questioned two Montana tribal leaders testifying at the hearing, Chairman Floyd Azure of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and Vice Chairman Terry Tatsey of the Blackfeet Tribe, on the value of the U.S. Department of the Interior Land Buy-Back Program to their communities and how they… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Montana Transportation Priorities with Secretary of Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao. "Secretary Chao has the proven experience that the Department of Transportation needs to implement bold policies that reinvigorate our roads, bridges, railroads and pipelines," Daines stated. "After speaking with Secretary Chao, I am excited to support her confirmation and look forward to working with her to empower … Continue Reading


Daines Meets Todd Ricketts, Looks Forward to Confirming Nomination

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Todd Ricketts, President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for Deputy Secretary of Commerce following their meeting in his Washington, D.C. office. "Mr. Ricketts knows how to win and will get the job done at Commerce," Daines stated. "I look forward to watching him bring his decades of proven business experience to the government to create more good-paying American jobs." ###… Continue Reading


Daines: Pruitt Will Support Coal Jobs

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: "I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece as EPA Administrator." A University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research study foun… Continue Reading

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