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07.29.15

Daines Helps Introduce Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood, Safeguard Women’s Health Funding

Senator Steve Daines has helped introduce legislation to protect women's access to health services and defund Planned Parenthood. This legislation, S.1881, follows the release of gruesome footage showcasing Planned Parenthood's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. The Senate is expected to vote on this legislation in the next week. The bill is sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst (IA) and cosponsored by Senators Mitch McConnell (KY), John Barrasso (WY), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozm… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Daines Applauds House Passage of the REINS Act

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House passage of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, commonsense legislation that will bring much-needed accountability and transparency to the federal regulatory process: "It's time to rein in Washington's overbearing, costly regulations and provide Montana families, business owners, and hardworking taxpayers with the relief they deserve," Daines stated. "Montana small businesses know far too well the cost of Wa… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Daines: Our Country’s Most Sensitive Data Can Be in the Hands of Our Enemies

"We must act more quickly and more nimbly than those seeking to wage a terrorist attack on our nation's cybersecurity infrastructure." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today emphasized the growing threat of a serious cyber attack from the Islamic State- including the potential to penetrate America's vehicles, like the risk that spurred the recent recall from Fiat Chrysler. "Recent news reminds us that we must also consider the security of the… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Daines Calls for Long-Term Highway Bill on Senate Floor

"I'm looking forward to passing a long-term multi-year highway bill that provides certainty, that improves the infrastructure of our country, and most importantly, creates jobs." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to press for the need to pass a multi-year highway bill that provides Montana and the nation with the certainty needed to make long-term infrastructure investments. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this morning: "What w… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Lesley Robinson of Dodson

Senator Steve Daines today honored Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson of Dodson, Montana for her service to Montana and counties in several other western states. Mrs. Robinson was recently elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) during the Committee's 80th Annual Conference. She will now serve as regional representative for the entire western region of the United States. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines eac… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Daines Secures Much-Needed Reforms for America’s Cybersecurity, Postal Service, Financial Services Sector

Senator Steve Daines today secured provisions to safeguard American's cyber infrastructure, protect rural postal service, reduce regulatory burdens and help Montana community banks and credit unions better serve their customers. Daines joined the Senate Appropriations Committee today in approving the FY2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. Daines secured key provisions to maintain six-day delivery through FY16 and urge the U.S. Postal Service to make good-faith eff… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Daines Helps Secure Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF in Bipartisan Energy Bill

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that will permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund: "As Montana's sole member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I'm pleased that the Committee has reached a bipartisan solution to permanently reauthorize LWCF. LWCF is an important program for Montana that helps expand acce… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Daines Presses PHMSA Administrator Nominee on Rail and Pipeline Safety

Senator Steve Daines today underscored the need to ensure safe and environmentally sound transportation of our natural resources, whether by pipeline or rail. Daines pressed Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Administrator Nominee Marie Therese Dominguez on the recent oil spills in Montana and the need to ensure public confidence in America's pipelines. Daines also highlighted the economic impact of the oil, gas and coal industry to Montana. "PHMSA plays a ver… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Daines Joins 49 Fellow Senators in Raising Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices, Urging HHS Secretary to Comply with Investigations, Conduct Assessment to Facilitate Congressional Review

Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group including 49 other senators in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of footage by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization's role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the senators draw attention to the legal, ethical, and policy issues raised by the … Continue Reading


07.22.15

In Case You Missed It: Daines on Protecting our Military Recruiters, Latest Developments on Iran Deal

"The fastest way to stop a bad guy with a gun - is a good guy with a gun." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today appeared on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business to speak on the importance of his bill, the SEMPER FI Act, which would allow military officers and non-commissioned officers the ability to carry a firearm at military recruitment centers. Daines underscored the crucial need for our men and women in uniform to be able to protect and defend themselves. Additionally, Daines joined F… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Daines: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Pay the Price for Obama Administration’s OPM Hack

Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today highlighted the growing cyber-warfare threats facing our nation, and the incompetence of the Obama administration that led to a massive breach of personal and security information at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that resulted in the resignation of Director Katherine Archuleta. Click here to watch Daines' speech. Click here to download Daines' speech. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate f… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Daines, Hunter Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Allow Military to Carry at Recruitment Centers

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today introduced legislation to allow military officers the ability to carry weapons at military recruitment centers. The Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative (SEMPER FI) Act, which was introduced today in the Senate and the House, allows the military to authorize recruiters to be armed when they're at recruitment centers or allows them to improve structural security at recruitment centers. The bill also lim… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Daines Introduces Legislation to Increase Transparency in Regulatory Rules

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to provide oversight in the federal regulatory structure by creating much needed transparency for the American people. Daines' bill, the Regulatory Impact Scale on the Economy Small Business Act of 2015 (RISE Act), would provide the federal government with a proper framework to effectively monitor regulatory activity. The bill brings essential accountability and transparency to the federal regulatory process, which currently lacks a codified, s… Continue Reading


07.20.15

Daines Statement on the UN Security Council Iran Vote

Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the United Nations (UN) Security Council voted unanimously to approve the P5+1 deal with Iran, the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism: "The President taking the deal with Iran to the United Nations before Congress even had its first full day to review the deal is an affront to the American people. The UN's vote will not corner Congress into rubberstamping a bad deal. The actions taken by the President make clear that he is … Continue Reading


07.17.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Shayne Pierre of Polson

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Shayne Pierre of Polson, Montana for his exceptional heroism. This past May, Shayne acted heroically when a drunk driver collided with a school bus. He helped save the entire bus and attended to the driver, despite sustaining injuries himself. 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 procee… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines, Forest Service Affirm Importance of Categorical Exclusions as Forest Restoration Tool

Senator Steve Daines today pressed the U.S. Forest Service to outline reforms needed to restore the health of the National Forest system and clarify the importance of Categorical Exclusions (CEs) as utilized by the Forest Service in forest health restoration projects. Click here to download Daines' questioning. Click here to watch Daines' questioning. During today's Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Daines reaffirmed his commitment to forest management reform and asked Forest Servic… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines Fights to Give Montana Farmers Certainty in Federally Mandated Grain Inspections

Senator Steve Daines today fought to secure key provisions for Montana farmers and ranchers and provide farmers greater certainty in federally mandated grain inspections to protect against disruptions like those that occurred last summer at the Port of Vancouver. Daines successfully worked to include provisions addressing concerns voiced by Montana's farmers and ranchers in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, which w… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines Works to Move Forward Long-Term Highway Bill

Senator Steve Daines joined the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee last night in approving key components of a multi-year transportation bill and reaffirmed his call for Senate leadership to move forward a long-term highway bill that provides Montanans with much-needed certainty for infrastructure investments. "This vote is an important step forward in getting a long-term highway bill across the finish line. Montana's short construction season is well underway, and it's criti… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Daines, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Protect Students’ Data

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced legislation to ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect students' data. The Safeguarding American Families from Exposure by Keeping Information and Data Secure (SAFE KIDS) Act protects student privacy by establishing clear parameters for third-party operators when using data collected from students. The legislation empowers parents to control access to their children's information. The current federal protec… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Daines, Alexander Introduce Legislation to Halt Over-Regulation of Legal Ivory

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today introduced legislation to halt the Obama administration's over-regulation of lawfully owned ivory found in antique firearms, musical instruments and other family heirlooms and antiques often sought by collectors. The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015 ends the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's unilateral moratorium on the importation, exportation, and sale of lawfully possessed ivory, while also makin… Continue Reading

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