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01.27.17

Daines, Montana Leaders Mark Data Privacy Day

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines along with Montana's statewide leaders today marked Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is celebrated worldwide on January 28, recognizing the role that technology plays in Americans' everyday lives and the need to take steps to safeguard individual privacy. "Our personal information has become a form of currency," Daines stated. "Hackers are everywhere and we need to take action to ensure our data is secure. I'm pleased to see our state's leaders coming… Continue Reading


01.27.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Belle Wendelburg of Ekalaka

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Mrs. Belle Wendelburg for her continued work in serving her community. Belle retired from Dahl Memorial Nursing Home in Ekalaka in July of 2016 after working there for more than 20 years. 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 documen… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Daines Announces Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on five Senate Appropriations subcommittees. Daines will serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense; Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs; Financial Services and General Government; and, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies. "On these subcommittees, I will fight for Montana priorities whi… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Daines Reintroduces Legislation to Kill the Death Tax

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017, which would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death. "The Death Tax is a direct threat to our state's number one economic driver," Daines stated. "Montana family farms - many of which have been passed down from gen… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Daines: Trump Working to Secure Our Borders

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's executive action to secure America's borders. "I applaud President Trump's action to protect Americans and make our nation safe," Daines stated. "I share President Trump's commitment to securing the border, building our border's infrastructure and protecting the homeland from threats." ###… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Trump Heeds Daines’ Call: Pulls Funding from Sanctuary Cities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised President Donald J. Trump's executive action to remove federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services. "America's cities need to uphold the rule of law and prosecute criminals who are not only in our country illegally, but repeatedly violate the laws of our nation," Daines stated. "I'm pleased the President has taken this important action to protect Americans and uph… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Daines Congratulates Harlowton High Student on West Point Appointment

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Harlowton High School senior Ally Martin on her appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Martin is a senior at Harlowton High School and received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy from Daines. She grew up on a ranch near Two Dot and won the Wheatland County 4-H grand championship project for raising sheep. She is the point guard and captain of her varsity basketball team and was selected last year to se… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Daines Statement on Federal Hiring Freeze

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's executive action to institute a federal government wide hiring freeze. "We know public union bosses are going to do everything they can to fight this, but Montanans know that we don't need a larger federal government with more bureaucracy. We don't need more federal employees with less accountability," Daines stated. "The federal government must become more efficient and accountable to … Continue Reading


01.25.17

Daines Marks National School Choice Week

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines this week introduced two measures to empower local control of schools and education. Daines' Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act allows educational dollars to go where they are needed to best fit students' unique needs, frees states from burdensome federal regulations and better ensures academic achievement in schools. Additionally, Daines introduced a U.S. Senate resolution recognizing the importance of providing parents and families… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Tester, Daines Introduce Bill to Approve Expansion of Missoula VA Clinic

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have introduced legislation that will expand the VA's outpatient clinic in Missoula to provide better care for Montana veterans. The bipartisan Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act will authorize the VA to move forward with leasing space in Missoula to expand the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) by 24 percent. That expansion will allow the VA to serve more patients, provide more privacy to veterans seeking care, and better ens… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Daines, Manchin Reintroduce Bill to Roll Back Red Tape for Small Businesses

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to protect Montana and West Virginia small businesses from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) burdensome regulations. The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act would extend a temporary exemption from the FCC's "enhanced transparency requirements," which would require Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network performance, some of… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Tester, Daines Ask Secretary Kelly to Grant Montana an Emergency REAL ID Waiver

As Compliance Deadline Looms, Senators Stand Up for Citizens' Right to Privacy (U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly to grant the state of Montana an emergency waiver for compliance with the REAL ID Act, a law that sets a federal standard for ID compliance. Starting January 30, Montanans without a compliant federal ID-such as an American passport-will not be able to access Malmstrom Air Force Ba… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Daines to Shulkin: Make Veterans Choice Work for Montana Veterans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today highlighted the importance of improving the Veterans Choice Program for Montana's veterans in a letter to President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Secretary of the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin. In the letter, Daines underscored his commitment to working with Shulkin to improve access to timely and quality care for veterans. "I recently reiterated to Health Net that their performance is unacceptable and have asked for r… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Tester, Daines Announce Montana Students Selected for Senate Youth Program

Students from Bozeman and Glendive among only 104 nationwide chosen for weeklong convention (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced today that two young Montanans have been chosen to participate in the 55th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.. Tester and Daines announced Allison Reinhardt of Bozeman and Mason Hutchinson of Glendive will be representing the state of Montana as delegates at the weeklong convention in Washington, D.C., from March 4-11. "… Continue Reading


01.24.17

OMB Director Nominee Endorses Daines Balanced Budget or Members Won’t Get Paid Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney during the nomination hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In the hearing, Daines explicitly asked Mulvaney if he supports Daines' bill, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act. The bill requires that Congress passes a balanced budget - or members won't get paid. "… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Daines: Haley Confirmed for UN Ambassador

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump's nominee for United Nations Ambassador, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. "Ambassador Haley will work to restore the relationships between the United States, Israel and our allies around the globe that have been severely fractured by the Obama administration," Daines stated. "I am excited for Ambassador Haley's leadership at the U.N. to once again re… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Trump Heeds Daines' Call: Keystone XL Moving Forward

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised President Donald J. Trump's executive action to move forward the commonsense job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. "The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying Montana union," Daines stated. "After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn't be more thrilled that President Trump has heeded my call to move forward construction of this project." In Daines' letter to Trump on December 6, 2016, Daines urged him to take immediate action… Continue Reading


01.23.17

Daines: Pompeo Confirmed for CIA Director

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo with bipartisan support. "Mike will bring strong leadership to the CIA and work tirelessly to protect the American people and our security," Daines stated. On January 18, Daines met with Pompeo in his Washington, D.C. office where they discussed the critical bala… Continue Reading


01.23.17

Trump Heeds Daines Call: Reinstates Mexico City Policy

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised President Donald J. Trump's reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy. This policy, first established by President Reagan, prevents organizations that receive American taxpayer dollars from performing or promoting abortions abroad, even if done with non-United States government funding. "The United States stands as an example for the world, and as that example we should not allow taxpayer dollars to be used in the funding of abortion whethe… Continue Reading


01.22.17

Daines: We Need To Do More To Protect Vulnerable Children

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged Montana state leadership to take swift and meaningful action to create a stronger child welfare system in Montana. In a letter to Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Senate President Scott Sales and Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, Daines wrote to encourage state leadership to pursue reforms that prevent the loss of innocent children. The letter comes on the heels of the recently released Department of Justice Child Fatality Review Report tha… Continue Reading

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