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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Daines Stands Up for Montana Veterans, WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots & VA Accountability

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today stood up for Montana veterans, WWII Women Air Service Pilots who trained in Great Falls and worked to increase accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Daines secured numerous provisions to address Montana veterans' long standing concerns in Senator Johnny Isakson's (R-GA) Veterans First Act, which was introduced earlier today. Daines' provisions include: Veterans Choice Act Improvement Major components of Daines' bill, the Vet… Continue Reading


Daines Joins Effort to Reform Criminal Justice System

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to highlight their comprehensive criminal justice legislation that focuses efforts on violent criminals and serious drug offenders and establishes recidivism reduction programs, while granting greater sentencing flexibility for certain low-level drug offenders. The bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 narrows the scope of mandatory minimum prison sentences to focus on the most serious drug offend… Continue Reading


Daines Presses Defense Secretary on Much-Needed Huey Helicopter Upgrades

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today pressed Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the timeline to upgrade Vietnam-era UH-1N helicopters to provide much-needed security for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) stationed at Malmstron Air Force Base (AFB). During this morning's Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the proposed FY 2017 U.S. Department of Defense budget, Daines worked to secure a timeline for new equipment to protect America's nuclear missiles. "Gi… Continue Reading


Daines Calls on Interior Secretary Jewell to Visit Colstrip, Crow Reservation During Upcoming Travel to Montana

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today called on Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to tour Colstrip and the Crow Reservation during her upcoming travel to Montana. "Secretary Jewell needs to hear directly from the people impacted by Interior's actions and come to communities like Colstrip and the Crow Reservation to see what it means for Montana families," Daines stated. "We've already seen layoffs in coal communities across our state as a result of the Obama administration's war o… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $1 Million in Funding for Tribal Transportation Safety Projects

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana tribes will receive more than $1 million in funding for tribal transportation safety projects. "These grants will provide Montana tribes with critical resources to improve transportation safety in their communities," Daines states. "I look forward to seeing the tribes utilize these grants to improve highway safety for tribal members. Congratulations to these tribes on their success in this competitive grant process." The Federal… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Wyatt Zylawy of Superior

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Wyatt Zylawy for his outstanding achievements in his recent Coast Guard training and for his noble commitment to serving our country. 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. Da… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Update Cultural Educational Program for Native Students

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to update decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students. The Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act would make about 500,000 Native students eligible to access federal resources that would help address many of the students' unique academic and cultural needs. Because of the lack of accurate data in how Native students are counted by… Continue Reading


Daines Strengthens Montana’s Transportation Network

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today worked to strengthen Montana's transportation network. "Our transportation network from our roadways to our skies to our railways will be a safer form of travel for all Montanans," Daines stated. "This legislation puts Montanans first and addresses concerns from all corners of our state to increase tourism and encourage economic development projects that create more good-paying jobs." Daines successfully included important provisions to improve Montana… Continue Reading


Daines Defends Montana Farmers, Ranchers and Land Owners

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today worked to defend Montana farmers, ranchers and land owners from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Senate Democrats once again blocked efforts to stop President Obama's WOTUS rule that is a direct threat to Montana's agriculture and natural resources industries, jobs and water rights. "It is shameful that once again Senate Democrats would rather defend President Obama's overreaching poli… Continue Reading


Daines to EPA: Your Regulations are Killing Montana Jobs

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today took Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Gina McCarthy to task on the EPA's Power Plan all-fronts assault on affordable energy and good-paying union and tribal jobs. During today's Senate Committee on Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Daines challenged McCarthy to quantify the impacts of the anti-energy regulations on Montana. McCarthy could not give Daines a straight answer. "… Continue Reading

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