Daines Meets with Energy Designee Perry, Looks Forward to Confirmation

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. "After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama's Energy Department," Daines stated. "Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure." Dur… Continue Reading


Daines Implores Indian Health Service to Immediately Fund Repairs to Chippewa Cree Tribe’s Water System

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Indian Health Service (IHS) to comply with Chippewa Cree Tribe's request for emergency funding to repair the on-reservation water system in light of recent breakages and contamination. In a letter to Mary Smith, the Principal Deputy Director of IHS, Daines implored her to immediately act on the Chippewa Cree Tribe's request to ensure water delivery and water safety. "I write to implore your swift and immediate action in response to the Ch… Continue Reading


Daines Reiterates Opposition to Transfer of Federal Lands

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today commented on a recent U.S. House of Representatives budgetary rule change related to federal lands. "I continue to strongly oppose the transfer of federal lands to the states while fighting to improve the management of those lands." ###… Continue Reading


Daines Discusses Trade Opportunities with Commerce Designee Wilbur Ross

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. "Wilbur Ross has an impressive resume and is a force in the private-sector," Daines stated. "The Department of Commerce and the American economy will be well served by his extensive experience. I'm excited for his ideas to institute strong trade policies that expand opportunities for Montana ag producers and manufactur… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Details on 58th Presidential Inauguration

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today provided details to those traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. "I'm excited to see so many Montanans in our nation's capital for the 58th Presidential Inauguration," Daines stated. Details on events are below: Washington, DC Office Open House: The Senator will be hosting an Open House the day before the Presidential Inauguration on January 20. We hope that Montanans who are visiting will stop by, visit with the Se… Continue Reading


Ag & Forestry Leaders Praise Daines' Ag Committee Membership

U.S. SENATE -Following U.S. Senator Steve Daines' announcement of committee assignments for the 115th Congress, Montana's top agriculture and forestry leaders praised his new membership on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "Montana's number one economic driver is agriculture and I'm excited to represent their priorities on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture," Daines stated. Alan Merrill, President Montana Farmers Union: "Montana Farmers Union wants to c… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Committee Assignments for the 115th Congress

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on five U.S. Senate Committees for the 115th Congress. Daines will serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "I am honored to represent Montana's interests on fiv… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Renewal of SkyWest Airlines for West Yellowstone

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that SkyWest Airlines has been re-approved as the Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for West Yellowstone for the four-month summer seasons of 2017 and 2018. "SkyWest Airlines provides a critical transportation service for the Greater Yellowstone Region and community," Daines stated. "By maintaining their service and working with the West Yellowstone community, SkyWest has made it easier for folks to get to and from the region. I'm ple… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines, Zinke, Bullock, Fox Stand Against Anti-Semitism and White Nationalism

(Montana) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox are standing together against anti-Semitism and white nationalism in Montana and across the nation. In an open letter to the nation, Montana's top elected leaders stood together to send a bipartisan message condemning attacks on the Jewish community. "We stand firmly together to send a clear message that ignorance, hatred and threats of violence are unaccepta… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Expansion of Wireless Broadband to Rural Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont.-U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured the expansion of wireless broadband access in rural Montana. After months of hard work by Daines, today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided final regulatory approval for T-Mobile to provide 4G LTE service to areas covering over one million people in Montana and Wyoming. "Montanans know all too well the feeling of seeing your call dropped, pressing send on text messages that will never get sent in the rural parts of our s… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Announce Appointment of Two Montanans to National Aviation Commission

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today announced that two Montanans-Mike Tooley, Director of the Montana Department of Transportation and Brian Sprenger, Director of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport -will be advising Congress on how to better enhance air transportation in small communities. "Air travel makes it easier to do business, travel across our great state and connects our communities," Daines stated. "Montanans have a unique perspective on the importanc… Continue Reading


Daines: Stream Protection is One Last Bad Act from Obama

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement of the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Stream Protection Rule: "The good news is in 31 days President Obama will no longer be in office," Daines stated. "This final rule will be devastating for hardworking miners in Montana like the Crow tribal members working at the Absaloka Mine and create more challenges to operations at our other federal coal operations which provide critical sources of tax revenue and… Continue Reading


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

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