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06.03.15

Daines Introduces Legislation to Decrease Regulatory Burden on Montana Small Businesses

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to rollback the regulatory burdens and uncertainty facing too many Montana small businesses. Daines' bill, S.1487, the Regulatory Predictability for Business Growth Act, ensures that small businesses aren't subjected to unexamined and altered regulations that change at the whims of Washington bureaucrats. The bill requires any interpretative rule to undergo the Notice and Comment process if there is a change to a previously issued rule. The bil… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Daines Hails Long Overdue Passage of USA Freedom Act

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the long overdue passage of the bipartisan USA Freedom Act: "I look forward to seeing this bipartisan legislation quickly signed into law by the President. The USA Freedom Act takes the long overdue step to end the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records and secures important reforms to protect Americans' Fourth Amendment rights. Today's vote is a win for our civil liberties and our constitutional rights. " Daines has long worked to protect Americans… Continue Reading


05.31.15

Daines Statement on the USA Freedom Act

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate voted to advance the bipartisan USA Freedom Act. "I'm pleased to see the Senate take a critical step towards ending the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by advancing the USA Freedom Act. The USA Freedom Act strikes the right balance between protecting the homeland from terror attacks while protecting the constitutional rights and liberty of the American people. I urge the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act s… Continue Reading


05.28.15

Daines Statement on BLM and USFS’s Greater Sage-Grouse Plan

"Obama Administration's Land Use Plans Are One-Size-Fits-None" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today expressed his deep concerns about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) newly released federal plan to manage the greater sage-grouse habitat. "We can't protect the greater sage-grouse in a checkerboard-like fashion - after all, the bird can't tell the difference between federal, state and private lands. I have serious concerns that the Obama administr… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Daines Slams EPA Waters of the U.S. Power Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed the newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Waters of the United States" rule as a direct threat to Montana's agriculture and natural resources industries, jobs and water rights: "Once again, the Obama administration is pushing forward its extreme agenda with little regard for its devastating impacts on Montanans. By expanding the EPA's powers to regulate virtually any spot across the country that is occasionally wet, this new rule has the potent… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Daines Fights for Montana Veterans’ Priorities in Senate Appropriations Bill

Senator Steve Daines today helped secure important reforms that increase Montana veterans' access to health care services and ensure that all Montana veterans are treated with the utmost care and respect in both life and death. Daines successfully worked to include language addressing several of Montana veterans' long-standing concerns in the FY 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which was marked up and approved by the Senate Appropriations Co… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Deborah Blong of Missoula

Senator Steve Daines today commended Debroah Blong of Missoula, Montana, who was recently recognized as the recipient of the American Network of Community Options and Resources 2015 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award for the state of Montana. 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


05.21.15

Daines Secures Vital Reforms to Ensure On-Time Federal Grain Inspections for Montana Farmers

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has secured key reforms to the United States Grain Standards Act to ensure Montana farmers are protected from disruptions in federally mandated grain inspections, like what occurred last summer at the Port of Vancouver. The Senate Agriculture Committee today passed the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, which contains provisions authored by Daines to maintain continuous required grain inspection for farmers, ranchers and p… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Daines ‘Stands with Rand’ in Opposition to NSA Bulk Collection of Montanans’ Phone Records

Senator Steve Daines today stood alongside Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and called for the end of the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk meta-data collection program. Below are key excerpts from Daines' floor speech: "I know firsthand the power that big data holds - I also know the great risks that arise when this power is abused. There is a clear and direct threat to Americans' civil liberties that comes with the mass collection of our personal information and phone records. "This program is … Continue Reading


05.20.15

Daines Partners with Google to Bring Small Business Workshops to Bozeman, Billings

Senator Steve Daines today announced that representatives from Google will host free tech workshops for Montana small business owners in Bozeman on Thursday, May 28 and Billings on Friday, May 29. Daines' workshops are part of Google's Let's Put Our Cities on the Map small business events. Google experts will help small business owners create their own websites, courtesy of StartLogic. Businesses receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Googl… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Daines’ Bills to Expand Montana Hydropower Receive First Committee Hearing

Senator Steve Daines bills to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana received their first Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today. Daines' bills provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "Hydropower is an important aspe… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Montana Senators Introduce Bill to Make Indian Coal Production Tax Credit Permanent

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced legislation to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (ICPTC). The ICPTC provides a crucial tax incentive to level the playing field for future development of the tribal coal resources that are currently subject to more regulatory requirements than comparable development on private, state or federal lands. The credit protects the economic viability of existing tribal coal mining projects, which support much-needed t… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Sun River Watershed Group

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the achievement of the Sun River Watershed group from Cascade, MT for recently being named one of four finalists for the 2015 North American Riverprize. Since 1994, the group has prioritized the management and restoration of the river. 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 C… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Tester, Daines introduce bill to improve Montana’s rural water infrastructure

Senators' bill will invest in tribal and rural water needs (U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today announced they will introduce a bipartisan bill to guarantee critical investments to improve and update Montana's aging rural water systems. The Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act will establish a guaranteed annual investment of $80 million from the Reclamation Fund to upgrade eligible rural water systems for 20 years. Montana has two rural water systems that would… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Daines, Montana Ag & Business Leaders Call for Passage of Trade Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today joined Montana farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and business leaders in calling for the swift passage of bipartisan legislation to give Congress and the American people a greater voice in trade negotiations. "Montanans know the importance of trade to our state's economy. Montana ag producers, manufacturers and small businesses need fair and transparent trade policies that increase access to new markets and help grow their businesses," Daines stated. "This bipartisan t… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Daines Introduces Bill to Roll Back EPA Regs

"A War on Coal is a War on the Crow People" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce legislation that ensures Montanans have access to affordable energy and protects good-paying coal jobs. Daines is an original cosponsor of The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which holds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable and protects states' rights by requiring the EPA to demonstrate how their proposed regulations could imp… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Daines Statement on BBER Study on Timber Sale Litigation

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research's (BBER) study examining the costs and impacts associated with litigation of U.S. Forest Service timber sales in the Northern Region. "This eye-opening study confirms what we long suspected: Litigation against commonsense timber projects is having far-reaching, damaging impacts on Montana jobs, access to recreation and our environment," Daines stated. "It is unacce… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Big Sky Students and Teacher

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the hard work of Ms. Jennifer Zirbel and her class at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky. Ms. Zirbel's class competed in the Capitol Hill Challenge for the 12th annual Stock Market Game. 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' recognition in the Congressional … Continue Reading


05.07.15

Daines: Court Ruling Bulk Phone Collection Illegal is Welcome News

Senator Steve Daines today welcomed a federal court ruling that the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk telephone metadata collection program is illegal and reaffirmed his commitment to ending the federal government's mass collection of Montanans' personal information. The New York-based 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously ruled today that the NSA does not have the legal authority to widely collect Americans' bulk telephony metadata. "Montanans have long known that the federal gove… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Consumers Correct Errors on Credit Reports

A report by the Federal Trade Commission found that millions of consumer credit reports contain mistakes and errors, often leading to less favorable loan terms or denial of credit; Resolving these errors can take a long time and many consumers have incorrect information on their credit reports as they go through the dispute process The FIX Credit Reporting Errors Act would require credit reporting agencies to forward any documents the consumer has provided as evidence in their dispute to partie… Continue Reading

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