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01.12.16

Montana Delegation Introduces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

U.S. CONGRESS -Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke today announced that they have formally introduced legislation in the Senate and House repealing federal mandates for driver's licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. "Montanans have spoken loud and clear: we don't want REAL ID and we don't want the federal government infringing on our personal privacy," Daines stated. "The Repeal ID Act ensures Montanans' voices are heard and will help strike the right … Continue Reading


01.11.16

Daines to Welcome Jason Small, Boilermaker Leader & Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, as Guest for State of the Union

Senator Steve Daines today announced that Jason Small, President of Boilermakers Local 11, small business owner and Northern Cheyenne tribal member, will serve as Daines' guest of honor for the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. tomorrow night. "It's my honor to welcome Jason Small as my guest for the upcoming State of the Union address," Daines stated. "As President of Boilermakers Local 11 and an experienced labor advocate, Jason is a proven leader in standing up against the Obama… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Daines Discusses National Security with New Regional FBI Leader

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today met with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Eric Barnhart, the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent for Salt Lake City Division, which includes Montana. Daines and Barnhart met in Helena at Daines' urging to discuss national security issues facing Montana. Daines sought more information regarding FBI Director James Comey's statement that law enforcement authorities have open investigations of suspected ISIS supporters in all 50 states. Di… Continue Reading


01.07.16

Daines, Zinke Call on Governor Bullock to Issue Full Approval of the Montanore Project

U.S. CONGRESS - Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke are calling on Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to expeditiously issue full approval for the Montanore Project, which would create much-needed jobs and economic opportunity in Lincoln County. After more than a decade, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Montanore project was recently completed, clearing the way for the U.S. Forest Service and MDEQ to issue Rec… Continue Reading


01.07.16

Daines Announces Legislation to Repeal REAL ID

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines today announced his plan to reintroduce legislation repealing federal mandates for drivers' licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005. Standing alongside Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at the Montana Attorney General's Office, Daines announced that he would be reintroducing the "Repeal ID Act," which works to protect Montana's right to reject the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) intrusive ID requirements by fully repealing Section II of the REAL… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Daines Applauds House Passage of Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the House of Representative's passage of legislation that repeals Obamacare, puts states on a glide path toward creating locally driven health care solutions and reduces the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years. "Today marks the first time an Obamacare repeal bill will be on President Obama's desk for his signature," Daines stated. "I commend my colleagues in the House for joining me in standing up for the American people and fighting to protect hardworking f… Continue Reading


01.05.16

Daines Statement on Obama’s Unlawful Gun Grab

Senator Steve Daines today slammed President Obama's latest unlawful executive action on gun control as yet another power grab that threatens the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans: "President Obama is jeopardizing the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with his latest efforts to undermine the Second Amendment. It is a gross abuse of executive authority for the President to unilaterally move forward his ineffective, anti-gun agenda with the stroke of his pen. As Montana'… Continue Reading


12.28.15

Daines Congratulates Stephen Reynolds of Missoula on Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Missoula student Stephen Reynolds on his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Reynolds, a senior at Sentinel High School in Missoula, received a nomination to the Naval and Air Force Academies from Daines earlier this month. Reynolds is currently the student body class president, captain of the varsity football team as well as member of both the National Honor Society and Key Club. "Stephen Reynolds is a hardworking student excelling both ins… Continue Reading


12.23.15

Daines Wishes Montanans a Merry Christmas

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines is wishing all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Click here to watch Daines' Christmas greeting. Click here to download Daines' Christmas greeting. Daines' full Christmas greeting is below: "I want to wish all Montanans a very Merry Christmas and especially to the servicemen and women serving far away and in harm's way. "As we gather together with our family, friends and neighbors, join me in saying 'thank you' to the brave m… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Mark Gollinger of Butte-Silver Bow

Senator Steve Daines today recognized Mark Gollinger for his faithful devotion to the veterans of Butte-Silver Bow. Mark is a US Navy retired Senior Chief who runs the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) from the Butte Job Service. One of the chief responsibilities of his position is communicating with veterans in the area and keeping them informed of what is happening around the community. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submi… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Daines Votes Against Trillion Dollar Backroom Spending Deal

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting in opposition to a $1.1 trillion backroom spending bill that fails to rein in the national debt: "Once again, Washington's inaction and govern-by-crisis strategy is getting in the way of providing the American people with the long-term solutions they deserve. We need an open discussion about how to support our nation's priorities while also cutting wasteful Washington spending and reining in the nation's debt. This 2000-p… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Daines Slams FCC Rebuff of Montana Small Businesses

Senator Steve Daines slammed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for failing to permanently protect Montana small businesses from burdensome regulations found in the FCC's 317-page "net neutrality" rules. Earlier today, the FCC rebuffed Daines' request to provide small Internet service providers with a permanent exemption from their new so-called "enhanced transparency requirements," which requires Internet service providers to disclose an excess of information about their network perfo… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Daines Congratulates Distinguished Student on U.S. Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Lucas Figi on his offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Figi, whose family is from Bozeman, Montana, received nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Daines. Figi is currently a student at Charterhouse, a boarding school in England. Daines called Figi today to inform him of his offer and give his congratulations. "Lucas has proved himself as an exceptional student, a trem… Continue Reading


12.15.15

Daines Secures Crucial Reforms for Montana Pilots

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the unanimous Senate passage of his bill to protect and expand protections for Montana pilots. Daines' bill, S. 571 - the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2), increases protections for general aviation pilots by expanding the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broadening the protections provided in the original Pilot's Bill of Rights signed into law in 2012. "Today's unanimous vote is a victory for those working to contribute to Montana a… Continue Reading


12.14.15

Daines’ Bill to Protect Consumers from Backlash Over Online Reviews Unanimously Passes Senate

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the unanimous Senate passage of his legislation to protect consumers who want to write honest online reviews of companies, without fear of financial repercussions from the businesses being reviewed. Daines' bill, S. 2044 - the Consumer Review Freedom Act, would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. "The Senate took an important step forward in protecting the… Continue Reading


12.11.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Rocky Mountain Rifle Club

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club (RMRC) for their efforts to support the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs. The Rocky Mountain Rifle Club has been a strong supporter of the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs, and is currently raising funds to purchase top-of-the-line air rifles and air pistols, in addition to target equipment, for the 4-H program. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daine… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Daines Works to Protect American Energy Security

Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Senator Steve Daines today spoke out about the critical role that American energy independence holds in winning the war on terrorism and strengthening American security both at home and abroad. "Our national security-protecting our families from terrible acts of terrorism-I can tell you is on many Montanans' minds every day as I travel around the state. It's telling to us today how important American energy independ… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Daines Announces over $700,000 in Funding for Tribal Transportation

Senator Steve Daines today announced more than $700,000 in funding for tribal public transit services for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the Crow Tribe. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides approximately $5 million competitive grant funding through the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program) for FY14/15 to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for triba… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Daines’ Bill to Reauthorize PHMSA Passes Senate Commerce Committee

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the overwhelming bipartisan passage of his legislation to help ensure the safety of America's pipeline network. The bipartisan SAFE PIPES Act passed out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. The bill would reauthorize Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 through FY 2019. "The SAFE PIPES Act is an important step forward to improve the protection of pipeline river cro… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Daines’ Bill to Protect Pilots Passes Senate Commerce Committee

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the bipartisan passage of his measure to protect and expand protections for Montana pilots. Daines' bill, S. 571 the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2) passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today on a large bipartisan vote. It increases protections for recreational and volunteer pilots by expanding the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broadening the protections provided in the original Pilot's Bill of Rights sign… Continue Reading

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