Daines Statement on Expiration of Softwood Lumber Agreement

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA): "Subsidized and unfairly traded lumber imports continue to severely harm Montana mills, workers and communities. President Obama needs to remain committed to reaching a new trade agreement that prioritizes the American worker and fights for good-paying jobs." The SLA expired on October 12, 2015 with a one-year moratorium on complaints or lawsuits ending on Oc… Continue Reading


Daines Hosts Roundtable in Billings to Protect Consumers from Online Booking Scams

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hosted a roundtable discussion with the leaders of the Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association (MLHA) on growing Montana's tourism industry and protecting consumers from online booking scams. Daines sought to raise awareness and crack down on operators of that trick consumers into thinking they are making reservations directly with hotels. On September 27, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to address this problem and protect consumers from online boo… Continue Reading


Daines Comments on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Deny Appeal of Cottonwood Case

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today made the following statement after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to deny the appeal of the U.S. Forest Service in challenging the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood v. U.S. Forest Service: "I'm very disappointed that the Supreme Court declined to hear this case. Allowing the Ninth Circuit's disastrous ruling to stand will greatly increase needless paperwork on the Forest Service and further delay much-needed restor… Continue Reading


Daines Wraps Up Eastern Montana Tour

BOZEMAN, Mont. - This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines traveled 648 miles across Eastern Montana with stops in Malta, Glasgow, Scobey, Westby, Plentywood, Culbertson, Sidney, Glendive, Wibaux, Baker, Ekalaka, Broadus and Ashland. Malta: Daines discussed critical issues facing Phillips County in Malta at breakfast with the Rotary Club and local elected officials at the Great Northern. During the breakfast, the conversation focused on developing Montana's vast natural resources and the good-paying… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Urge FCC to Approve Application to Expand Broadband to Rural Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve T-Mobile's waiver application to allow them to expand broadband access in rural Montana. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Daines and Tester underscored the importance of ensuring that underserved, rural areas have access to broadband and that T-Mobile has a proven track record building facilities to serve this part of the country. This transaction will provide wir… Continue Reading


Daines Holds Roundtable in Sidney on Law Enforcement Needs

SIDNEY, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today held a roundtable discussion to discuss law enforcement needs, coordination and approaches to combating the continuing criminal activity in the Bakken region, as well as the need for the temporary Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent presence in Sidney to be made permanent. During the roundtable, Daines presented John Dynneson, Richland County Sheriff with a letter he sent today to FBI Director James Comey requesting a meeting to discuss t… Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Introduce Legislation to Encourage Carbon Sequestration

SIDNEY, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representive Ryan Zinke today announced that they have introduced legislation to encourage carbon sequestration. The CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act of 2016 aligns tax guidelines with existing federal regulations to ensure taxpayers are better able to utilize the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit. By accelerating work on carbon sequestration projects, this bill is helping to provide one of the energy technologies needed to utilize Americ… Continue Reading


Daines, Feinstein Call on Energy Conferees to Accelerate Forest Management, Fix Wildfire Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today called on on Energy Bill Conferees to accelerate forest management reforms and fix wildfire funding. Daines and Feinstein penned a letter to the leadership of the conference committee for S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "As cosponsors of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, we urge you to include reforms in the final energy bill to enable the Forest Service to pay for fighting extraordinary wildfires … Continue Reading


Daines Announces $138,878 to Enhance Response to Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $138,878 in funding to maintain the safety of emergency personnel and the public when responding to hazardous materials related emergencies. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) grant will train emergency responders to respond to pipeline, rail and other surface accidents that cause a release of hazardous materials. This was authorized by the FAST Act. Further, safe transportation of Montana's energy resources is… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Alan Charles of Miles City

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Alan Charles of Miles City for his tireless work at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Alan served in the agency's Helena office for the last twenty years, helping maintain Montanans' access to quality hunting grounds: an integral part of our way of life. 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 stateme… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $198,506 for Educational Training for Fort Peck Community College

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $198,506.00 in funding for Fort Peck Community College to help train new farmers and ranchers and building on their existing curriculum, especially tailoring it to the Fort Peck community. "Our ag industry is of critical importance to our state, and our farmers play a key role in feeding not only Montana, but the world," Daines stated. "It's important that we support the next generation of Montana farmers and ranchers and I'm glad to see … Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Enhance Crowdfunding for Startups

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to better the way entrepreneurs raise funds through crowdfunding, a way that prevents expensive regulatory red tape from keeping startups from getting off the ground. Crowdfunding is the basic idea of raising money by relatively small contributions from a large number of people - combining the best of microfinance and crowdsourcing. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a rule last October to give entreprene… Continue Reading


Daines Encourages Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

Proposed Regulations Would Have Severe Chilling Effect on Family Farms and Businesses BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today wrote to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow their farms an… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $1.2 Million to Address Domestic Violence Safety for Indian Women

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,260,000.00 in funding for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. in Lame Deer to address domestic violence and improve safety for Indian women. "I am committed to ensuring American Indian women have access to the resources they need to feel safe in their communities," Daines stated. Paula Julian, Policy Specialist National Indigenous Women's Resource Center: "We are honored and humbled to continue to serve as the Nationa… Continue Reading


Daines and Bipartisan Bicameral Coalition Introduce Bill to Protect Law-Abiding Gun Owners

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2016, which transfers regulatory responsibility for non-military-grade firearms from the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "The Obama administration is continually making attempts at restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans to own guns," Daines stated. "Their latest heavy-handed policy unduly targets gunsmiths, most of whom make little to no income and simply do it for the… Continue Reading


Daines Votes to Give 9/11 Victims Justice

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after voting to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow families of victims of terror attacks on U.S. soil to sue the foreign states that fund terrorism and permit them to hold accountable those who aid and abet terrorism. The vote was 97-1. "It has been 15 years since the horrific terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001, that rocked our nation and forever changed our world - that is 15 years too lo… Continue Reading


Daines Statement Following Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the conclusion of oral arguments in West Virginia v. EPA before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Under President Obama's Unaffordable Power Plan, Montanans who can afford it the least are paying the steepest price," Daines stated. "I'm thankful for our Attorney General Tim Fox who is working tirelessly to ensure that this rule is stopped to protect coal jobs and the hardworking fam… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $150,000 for CSKT Employment Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $156,202 in funding for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) to implement an employment and economic development program. The funding is for the CSKT's Pilot Project Implementation Plan and Pilot Training Initiative, which is the third phase of their Sustainable Economic Development Project funded by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). "This grant is good news to help CSKT complete the final phase of their projec… Continue Reading


Daines, Nelson: Patrons Should Be Protected from Online Booking Scams

Daines and Nelson introduce legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced legislation to protect consumers from online booking scams. Daines and Nelson introduced The Stop Online Booking Scams Act that protects consumers from illegitimate third party websites that trick consumers into thinking they are making reservations directly with hotels. Online booking sites have created a marketplace… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $1,094,800 for Law Enforcement for the Chippewa Cree Tribe, Crow Tribe

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,094,800 in funding for the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the Crow Tribe to enhance law enforcement practices and sustain crime prevention and intervention efforts in nine purpose areas including public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; violence against women; juvenile justice; and tribal youth programs. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

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