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05.05.15

Daines Salutes Montana Small Businesses on Senate Floor

Senator Steve Daines today saluted Montana small businesses in recognition of National Small Business Week. During remarks made today on the Senate floor, Daines highlighted the important role that Montana small businesses hold in supporting Montana's economy and creating good-paying Montana jobs. Daines also outlined many of the challenges facing Montana's small businesses, and called for reforms that reduce Washington's regulatory overreach, simplify the nation's tax code and repeals and repl… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Daines: Increased Forest Management Vital to Reducing Threat of Wildfire in Montana

Senator Steve Daines today emphasized the importance of proper management of Montana's National Forests to reduce the costly threat of devastating wildfires in Montana. During today's Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the federal government's role in wildfire management, the impact of fires on communities and potential improvements to be made in fire operations, Daines called on Congress to find long-term solutions for funding wildfire suppression. "I've spent a lot of time t… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Daines Announces Hiring of Six Montana Veterans

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has hired six Montana veterans to work in Daines' state offices and serve Montana's veterans and military communities. "The best way to serve Montana's veterans is to hire those who have been in their shoes," Daines stated. "I'm excited to have a strong group of Montana veterans working in our offices, ready and prepared to help Montana's veterans and military families receive the services they deserve and ensure that their voices are heard in Washin… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Daines Launches New Initiative to Recognize Outstanding Montanans

Senator Steve Daines today announced a new effort to recognize Montanans who exemplify the Treasure State's strong legacy of community spirit and leadership. 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. "In Montana, we have some of the most compassionate, hardworking and dedicated folks in the nation," Dai… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Daines Slams EPA Administrator on Job-Killing Coal Plan

Senator Steve Daines today slammed Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy for pushing forward new EPA carbon regulations without fully consulting affected states and tribes or addressing the plan's detrimental impacts on coal production and jobs in Montana. During today's Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Daines emphasized Montanans' concerns that the EPA's proposed "Clean Power Plan" could shutter the state's coal-fired p… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Tester, Daines push for swift Secure Rural Schools payments

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are pushing the U.S. Forest Service to expedite Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments to rural Montana counties. In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Tester and Daines demanded the Forest Service distribute SRS payments to rural counties as quickly as possible. "For rural America to thrive, communities must be able to maintain quality schools, protect public safety, and invest in roads and bridges," Tester and Daines wrote. "As we w… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Tester, Daines introduce Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act

(U.S. Senate) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines introduced legislation to finalize a decades-old water rights settlement for the Blackfeet tribe. The Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean water for the communities within the Reservation, as well as farms, ranches, and businesses in the surrounding area. "Folks in Montana came together, worked out their differences, and built this a… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Daines Fights to Ensure Modernization of Montana’s Military Missions

Senator Steve Daines is fighting to ensure that the C-130s of the Montana Army National Guard (MANG) are mission-ready and fully modernized by 2020. During a Defense Appropriations Committee hearing on the President's Fiscal-Year 2016 budget request for the National Guard and Reserve, Daines pressed Guard officials to ensure MANG's C-130 planes are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified and flyable by 2020. Daines conveyed ongoing concerns with the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) … Continue Reading


04.28.15

Daines: Montana Counties Set to Receive Long-Awaited SRS Payments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Forest Service will allocate nearly $18 million to Montana's rural and forested counties under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The Forest Service this week released 2014 SRS payment levels for Montana counties following the recent reauthorization of the critical program. "The Secure Rural Schools program is a lifeline for Montana's rural counties - many of which have suffered from severe economic challenges in the wake of declining tim… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Montana Delegation Introduces Legislation to Ensure Completion of Montana Hydro Projects

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, along with Representative Ryan Zinke, are introducing legislation in the Senate and House to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana. The delegation's bills will 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.… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Daines Introduces Historic Reform Bill to Protect Montanans’ Privacy

Senator Steve Daines today helped introduce widely supported bipartisan legislation that ends the bulk collection of Americans' phone records. Daines is an original cosponsor of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, which ends bulk collection under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and requires greater oversight, transparency, and accountability in surveillance activities. Three provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), including Section 215, are due to sunset on June 1. "Montana… Continue Reading


04.27.15

Daines Congratulates Helena Native Dr. Dava Newman on Confirmation as NASA Deputy Administrator

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Helena native Dr. Dava Newman on her confirmation as the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Deputy Administrator. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Newman today. Before today's vote, Daines spoke on the Senate floor in support of Newman's nomination. Video of Daines' floor speech is available to watch here and download here. "Dr. Newman is a talented individual, passionate about aerospace engineering, and is gen… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Tester, Daines and Zinke to Forest Service: We need to see more

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke are pushing the Forest Service for answers about how the agency plans to implement the forestry provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill. In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, the entire Montana delegation noted that after the Farm Bill passed over a year ago the Department was quick to approve Montana's recommended areas that deserve expedited treatment for timber harvest, but since then there has been little action. "We need… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Daines Works to Prioritize State Based Sage Grouse Conservation Plans

Senator Steve Daines today helped introduce legislation that prioritizes state-created conservation and management plans for the recovery of the Sage Grouse. Daines is an original cosponsor of S. 1036, the Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act, which would require the Department of the Interior to share scientific data with states, assist states in crafting and implementing their plans, and recognize the state plans for a minimum of six years. The Act empowers states to take the lead in S… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Daines Statement on Bipartisan Passage of Human Trafficking Bill

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the long-overdue passage of the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, critical legislation Daines has co-sponsored to help victims of human trafficking. "I'm glad that the Senate finally took the long-overdue step forward and approved this bipartisan legislation to help victims of modern-day slavery. Too often, victims of human trafficking are underserved and fail to get the resources they desperately need. This bill will provide our law enforc… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Daines Votes to Reauthorize Secure Rural Schools Program

Senator Steve Daines released the following statement on his vote to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program for two years - providing rural Montana counties with critical support for schools and community services. "It is critical that the federal government fulfill its long-standing promise to our forested counties, which have faced significant economic challenges under declining timber harvests and the ongoing mismanagement of our National Forests. It's unacceptable that Washington's in… Continue Reading


04.15.15

On Tax Day, Daines Continues Fight to Repeal Death Tax

Senator Steve Daines today marked "Tax Day" by continuing his efforts to stand up for hardworking Montanans and repeal the death tax. Daines has signed on as a cosponsor to S.860 the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, which would permanently repeal the federal estate tax, commonly known as the death tax. This bill would effectively end a long-standing tax on family farms, ranches, and businesses upon the death of an owner. "On tax day, we are once again reminded that our nation's tax code places an… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Daines Secures FAA Commitment to Maintain High Level of Safety in Powder River Training Complex

Senator Steve Daines today secured a commitment from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to maintain a high level of aviation safety in southeastern Montana in the wake of the Powder Riving Training Complex expansion. In today's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on reauthorizing the FAA, Daines pressed FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to ensure that the FAA take steps to maintain safe and secure skies in southeastern Montana and better incorporate Montanans' in… Continue Reading


04.08.15

Daines Investigates Importance of Coal to Tribal Economies

Senator Steve Daines today chaired a Senate Indian Affairs Committee (SCIA) field hearing in Crow Agency, Montana on empowering Indian Country. Daines examined the need to responsibly develop coal resources as a vital component of the tribal economies along with the importance of access to international markets. Daines spoke with Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) harmful policies that stand in the way of the tribes' ability to develop their co… Continue Reading


04.07.15

Tester, Daines, Zinke to Host Academy Days

(MONTANA) -- Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke are inviting Montana middle and high school students to Academy Days in Missoula, Great Falls and Billings. Interested students can attend these free events to learn about pursuing careers in the U.S. military. Representatives from Tester, Daines and Zinke's office will be joined by officials from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.… Continue Reading

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