Montana Congressional Delegation Announces $2 Million for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today announced $2 million in funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Project. The funding is made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). "It's great news that we were able to secure additional funds to help protect Montana's natural resources and preserve it for future generations," Daines stated. "The Whitefish Lake Watershed Project is… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $1.3 Million for Yellowstone Airport

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,332,461 funding for critical upgrades at the Yellowstone Airport located just north of West Yellowstone. "This grant will help ensure that one of Montana's top tourist destinations, Yellowstone National Park, remains easily accessible and safe for air travelers for years to come," Daines stated. The funding will be used to rehabilitate the apron and taxiway. In August, Daines announced an additional $3.4 million in funding fo… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds House Bill to Stop Gitmo Transfers

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today applauded passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Daines introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate in May. "The Obama administration's reasoning for releasing or transferring some of the most dangerous known terrorists in the world is reckless and degrades our national security. I applaud Congressman Zinke for … Continue Reading


Tester, Daines Push Senate to Authorize Historic Blackfeet Water Compact

(U.S. Senate)-Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today pushed the authorization of the Blackfeet Water Compact through the U.S. Senate. As members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester and Daines worked together to include authorization for the Blackfeet Water Compact in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate 95-3. The Blackfeet Water Compact will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean wat… Continue Reading


Daines: Obamacare Rate Increases are Unacceptable

U.S. SENATE - United States Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement upon the announcement that the average final rate filings for Obamacare insurance plans will be as high as 58 percent. "It is unconscionable that Montanans will be stuck with such astronomical increases on their individual health insurance plans because of the train wreck that is Obamacare," Daines stated. "These rates confirm that Obamacare is broken and needs to be repealed and replaced with a Montana-driv… Continue Reading


Daines, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Encourage Landscape Approach to Forest Management

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced legislation to encourage cross boundary management of forests to protect water resources, enhance wildlife habitat, restore forest health, and strengthen local economies. The bipartisan Environmental and Economic Benefits Restoration Act of 2016 would encourage a landscape approach to forest management. "I've been working closely with Montanans to make sure that we have locally-driven management of our f… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Funding for Veteran Horse Therapy Program in Billings

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - United States Senator Steve Daines today announced that Horses Spirits Healing, Inc., based in Billings, received funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help assist veterans and improve the ability of returning service members to integrate back into their communities. The funding is part of the VA Adaptive Sports Program for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces. Daines wrote a letter of support for the grant which is available to read … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel. Thanks to Sheriff Rummel's initiative and hard work, Montanans affected by the Copper King Fire have been kept safe and up to speed on the latest fire activity. 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 statement of recognition in the official Congressional Reco… Continue Reading


Montana Delegation Formally Requests Hearing to Name Peak in Alex Diekmann’s Honor

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today worked to move their bill to honor the life of renowned Montana conservationist, Alex Diekmann by naming an unnamed peak in his memory through the legislative process. The delegation wrote to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources urging them to hold a legislative hearing on their bill. "We respectfully request that… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $200,000 to Improve Healthcare in Lewistown

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $200,000.00 in funding for Central Montana Medical Facilities, Inc. to improve healthcare services in Lewistown. "I want to congratulate Central Montana Medical Center on earning this funding for their delivery of quality healthcare," Daines stated. "This funding will help them to continue to improve as one of the top Critical Access Hospitals not only in Montana, but the nation." The Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Gran… Continue Reading


Daines Demands Obama Administration Stop Paying Ransoms

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today demanded that that the federal government stop paying ransoms, to enemy states or state sponsors of terror. Following reports of the Obama administration paying a $1.7 billion settlement to Iran shortly after Iran released unjustly detained US citizens, Daines helped introduce the No Ransom Payments Act. This legislation would prohibit any future settlement payments to Iran until it returns the ransom money it received and pays the American victims … Continue Reading


Daines Announces $953,954 for Amtrak Safety Improvement in Shelby

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $953,954.00 in funding to make needed safety improvements at the Amtrak stop in Shelby. "Improving the safety and reliability of Montana's rail network is critical to connecting people in our communities," Daines stated. "Folks depend on public transportation and these funds will go a long way towards ensuring that Shelby is able to maintain their Amtrak stop." Daines authored a letter of support for this critical project on June 9, 2016… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $1 Million for Community Health Centers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,050,217 in funding for 17 community health centers across Montana. "Community health centers play a critical role in delivering quality care close to home for Montanans," Daines stated. "This additional funding will help these centers to continue to improve primary care service delivery to our local communities." Grants awarded today from the Department of Health and Human Services include: Billings: Yellowstone City-County Healt… Continue Reading


Daines Slams Democrats Refusal to Fund Public Health Emergency, Support our Troops

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed Senate Democrats refusal to provide funding for Zika, a public health emergency and for failing to fund our troops. For the third time this year, Senate Democrats voted against a formerly agreed to bipartisan $1.1 billion compromise in emergency funding to fight Zika - a level that Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden confirmed is the level required to meet the immediate needs of Zika response efforts. "Pr… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $3.4 Million for Yellowstone Airport

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $3,456,026.00 in funding for critical upgrades at the Yellowstone Airport located just north of West Yellowstone. "This airport serves a critical role in helping to combat the growing fires in Yellowstone National Park and this additional funding will help keep this airport operational for years to come," Daines stated. The funding will be used to acquire safety equipment and/or fencing, construct heliport/helipad, install apron edge ligh… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $853,333 to Strengthen Montana Manufacturing

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $853,333 in funding for the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) for the next year and a half, which strengthens Montana small manufacturers through partnerships and guidance. MMEC has worked with nearly 1,200 of the manufacturers in the state. According to the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, MMEC delivers an 8:1 return on investment for the citizens of the state of Montana. "Manufacturing … Continue Reading


Daines, Scalise Announce Bicameral Effort Urging Obama Administration To Rescind Misguided ITAR Guidance

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) today led a bicameral effort urging the Obama administration to rescind the July 22, 2016 guidance under the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that declared that gunsmithing is "manufacturing" of a firearm and thus requires the gunsmith to register and pay a registration fee of $2,250. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the members underscore that this new guidance negatively ha… Continue Reading


Daines Hails Air Force Announcement of Progress to Upgrade Nuclear Missiles

Columbia Falls, Mont.- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Air Force's announcement that the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program has reached Milestone A. "This is great news for maintaining our nation's 'peace through strength' strategy at Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base and the security of our nation," Daines stated. "We must ensure our nuclear capabilities are ready for 21st century warfare. I will continue pushing to guarantee we modernize our nuclear weapons." D… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $348,357 for Library Services for Seven Montana Tribes

BOZEMAN, Mont. -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $348,357 in funding for seven Montana tribes to support their existing library operation and to maintain core library services. "This funding will ensure that tribal libraries are up-to-date and properly serve Indian Country," Daines stated. "The Native American Library Services Grant is important to improving libraries in Montana's native communities." The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is distributed in equal amounts am… Continue Reading


Daines Condemns Transfer of 15 Guantanamo Detainees

BOZEMAN, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the Obama administration following reports that 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans were transferred from Guantanamo Bay. "Terrorists captured by U.S. forces belong in Guantanamo, not in custody of a nation that may allow them to return to the battlefield as we have seen before," Daines stated. "This President is more focused on releasing dangerous terrorists to fulfill a campaign promise than protecting our national security." On Ma… Continue Reading

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