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04.07.15

Daines Meets with Foreign Leaders and U.S. Troops in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he recently returned from an official overseas congressional delegation trip to Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Daines had the opportunity to meet several Middle Eastern leaders and discuss political, economic and security issues facing Middle Eastern nations. Meetings included: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Afghan President Ashr… Continue Reading


04.07.15

Daines Meets with PHMSA Acting Administrator Butters on Glendive Oil Spill

Senator Steve Daines today met with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Acting Administrator Timothy Butters in Billings about the ongoing efforts to clean up the Poplar Pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River. Daines pressed Butters on the agency's slow hiring process and his efforts to fill over 100 open inspector positions. During the meeting, Daines questioned Butters on their efforts to find safer ways to transport oil as well as other ways to reduce American d… Continue Reading


04.06.15

Daines Statement on Passing of Governor Babcock

Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the passing of Governor Tim Babcock. "I first met Governor Babcock when I was the youngest delegate for Ronald Reagan at the 1984 Republican Convention. Governor Babcock always took time to encourage young leaders and served as a tremendous mentor not only for myself, but countless others. The Governor has always been a tireless servant who dedicated his life to Montana and this country. Cindy and I will be keeping his family in our p… Continue Reading


04.01.15

Daines: Obama Administration Extension Weakens U.S. Security

Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the Obama administration's decision to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran once again. "The Obama administration's decision to ignore another deadline weakens our security by empowering Iran to continue its dangerous behavior without consequence. Our desire for negotiations to succeed should not blind the Obama administration from the reality that only Iran is benefitting from the current approach. I believe Congress must impos… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Daines, Tester stand with Libby residents by raising awareness about asbestos

Senators sponsor National Asbestos Awareness Week Resolution (MONTANA) - Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are standing with Libby residents by sponsoring and helping pass a resolution to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. The resolution - which passed the Senate unanimously - designatesthe first week in April as "National Asbestos Awareness Week." Specifically mentioning the town in northwest Montana, the resolution states, "Whereas people in the small community of Libby, Mont… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Daines Calls for Local Support in Monument Designations, Refutes Democrat Leader Reid’s Remarks

"Protecting the voice of the people should not offend members of this body- it should be our abiding commitment - it should be our priority." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Daines today took to the Senate floor to reaffirm the need for local support in monument designations, refuting Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's recent misleading remarks on Daines' efforts. Earlier this morning, Minority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to a Daines amendment that would work to ensur… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Montanan Confirmed in Senate Commerce Committee, Now Moves to Senate Floor

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Helena native Dava Newman, whose nomination for NASA Deputy Administrator was reported favorably out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. This afternoon, the Committee unanimously approved Newman's nomination, which will now head the full Senate for a final confirmation vote. "Dava Newman is an incredibly accomplished Montanan who truly exemplifies our state's legacy of public service," Daines stated. "Dr. Newman is uniquely q… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Daines: VA Reforms are Welcome First Step in Ensuring Veterans Receive Needed Care

Senator Steve Daines today commended the Department of Veterans' Affairs for addressing Montana veterans' long standing concerns and taking steps to ensure veterans are able to receive health care services close to home. The VA announced today that it is reforming its calculation used to determine distance between a veteran's residence and the nearest VA health facility when allowing veterans who live more than 40-miles from a VA facility to receive care closer to home. Daines called the ref… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Daines Focuses on Solutions to Better Federal Forest Management

Lincoln County Commissioner testifies about importance of forest management reform for rural jobs, tax revenue WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today pressed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to find solutions to increase timber harvests and called on them to work with local leaders to achieve increased harvests. During today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on improving forest health, Daines pressed USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie on solutions… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Daines Announces Four Montana Schools to Receive Computers Through Senate Program

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has helped facilitate a donation of 25 computers to four Montana public schools as part of the United State Senate's Computers for Schools Program. Through the program, four Montana schools have received multiple HP8000 computers to enhance and encourage education and learning. Recipients include: Ashland Public School in Ashland, MT received 10 computers Hays-Lodge Pole School in Hays, MT received five computers Sidney Public School in Sidney, … Continue Reading


03.24.15

Daines Works to Protect Montanans’ Civil Liberties and Right to Privacy

Senator Steve Daines today worked to protect Montanans' privacy from commercial and non-commercial use of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft. During today's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Daines pressed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address Montanans' significant privacy concerns over this emerging technology. "I come from the state of Montana that places a great value in privacy - in fact, you might argue th… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Daines: FAA Decision on Powder River Training Complex is Disappointing, but Fight to Ensure Regional Safety Continues

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to approve the proposed expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, but reaffirmed his commitment to working with the FAA and Air Force to protect general aviation safety and economic activity in the region. The FAA today announced that it has approved and signed the Record of Decision for the Air Force's proposed Powder River Training Complex. The designated airspace will beco… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Daines: Obamacare Needs to be Repealed and Replaced

On the five-year anniversary of President Obama's signing Obamacare into law, Senator Steve Daines today called for the President's health care overhaul to be repealed and replaced with state-led solutions that put patients in the center of the health care equation: "Here we stand at the five-year anniversary of Obamacare. I remember hearing President Obama and Nancy Pelosi tell us that premiums would go down, that we'd have better access to health care and that if we like our health care plan… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Daines Slams New Fracking Rule As Direct Attack on American Jobs, Energy

Senator Steve Daines today blasted the Department of Interior's new regulations on hydraulic fracturing on federally-owned lands as a direct attack on American jobs and American energy. "The Obama administration is at it again. States like Montana have successfully overseen hydraulic fracturing for years, but once again, the Obama administration seems more set on overregulating our energy industry than promoting the responsible development of our nation's vast energy resources," Daines stated. … Continue Reading


03.20.15

Daines Introduces Bill to Increase Government Accountability, Rein in Outdated Regulations

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to ease the regulatory burden facing Montanans by bringing much-needed accountability and transparency to the regulatory process. Daines' bill, S. 826 the Regulatory Examination Vital for Improving and Evaluating Working Solutions (REVIEWS) Act, implements a decennial review of all federal rules to ensure that the American people aren't subjected to regulations that are outdated, unworkable or simply no longer make sense. The bill requires fede… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Daines: It’s Time for Democrats to Put Politics Aside and Do What’s Right for the Victims of Human Trafficking

Senator Steve Daines today called on Senate Democrats to put politics aside and end their obstruction of the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. "Montanans know firsthand the immeasurable damage that human trafficking has inflicted on our communities, our schools, and most of all, the victims of these horrific crimes. We also know the importance of coming together to support the victims of this modern-day slavery," Daines stated. "That's why I can't understand why some Senate Dem… Continue Reading


03.19.15

PHOTO: Daines Meets Special Olympics Montana Athlete of the Year

Senator Steve Daines met with Special Olympics Montana Athlete of the Year, Josh Anderson of Great Falls, this week in the United States Capitol. Daines gave Anderson and Bob Norbie, President and CEO of Special Olympics Montana, a tour of the United States Senate, during which time they discussed the important role that Special Olympics holds in Montana. "Special Olympics Montana is an incredible organization that is making a difference in communities and lives across Montana," Daines stated.… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Daines Calls for Increased Accountability and Transparency at FCC

Senator Steve Daines today pressed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase transparency and accountability in the rule-making process and questioned the FCC's routine practice of granting staff broad "editorial privileges" to make changes to rules previously voted on by FCC Commissioners. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing held today with all five FCC commissioners in attendance, Daines repeatedly called on the FCC to release the original text of their rule regulating th… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Daines, Tester push Little Shell Recognition Bill through committee

Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes legislation to federally recognize Little Shell (U.S. SENATE) - Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today helped advance their bill to grant federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The Little Shell Tribe, headquartered in Great Falls, was recognized by the State of Montana in 2000, but has sought federal recognition for over 35 years. Both Tester and Daines applauded this impo… Continue Reading


03.18.15

U.S. Forest Service Chief: 300 million board feet per year in MT is a ‘very reasonable’ goal

Today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell asserted that increasing timber harvests on Montana National Forests to 300 million board feet per year is a "very reasonable" goal. During today's Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Forest Service budget request for Fiscal Year 2016, Senator Steve Daines pressed Tidwell on the Forest Service's goals for future timber harvests. In Montana's National Forests, timber production in FY 2014 was 113 million board feet per y… Continue Reading

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