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 "These rates confirm that Obamacare is broken and needs to be repealed and replaced with a Montana-driv… Continue Reading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


Daines Marks Startup Day Across America: First To Ride in Uber in Bozeman

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines marked the Fourth Annual Startup Day Across America by welcoming Uber to Montana. Daines spoke at the launch of Uber in Bozeman and was the first Montanan to take a ride in an Uber in Bozeman. State Representative Daniel Zolnikov was the driver. On Daines' ride, he picked up a dozen roses for his wife Cindy and surprised her with concert tickets to the Keith Urban concert in Bozeman last night. "It's great to see Montana join states across the co… Continue Reading


Daines Submits Comments to BLM for Review of Federal Coal Program

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that the coal scoping meeting he hosted in Billings generated 68 comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for their review of the federal coal program. On June 21, Daines held a public scoping meeting in Billings to ensure that the Department of Interior (DOI) hears the voices that will be most impacted by their review of the federal coal program. Montana has the nation's largest estimated recoverable coal reserves. "It's great that Mon… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $950,000 for Montana Airports

Grants awarded to Deer Lodge, Great Falls, Culbertson and Three Forks U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $950,100.00 in funding for critical construction upgrades for four Montana airports. Grants were awarded to airports in Deer Lodge, Great Falls, Culbertson and Three Forks. "It's important that our airports have the resources they need to continue to connect our communities," Daines stated. "This funding will ensure that our airports can meet their infrastructure nee… Continue Reading


Daines Announces $325,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Billings

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $325,000 to expand telehealth services in rural communities across Montana. The grant was awarded to St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation in Billings. "It's critical that Montanans have access to healthcare regardless of where they live," Daines stated. "Telehealth plays an increasingly important role in communities across Montana and I'm excited that St. Vincent will be able to continue providing quality healthcare services to Montanans." … Continue Reading

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