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02.12.15

Daines Announces Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee Assignments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has been selected to serve on three subcommittees on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Daines will serve on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittees on Energy; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; and Water and Power. Daines noted that these subcommittees will help him work for commonsense policies that help create good-paying Montana energy jobs, protect Montanans' access to public lands and keep energy prices low for har… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines, Zinke Call for Reauthorization of Critical Secure Rural Schools Program

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today called on Senate and House leaders to swiftly move forward legislation to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, Daines and Zinke stressed the importance of the federal government honoring its commitment and providing forested Montana counties with much-needed funding for schools and infrastructure. "SRS provides forested counties i… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines Calls for Extended Review of New Federal and Indian Coal, Oil and Gas Valuation Regs

Senator Steve Daines has called on the Department of Interior to allow the state of Montana, Montana tribes, union members and business owners more time to provide input on the Office of Natural Resource Revenue's proposed rule to reform royalty valuation for coal, oil and gas. Daines led more than a dozen Senate and House members in calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to extend the comment deadline, as the proposed rule could have serious adverse impacts on domestic energy production an… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines Hails House Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the House passage of the bipartisan Senate legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline - clearing the way for the President to make a long-awaited decision on the job-creating project. "President Obama is out of excuses. It's time for him to join the American people and approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline," Daines stated."The Keystone pipeline will create new opportunities for good-paying jobs, energy independence, lower energy price… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Daines Works to Protect Americans' Personal Information

Senator Steve Daines today pushed technology leaders to better address Americans' rising concerns about personal privacy and safety when using Internet-connected devices. During this morning's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the government's role in protecting Americans from the "Internet of Things," Daines raised concerns about what measures have been put in place to ensure that as Americans become increasingly reliant on technology, proper safeguards against major secur… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Meets With Montana Tribal College Leaders

Senator Steve Daines today met with representatives from Montana's tribal colleges to discuss the important role these institutions hold in providing Native American students with the training and skills that they need to obtain good-paying jobs. Today's meeting comes on the heels of the bipartisan Senate passage of legislation cosponsored by Daines to designate the week beginning February 8, 2015 as "National Tribal College and Universities Week." The bill also calls on the people of the Unite… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Statement on Closing of Corette Power Plant

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to PPL Montana's announcement that it will permanently close the J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings, Montana. "Once again, good-paying American jobs are falling ruin to the Obama administration's war on American energy. The closing of the Corette power plant isn't just a blow to Montana's economy - it's devastating news to the Montana families who rely on the plant for a stable income," Daines stated. "The EPA'… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Works to Secure Support for Tribal Water Projects

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has helped introduce legislation to ensure Montana tribes have the resources they need to maintain irrigation projects on Montana reservations. Daines today joined Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Jon Tester (D-MT) in introducing the Irrigation Rehabilitation and Renovation for Indian Tribal Governments and Their Economies Act, which will fix critical maintenance backlog issues at certain Indian irrigation proje… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines Calls on VA to Name New Montana Director, Address Mental Health Care Challenges

Senator Steve Daines is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to quickly name a permanent director of VA Montana and take steps to address the mental health care challenges facing the Montana facility. In a letter sent today to McDonald, Daines stressed that the prolonged delay in naming a new director has prevented VA Montana from addressing serious challenges facing the agency - including the recruitment and retention of qualified mental health care professionals. "Among other a… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Daines, Tester introduce bill to permanently ban government from taxing Internet

(U.S. Senate) -Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today introduced a bill to permanently ban federal, state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. The Senators' bill, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, would permanently extend the current moratorium on taxing Internet access that is set to expire on October 1, 2015. Montana is one of a few states that would automatically impose a 3.75 percent tax on Internet access if the moratorium is lifted. "The Internet provides in… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Daines Congratulates Billings, Helena Students

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Richmond Paschall and Jeremy Van Dyke on their appointments to the United States Naval Academy. Richmond Paschall, from Billings, received a nomination to the Academy from Senator Daines and was also nominated by Senator Jon Tester and former Senator John Walsh. He is a student at Billings West High School where he is the current Vice President of the student body and a member of the football and track team. Paschall is also a member of the National Hono… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Daines Demands Answers to Secure Americans' Personally Identifiable Information

Following today's announcement that more than 80 million Americans may have had their personally identifiable information compromised after a data breach at Anthem Health Insurance, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is calling on Congress to strengthen victim notifications requirements and ensure that Americans are promptly informed when their personal information may have been exposed. During this morning's Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on consumer data breach solutions, Daines reaffi… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Daines Works to Advance Interests of Montana Tribes

Senator Steve Daines today spoke out about the lack of assistance available for tribal housing loan programs and called on Congress to find solutions to make loan programs more accessible for Montana's tribes. "If you don't have a home, achieving other life needs is difficult. But with these high unemployment rates we see in Indian country, access to loans is very difficult. The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, I believe, is an important law to facilitate access to… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Daines Blasts Costly EPA Wood Stove Regs

Senator Steve Daines today blasted the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regulations on wood burning stoves as a direct threat to Montanans' access to affordable energy. This afternoon, the EPA rolled out its final regulations on residential wood heaters, pellet stoves and other wood burning stoves. The new regulations are projected to have a $45.7 million annualized compliance cost, which could lead to higher costs or decreased access to stoves for Montana consumers. "The EPA's shor… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Daines Congratulates Andrew Obst on Naval Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Kalispell student Andrew Obst on his appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Obst, a senior at Flathead High School in Kalispell, received a nomination to the Naval Academy from Daines last year. Obst has served as a Search and Rescue volunteer in Libby, is a member of Flathead 4-H Shooting Sports, where he was a 2014 State Champion in Small Bore Pistol, and is active in football, track and field and wrestling. "I'm proud of Andrew, a hardworkin… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Daines Lauds Bipartisan Passage of Bill to Address Veteran Suicide

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed the bipartisan, unanimous passage of legislation to help prevent veteran suicide and improve veterans' access to mental healthcare services. Daines is a cosponsor of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to improve veterans' access to mental healthcare and suicide prevention resources and increase accountability and quality of care at VA hospitals. "The tragic epidemic of veteran suicide wil… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Daines Statement on Obama's Budget Proposal

Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016: "It's no coincidence that the President is releasing his budget on Groundhog Day - it's yet another budget that never balances, bursting with massive big government spending and burdensome taxes and regulations that have become the unfortunate trademark of the Obama administration. Instead of repeating the same failed agenda that has proven to be wrong for Montana, … Continue Reading


02.02.15

Daines Announces Commerce Subcomittee Assignments

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he was selected to serve on four subcommittees on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for the 114thCongress. Daines will serve on Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittees on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet; Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security; Space, Science and Competitiveness; and Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. … Continue Reading


02.02.15

Daines Renews Commitment to Repealing Obamacare

Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has joined his fellow Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to fully repeal Obamacare- a failed law that has raised healthcare costs for thousands of Montanans, harmed Montana jobs and small businesses and limited many Montanans' access to the healthcare plans and doctors they want. "We need to ensure health care is affordable and accessible for all Montanans, and that starts with repealing Obamacare and its costly mandates, burdensome taxes… Continue Reading


01.30.15

Daines Congratulates Two Montana Students on West Point Academy Appointment

Senator Steve Daines today congratulated two distinguished Montana students, Zach Giesecke and Nicholas Loos, for their appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Giesecke, from Greycliff, MT, received a nomination to West Point from Senator Daines and was also nominated by Senator Jon Tester and former Senator John Walsh. Giesecke is a student at Bozeman High School and has been active in football, lacrosse, wrestling and choir. He has previously attended the West Point … Continue Reading

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