Daines Fights to Block Obama Administration’s Misguided Anti-Coal Regulations

HELENA, Mont. - Following publication of the Obama administration's new anti-coal regulations in the Federal Register, Senator Steve Daines today announced several efforts to block President Obama's anti-coal regulations and any future regulations on coal-fired plants. Daines joined Montana Attorney General Tim Fox in Helena this morning to announce that Montana, along with 23 other states, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to halt the Obama administration's so-called Clean P… Continue Reading


Daines: President’s Disregard for Our Troops is Shameful

Senator Steve Daines today blasted President Obama's unprecedented veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical support for the nation's military and national security and passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support: "It is reckless that the Commander-in-Chief is holding hostage critical support for the safety and security of our nation's service members. Congress sent a clear and strong bipartisan message to the President that the A… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Remove Barriers to Tribal Energy Development

Senator Steve Daines today investigated the barriers holding back Montana tribes from developing energy resources on their lands and called on the Obama administration to improve meaningful consultation with tribes during the federal decision making process. During a Senate Indian Affairs oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report on Indian Energy Development, Daines pressed Larry Roberts, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Departme… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines, and Zinke meet with Canadian ambassador regarding timber concerns

Montana delegation calls for new Softwood Lumber Agreement (U.S. Senate) - Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke are working together with Montana's neighbor to the north to ensure the state's lumber mills are treated fairly. Montana's Congressional delegation today sat down with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer to urge him to begin negotiating a new Softwood Lumber Agreement. The agreement expired on October 12 and is creating uncertainty for mills in Montana and… Continue Reading


Daines Helps Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

Legislation Would Reauthorize The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation reauthorizing the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Before it expired in 2011, FLTFA allowed the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally… Continue Reading


Daines Works to Secure Broadband for Rural Montanans

Senator Steve Daines today pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Rural Utilities Service officials on the need for swift action to provide broadband for thousands of rural Montanans who currently are without service. During an Agriculture Appropriations hearing earlier this morning on "A review of Rural Development in 21st Century America," Daines reaffirmed his commitment to the deployment of broadband to Montana's rural and tribal communities and called on USDA l… Continue Reading


Daines Condemns Senate Dems’ Refusal to Allow Consideration of Sanctuary Cities Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment after Senate Democrats failed to allow consideration of commonsense legislation that would withhold certain federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services: "It is infuriating that Senate Democrats blocked thoughtful and meaningful debate on legislation that goes after real criminals who are not only in the United States illegally, but continuously violate the laws … Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Call on Missoula City Council to Withdraw Proposed Gun Control Ordinance

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today called on the Missoula City Council to withdraw a proposed ordinance that would intrude upon the Constitutional rights of law-abiding firearm owners in Missoula. In a letter sent today to Missoula Mayor John Engen and the Missoula City Council, Daines and Zinke conveyed their concerns that the proposal would violate Montanans' Second Amendment rights and place additional burdens on law-abiding Montanans, while doing little to prevent viol… Continue Reading


Daines: Nationwide WOTUS Stay is a Victory for States' Rights

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to issue a nationwide stay on Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) misguided Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: "The Sixth Circuit Court's nationwide stay on the EPA's misguided WOTUS rule is a victory for states' rights, local governments, farmers, ranchers and landowners. This ruling pushes back on the extreme overreach of the Obama administration, which threatened Montana agriculture and natural … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Jessica Anderson of Deer Lodge

Senator Steve Daines today honored Jessica Anderson, the 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year. Ms. Anderson is an outstanding educator at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge. 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. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Daines welcomes… Continue Reading


Daines Calls on Senate to Take Up Rural Water Bills

Senator Steve Daines today reaffirmed his commitment to moving forward Montana rural water projects and called on the Senate to take up his bills to ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana. During today's Energy and Natural Resources hearing on western water legislation, Daines emphasized the challenges associated with inadequate water management in western communities, including many regions in Montana. "My bills would facilitate water delivery to over 23 million acres in … Continue Reading


Daines: Democrats Blocking Funding for Water, Infrastructure Projects is Shameful

Senator Steve Daines today slammed Senate Democrats for blocking the FY2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, which funds critical infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation - including Montana rural water projects. "Despite the vast majority of Democrats supporting this bill during an Appropriations Committee vote this summer, once again Democrats have chosen to block legislation that protects Montanans' interests and strength… Continue Reading


Daines, Klobuchar, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Expand Broadband Infrastructure

Legislation would increase broadband deployment by cutting red tape for companies, states, and local governments that want to install broadband infrastructure on federal land and promotes the simultaneous installation of underground broadband conduit during the construction of federal transportation projects Yesterday the president of the Wireless Infrastructure Association announced his support for this important legislation at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators … Continue Reading


Daines Honors Helena Veteran as an “Angel in Adoption”

Senator Steve Daines today recognized John Joyce of Helena as an "Angel in Adoption" - an honor designated to Americans making a difference in the lives of children through adoption. Click here to download the photo of John Joyce with Senator Daines. "It's an honor to nominate John as an 'Angel in Adoption.' As a Guardsman and Afghanistan veteran from Helena, Montana, John has a heart for serving not only his country, but his community. John is a source of support, stability and inspiration f… Continue Reading


Daines Applauds Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the overwhelming bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical support for the nation's military and national security. "Montana is playing a critical role in meeting our nation's security and military needs and this bill provides the support our men and women in uniform need to carry out their missions," Daines stated. "The NDAA prioritizes the needs of our service members, while protecting the important role t… Continue Reading


Daines Calls for Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to call on the Senate to swiftly pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes critical support for Montana's military missions. Daines also called on Senate Democrats to stop blocking the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and fund the military. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this afternoon: "Montana has … Continue Reading


Daines Hails Passage of Legislation to Protect Small Businesses from Costly Obamacare Mandates

Senator Steve Daines hailed the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation to protect small businesses from costly and burdensome Obamacare mandates. H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act sponsored by Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) would alter the definition of the state based small group markets under Obamacare. The Act allows states to change their definition of "small employers" from businesses with 50 or fewer employees to businesses with up to 100 emp… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Sally Aschim of Sunburst

Senator Steve Daines today honored Sally Aschim of Sunburst. Sally will be retiring after 38 years of dedicated teaching. 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. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines' "Montanan… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Jean Turnage on Senate Floor

Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor to honor Jean Turnage, former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Senate President who passed away earlier this week. Click here to download Daines' remarks. Click here to watch Daines' remarks. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor: "I rise today in recognition of Jean Turnage, former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Senate President who passed away earlier this week. "Chief Justice Turnage w… Continue Reading


Daines, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Open Science and Innovation in Government

Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage and increase the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science within the federal government to advance and accelerate scientific research, literacy, and diplomacy. This is the first ever legislation to grant explicit authority to the government to use these methods. "In the private sector, I've seen firsthand how empowering Americans to innovate can yield cost savings, greater efficiencies and better… Continue Reading

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