Daines Stands Up for Montanans Way of Life

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor to tout the importance of permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - an important tool to preserve and protect Montanans way of life. The bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 overwhelmingly passed the Senate this morning with a vote of 85-12. This key legislation will help expand Montana energy production and at Daines' request will permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation F… Continue Reading


Daines’ Bill: Stands Up for Montana Aviation Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines' bill to improve Montana air travel for passengers, pilots and the aviation industry today passed the United States Senate. "The U.S. Senate took an important step forward in strengthening security for travelers and protecting American consumers' best interests," said Daines, Montana's only member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "I've secured many important bipartisan reforms that maintain Montana's critical aviation infrastructur… Continue Reading


Montana Receives Almost $900,000 for Local LWCF Projects

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana will receive $896,436 in fiscal year 2016 stateside funding from the United States Department of Interior (DOI) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support conservation and recreation projects in local communities. "Like so many Montanans, I know firsthand that hunting, fishing and access to public lands is part of our way of life and the LWCF is an important and successful tool that expands access and increase recreational… Continue Reading


Daines’ Office ‘Purple Up’ for Military Kids

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines and his office today honored the sacrifices military and veteran children make on behalf of the country by wearing purple to "Purple Up For Military Kids" on April 15. "Our offices in Montana and Washington are proud to Purple Up to help raise awareness and build support for military and veteran kids and families,"Daines stated. "We can't thank our military heroes enough for their service to our country, including the tremendous sacrifice of their families. Th… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanans of the Week: Shirley and Dale of the Sweet Palace in Philipsburg

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Shirley Beck and Dale Siegford for contributing to many Montanans' sweet tooth at the Sweet Palace in Philipsburg, MT. Click here to download photos of Shirley Beck and Dale Siegford at the Sweet Palace. 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 Record… Continue Reading


Daines Announces Increase in Forest Service Trail Funding

U.S. SENATE -At Senator Steve Daines' urging, the U.S. Forest Service is increasing the FY 2016 trail funding for Montana's National Forests, reversing their previous decision to cut funding by 30 percent over the next three years. "Montana's National Forests and public lands are a treasured part of our state and today's news ensures that Montanans will continue to enjoy our great outdoors," Daines stated. "As an avid outdoorsman, I know how important maintaining and expanding access to our pub… Continue Reading


Daines: Venting and Flaring Rule Stifles Innovation

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today called on the Obama administration to ease red tape regulations stifling Montana's energy future. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed rule, entitled "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resources Conservation," Daines pressed the Obama administration on burdensome costs to American innovation and that further stifle oil a… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Important Provisions for Montana’s Veterans in Senate Appropriations Bill

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today secured important reforms that increase Montana veterans' access to health care services and ensures that the services and care earned by Montana veterans through their loyal and dedicated service to the nation is rightfully given to them. Daines successfully worked to include provisions for Montana veterans' long-standing concerns in the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which was marked up and app… Continue Reading


Daines Secures Provisions to Improve Montana’s Energy Future

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today secured important provisions that improve the future of Montana energy. "Made-in-Montana energy means good-paying Montana jobs," Daines stated. "Through provisions I've secured, Montana can lead the world in developing energy resources that will power not only our state, but the country and the world." Daines successfully included many important provisions for Montana energy and water projects in the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriatio… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $4.6 Million in Critical Funding for Ten Montana Community Airports

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that ten Montana community airports will receive $4,661,676 for critical construction and maintenance projects. Grants will be awarded to airports in Billings, Broadus, Circle, Forsyth, Hardin, Livingston, Malta, Ronan, Shelby and Wolf Point. "Community airports across Montana provide critical transportation services to Montana's rural communities," Daines stated. "These grants will ensure that Montana's smaller airports are able to meet ri… Continue Reading


Daines Supports Montana’s Brewers Efforts

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced two new efforts to promote the growth of small craft breweries, a growing industry in Montana that has a significant impact on the state's economy. Daines sponsored, S. 1562, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which reduces the excise taxes on beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Daines recently joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus, established in June 2011, to "provide a forum for members of the Senate and their… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Paul Kanning of Flaxville

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Paul Kanning of Flaxville as Montanan of the Week. This past week Paul testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the importance of assisting veterans find employment opportunities in agriculture. Daines met with Kanning in his DC office this week prior to his testimony. Click here to download a high-resolution photo. Daines' recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. Through his "Montanan of the W… Continue Reading


Daines Presses Obama Administration on Security at Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pressed the Obama administration on the security of Montana airports. During today's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on transportation security, Daines pressed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger on procuring necessary security equipment for the Helena and Great Falls airports. Daines also called on the Neffenger to look into TSA's proposed removal of passenger screening at the airpor… Continue Reading


Daines to Department of Interior: Conditions at Tribal Schools are Unacceptable

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today passionately implored the Obama administration to improve conditions at tribal schools. During today's Senate Indian Affairs committee hearing on Indian education, Daines pressed Department of Interior (DOI) Acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts on his failure to conduct any health inspections at Montana's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) facilities from 2012-2014. "In a recent conversation with Loverty Erickson, Superintendent … Continue Reading


Daines Pushes to Reduce Red Tape in Forest Management on Federal, Tribal Lands

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today pushed to find solutions to increase active forest management by reducing red tape on federal lands, including lands adjacent to tribal lands. During this morning's Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the U.S. Forest Service's Fiscal Year 2017 budget, Daines commended the Forest Service for progress on implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, while expressing his dismay that it's not being comple… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Legislation to Permanently Ban Guantanamo Transfers to U.S. and Suspend International Releases

Legislation Would Also Prohibit The Closure or Transfer to Cuba of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo U.S. SENATE -Following yesterday's announcement that the Obama administration had released two more Guantanamo Bay detainees, Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill that would permanently ban the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. and would suspend the release of Guantanamo detainees internationally until September 30, 2017. Daines' bill the Detaining Terrorists to Protect American… Continue Reading


Daines Hails New Vet Center in Helena

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today hailed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' announcement that they will increase veterans access to Readjustment counseling services in Helena and the surrounding area through the creation of a permanent Vet Center in Helena. "Our veterans deserve the best care possible, close to home and without delay. Rural veterans face a higher suicide rate - and it's welcome news to see the VA prioritize our rural veterans." Daines stated. "This new Helena Vet Ce… Continue Reading


Daines, 42 Senators File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Challenging Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Actions

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today joined 42 Senators in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation's governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama Administration's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Supreme Court took up this case (United States of America vs. State of Texas) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in November of 2015 affirmed a pr… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on Passing of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in honor of Crow War Chief Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow who passed away today at the age of 102. "Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow leaves an unmatched legacy as the Crow Tribe's historian and storyteller, a decorated World War II veteran and the first member of the Crow Tribe to attain a master's degree," Daines stated. "Medicine Crow's spirit, humility and life achievements leave a lasting imprint on Montana's history. My deepest c… Continue Reading


Daines, Zinke Statement on Pacific International Terminals, Inc. Pausing the Gateway Pacific Terminal Review

U.S. CONGRESS - Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today issued the following statement after Pacific International Terminals, Inc. announced that they are voluntarily requesting the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to pause the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) infrastructure project. "The federal government is clearly slow walking the approval process on the Gateway Pacfiic Terminal as part of its effort to destroy … Continue Reading

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