Daines’ Resolution to Celebrate Nation’s Teachers Passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines this week celebrated and honored teachers by introducing a resolution to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week, the week of May 2, 2016. This week the resolution passed the Senate unanimously "During National Teacher Appreciation Week, and every day, I want to thank my first grade teacher Mrs. Hahn for teaching me how to read at Longfellow Elementary School in Bozeman. She truly believed in her students and gave me the confidence to succeed as a young… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Elementary Students at Chester-Joplin-Inverness

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized the elementary students at Chester-Joplin-Inverness for gathering 2136.5 pounds of nonperishable food for Chester's annual Harvest 4 Hunger Campaign. The food the students collected. Click here to download. 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 Recor… Continue Reading


Daines Statement on the Passing of Senator Conrad Burns

Daines Statement on the Passing of Senator Conrad Burns U.S. SENATE - Former United States Senator Conrad Burns passed away peacefully in his home today. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement on his passing: "Conrad Burns left a legacy as a faithful husband, father, Marine, and Senator who loved Montana and his country. He passed away with his boots on, active and engaged until the very end, and will be dearly missed. God bless you, Conrad." Burns spent the morning having coff… Continue Reading


Daines Stands Up for Montana Veterans, WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots & VA Accountability

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today stood up for Montana veterans, WWII Women Air Service Pilots who trained in Great Falls and worked to increase accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Daines secured numerous provisions to address Montana veterans' long standing concerns in Senator Johnny Isakson's (R-GA) Veterans First Act, which was introduced earlier today. Daines' provisions include: Veterans Choice Act Improvement Major components of Daines' bill, the Vet… Continue Reading


Daines Joins Effort to Reform Criminal Justice System

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to highlight their comprehensive criminal justice legislation that focuses efforts on violent criminals and serious drug offenders and establishes recidivism reduction programs, while granting greater sentencing flexibility for certain low-level drug offenders. The bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 narrows the scope of mandatory minimum prison sentences to focus on the most serious drug offend… Continue Reading


Daines Presses Defense Secretary on Much-Needed Huey Helicopter Upgrades

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today pressed Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the timeline to upgrade Vietnam-era UH-1N helicopters to provide much-needed security for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) stationed at Malmstron Air Force Base (AFB). During this morning's Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the proposed FY 2017 U.S. Department of Defense budget, Daines worked to secure a timeline for new equipment to protect America's nuclear missiles. "Gi… Continue Reading


Daines Calls on Interior Secretary Jewell to Visit Colstrip, Crow Reservation During Upcoming Travel to Montana

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today called on Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to tour Colstrip and the Crow Reservation during her upcoming travel to Montana. "Secretary Jewell needs to hear directly from the people impacted by Interior's actions and come to communities like Colstrip and the Crow Reservation to see what it means for Montana families," Daines stated. "We've already seen layoffs in coal communities across our state as a result of the Obama administration's war o… Continue Reading


Daines Announces over $1 Million in Funding for Tribal Transportation Safety Projects

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana tribes will receive more than $1 million in funding for tribal transportation safety projects. "These grants will provide Montana tribes with critical resources to improve transportation safety in their communities," Daines states. "I look forward to seeing the tribes utilize these grants to improve highway safety for tribal members. Congratulations to these tribes on their success in this competitive grant process." The Federal… Continue Reading


Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Wyatt Zylawy of Superior

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines today recognized Wyatt Zylawy for his outstanding achievements in his recent Coast Guard training and for his noble commitment to serving our country. 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, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Da… Continue Reading


Daines Introduces Bill to Update Cultural Educational Program for Native Students

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation to update decades-old data the federal government uses to distribute funds to benefit Native American students. The Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act would make about 500,000 Native students eligible to access federal resources that would help address many of the students' unique academic and cultural needs. Because of the lack of accurate data in how Native students are counted by… Continue Reading


Daines Strengthens Montana’s Transportation Network

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today worked to strengthen Montana's transportation network. "Our transportation network from our roadways to our skies to our railways will be a safer form of travel for all Montanans," Daines stated. "This legislation puts Montanans first and addresses concerns from all corners of our state to increase tourism and encourage economic development projects that create more good-paying jobs." Daines successfully included important provisions to improve Montana… Continue Reading


Daines Defends Montana Farmers, Ranchers and Land Owners

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today worked to defend Montana farmers, ranchers and land owners from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greatly expanded Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Senate Democrats once again blocked efforts to stop President Obama's WOTUS rule that is a direct threat to Montana's agriculture and natural resources industries, jobs and water rights. "It is shameful that once again Senate Democrats would rather defend President Obama's overreaching poli… Continue Reading


Daines to EPA: Your Regulations are Killing Montana Jobs

U.S. SENATE -Senator Steve Daines today took Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Gina McCarthy to task on the EPA's Power Plan all-fronts assault on affordable energy and good-paying union and tribal jobs. During today's Senate Committee on Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Daines challenged McCarthy to quantify the impacts of the anti-energy regulations on Montana. McCarthy could not give Daines a straight answer. "… Continue Reading


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

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