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07.15.19

Daines, Gillibrand Demand No Further Delays for Blue Water Veterans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter urging Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to reverse his decision to delay benefits by another six months to the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. "This is a disheartening and unnecessary action," the senators wrote. "Delaying these benefits for another six month without specific and valid cause only adds insult to these veterans, many of whom have been waiting for these benefits for seventeen years.… Continue Reading


07.12.19

Daines, Gianforte Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fix PILT for Montana Counties

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte yesterday introduced the bipartisan Small County Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Parity Act. "Far too often our rural communities are pushed aside and not given the resources they need,"Senator Daines said. "These PILT payments deliver critical services to folks in rural Montana, and I'm glad to introduce this important legislation to increase those resources in Montana's small counties." "In Montana, 55 of our 56 counties receive PIL… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Daines Bill Set to Generate $6.6 Billion in Federal Revenue

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his bill, the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019, will generate $6.6 Billion in federal revenue, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Tax, by restoring integrity back to the conservation program. "My bipartisan bill will protect this critical conservation tool by stopping abuse from bad actors," Daines said. "The massive $6.6 billion revenue estimate shows that, despite previous IRS guidance, abuses ha… Continue Reading


07.09.19

Daines Secures Over $47 Million in Funding for Montana Airports

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $47,798,711 will be directed towards strengthening Montana's air travel infrastructure. "It's critical Montana has the best air travel infrastructure in the country," Daines said. "These grants will lead to more jobs and development in Montana's rural communities." The funding is part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) under the Department of Transportation. As a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Sub… Continue Reading


07.09.19

Daines Announces $188,717 for Telehealth Network in Bighorn County

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $188,717 will be directed towards the Bighorn Valley Health Center to create a new Telehealth network addressing substance abuse. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the agency's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. "A strong telehealth network is vital to Montana's rural communities," Daines said. "This grant will boost our investments in rural development and help to increase access to limited pri… Continue Reading


07.02.19

Daines Secures Over $9 Million in Funding for Glacier Park and Missoula International Airports

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $9,783,353 million will be directed towards strengthening Montana's air travel infrastructure at Glacier Park International Airport and Missoula International Airport. "It is one of my highest priorities to ensure Montana has the infrastructure needed to help our economy grow," Daines said. "These grants will ensure that our airports in Missoula and Glacier Park have the most up to date equipment and resources necessary for not only… Continue Reading


06.28.19

HHS Responds to Daines' Demand to Revoke Government Pension of Convicted Pedophile

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines received a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the Senator's call for action to take away convicted pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber's government pension. "I'm glad to see HHS respond to my demand and take action in finding a way to prevent this convicted pedophile from receiving a dime of his government pension," Daines said. "This disgusting situation should never have happened in the first place - that's why I'… Continue Reading


06.28.19

Daines, Gianforte Fight for Jobs in Indian Country

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced legislation to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit (ICPTC). "This is about bringing economic opportunity and jobs to Indian country" Daines said. "This tax credit will create good, high paying jobs, generate vital local tax revenue to support essential services, and promote tribal self-determination and energy independence." "The Indian Coal Production Tax Credit benefits the Crow Tribe, … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate Approves Federal Recognition of Little Shell Tribe After Years-Long Push by Daines & Tester

(U.S. Senate) - The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is one step closer to achieving federal recognition today, thanks to a legislative push by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester. The Senators' legislation passed today as a Daines amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act-the Senate's must-pass annual defense bill. "Today is a historic day for Montana's Little Shell Tribe," Daines said. "For the first time in history, our bill to federally recognize the Tribe passed the S… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Daines Advances Key Montana Priorities in Senate Defense Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today advanced key Montana priorities with U.S. Senate passage of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA passed with a vote of 86-8. "The Senate defense bill protects and promotes Montana's critical contributions to our national security," Daines said. "I look forward to working with the House to ensure we keep critical Montana provisions that strengthens our nuclear deterrence, empowers our standing on the world stage and gets… Continue Reading


06.24.19

Daines Secures Over $8 Million in Funding for Montana Airports, Communities

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $8,019,366 million will be directed towards strengthening Montana's air travel infrastructure across the state. "Strengthening the infrastructure that supports air travel in Montana is vital to our local economy," Daines said. "These grants will lead to greater access for Montana's visitors and more good paying jobs for Montana's thriving tourism industry." The funding is part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) under the Depa… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Daines Announces $34 Million in PILT Funding for Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $34 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties. "This is good news for our rural communities in Montana," Daines said. "These payments ensure critical services are delivered so all Montanans, including those in our rural communities, receive the quality of life they deserve." Under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, Montana rural communities will receive $34 million to support essential services… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Daines Statement on Job Corps Announcement

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the news that all Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, including Montana's Anaconda and Trapper Creek Centers, will remain open and operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "This is a big win for Montana and our country. I'm glad that President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and Secretary Acosta listened, and are keeping these critical centers open and under the Department of Agriculture," Daines said. "Our … Continue Reading


06.19.19

Daines Launches Bills to Mitigate MMIW Crisis in Indian Country

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing continued his fight to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis occurring across Montana's Tribal communities and the West. In conjunction with the hearing, Daines introduced two pieces of legislation, the Finding and Investigating Native Disappearance Act (FIND) and The Tribal Reporting and Accountability to Congress Act (TRAC). Click HERE to download. "I want to thank you all … Continue Reading


06.19.19

Daines Celebrates New Affordable Clean Energy Rule

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal and replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. "The new ACE plan is great news for Montana's rural communities," Daines said. "The Obama EPA Power Plan would have wiped out Colstrip immediately, killing high paying jobs, local and state tax revenue that helps pay for our schools, and affordable reliable energy that keeps the lights on. Thi… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Little Shell Federal Recognition Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law after Push by Daines & Tester

(U.S. Senate) - Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced further than ever before after a push by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester to successfully include their bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act-the Senate's must-pass annual defense legislation. The Little Shell Tribe has sought federal recognition for nearly four decades, and has been recognized by the State of Montana since 2000. "Great news today for Montana's Litt… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Daines: We Must Protect the American Flag

U.S. SENATE - Today, U. S. Senator Steve Daines renewed efforts to prohibit the burning of the American flag. Daines' reintroduction of his constitutional amendment falls on Flag Day. "Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom," Daines said. "Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due." Background: On J… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Daines' Blue Water Navy Veterans Bill Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today celebrated his bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act unanimously passing the U.S. Senate and heading to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our Vietnam vets who served both on land and sea deserve equal care for their bravery in defense of our country," Daines said. "I am happy to see my legislation pass. It is due time we get our Blue Water Vets the care their sacrifices demanded." During the Vietnam War, the U.S. militar… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Daines Sends Letter Urging Administration To Lower Prescription Drug Costs For Seniors

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging the administration to take immediate action on pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reforms to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. "While we commend the administration for your goal to reduce seniors' out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, we believe that finalizing [the Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses] rule without including DIR refor… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Daines Statement in Colstrip Closures

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on Colstrip closures. "This is a sad day for Montana, the Colstrip community and our energy security," Daines said. "Today's news is yet another example of the devastating impacts of extreme environmental regulations, fringe litigation and partisan politics. I worked hard to find a solution and it's truly disheartening to see Units 1 & 2 be forced to close. All Montanans need to come together to preserve Units 3 &a… Continue Reading

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