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05.08.18

Senate Western Caucus Secures Western Priorities in Water Infrastructure Bill

U.S. SENATE - Today, Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) and Environment and Public Works Chairman, John Barrasso (WY) released the following statements after securing Western priorities in the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which was introduced today. America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 supports the West's economic competitiveness by increasing water storage, providing protection from dangerous floodwaters, deepening nationally significant ports, and maintainin… Continue Reading


04.17.18

Senate Western Caucus Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairman, Statement on DOI Inspector General Report

Today, Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (AK), released the following statement following the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Inspector General report on DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel expenses. "Secretary Zinke is spending nearly two-thirds less than officials during the Obama Administration and we have full confidence he will continue to use Americans' taxpayer dollars wisely as he works to se… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Senate Western Caucus Chairman Daines Urges Swift Confirmation of DOI Nominations Critical to the West

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge the swift confirmation of Ryan Nelson and Susan Combs to serve in the Department of the Interior. Ryan Nelson is nominated to serve as Solicitor of Department of the Interior and Susan Combs is nominated to be Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. To watch the video click HERE. To download the video click HERE. Mr. Nelson was first nomi… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Senate Western Caucus Members Urge President Trump to Include Western Principles in Infrastructure Plan

U.S. SENATE - Today, Senate Western Caucus members led by Chairman Steve Daines (MT) sent a letter to President Trump following his State of the Union Address, urging him to include a set of core western principles and concepts in the President's planned infrastructure proposal. "Every state across this country is impacted by our nation's infrastructure," said Daines. "That is why our western voices and priorities must be heard while the President addresses our nation's crumbling infrastructure.… Continue Reading


12.01.17

Senate Western Caucus Applauds EPA Action to Support States’ Rights and Protect Good-Paying Jobs

U.S. SENATE -Today, Senate Western Caucus led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) applauded the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversing the Obama-Era financial assurance rule, which was duplicative of states' efforts and only costed jobs. U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT): "I urged then President-elect Trump to stop the EPA's overreach into state regulation harming Montana businesses. Instead of threatening the very industries that are a backbone of our Western economie… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Senate Western Caucus Urges Confirmation of Bernhardt for Deputy Secretary of the Interior

U.S. SENATE - Today, the Senate Western Caucus, led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT), urged the confirmation of Department of the Interior veteran David Bernhardt for Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Bernhardt, a Westerner from Rifle, Colorado, brings years of personal experience as an avid hunter and fisherman as well as professional experience having served under former DOI Secretaries Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne in multiple positions. Bernhardt was ann… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Senate Western Caucus Applauds End of Ban on U.S. Beef Imports to China

U.S. SENATE - The Senate Western Caucus, chaired by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, today applauded the end of the 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports to China. U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT): "For the first time in 13 years, Montana beef will now be served on menus, plates and in Chinese households. China is the world's second largest beef market. After my two official trade missions to Beijing, including pressing the Chinese Premier and endless conversations with the Trump and Obama administrations… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Senate Western Caucus Applauds President Trump’s Action to Restore American Energy Dominance

U.S. SENATE - Today, Senate Western Caucus led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) applauded President Donald J. Trump's executive action to end the Obama administration's war on coal. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT): "By reversing the coal leasing moratorium and rescinding the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan we can unleash American energy innovation and expand high-paying energy jobs. I have confidence that this is a first step in trashing President Obama's war on coal and the good-paying jobs… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Senate Western Caucus Applauds President Trump’s Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. SENATE -Today, Senate Western Caucus led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) applauded President Donald J. Trump's executive action to approve the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT): "After too many years of talk and delays, today is a long awaited day for Montana's counties that badly need the tax revenue of this job-creating pipeline. Thanks to President Trump we took a big step towards finally breaking ground and building the Keystone XL pipeline." Senator John… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Senate Western Caucus Applauds Confirmation of Perry for Energy Secretary

U.S. SENATE -Today, Senate Western Caucus led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) applauded the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Perry is Texas' longest-serving governor, having held office from December 2000 until January 2015, a tenure of 14 years. As Governor, in addition to leading one of our nation's largest oil and gas producing states with one of the largest petro-chemical refining industries, Perry oversaw the implementation o… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Senate Western Caucus Applauds Confirmation of Zinke for Interior Secretary

U.S. SENATE -Today, Senate Western Caucus led by Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) applauded the confirmation of U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (MT-AL) is a fifth generation Montanan, former state senator, and a 23-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran. In 2014, Ryan became the first Navy SEAL elected to the House. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT): "I'm thrilled that we have Ryan Zinke, a westerner as Secretary of the Interior w… Continue Reading


02.03.17

Daines Announces Chairmanship of Senate Western Caucus

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he is taking the helm of the Senate Western Caucus. The Senate Western Caucus was founded in 2009 by outgoing Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY). Barrasso will remain Chairman Emeritus. The Senate Western Caucus (SWC) is made up of Senators from Western and rural states who are committed to upholding the fundamental principles of the West and will help advance priorities important to Western and rural states. "We need a commonsense weste… Continue Reading

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