Tag: Foreign Affairs

Daines Announces Bipartisan Central Asia Caucus

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today announced the formation of the Senate Central Asia Caucus. The Caucus will focus on strengthening the United States’ relationship with allies in Central Asia, increasing trade and investment and supporting regional stability and security as Central Asia becomes increasingly vulnerable to the influence of Russia, China and Iran. “Now more than ever it’s critical we strengthen our relationship with dependable allies in Central Asia. After spending extensive time in the region meeting with leaders and as our adversaries grow emboldened, Senator Peters and I look forward to working together to improve trade relations, boost agricultural developments, address human

Daines Hails House Passage of Bill Redesignating Houthis as Foreign Terrorist Organization

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today hailed passage of the “Standing Against Houthi Aggression Act” to redesignate Ansarallah, more commonly known as the Houthis, as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) given their actions to destabilize the region, the security threat they pose to the U.S. and most recently, their involvement in the ongoing conflict in Israel.  “The Houthis are a terror organization funded by Iran, and Iran’s unprecedented direct attack on Israel this weekend means it’s even more important that we redesignate them as such. Doing so will send a strong message to our allies and the terrorists alike

Daines Statement on Iran’s Unprecedented Direct Attack Against Israel

U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement today regarding Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel: “I condemn Iran’s unprecedented direct attack against Israel in the strongest possible terms. I also thank our brave men and women who helped defend Israel and our security priorities.  “President Biden has done nothing but project weakness against the Iranian regime since he took office, starting with reversing President Trump’s policy of maximum pressure on Iran, attempting to pay the Iranian regime $6 billion in a prisoner swap and recently allowing the UN sanctions on Iran’s drones and ballistic missiles to expire. These are

Daines: Joe Biden Made Everything Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference highlighting President Biden’s failures on the southern border, economy and national security since taking office. Watch Daines’ remarks HERE. “We weren’t here on Groundhog Day, but I was having some Jimmy Carter flashbacks on Groundhog Day because you start looking at the numbers… Joe Biden’s approval numbers are now the worst of any president, even Jimmy Carter. In fact, you have to go back 75 years to find a president with lower approval numbers. “NBC had him at 37 percent this past week. Gallup at 39

Daines Reintroduces Bill To Make Putin Pay for Russia’s War in Ukraine

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced a bill this week to direct President Biden to use confiscated assets from the Russian government to offset the costs of any aid that United States sends to support Ukraine. Daines’ bill was the subject of questioning at a Senate Banking Committee hearing today where former President Biden’s former Deputy National Security Advisor For International Economics Daleep Singh agreed with Senator Daines’ approach. “It’s been over a year since Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and his brutal war of choice rages on. Putin is a thug — we need to use the assets we seized from him and his

Daines: Make Putin Pay for His Own War

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill to direct President Biden to use confiscated assets from the Russian government to offset the costs of any aid that United States sends to support Ukraine.   “Vladimir Putin is a thug, and we need to use the money we seized from him and his cronies to pay for the aid we sent to help Ukraine win the war,” Daines said. Read the bill HERE. Daines was the first U.S. Senator to visit Ukraine since Russia’s invasion. After returning, he pushed President Biden to take immediate actions to support Ukraine including reestablishing the embassy and sending more lethal aid. Earlier

Daines Votes to Send Lethal Aid to Ukraine to Help End Putin’s War of Aggression

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after voting to advance sending aid to Ukraine: “The United States stands as a beacon of hope and symbol of freedom around the world—we must continue to stand with Ukraine and help their brave warriors defeat Putin. As the first United States Senator to step foot inside Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, I saw firsthand the evil and bloodshed at the hands of Putin, but I also saw clear evidence that the military aid from the United States and our allies has been used to deliver major setbacks against Russian forces,” Daines

Daines Calls for Stiffer Financial Sanctions on Russia

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, member of the Senate Finance and Banking committees, yesterday called on the Biden administration to impose tougher sanctions on Russia’s financial institutions following his visit to Ukraine.  “Following my visit to Ukraine last month, it is abundantly clear to me that the U.S. needs to take additional steps to stop Putin’s atrocious war crimes. I appreciate the Administration’s announcement of new sanctions on executives from Gazprombank and Sberbank, but believe further action is necessary. We must act to end this war expeditiously, and that means immediately ratcheting up sanctions on Russia and Vladimir Putin

Following Visit to Ukraine, Daines & Spartz Push Biden to Take More Action

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.) and Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (Ind.) today are pushing President Biden to take additional immediate actions to support Ukraine. This comes after Daines and Spartz were the first United States officials to visit Ukraine and speak with Ukrainian leaders on the ground since Russia’s invasion. “We write following our recent visit to Ukraine where we saw firsthand the devastation and atrocities committed by Russian forces on the Ukrainian people in Bucha and elsewhere. The mass graves, extrajudicial killings, and violence against civilians clearly demonstrated the evil of President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. These war crimes are

Daines Becomes One of First American Leaders to Visit Ukraine Since Russia’s Invasion

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines visited Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian officials and see firsthand the aftermath of Putin’s atrocious war crimes against the people of Ukraine.  “While meeting with leaders in NATO countries bordering Ukraine, I was invited to meet Ukrainian officials in Kyiv and Bucha and see firsthand the butchery and war crimes committed by Putin,” Daines said. “There is indisputable evidence of Putin’s war crimes everywhere—the images of shallow mass graves filled with civilians, women and children are heart wrenching. America and the world need to know about Putin’s atrocities against the innocent people of Ukraine now, not