Tag: Military

Daines: Don’t Draft Our Daughters

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines helped introduce an amendment to this year’s defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that would remove a provision requiring women to register for the Selective Service System. “Brave Montana men and women carry out the Treasure State’s rich legacy of service by voluntarily joining our nation’s military,” Daines said. “There is no need to force our nation’s daughters to enter the draft.” Last year, Daines helped introduce the “Don’t Draft Our Daughters” resolution in the United States Senate.  Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen

RECAP: Daines’ Bipartisan Senate Trip to Poland, Germany to Discuss Russian Invasion of Ukraine

U.S. SENATE — Following Daines’ bipartisan Senate delegation trip to Poland and Germany where he met with U.S. military leaders, NATO forces and NGOs to discuss Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, he issued the following statement:  “There is good and evil in this world, and we saw that firsthand with Putin’s war of aggression against the people of Ukraine. Meeting with U.S. military leaders, NATO forces and NGOs in Poland and Germany allowed us to gain greater insight into Russia’s invasion, including the terrible humanitarian crisis that it’s created and the importance of having a strong military and energy security,” Daines said. “In Berlin,

Daines Delivers Big Wins for National Defense, Troops, Veterans

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday voted to support and fund several critical defense and veterans priorities.  “This critical funding ensures America maintains the best military in the world, gives our troops a much needed pay raise, provides support for Montana veterans and strengthens Montana’s defense priorities,” Daines said.    Strengthens Montana’s and the Nation’s Defense Forces: $180 million for Air Force C-130 propeller upgrades (4-blade to 8-blade) $368 million for Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters $923.4 million for National Guard Counter-Drug Program, which includes an increase of $100 million for the National Guard State Plans program and $20 million

Daines Secures Montana Defense Priorities in Final Defense Bill, Passes out of Senate

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for several Montana priorities in the final defense bill known as the “National Defense Authorization Act” or the “NDAA,” including a 3% pay raise for troops, support for Malmstrom Air Force Base and Montana’s Guard Units and help for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.   For a statement from Daines, click HERE. For TV Elements, click HERE.  “This bipartisan defense bill ensures America maintains the best military in the world, strengthens Montana’s defense priorities and gives our troops a much needed pay raise,” Daines said. “I will always work to ensure our troops and veterans who served our country have the support they need.”

Daines Continues Bipartisan Fight for Vietnam Veterans Harmed By Agent Orange

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines renewed efforts to secure disability and health care benefits for Navy veterans, known as “Blue Water” veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. “Commonsense tells us that sailors who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam deserve the same level of care as their counterparts ashore,” Daines said.  “Together with the court’s recent Procopio decision, this bill should settle any questions over Congress’ intent to care for all Vietnam veterans who were injured in the line of duty.” During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of Agent

Daines Secures Critical Support for Malmstrom AFB in National Defense Authorization Act

NDAA will modernize and secure nuclear mission at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base  U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he helped secure critical support for Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation authorizes vital support for modernizing Malmstrom’s ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) infrastructure and replacing UH-1N Huey military helicopters at the base. “This legislation is a win for Montana’s airmen and the Great Falls community,” said Daines. “Malmstrom Air Force Base plays a critical role in protecting our national security and maintaining our nation’s effective ‘peace through strength’

Daines Applauds Passage of Critical National Defense Bill

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides critical resources for national security missions and support programs for military families. “Montana’s Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard servicemembers stand ready to defend our country from rogue nations and extremist groups,” Daines stated. “I’ve secured important measures to ensure that our nation’s heroes have the resources they need to focus on the mission and get the job done.”   Daines secured the following provisions that bolster Montana’s critical role in nuclear deterrence, power projection, mobility and domestic emergency response:  UH-1N Replacement:  Funded at $108.6

Daines, Tester Congratulate Ashleigh Lehotsky of Great Falls on U.S. Air Force Academy Appointment

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today congratulated Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School graduate Ashleigh Lehotsky on her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Daines and Tester both nominated Lehotsky and called to congratulate her. Ashleigh Lehotsky is a graduate of Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School and is currently a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School.  While in high school she was President of Key Club, received the Outstanding Engineering Student Award and was First Chair on the CMR Symphonic Band. Lehotsky was the 2014 AA State Track and Field Shot Put Champion and holds the CMR Shot

Daines Addresses Montana’s Veterans Long-Standing Concerns

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today moved forward important reforms that increase Montana veterans’ access to healthcare services.  This afternoon, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which includes many of Daines’ reforms that address Montana’s veterans long-standing concerns.  “I am proud to secure important priorities for Montana on behalf of those that served our nation in uniform,” Daines stated.  Daines also successfully included an amendment during the committee process protects veterans’ ability to discuss with VA physicians the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal.   The amendment would

Daines Rallies Support for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (R-NY) and David Valadao (R-CA) to rally support for their legislation to ensure Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans are eligible to receive benefits linked to Agent Orange Exposure. Daines at the U.S. Capitol with Senate and House co-sponsors and veterans. Click here to download.  Click here to watch Daines’ remarks. Click here to download Daines’ remarks.  Daines introduced legislation to ensure thousands of Vietnam-era Navy veterans, known as “Blue Water” vets, who were exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits