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Spent time this morning with folks in Chester, Montana. We discussed their priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill and what I can do to help as their voice on the Senate Ag Committee. #FarmBillFriday

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Thank you Nemont for continuing to serve rural Montana. All Montanans deserve the same broadband connection speeds as the big cities. As shown in the National Broadband Map the FCC released yesterday, there is a lot of work to be done in our state. Regulators must not forget about Montana.

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Great starting my Northwest Montana tax cuts tour at KGEZ yesterday. All across the state, Montana employees and small businesses are benefiting from the tax cut law, and those benefits just keep growing. More money in the pockets of hardworking Montanans— that’s what tax cuts are all about.

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines toured Northwest Montana on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to discuss the impact of tax cuts on businesses across the region, and he stopp...ed by to talk with John Hendricks and Robin Mitchell on the KGEZ Good Morning Show before heading up to Best Buy.

Here's more information from Senator Daines' press team:

“This is what tax cuts are all about: more money in the pockets of hardworking Montanans,” said Daines. “It was great to see firsthand the impact tax cuts are having on Northwest Montana employees and small businesses.”

Kalispell: Daines toured the local Best Buy where he heard from employees about what they plan to do with the bonuses the company gave them following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Best Buy recently announced that all full-time employees would be given a $1,000 bonus and for all part-time employees, a bonus of $500.

Libby: Daines visited Cabinet Mountain Brewery where he saw the brewery’s newly purchased keg washer and heard about the raises given to the brewer and assistant brewer following the passage of the tax cuts bill. Tax cuts also allowed the brewery co-owners to take home paychecks for the first time since opening Cabinet Mountain Brewery.

Thompson Falls: Daines toured Thompson River Lumber where he saw a new forklift Thompson River Lumber purchased following tax cuts – the business’s first forklift purchase in 19 years. Daines also heard about the additional days of vacation employees are receiving as a result of tax cuts.

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As discussions for the renewal of the Farm Bill are underway, please let me know your thoughts on the current Farm Bill or what you'd like to see in the new one. #FarmBillFriday

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It’s clear that increasing public access to public lands is a driving force for Montana’s economy. Opening up non-wilderness, public lands to activities like biking, snowmobiling and hunting increases public access and continues to strengthen local economies that depend on outdoor jobs.

This morning, U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the following report: https://www.bea.gov/outdoor-recreation/

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“When we get a tax cut, we hire people.” -Luke, President of Montana Instruments

Great having Luke in the DC office today all the way from Bozeman. It’s exciting to hear about how tax cuts are allowing him to create jobs in Montana.

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All the way from Montana — my wife Cindy surprised me with balloons in DC this morning. Happy Valentines Day, sweetie!

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It is unfortunate that the University of Montana School of Journalism refused for the first time to host Professor Mike Adams at the Jeff Cole 10th Annual Distinguished Lecture. As a public, taxpayer-funded University, this decision ignored the most basic principles of the First Amendment.

I was pleased to share my message below last night at the Lecture.

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Happy 99th to the Montana Farm Bureau. Thank you for all you do for our farmers and ranchers in MT — you truly make a difference.

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Help us celebrate Montana Farm Bureau's 99th birthday by filling in the blank >>> Farm Bureau is __________________.

Cheers to each of the grassroots volunte...ers and leaders who have committed themselves to bettering rural Montana and our agricultural pursuits for the past 99 years. We celebrate this special day for YOU!

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Today I introduced legislation to expand the Child Tax Credit to cover all families, including pregnant moms. All mothers and children deserve the same attention under the law. My bill recognizes that and will bring fairness to pregnant mothers as they grow their families.

Find my release on the bill here:
https://www.daines.senate.gov/…/daines-leads-senate-house-m…

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Steve Daines of Montana
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It's time to ensure our veterans are reimbursed for their emergency treatment at private hospitals. That is why I joined my colleagues in a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin asking for just that.

Find the letter below:
https://www.veterans.senate.gov/…/2_9_18%20Staab%20letter%2…

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My bill, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Acts, gives more public access and more public input to Montanans. I proposed my bill because these WSAs have strong local support for release and because they were not recommended by the Forest Service to be Wilderness. Releasing these WSAs, will allow Montanans a voice and help expand access for our hunters, bikers, snowmobilers and others who participate in our $7 billion outdoor economy. After 40 years of inaction from Congress these lands are still locked up. It is time to unlock our public lands and return them to the people of Montana.

See my remarks at the public hearing on my bill below.

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As always, it’s an honor to meet with President Andy Werk of the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Northern Montana. I’m glad to have his strong support of my legislation to curb the meth epidemic among Montana’s Indian tribes and across our state.

See my release here: https://www.daines.senate.gov/…/daines-introduces-bill-to-c…

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After multiple avalanches resulting in tragic deaths, I spoke with USGS and USFS on what they are doing to help skiers, snowmobilers and communities stay safe during natural hazards.

If you are out in the backcountry skiing, snowmobiling or snow shoeing, please make sure you check avalanche.org to be up to date on current conditions.

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Dani's second day in DC and she is already taking over. Excited for tonight's State of the Union!

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Ran into some Montanans on my flight into DC this morning... can't wait to have Dani as my guest at the State of the Union tomorrow!

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