07/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/14/2021 18:48
U.S. SENATE -After securing the inclusion of major wins for Montana including and funding for the St. Mary's Milk River Project, bipartisan forest management provisions to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and provide pay raises to wildland firefighters, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to support a bipartisan proposal out of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
'After years of work, I'm glad to finally see funding advanced for the St. Mary's Milk River water project,' Daines said. ' This funding will help repair critical water infrastructure for Montana's Hi-Line communities and will ensure farmers, landowners and Tribes have access to clean and reliable water.'
On getting forest management provisions included in the package, Daines said: 'It's only July, and Montana is currently on fire-as of this morning, we have 12 active fires across our state. We know that in order to reduce the risk of deadly wildfires in Montana, we need to cut red tape and increase forest management. Before today's committee hearing, this package had zero forest management provisions to reduce the risk of wildfires in Montana despite the ongoing emergency in our state and across the West. Thankfully, my colleagues heard my concerns and I successfully secured commonsense forestry reforms that will go a long way in reducing future deadly wildfires and supporting Montana timber jobs. I also worked to include a much-deserved pay raise for our brave wildland firefighters who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities.'
Daines also successfully fought to include a Keystone XL pipeline related amendment that requires the Biden administration to study the harmful impacts on the nation's energy prices and American jobs lost because of President Biden's decision to cancel the project. Daines has been leading the effort to support the Keystone XL pipeline, stating today the project 'would have created thousands of good, high-paying jobs with great benefits, would have provided millions in revenue for local communities, and is the safest way to deliver oil…' Download Daines'specific remarks on Keystone HERE.
Daines successfully included an amendment to help increase the domestic production of critical minerals. This is a priority of Daines because he believes investing in critical mineral production will 'help the United States win the race against China and support our economy and national security.'
Daines secured the following provisions in this bipartisan bill: