Steve Daines


Steve Daines is a US Senator from Montana. Daines was first elected to that office in 2015. Prior to that, he was Montana’s at-large Congressman. Daines supports the Trump Administration’s national monument review. He opposes the transfer of federal public land to states and has criticized cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Senator Daines supports revising the Obama-era sage grouse plans. He opposes the methane rule.

Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy

Steve Daines signed a letter commending Donald Trump’s executive order to review and shrink national monuments.

Steve Daines commended the reduction of national monuments in Utah. “Daines signed a letter commending President Trump’s Executive Order reviewing previously designated national monuments. The letter criticized President Obama for ‘ignoring’ the Antiquities Act and establishing or expanding 34 national monuments.  The letter also claims “The broad discretion the Antiquities Act grants presidents has led to its abuse. … We urge you to keep all remedies on the table as you consider how to correct past abuses of the Antiquities Act.’” [Senator Lee Press Release, 05/19/17]

Steve Daines “strongly oppose(d)” the transfer of federal public land to states.

Steve Daines criticized a rule change that would make it easier to transfer federal public land to states. “Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., came under criticism on Wednesday for being among 233 House members who voted Tuesday to change how Congress determines the cost of transferring federal land to states, a move that reportedly would make it easier for Congress to cede federal control of public land. … Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., criticized the rule change. ‘I continue to strongly oppose the transfer of federal lands to the states while fighting to improve the management of those lands,’ he said.” [Great Falls Tribune, 01/04/17]

Steve Daines criticized cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in Donald Trump’s budget.

Steve Daines said he was “disappointed” by cuts to LWCF in Donald Trump’s budget. “’I’m disappointed to see the significant reduction in proposed funding for LWCF,”’ said Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. ‘I’m encouraged by your budget mentioning the need for reauthorizing the program. I’m optimistic this committee and Congress as a whole will maintain our commitment to that program as one that has robust bipartisan support.’” [Helena Independent-Record, 05/10/18]

Steve Daines was hopeful about Ryan Zinke’s secretarial order to revise sage grouse management plans.

When Ryan Zinke issued a secretarial order to revise sage grouse management plans, Steve Daines said he was hopeful that revisions would allow Montana to “take the lead.” “The fact remains, sage grouse numbers have increased in the west by nearly two-thirds since 2013,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement. “Montana needs to continue take the lead on sage grouse conservation, and I hope BLM can revise their plans to allow Montana to do so. Because a sage grouse can’t tell the difference between federal, state and private lands, Montana should take the lead, not a bunch of out of Washington, D.C bureaucrats.” [Great Falls Tribune, 11/28/17]

Steve Daines said methane rule was “duplicative and unnecessary.”

Steve Daines criticized the methane rule. In a letter to President-elect Trump, Daines called for a rescission of the Methane Rule saying, “The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recently released Methane and Waste Reduction Rule is duplicative and unnecessary, conflicts with current state laws, such as those put in place in Montana, and would discourage state-driven solutions to managing methane emissions. I urge you to rescind this rule before implementation.” [Senator Daines Press Release, 12/06/16]