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What You Need to Know About the False Attacks Against Steve Daines

Democrats are lying to Montanans about Steve's successful business record.

FactCheck.org found Democrats attempts to spread false claims about Steve's successful business record to be "unsupported" and said "clear evidence is lacking."

Steve Daines spent 28 years in business, growing companies and creating jobs. At RightNow Technologies, Steve created hundreds of good-paying Montana jobs with an average salary of $75,000, and helped grow the company into Bozeman's largest commercial employer, with more than 1,000 employees.

At RightNow Technologies, Steve helped locate and cut waste and inefficiencies in the federal government - saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Steve has a successful record creating good-paying jobs here in Montana and is fighting to expand opportunities for all Montanans with more jobs and less government. Steve is fighting to bring Montana common sense solutions to Washington D.C. It's Montana-led solutions, not failed big government policies, that will grow the economy and create good-paying Montana jobs.

Background:

Billings Gazette: Daines' work with cloud computing pioneer shapes his perspectives on government

  • Daines, Montana's Republican U.S. representative, pitches himself as the candidate who helped grow a Montana-based company that became a major employer, supplying scores of top-paying jobs in Bozeman and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of new wealth to the state.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: RightNow grows to more than 1,000 employees

  • RightNow, Bozeman's largest commercial employer and only publicly traded company, has recently grown to more than 1,000 employees

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Montana Democratic Party apologizes for incorrect campaign information

  • The Montana Democratic Party has apologized to a Bozeman businessman for incorrect statements it made about Republican Congressman Steve Daines during last year's election.
  • In a letter to former RightNow Technologies CEO Greg Gianforte, dated Feb. 15, Montana Democratic Party Chairman Jim Elliott admitted two statements in a series of political mailers sent last year attacking Daines were false. Daines is a former RightNow vice president.
  • One statement claimed that employees at RightNow were laid off in order to outsource Montana jobs to India.
    • "We now believe this is not correct," Elliott wrote.
  • Democrats also claimed in the mailers that money from government contracts was used to ship jobs overseas.
    • "We also now believe that is not correct," Elliott wrote. "We regret any inconvenience this may have caused you."

Montana Associated Technology Roundtables: Senator Baucus Announces That Oracle Plans to Expand Business in Bozeman Through RightNow Acquisition

  • Former-Senator Baucus praised Right Now Technologies. "RightNow Technologies is a great company that has proven Montana can produce home-grown, state-of-the art technology. Landing Oracle's business in Montana is a big win for Montana jobs and another great return on our investment in Economic Development in Montana."

Democrats are making misleading claims about Steve's commitment to support and protect our public lands.

Growing up in Montana, Steve spent most of his free time outside hiking, hunting, fishing and enjoying the wilderness. Like most Montanans, Steve loves the outdoors and is a strong supporter of preserving, protecting and increasing Montanans' access to our public lands.

The transfer of federal lands to Montana is not feasible, but it is essential that Montanans have greater input and control in the management of our public lands, because the federal government has failed us.

Steve introduced the Making Public Lands Public Access Act- endorsed by numerous sportsmen groups- to preserve and increase Montanans' access to our public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation.

Steve introduced the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to preserve the natural beauty and recreational areas of the East Rosebud Creek and the surrounding areas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and Custer National Forest.

Steve introduced the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, which protects the North Fork Flathead watershed and ensures recreation areas are maintained. With Steve's support, the House of Representatives passed the North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013, marking the first time this legislation has ever been passed by either chamber of Congress

Steve joined a bipartisan group of Congressmen in urging Chairman Calvert of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to prioritize funding for the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Steve cosponsored the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, which promotes conservation by incentivizing individuals to donate their land to nonprofit organizations for conservation purposes. As this tax credit has expired, H.R. 2807 would make the credit permanent.

Steve helped introduce H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, which was passed by the House last year with bipartisan support. The bill will protect Montana's outdoor heritage and revitalize Montana's timber industry, reducing the threat of wildfires and creating thousands of good-paying Montana jobs.

The Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act has received strong backing from Montana county commissioners, timber workers, and several sportsmen and conservation groups, including Montana Outfitters and Guides Association and the Mule Deer Foundation.

Steve supports legislation that helps grow Montana's economy by supporting the outdoor recreation industry.

Background:

Conservation Easement Incentive Act

KGVO: Representative Steve Daines Passes Bill That Looks to Protect Landowners, Conserve Habitat

  • Representative Steve Daines joined the House of Representatives Thursday to pass a stack of bills that hope to encourage charitable giving, including one co-sponsored by Daines. The Conservation Easement Incentive Act looks to make the tax deduction for charitable contributions permanent for individuals who have real property interests for conservation purposes.

Making Public Lands Public Access Act

FairField Sun Times: National Shooting Sports Foundation Hails Daines' Sportsmen's Access Legislation

  • The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) strongly supports this legislation and the key work of Congressman Daines on its behalf.

Missoulian: Daines introduces bill on open access to public lands

  • The measure won support from representatives of Ducks Unlimited, the Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and Boone and Crockett Club.

North Fork Watershed Protection Act

Independent Record: North Fork Protection Act passes U.S. House

  • National Parks Conservation Association program manager Michael Jamison noted the bill has support of both energy companies such as ConocoPhillips and wilderness advocates around Glacier National Park.

Daily Inter Lake: House passes North Fork Protection Act

  • Michael Jamison, Glacier program manager for the National Parks Association, praised Daines.
    • "By ushering this important and long-awaited legislation safely through the House of Representatives, Rep. Steve Daines has made a powerful and bipartisan statement: He has proved that serving as responsible stewards to places such as Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake absolutely transcends party politics," Jamison said. "This legislation defends our source of revenue and recreation - the place where we hunt and hike and fish, where we harvest timber and graze livestock."

Missoulian: Daines introduces North Fork Protection Act in U.S. House

  • The bipartisan effort won broad support across multiple interests, ranging from the Montana Logging Association and Citizens for Balanced Use, among others.
  • Trevor Kincaid, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities, hailed the bill as one that will protect Montana's outdoor heritage.

Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act

Missoulian: Daines tells wood products officials in Missoula he's working to turn around industry

  • The lack of available timber is the single biggest issue facing the wood products industry in Montana, according to a group of foresters and sawmill managers who spoke with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines during a roundtable discussion on Monday.

Montana Outfitters and Guides Association: Montana Outfitters Support Key Land Conservation Bills

  • MOGA Directors also voted to endorse H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, sponsored by Montana Representative Steve Daines, renews the federal government's commitment to actively managing federal forests for the benefit of all.

Hungry Horse News: Healthy forests and rural counties bill passes House

  • A bill its supporters say will improve forest health on national forest lands and get money to rural counties for schools and road projects passed the U.S. House on Sept. 20 by a 244-173 vote
  • The bill was supported by timber interests in Montana including Chuck Roady, vice president and general manager of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, in Columbia Falls.
    • "As the vice president of the oldest family-owned lumber company in Montana, I know firsthand and witness every day the consequences of the lack of management of the federal forests in our state," Roady said. "This legislation could be a game-changer for increasing forest jobs while revitalizing our timber counties and communities in Montana, and I certainly hope it becomes law."
  • Julia Altemus, executive vice president of the Montana Wood Products Association, also expressed support for the proposed bill.
    • "This is a major step forward in the legislative process that will improve forest health and our rural forest economies in Montana and throughout the West," she said. "I appreciate Congressman Daines' hard work and commitment to seeing this legislation through."

East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Billings Gazette:: Daines proposes East Rosebud Creek protections

  • "We greatly appreciate that Rep. Daines has introduced legislation to protect the East Rosebud Creek. This area is a special place where many of us have chosen to live and raise our families - some have been here for generations," said Frank Annighofer, vice president of the Friends organization.

OP-EDs

Missoulian - Guest Opinion from 12 County Montana Commissioners: Luebeck wrong on Daines' forest management bill

Ravalli Republic - Viewpoint: Commissioners support Daines' bil

Missoulian - Guest Column from Steve Daines: Reforms needed to protect forests, strengthen timber industry

Democrats are using a misleading Washington, D.C. playbook to scare our seniors.

Steve knows the importance of protecting the promises that have been made to Montana's seniors and securing important programs like Medicare and Social Security for future generations.

He voted to protect Medicare benefits for Montana seniors and and continues to fight against Democrats' $700 billion cuts to Medicare to pay for Obamacare.

Montana's seniors can't count on the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate to protect their health care- she supports cutting Medicare by over $700 billion and over 30,000 Montana seniors' enrolled in Medicare Advantage could have seen a premium increase because of Obamacare.

Background:

KGVO: Representative Steve Daines Looks to Protect Montanans From Obamacare Mandate

  • The Ensuring Medicaid and Medicare Access to Providers Act, which Daines introduced earlier this week, provides a two year pardon from Obamacare's employer mandate for businesses that provide services through Medicare or Medicaid.

Missoulian: U.S. Rep. Daines seeks ACA delay to help personal care services

  • In a meeting with employees from Consumer Direct Management Solutions, a Montana-based company that provides in-home services for the elderly and disabled, Daines said the bill will allow companies to maintain employees' wages in other states and continue providing care to the poor, disabled and elderly.


FactCheck.org said Democrats' misleading and false attacks on Steve's record of standing with Montana women "goes too far," and POLITICO awarded it the "Whopper of the Week."

Steve broke from House leadership and Republicans to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which provides critical support and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

VAWA ensures justice for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault and strengthens programs to keep victims safe. The law takes vital steps to support Montana women in rural areas- especially Native American women- providing greater justice and safety to all women in Montana.

Background:

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Editorial: Daines' vote on Violence Against Women Act commendable

  • Daines is to be applauded for putting politics aside and doing the right thing. Violence against women is a widespread and disturbing problem. And evidence indicates this law is having an effect. According to the U.S. Justice Department, sexual violence committed against girls and women over the age 12 has dropped by some 64 percent over the last decade.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: 'I can't take any more of this violence'

  • Uzenski recently opened up to a statewide audience, sharing some of her experiences in a TV ad for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, an experience she called empowering.
  • By sharing her story she can inspire and show that the cycle of violence can be broken.
  • "You've got to keep on walking," Uzenski said. "I may fall down doing it, and I may stumble along the way, but I'm going to get back up and I'm going to keep on walking. Because somebody else might be taking notice of me."

As the son of a U.S. Marine, Steve knows that we have a responsibility to the men and women who have served our country. Steve is a leading voice in the fight to protect Montana's veterans and ensure they receive the benefits and services they deserve.

Steve joined 33 military, veteran, and uniformed service organizations in opposing cuts to veterans' benefits.

Steve was one of the first members of Congress to call for Veteran Affairs Secretary Shinseki to resign and demand reforms at the VA following reports of secret waiting lists and preventable deaths at VA facilities across the country.

Steve has voted for critical funding bills that support veteran services, including funding for mental health services and suicide prevention.

Background:

Flathead Beacon: A Veteran's Best Friend

  • On July 18, Montana Congressman Steve Daines met with a group of these veterans at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell to discuss the lack of support from the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to service animals; in Montana, VA hospitals do not allow service animals to stay overnight at inpatient units or even come inside outpatient facilities.
  • Daines told the veterans that he sent a letter on July 17 to John Ginnity, the interim director at the VA Montana Health Care System, asking for him to use his authority to permit service, guide and therapeutic animals to stay overnight with "any patients admitted to any inpatient unit within the system" as well as making sure community-based outpatient clinics "accommodate Montana veterans with service animals."

Missoulian: Daines hears Veterans Affairs concerns in Missoula, Helena stops

  • Mismanagement of patient files, wait times and bureaucratic red tape were among the issues western Montana veterans shared with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, who spent Friday afternoon in Missoula on an issue-related listening tour.
  • Daines has called for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, and this week he co-sponsored the VA Management Accountability Act, which gives agendy leadership the authority to remove top employees for poor system performance.

NBC Montana: Daines discusses VA scandal with MT veterans

  • Rep. Steve Daines met with Montana veterans in Helena and Missoula on Friday to hear their input about ongoing issues facing the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Daines co-sponsored the VA Management Accountability Act. It allows for removal of top employees for poor performance. The act passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, but was blocked by Senate Democrats.
  • Several veterans told Daines they were unable to receive proper care and counseling appointments from the Montana VA for conditions like PTSD.

Billings Gazette: Daines calls for resignation of VA secretary over allegations of deadly delays for care

  • U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Wednesday called for the resignation of Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, citing reports of VA hospitals hiding delays in treatment that led to the deaths of veterans awaiting services.
  • Daines said he also met recently with a group of Bozeman-area veterans, who raised concerns about "persistent delays" in receiving health care from the VA system.

Missoulian: Daines introduces legislation to restore veterans' retirement payments

  • U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has joined fellow Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., to introduce legislation that will restore retirement payments to veterans set to feel the effects of reduced pensions as a result of the recently passed Ryan-Murray budget. )

The first bill Steve introduced in Congress was the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, which requires Congress to pass a balanced budget or members won't get paid. Washington D.C. needs some Montana common sense-if you don't do your job, you don't get paid. It's that simple.

President Obama's budget failed in the House almost unanimously and Senate Democrats refuse to pass a balanced budget and even skipped writing a budget this year.

Background:

AP: Daines says his first bill seeks balanced federal budget

  • Daines said his bill would require Congress to pass a budget that would balance in 10 years or have their pay terminated.

Flathead Beacon: Daines Introduces First Bill: Balanced Budget Accountability Act

  • Freshman Republican Rep. Steve Daines, Montana's lone congressman, introduced his first bill in Congress Wednesday afternoon: the Balanced Budget Accountability Act. The measure would require Congress to pass a budget that will balance in 10 years or members of Congress will have their pay terminated.

Steve is determined to expand opportunities and create good-paying jobs for Montana's Native American tribes by responsibly developing our natural resources, increasing Native American students' access to education, and fighting for tribal control of the land buy-back program.

Montana's Native American tribes face an unemployment rate of 50-80 percent. It's unacceptable.

When Steve spoke to Chairman of the Crow Tribe Darrin Old Coyote about his top three priorities for the tribe, "He said No. 1 is jobs, No. 2 is jobs, and No. 3 is jobs."

Chairman Coyote added, "A war on coal is a war on the crow tribes."

Coal production supports much-needed jobs on Montana's reservations and provides millions of dollars in funding for Montana's schools. Steve is fighting to make permanent the Indian coal production tax credit and opposes the EPA's job-killing energy regulations that threaten the very livelihoods of Montana's Native American tribes.

Steve supports funding for Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), to ensure the hundreds of students living on Montana's reservations have access to critical education and training programs.

Steve broke with members of his own party to reopen the government and was one of the first members of Congress to support a resolution and vote in support for critical funding bills for Indian Health and Education Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs - efforts that were blocked in Harry Reid's Democrat-controlled Senate.

After meeting with Montana's Native American tribal leaders, Steve announced support and voted for the Violence Against Women Act, bucking party leadership and a majority in his party to stand in support of Montana's Native American tribes.

Steve worked to secure approval of the Northern Cheyenne coal swap in the Committee on Natural Resources. Steve is fighting for tribal control of the land buy-back program so Montana tribes can responsibly develop their natural resources, create jobs, and support local businesses. And, Steve is working to gain federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe.

Background:

Jobs/Economy

Sidney Herald: Daines introduces bipartisan legislation to encourage investment in Indian coal

  • U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has introduced legislation to make permanent the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit - a crucial tax incentive that levels the playing field for future development of the vast Tribal coal resources, helps create much-needed jobs and protects the economic viability of existing projects.
  • "The Indian Coal Production Tax Credit is an essential tool that allows our coal resources to compete on a level playing field and maintains the economic viability of our existing coal mining operations at the Absaloka Mine," Crow Tribal chairman Darrin Old Coyote said. "All efforts to assist the Crow Nation utilize our large coal resources to create good-paying jobs and financial support for the Crow people are needed at this time. We sincerely appreciate Representative Daines' work to obtain a permanent extension of this tax credit."

AP: House panel approves Northern Cheyenne coal swap

  • A U.S. House committee approved a proposed coal swap involving Montana's Northern Cheyenne Tribe on Thursday despite lingering concerns that the value of the exchange has not been fully quantified.

Tribal Sovereignty

Indianz.com: Rep. Daines introduces bill for tribal control of Cobell buy-back

  • Rep. Steve Daines (R-Montana) is introduced a bill to give tribes control of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
  • The Indian Tribal Self-Determination in Land Consolidation Act authorizes tribes to enter into self-determination contracts and compacts with the Interior Department. They will be able to administer funds from the $1.9 billion land consolidation portion of the Cobell trust fund settlement.

NBC Montana: Daines calls for fairness in Indian land buy-back program

  • Representative Steve Daines led a hearing today with the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs to find out why a land buy-back program is behind schedule and surrounded by uncertainty.
  • Part of the settlement called for a one-time payment of close to $2 billion to consolidate highly fractionated interest of Indian lands. Tribes say it's difficult to manage and holds back economic development.

KRTV: Daines meets with Little Shell Tribe to discuss federal recognition bill

  • U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) met with tribal council members Friday afternoon at the Little Shell Cultural Center to update them on a bill he is working on that would bring them federal recognition. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus have similar legislation moving through the senate.
  • "It goes back to treaties signed in 1863," Daines said. "This is a language we need to preserve, a culture we need to preserve and they've got a great team here in Montana. This is something that has bipartisan support. Republicans, Democrats support this."

Violence Against Women Act

Indian Country Today Media Network: Rep. Candidate Reaching out to Indian Country in Montana Senate Race

  • Rep. Steve Daines has met with leaders of Montana's seven federally recognized tribes ahead of his Senate seat run according to The Hill. Among those leaders Daines has bonded with Darrin Old Coyote, head of the Crow Tribe.
  • The early meetings with tribal leaders have shown in his voting on tribal issues. He backed the Violence Against Women Act when many Republican men were against it.
  • "It's very welcoming and very refreshing to have a friend in D.C. knowing your interest as a tribe and nation, your concerns and issues are being addressed and prioritized," Old Coyote said of Daines in The Hill.

Health Care

Billings Gazette: IHS patient: 'It's not quality health care, it's whatever care'

  • The problems with the Billings Area IHS are so pervasive and have existed for so long that Montana's Congressional delegation recently called for an investigation from the federal Government Accountability Office.
  • Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has discussed the issue with the Crow Tribe and recently spoke before its Legislature. He has sent a letter to IHS Acting Director Yvette Roubideaux asking that she swiftly evaluate IHS administration in the Billings area.
  • "It's very welcoming and very refreshing to have a friend in D.C. knowing your interest as a tribe and nation, your concerns and issues are being addressed and prioritized," Old Coyote said of Daines in The Hill.

Daines Record

Great Falls Tribune: Battle for Indian votes: Republican Daines makes inroads in traditional Democratic territory

  • Daines and Old Coyote formed a relationship the first weeks after the congressman took office when Old Coyote and a delegation from the Crow Tribe visited Daines at his Washington, D.C., office. Daines said he asked Old Coyote if he was related to a grade-school classmate of Daines' in Bozeman. It turned out Daines used to walk to Longfellow Elementary School with Old Coyote's cousin, Rachel, when they were children.
  • Daines said he was among the first to sign on to a House resolution that would have immediately provided full funding for the BIA, IHS and BIA education programs during the shutdown, but the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to take up any of the "mini CRs."

Highlights of Daines' Indian Country record

  • Introduced legislation to provide federal recognition for the Great Falls-based Little Shell Chippewa Tribe and recently requested a formal hearing on the legislation.
  • Has supported the Crow Tribe's efforts to develop coal reserves on the reservation; in July invited Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee on the importance of coal development to the tribe.
  • Broke ranks with House Republicans in March and voted for passage of the Violence Against Women Act, a measure containing reforms which provide tribal women greater access to justice; announced his support for the measure before a meeting of tribal leaders in Washington, D.C.
  • Cosponsored HR 2319, the Native American Veterans Memorial Amendments Act, which amends the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994 to allow the National Museum of the American Indian to construct a memorial to Native Veterans on the museum's grounds on the National Mall.
  • Supports HR 1548, the Native American Energy Act, which would require plaintiffs, including public and private entities, to post a bond when seeking a preliminary injunction to stop energy projects tribal lands.
  • Member of House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, House Native American Caucus.

Q&A

Indian Country Today Media Network: Rep. Daines Talks Cobell and the Need for GOP to Connect With Tribes

ABOUT STEVE

Steve Daines is a fifth generation Montanan, life-long sportsman and father of four serving the people of Montana in Congress. Steve is committed to always putting Montana first as he works to bring real change to Washington and fights for common sense solutions to get our country back on track. Learn More.

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