What Montanans Are Saying About Dishonest Daines 

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What Montanans Are Saying About Dishonest Daines 
 
Helena, MT – Across Big Sky Country, Montanans have caught onto Senator Steve Daines’ pattern of saying one thing back home, then doing another in Washington D.C. From promising to protect people with pre-existing conditions after voting to gut the Affordable Care Act numerous times, to paying lip-service to cracking down on China despite his history as a “China Cheerleader” – Daines has shown that his word means nothing. 

Here’s what Montanans have been saying: 
 
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: With health care, Daines putting party above state
“Last year Republicans across several states filed a lawsuit to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Recently Trump filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to side with the Republicans and eliminate the ACA. […] On numerous occasions he’s voted to repeal the ACA. He never has offered ideas on what should take the place of the ACA, nor has he offered any solution for the 150,000 Montanans who rely on the ACA for their health care insurance and to protect them against claims being denied because of pre-existing conditions. Daines has had many chances to show that he cares about Montanans more than his party bosses and special interests. He could have against the repeal of the ACA. He could have supported one of the proposed bills to improve the ACA. Instead, he’s offered typical politician double speak that amounts to nothing. Now Daines is facing someone, Gov. Steve Bullock, who for eight years has fought for better health care for Montanans. It’s time to rid ourselves of Daines and send someone to Washington who will represent Montanans rather than party bosses in D.C.”
 
Helena Independent Record: Daines no friend to those with pre-existing conditions
“I was so disheartened to hear that the current administration is urging the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Even more disappointing was hearing Steve Daines call the ACA a ‘failed law’ but then state he wants to protect those of us with preexisting conditions. At age 40 I was diagnosed with my first auto-immune disease. After diagnosis, I was denied coverage through private insurance because of my preexisting condition. If Senator Daines wants to protect those of us with preexisting conditions, then he should stop trying to dismantle the ACA. Daines has not put forward a better alternative and his continued lack of leadership on this critical issue is unacceptable.”

Missoulian: Daines is not working for Montanans
“It seems like common sense that we would focus on expanding access to health care during a global pandemic. But unfortunately, it sounds like U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is out to do the exact opposite. Even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, Daines is doubling down on his mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If he had his way, 152,000 Montanans would lose guaranteed protections for their pre-existing conditions, prescription drug prices would rise and the more than 90,000 Montanans who benefited from Medicaid expansion could have their health care ripped away. Even worse, Daines is looking for every opportunity to repeal the ACA despite having no plan to replace it. It’s difficult to fathom how Senator Daines’ first priority during a public health emergency is making it more difficult to access health care, but apparently that is exactly where he’s set his sights.”
 
Helena Independent Record: Daines does 180 on China
“Politicians changing their stance on tough issues to give themselves a better shot at reelection is not a new phenomenon, but the 180 we’ve seen recently from Sen. Daines on China is one for the ages. Just a few short months ago, Daines went on TV to trumpet his experience living in China and his willingness to work with the Chinese government to overcome the coronavirus. But now that his political future is in jeopardy and public opinion on China has shifted, so too has Daines’ stance. […] If Daines is so quick to change his tune on this issue, it’s worth questioning what other issues he’s willing to flip-flop on if it behooves him politically to do so. Sen. Daines owes Montanans an explanation on this political pivot.”

Missoulian: Daines must have selective memory
“Sen. Steve Daines’ campaign ads are laser-focused on telling us that he abhors U.S. companies outsourcing business to China. Excuse me? Daines worked 13 years at Procter & Gamble. He moved his family to Hong Kong and China for six years, opening factories to expand Procter & Gamble’s Asian business. How convenient it must be to have selective memory loss in order to advance your personal agenda.”
 
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines hypocritical when it comes to our wilderness
“Sen. Steve Daines got a nice little article in this paper on June 20. It was about his concern about a helicopter landing in a wilderness area and how the $500 fine was not enough. “Montanans value wilderness for the solitude it provides and the adventure that is involved to travels to so many beautiful locations.” Funny how in 2017, he brought a bill to Congress to release five wilderness study areas in Montana back to regular Forest Service management. This would result in logging, forest service roads, and multiple use access roads. So much for the peace and solitude in those five “beautiful locations.” The bill didn’t pass, but it does tell you how he thinks in a non-election year.”

Missoulian: Here’s how Daines ‘lives and breathes’ public land protection
“Montanans who have been tracking Daines’ public land record reacted to this speech in a way that calls to mind the comedy gag whereby someone takes a drink of water a moment before they hear or see something so ludicrous or shocking that they spit the water out in one explosive blast. […] Daines’ support for LWCF is but a blip in an abysmal public lands record, a record that includes voting twice against reauthorizing LWCF. Not until he was publicly held accountable for those 2015 LWCF votes did he eventually come around to supporting the program. […] Daines may live and breathe public land protection, but whatever protection he has in mind really is theoretical, or happening in other states.”

Seeley Swan Pathfinder: Daines continues opposition to Stewardship Act
“It’s time for Senator Steve Daines to get with the program and be a real champion for Montana’s public lands. Daines likes to talk about how supportive he is of our outdoor way of life but we see right through it when he refuses to support common-sense measures like the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. This made-in-Montana solution would protect nearly 80,000 acres of beautiful Montana wilderness while boosting access to recreation areas and creating jobs. […] If Senator Daines is serious about supporting public lands and boosting our outdoor economy, he needs to put his money where his mouth is and get on board with the BCSA.” 
 
Missoulian: Daines, oppose Pendley nomination
“Unfortunately, Senator Daines has indicated he plans to take a giant step backwards in the conservation of those lands by voting to confirm William Perry Pendley as director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Pendley has spent most of his career advocating to sell off our public lands. No senator can claim to be a champion for public lands and also vote to confirm William Perry Pendley to oversee those public lands. […] Our public lands are supposed to be managed for multiple use so they will thrive for generations to come. That has not and will not happen with Pendley in charge. Senator Daines, oppose his nomination.”

Billings Gazette: Beware the carpetbagger, Montana’s future is at stake
“And as many of you know, Steve Daines, who claims to be a sixth-generation Montanan, even though he was born in Van Nuys, California, made his own fortune working for Gianforte’s company. Daines is cut from the same cloth, putting himself and his wealthy friends ahead of the hard-working people of Montana. […] I’m not here to tell you who to vote for, but I am here to tell you that we can do better than these men. And we always have. We’re a state that has shown a strong sense of logic and common sense, a state that has seen through the carpetbaggers who think they can come in and tell us what’s best for Montana. And at a time when everything is in flux, we really must do better. Our future is at stake.”

 

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