Daines Gives More Empty Promises to Indian Country

Daines Gives More Empty Promises to Indian Country

Congressman Daines "no friend to Montana’s Indian tribes"

(Helena, MT) -Today marks the celebration of American Indian Heritage Day and Congressman Steve Daines has yet to fulfill his empty promises to Indian Country.

Daines has promised to strengthen Indian Country, yet his votes in the House have revealed him to be against Indian Country.  Daines forced the government to shutdown which had a catastrophic impacts on Montana's tribes.  Daines has also voted to repeal the Indian Health Care Improvement Act hurting Native American’s access to critical health care.

“Congressman Daines has shown he is no friend to Montana’s Indian tribes.  The Congressman makes promises to Indian Country, but delivers for his corporate special interest pals and millionaires like himself. Actions speak louder than words and Daines' actions show he will work against the best interests of Indian Country,” said James Steele Junior the President of the Montana Indian Democrats Council.

Daines’ Ugly Record:
    • Daines demanded and voted for the government shutdown that hurt Montana’s tribes. The shutdown had a catastrophic impact on Montana’s tribes, halting tribal programs including home health care programs for the elderly and disabled, bus services for rural areas and temporarily laying off hundreds of workers. [NY Times,10/13/13; AP,10/02/1310/15/13; Letter to House Leadership, 8/21/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; New York Times, 9/18/13, Associated Press, 8/23/13]
    •  Daines supported the devastating sequester cuts that cut funding for schools and the Indian Health Service.  Sequestration cuts had a devastating impact on tribal communities, cutting funding for tribal schools, Head Start programs and the Indian health services and hospitals. When Congressman Daines had the chance to restore funding and replace sequestration, he voted against it. [NY Times,10/13/13; Washington Post, 3/21/13; White House Report, 3/01/13; Washington Post, 12/10/13H.J. Res. 59, 12/12/13]
    • Daines voted against funding for Violence Against Women programs for Indian women. In 2014, Congressman Daines voted against $44 million in funding aimed at addressing the high victimization rates of American Indian women for the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on tribal lands. [HR 3547, Vote # 21, 1/15/14;NCAI, 1/15/14]
    • Daines would repeal the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.  Congressman Daines has repeatedly voted to defund the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, denying Indian Country important services and improvements to IHS. [, 5/07/14; Democratic Natural Resources Committee, accessed 1/05/14]
    • Daines voted against millions in increased funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Education and Health Service. He voted against the budget deal that increased funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Education by $18 million and the Indian Health service by $78 million. [HR 3547, Vote # 21, 1/15/14; House Appropriations Committee, Interior & Environment Appropriations,1/13/14]
    • Daines twice voted to slash food stamp benefits. In 2013 and 2014, Congressman Daines voted for the Ryan budget that cuts SNAP (Food Stamps) by $137 billion, eliminating assistance to hundreds of tribal communities that depend on food assistance. [Indian Country Today, 9/20/13; Billings Gazette, 4/10/14; National Council on Aging, 4/09/14; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/04/143/20/1310/28/13]

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