2021-2027 (Current term)

Sen. Steve Daines

Montana (Republican)

SBA List Rating:

A+

Sen. Steve Daines

Montana (Republican)

Summary

Senator Daines has stood up against extremist nominees of the pro-abortion Biden-Harris administration, against pro-abortion action both in the administration and through legislation advanced by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Sen. Daines has voted consistently to defend the lives of the unborn and infants. This includes stopping hard-earned tax dollars from paying for abortion, whether domestically or internationally, and protecting health care provider rights for those who refuse to engage in brutal abortions.

Senator Daines chairs the Senate Pro-Life Caucus. He introduced S. 2408, the Protecting Life on College Campus Act, to prohibit federal funding for the distribution of chemical abortion drugs at public universities, and spoke at a press conference on the bill along with colleagues in the House. He led three pro-life amendments: one to H.R. 1799, the Paycheck Protection Program Expansion Act, to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving a forgivable loan under the paycheck protection program, another to S. 937, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, to address discrimination abortions committed based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, or disability, and another to S. Con. Res. 5, a budget resolution, to allow expectant parents to receive a tax credit for their unborn child. During a confirmation hearing for secretary of Health and Human Services, Senator Daines highlighted nominee Xavier Becerra’s extreme positions on abortion without restriction, for any reason. After Becerra was confirmed, Senator Daines spoke out against his and the Biden administration’s efforts to roll back a Trump rule that brought transparency to abortion coverage in Obamacare, and co-led a letter to the administration opposing this effort. Sen. Daines led a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer pledging to oppose any legislation that weakens or eliminates existing pro-life protections; led a letter demanding that Google stop silencing pro-life views and reverse unjust censorship; and sent a letter to DOJ, HHS, and NIH, demanding investigation into unethical fetal tissue experimentation and research at federally funded University of Pittsburgh. He sponsored S.Con.Res. 17, a resolution commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration; published a memo highlighting abortion funding in H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act; and introduced S. 3537, the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act. Sen. Daines gave speeches defending life during a Senate press conference and colloquy on the eve of the Dobbs Supreme Court case and spoke outside the Court at a pro-life rally on the day of its oral arguments. He also co-led a bicameral letter to the FDA with concerns regarding alarmingly inaccurate prenatal genetic testing, another requesting an investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services into whether the fetal tissue research funded by HHS at the University of Pittsburgh violated federal law, and a letter to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms raising concerns that the Senate contracts with a banking institution that announced it would now provide abortion-related travel benefits. Sen. Daines led a press conference denouncing the Women's Health Protection Act (better described as the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act) and, when Senator Chuck Schumer forced a second vote on this extreme bill, he forcefully opposed the legislation.

Scored Votes

Date Vote Score
02/04/2021
117th Congress

Sasse Amendment No. 192 to S. Con. Res. 5, Budget Reconciliation bill

Would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to care for infant abortion survivors. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/05/2021
117th Congress

Cotton Amendment No. 66 to S. Con. Res. 5, Budget Reconciliation bill

Would prohibit increasing the number of justices on the United States Supreme Court. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
03/06/2021
117th Congress

Lankford Amendment #1031 to Schumer substitute #891 to H.R. 1319, known as the American Rescue Plan Act

Would add status quo Hyde protections to COVID relief funds. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
03/06/2021
117th Congress

Schumer substitute #891 to H.R. 1319, known as the American Rescue Plan Act

Would significantly expand funding for abortion, insurance that includes abortion, and the abortion industry, both domestic and international, under funds broadly defined as related to COVID-19 relief. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
03/11/2021
117th Congress

Becerra Vote to Report from Committee

This procedural vote to advance the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services was required after the Committee of jurisdiction failed to garner enough votes to report him out of Committee. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
03/17/2021
117th Congress

Vote to Advance Confirmation of Xavier Becerra

To end debate and allow the Senate to proceed to the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
03/18/2021
117th Congress

Final Vote on Confirmation of Xavier Becerra

To end debate and allow the Senate to proceed to the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
05/25/2021
117th Congress

Lee Amendment #1891 to the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021

Would add pro-life protections to ensure funding for ethical research. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
05/26/2021
117th Congress

Braun Amendment #1771 to the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021

Would criminalize the creation of human-animal hybrids (chimeras) in research. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
06/08/2021
117th Congress

H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act

Would add a new definition of “sex” that could force employers to cover elective abortion through employee benefits under the guise of fairness. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
06/22/2021
117th Congress

S.2093/S.1, the For the People Act

Would enact a federal takeover of election laws, overriding state laws and removing safeguards on election transparency SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
08/10/2021
117th Congress

Lankford Amendment #3792 to S. Con. Res. 14, the budget resolution

Would express the sense of the Senate that longstanding Hyde protections should govern federal funding. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
08/11/2021
117th Congress

Kennedy Amendment #3758 to S. Con. Res. 14, the budget resolution

By establishing a deficit-neutral reserve fund, this amendment expresses the position of the Senate that the unborn should be protected from painful late-term abortion. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
08/11/2021
117th Congress

Inhofe Amendment #3331 to S. Con. Res. 14, the budget resolution

By establishing a deficit-neutral reserve fund, this amendment expresses the position of the Senate that unborn children should be protected from abortion based on a Down Syndrome diagnosis. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
08/11/2021
117th Congress

Motion to Discharge S. 1 For the People Act

This procedural vote to advance S. 1 was required after the Committee of jurisdiction failed to garner enough votes to report the bill out of Committee. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
01/19/2022
117th Congress

House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 5746, Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act

Would combine partisan election bills to enact a federal takeover of election laws, overriding state laws and removing safeguards on election transparency. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
01/19/2022
117th Congress

Filibuster Carveout Vote

Would change longstanding Senate rules to allow legislation relating to election law to be exempt from the filibuster 60-vote requirement. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/14/2022
117th Congress

Cloture Vote on Robert Califf Nomination

To end debate and allow the Senate to proceed to the confirmation of Robert Califf as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/15/2022
117th Congress

Confirmation Vote on Califf Nomination

To confirm Robert Califf as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/28/2022
117th Congress

H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021

Better described as the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act, this bill would expand abortion access, prohibit enforcement of state and federal pro-life laws, and prevent future pro-life laws. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
04/05/2022
117th Congress

Motion to proceed on Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States

To allow the Senate to proceed to the consideration of the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
04/07/2022
117th Congress

Cloture Vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States

To end debate and allow the Senate to proceed to the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
04/07/2022
117th Congress

Confirmation Vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States

To confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. Circuit Court as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
04/27/2022
117th Congress

S.J.Res. 41, the disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Biden administration’s 2021 Final Rule on the Title X Family Planning Program

Would overturn the Biden administration’s rule that rescinded the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
05/11/2022
117th Congress

S. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022

Better described as the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act, this bill would expand abortion access, prohibit enforcement of state and federal pro-life laws, and prevent future pro-life laws. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
08/07/2022
117th Congress

H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act

Would extend the expanded Obamacare subsidies, which include coverage of elective abortion. SBA Pro-Life America OPPOSED ROLL CALLREAD MORE

Tracked Activity: Bills Cosponsored & Letters Cosigned

As of 07/29/2021

Date Vote Score
117th Congress

S. 123, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Would criminalize infanticide and clarify the standard of care that must be given to babies born alive after failed abortions. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
117th Congress

S. 78, the Support and Value Expectant Moms and Babies Act

Would prohibit the FDA from approving mail-order do-it-yourself abortions. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
117th Congress

S. 92, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

Would codify the Hyde amendment, ensuring that no federal funds could be used for abortions or to subsidize health plans that include abortion coverage. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
117th Congress

S. 61, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Would protect unborn children from late-term abortion based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
117th Congress

Daines Hyde Amendment Letter to Leader Schumer

Senators who signed the letter pledged to vote against legislation that weakens current pro-life protections including the Hyde Amendment. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSIGNING READ MORE
117th Congress

COSIGNATURE: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Congressional amicus brief

This amicus brief argues that the abortion viability standard imposed by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey is faulty and should be reconsidered. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSIGNING READ MORE

2015-2021

Sen. Steve Daines

Montana (Republican)

SBA List Rating:

A+

Sen. Steve Daines

Montana (Republican)

Summary

Senator Daines has voted consistently to protect the lives of unborn babies and infants as well as the consciences of taxpayers who don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars paying for abortion domestically or internationally. While the pro-abortion majority in the U.S. House of Representatives continually sends the Senate bills that roll back pro-life protections, the Senate has made it their priority to confirm judges and justices who will respect the constitution and leave legislating to the legislative branch.

Senator Daines is the Chair of the first ever Senate Pro-Life Caucus. He led the Senate letter to the President requesting a veto threat for any anti-life legislation as well as a letter to the President encouraging his ongoing efforts to defeat anti-life policies in appropriations. He also co-led a bicameral letter to Office of Personnel Management Acting Director urging enforcement of the Smith Amendment. Senator Daines participated in debate on the Senate floor in favor of S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and S. 3275, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. During negotiations of the CARES Act, Senator Daines worked to ensure that taxpayer dollars would not bail out affiliates of certain abortion providers. He co-led a bicameral letter to direct the Small Business Administration to implement the qualifications that would exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates from receiving forgivable loans through the "Paycheck Protection Program."

Scored Votes

Date Vote Score
01/17/2019
116th Congress

Vote to advance S. 109, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

Would codify the Hyde amendment, ensuring that no federal funds could be used for abortions or to subsidize health plans that include abortion coverage. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/25/2019
116th Congress

Vote to advance S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Would criminalize infanticide and clarify the standard of care that must be given to babies born alive after failed abortions. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/25/2020
116th Congress

Vote to advance S. 3275, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Would protect unborn children halfway through pregnancy based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
02/25/2020
116th Congress

Second vote to advance S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Would criminalize infanticide and clarify the standard of care that must be given to babies born alive after failed abortions. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
10/23/2020
116th Congress

Vote on the Motion to Proceed to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett

To allow the Senate to proceed to the consideration of the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
10/25/2020
116th Congress

Vote to Advance to the Final Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett

To end debate and allow the Senate to proceed to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
10/26/2020
116th Congress

Final Vote on the Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett

To confirm Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE

Important Past Votes

Congress Vote Score
09/22/2015
114th Congress

2015: Vote to Advance H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Would protect unborn children halfway through pregnancy based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
12/03/2015
114th Congress

2015: H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

Would defund certain abortion providers while redirecting approximately $400 million to Community Health Centers. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
03/30/2017
115th Congress

2017: H.J. Res. 43, a Congressional Review Act Nullification of Obama Administration Title X Rule

Would nullify a rule made at the end of Obama’s administration that blocked states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from abortion providers. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
04/07/2017
115th Congress

2017: Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court

To confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
07/25/2017
115th Congress

2017: Vote to Advance H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, allowing consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Would repeal and replace Obamacare and defund certain abortion providers. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
07/28/2017
115th Congress

2017: Vote to Advance Amdt. 667, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, amending H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act

Would repeal and replace Obamacare and defund certain abortion providers. SBA Pro-Life America ROLL CALLREAD MORE
01/29/2018
115th Congress

2018: Vote to Advance S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Would protect unborn children halfway through pregnancy based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
08/23/2018
115th Congress

2018: Paul Amendment #3967 to H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act

Would deny funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE
10/06/2018
115th Congress

2018: Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

To confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED ROLL CALLREAD MORE

Tracked Activity: Bills Cosponsored & Letters Cosigned

Date Vote Score
116th Congress

S. 109, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

Would codify the Hyde amendment, ensuring that no federal funds could be used for abortions or to subsidize health plans that include abortion coverage. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
116th Congress

S. 160, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Would protect unborn children from late-term abortion based on their ability to feel excruciating pain. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
116th Congress

Letter to President Donald J. Trump

Requesting his veto threat for any bill that weakens pro-life policies or laws. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSIGNING READ MORE
116th Congress

S.130/S.311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Would criminalize infanticide and clarify the standard of care that must be given to babies born alive after failed abortions. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
116th Congress

S. 3072, the Support and Value Expectant Moms and Babies Act

Would prohibit the FDA from approving mail-order do-it-yourself abortions. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSPONSORSHIP READ MORE
116th Congress

Bicameral letter regarding chemical abortion restrictions

Encourages FDA Commissioner to uphold restrictions on the dispensing of chemical abortion put in place for the safety of women. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSIGNING READ MORE
116th Congress

Letter opposing funding for fetal tissue research

Encourages the president to stand strong against unethical science that uses aborted fetal tissue, and to instead continue to fund better, ethical alternatives. SBA Pro-Life America SUPPORTED COSIGNING READ MORE