Late last week, Senator Steve Daines slammed Senate Democrats for blocking the 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, which funds critical infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation – including Montana rural water projects.

“Despite the vast majority of Democrats supporting this bill during an Appropriations Committee vote this summer, once again Democrats have chosen to block legislation that protects Montanans’ interests and strengthens our national security through increased energy and water security,” Daines stated. “This legislation works to enhance our energy efficiency while funding important projects that modernize our nation’s energy and water infrastructure. It’s disheartening that Senate Democrats continue to put partisan politics ahead of commonsense legislation that works for the American people.”

The 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill overwhelmingly passed out the Appropriations Committee on May 21, 2015 on a bipartisan vote of 26-4.