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01.21.21

Montana delegation, governor congratulate Biden

All three members of Montana's Congressional delegation attended President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, and Gov. Greg Gianforte joined them in congratulating the new president on social media. The 46th president took the oath of office on Wednesday before a sparse crowd, following coronavirus safety protocols, and a few National Guard members looking on from the national mall. Kamala Harris took the oath of office for the vice president, making her the first woman and first woman of c… Continue Reading


01.21.21

DAINES VISITS MONTANA GUARD TROOPS PROTECTING CAPITAL

Over 150 Montana National Guard soldiers are in our nation's capital for the presidential inauguration. On Tuesday, Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was able to visit the troops, and thank them for their service protecting the U.S. Capitol. "DAINES: A high honor to meet with our Montana soldiers last night in D.C. From Ryegate, to Polson, to Dillon and Miles City, and all across our great state, these men and women are some of our finest. They will ensure we have a peaceful transfer of power… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Joseph R. Biden sworn in as the 46th US President

On the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, looked out over a sea of American flags filling the National Mall instead of the usual crowds that traditionally flock to presidential inauguration ceremonies. The 2021 inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris looked different from past years, lacking crowds, featuring heightened security and including attendees all sporting personal protective equipment. The president and… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Senate Republicans urge Biden not to scrap pipeline permit

Five Senate Republicans are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to allow construction on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada into the United States to proceed. Their plea was likely too late, with Biden planning to issue an executive order as soon as this afternoon, following his inauguration, that would halt the controversial project. Still, the lawmakers' letter, sent yesterday, put down an important marker as the GOP seeks to assert itself on energy policy in a narrowly divided government… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Biden signs sweeping climate orders rejoining Paris accord, canceling Keystone XL

Even climate guru Al Gore was impressed with how President Biden wasted no time Wednesday in delivering sweeping executive orders on global warming. pOn his first day in office, Mr. Biden signed orders to rejoin the Paris climate agreement; revoke the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline permit; direct agencies to consider tightening greenhouse gas emissions standards on vehicles and appliances; and reestablish the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases, which former Pres… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Sen. Steve Daines at Biden inauguration

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01.20.21

Daines set on saving Keystone XL Pipeline

On Jan. 19, Sen. Steve Daines wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to support the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Daines states that the project will provide 11,000 direct high-paying jobs and 60,000 indirect jobs, generate tax revenue, increase renewable-energy demand, reduce emissions and strengthen North American energy independence. He says the completion of the pipeline is critical to rural, energy producing states like Montana.… Continue Reading


01.20.21

USFWS to end harmful regulations

News from Senator Daines U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their proposed rule to strike down a burdensome requirement resulting from the Cottonwood decision that yields no conservation benefit and has delayed forest projects while killing Montana timber jobs. The change comes as a result of Daines' work and efforts. "This is a great step in reducing unnecessary red tape that has tied the hands of our land managers and diverted resou… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Daines: New law prevents health insurance price-rigging

Health insurers no longer will be immune from federal antitrust laws that prohibit collusion and price-rigging under a bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who backed the legislation, known as the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act. It removes a 75-year-old exemption for health insurance carriers in federal antitrust laws that apply to nearly all other sectors of the economy. Supporters say … Continue Reading


01.20.21

Congressional delegation weighs in on inauguration, moving forward

MISSOULA, Mont. - All three members of Montana's Congressional delegation attended the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, and Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation's first woman and first person of color elected to that position. "You know, as Joe (Biden) said -- don't tell me things can't change, because things have changed. And hopefully this is the first of many women that will be in the executive branch, whether it's vice president or president,… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Second round of Paycheck Protection Program funds now available

News from the office of Senator Daines U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that beginning this week, Montana small businesses heavily impacted by the pandemic are able to apply for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans. "This PPP funding is critical for Montana small businesses who have been hit hard due to the pandemic," Daines said. "This funding will help keep Montana small businesses open and their workers employed. I'm glad I was able to help secure it.… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Republicans call for Senate review before U.S. re-enters Paris climate deal

(Reuters) - A group of Republican senators on Wednesday called on newly sworn-in President Joe Biden to submit his plan to re-engage the United States in the Paris climate agreement to lawmakers for "review and consideration," moments after Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the accord. Biden's announcement that he would seek to return the United States to the agreement was the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warmin… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement, the international accord designed to avert catastrophic global warming, and ordered federal agencies to start reviewing and reinstating more than 100 environmental regulations that were weakened or rolled back by former President Donald J. Trump. The moves represent a first step in healing one of the deepest rifts between the United States and the rest of the world after Mr. Trump defiantly … Continue Reading


01.20.21

North Dakota, Montana reaction to Keystone cancellation

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte urged Biden to reconsider. "A symbolic gesture for your fledgling, hours-old administration, this decision has real and devastating consequences in Montana," he said. "With your executive order, gone are the thousands of good-paying American jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to support our local communities and schools, the opportunity to advance America's green energy infrastructure, and America's energy security." Gianforte added that the decisi… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Sen. Daines tweets: "Biden has already started his attack on American energy projects"

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines took to Twitter Wednesday, speaking out on President Joe Biden's actions on day one. Sen. Daines tweeted this thread: On day one, @JoeBiden has already started his attack on American energy projects. - Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 20, 2021 First, his disastrous Paris Climate Agreement action. Now his decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline which will jeopardize American energy security & destroy American JOBS. We must do everything we can … Continue Reading


01.20.21

Western Senators Demand Biden Reverse Course On Keystone Pipeline

A delegation of Republican western senators are warning Joe Biden against his decision to axe the Trump administration's permit for the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office Wednesday. The pipeline, currently running oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to Illinois and Texas, has consistently been a hot political issue since it was proposed more than a decade ago. Its construction was initially blocked by the Obama-Biden White House. Biden, according to CNN, now appears poised to re… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Montana delegates react to possible canceling of Keystone XL pipeline

MISSOULA, Mont. - President-elect Joe Biden may be planning to put an end to the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office through an executive order. The proposed pipeline, which would run through eastern Montana, has been met with several obstacles despite support from the Trump administration. Senator Steve Daines is speaking out against any decision to put an end to the pipeline saying it would be detrimental to Montana's job growth. In a statement Monday, Daines said he urges Biden… Continue Reading


01.19.21

An era of public lands cuts, capped by outdoors act

During the battle for the Republican nomination in 2016, President Trump aimed to sway Western voters by praising the nation's "beautiful" sprawling federal estate, while criticizing its lands managers as "draconian." Following his election that same year, Trump vowed to honor the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt in part by protecting public lands for hunters, anglers and other recreational users (E&E Daily, Dec. 7, 2016). As he prepares to exit the White House tomorrow, observers su… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Yellen Offers Support for Retirement Security Reforms

President-elect Biden's Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen appeared before the Senate Finance Committee Feb. 19, fielding questions on the economy, taxes and debt, as well as her views on various retirement security issues. Yellen is widely expected to be confirmed by the Senate, perhaps as soon as this week, so the hearing was, in large part, more of a formality, but the former Federal Reserve chair and Treasury nominee did share some important insights. Under questioning by Sen. Ben… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Health And Dental Insurers Subject To Federal Antitrust Laws

Brief Background The new law amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which has long exempted insurers from federal antitrust laws. The McCarran-Ferguson Act was passed in response to a Supreme Court decision in 1944 known as United States v. South-Eastern Underwriters Association. In that case, the Court held that the business of insurance, when conducted across state lines, was interstate commerce and could thus be regulated under the Commerce Clause. As a result, the federal Sherman Act, an… Continue Reading

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