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Daines talks wildfire at firefighters conference in Bozeman

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle Republican Sen. Steve Daines addressed expectations on first responders, wildfire and the Cottonwood decision at the Montana Professional Firefighters Convention in Bozeman Monday. The senator opened his remarks to a room full of firefighters from across the state by describing how Bozeman and Gallatin County have changed over the years. Daines said that the area has grown since he grew up in Bozeman — now there are more than 50,000 people in the city and more than 100,000 in Gallatin County. “The expectations of people that we serve together have changed a lot,” Daines said. Daines

Major US power source facing extinction thanks to red tape, sparking calls for reform

Source: Fox News The nation’s top hydropower trade group and energy developers are raising the alarm on the burdensome regulatory process facing new and existing projects, warning a reliable source of electricity for millions is at risk. Hydropower — which supplies nearly 80,000 megawatts of the nation’s power, or 6.2% of total U.S. utility-scale electricity and 28.7% of total utility scale renewable electricity, according to federal data — remains a key part of the nation’s growing power grid, but stakeholders argue it faces regulatory hurdles far greater than those facing other carbon-free sources of electricity. “Our concern is that, without greater clarity on

OP-ED: I’m a U.S. senator and I want to know why the Air Force base in my state hosted a drag show for minors

Source: Fox News Social “equity” warriors believe America is infected with systemic racism and social inequity and are working relentlessly to impose their radical, woke agenda on every aspect of society, including the military. Their use of the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress to enact their agenda through legislative and regulatory action is having dire consequences that are on full display for the entire country to see.  The administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan cost the lives of 13 of our servicemen and women. The Chinese spy balloon that lingered over Montana’s nuclear missile sites before traversing the rest of the country

Montana Ag Network: Daines talks about Farm Bill in Great Falls

Source: KRTV Great Falls GREAT FALLS — United States Senator Steve Daines offered a roundtable discussion for agriculture industry leaders to express their suggestions and concerns for the upcoming Farm Bill debate. “We’ve got a list of specific policy items that we want to make sure are included in the next Farm Bill. This is going to make the next farm bill much better than the last one,” said Senator Daines. Torgerson’s LLC of Great Falls hosted the roundtable and it was all hands on deck from CEO, Brion Torgerson to gather input that’s sent to Washington D.C.  Here is a

OP-ED: Canary in a coal mine

Over the past two years, Montanans watched the President’s attack on oil, coal and natural gas bring our nation to the brink of an all-out energy emergency. Gas prices rose to more than $5 a gallon and many Montanans are worried about how to heat their homes without breaking the bank. We aren’t the only country grappling with the effects of a leader who is unrealistic about our nation’s domestic energy needs. Over the course of the last decade, Europe tirelessly pursued a green agenda with the goal of being “climate-neutral” with “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2050. The results

Daines rails against Biden’s handling of issues, says he left Chinese balloon briefing with ‘more questions’

Source: Fox News EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is fed up with President Biden “leading from behind,” citing the administration’s handling of the southern border, fentanyl crisis and the Chinese spy balloon as just a few of the reasons he is calling for new leadership in 2024. In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Daines explained where he believes the Biden administration went wrong on major issues that could help him take back the Senate majority next cycle as National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chair. Daines commented on the Department of Defense classified Senate briefing about the Chinese spy balloon and

Daines visits Helena, presents challenge coins to sheriff’s office

Source: Helena Independent Record U.S. Sen. Steve Daines visited the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to thank the law enforcement agency for its efforts combating the surge of methamphetamine and fentanyl that he said is currently ravaging his home state. “It’s not lost on us how much more dangerous your jobs are with the escalation of drugs,” the Montana Republican said during a challenge coin presentation ceremony, flanked by Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton and Undersheriff Brent Colbert in the Law and Justice Center. “The scourge of fentanyl and meth, it’s just edge to edge

Daines bill aims to boost national park gateway communities

Source: Helena Independent Record s outdoor recreation and tourism on public land skyrocket, a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate aims to increase collaboration between national parks and the communities around them. The Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act would mandate that the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture coordinate with so-called gateway communities to national parks and other high-use federal recreation lands to better understand and address the challenges the communities face due to increased tourism and recreation. The bill would also create a pilot program for providing visitors with real-time data on park crowds and alternative recreation sites

Daines blasts Biden on border crisis, Chinese spy balloon in state speech: ‘Empowering our enemies’

Source: Fox News HELENA, MONT. – Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., made the argument for change in Washington, D.C., as he called for new leadership during a joint legislative address in the Montana State Capitol on Monday. While addressing the Chinese spy balloon, being locked in Twitter jail, the southern border crisis and Biden’s State of the Union speech, the Montana senator did not hold back from calling out President Joe Biden and current Senate Democratic leadership. “As we move forward here in Montana with great optimism, Washington, D.C., is headed in the wrong direction,” said Daines, who will lead Senate Republicans into the 2024 cycle