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12.17.20

Upstart Moderna takes on outsized role in U.S. vaccine effort

The nation's second coronavirus vaccine, produced by Moderna, could be on its way to thousands of sites nationwide by this weekend - a major accomplishment for a company that has never before brought a product to market. An independent Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday endorsed the shot for adults 18 and over, and the agency said later that day that it planned to authorize the shot. But while the maker of the first authorized shot, Pfizer, is a global pharmaceutical g… Continue Reading


12.17.20

Upstart Moderna takes on outsized role in U.S. vaccine effort

The nation's second coronavirus vaccine, produced by Moderna, could be on its way to thousands of sites nationwide by this weekend - a major accomplishment for a company that has never before brought a product to market. An independent Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday endorsed the shot for adults 18 and over, and the agency said later that day that it planned to authorize the shot. But while the maker of the first authorized shot, Pfizer, is a global pharmaceutical g… Continue Reading


12.17.20

Sen. Daines, who helped secure $10B in vaccine funding, calls Moderna approval 'early Christmas present'

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel's endorsement of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine on Thursday had special significance for Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Daines, a chemical engineer with experience launching FDA-regulated products, championed an effort in March for $10 billion in federal funding to accelerate the development and manufacturing of the coronavirus vaccines. The funding jumpstarted Operation Warp Speed, the unprecedented effort to develop and distribute vaccines at a record pace… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Daines, Tester, Gianforte celebrate senate passage of Travis Atkins Bill

MONTANA - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte celebrated the U.S. Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation to rename the VA clinic in Bozeman after fallen Montana war hero Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins. "Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins' bravery and service to our nation is a true inspiration for Montanans and Americans nationwide," Daines said. "I'm happy to see my colleagues in the U.S. Senate support this important bill recognizing Atkins' bravery by ren… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Coronavirus relief deal at $900B is at hand, Daines says

Congressional leaders have agreed to provide about $900 billion in COVID-19 aid in a tentative deal that could end months of stalemate, a GOP senator confirmed Wednesday morning. The emerging pact, reached in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, would funnel about $300 billion in relief to small businesses, provide more money for vaccine distribution and health care workers, and offer a new round of tax rebate checks to households, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said on CNBC. "I'm cautiously optim… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Coronavirus relief deal at $900B is at hand, Daines says

Congressional leaders have agreed to provide about $900 billion in COVID-19 aid in a tentative deal that could end months of stalemate, a GOP senator confirmed Wednesday morning. The emerging pact, reached in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, would funnel about $300 billion in relief to small businesses, provide more money for vaccine distribution and health care workers, and offer a new round of tax rebate checks to households, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said on CNBC. "I'm cautiously optim… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Plains gets grant for new wastewater plant

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Friday that following his direct request, Plains, Montana will receive a $5.1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant will help complete a major infrastructure project for the community by relocating the city's wastewater treatment plant, which is currently at risk of a catastrophic failure due to its vicinity to the Clark Fork River. "This grant is a critical investment for the Plains community as they work to improve their san… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Both MT Senators Continue Work on Bills For Rural Montana

Senator Jon Tester (D) introduced a bill last month with Senator Deb Fischer, Neb., that seeks to improve safety at rural train crossings. As of right now, railroad crossing arms are only installed at locations where a road is wide enough for two vehicles. A second bill to address the dangers of parked trains on highway-railroad crossings was also introduced by the same two senators. Valley County has reported two cases of vehicle-train collisions this year at rural crossings. The first occurre… Continue Reading


12.16.20

Covid: Fauci says U.S. could return to normal by mid-fall if most people are vaccinated

After months of political sniping, Congress has finally come within reach of a deal to send more help to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. The top four leaders on Capitol Hill have come close to a $900 billion pandemic aid agreement, CNBC and NBC News confirmed. The lawmakers will put aside liability protections for businesses and state and local government relief, the two biggest hurdles to reaching a deal in recent months. The developing rescue package would include a direct payment… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Bozeman receives its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Six Bozeman Health employees lined up in the emergency room on Monday afternoon to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. They were among the first Montanans to receive the vaccine, which arrived in the state Monday morning. Dr. Andrew Sullivan, a pulmonary and critical care physician, was the first in line. The vaccination took less than a minute and was met with applause from Bozeman Health staff. "I'm thrilled it's here," Sullivan said after the vaccination. "Honestly, I'm more excited for other peop… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Bozeman receives its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Six Bozeman Health employees lined up in the emergency room on Monday afternoon to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. They were among the first Montanans to receive the vaccine, which arrived in the state Monday morning. Dr. Andrew Sullivan, a pulmonary and critical care physician, was the first in line. The vaccination took less than a minute and was met with applause from Bozeman Health staff. "I'm thrilled it's here," Sullivan said after the vaccination. "Honestly, I'm more excited for other peop… Continue Reading


12.14.20

First COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Montana, several Great Falls providers awaiting shipments

Due to a system upgrade over the weekend with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday. But that doesn't mean there weren't any new cases and daily totals impacted by the system upgrade will be reported in the following days according to DPHHS. "The upgrade required the system to be shut down all day, so no cases could be reported to the state for today's update," wrote DPHHS on its website. "Cases will be added in the coming … Continue Reading


12.11.20

Senate sends National Defense Authorization Act benefiting Malmstrom to President's desk

The U.S. Senate on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which would support Montana's military installations, service members, veterans and military families. The bipartisan bill, supported by Montana's U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, awaits President Donald Trump's signature. The annual defense bill includes provisions, such as a 3% pay raise to all service members, hazard pay and 180 days of medical care for National Guard and Reserve service mem… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Montana prepares for initial COVID-19 vaccinations

The first doses could arrive as early as next Tuesday, and will be prioritized for health care workers and assisted living facilities. When 9,750 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Montana as early as next Tuesday, the delivery will mark the beginning of a complex distribution plan organized by public health officials, hospital administrations and commercial pharmacies. The goal of the initial round of distribution, state officials say, is to get the vaccine to as many frontline he… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Daines’ Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act signed into law

President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a bipartisan bill that included legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) that will make it easier for U.S. military veterans to use the outdoors as part of their medical treatment and therapy. "The outdoors is critical to our Montana way of life and can help Montana veterans who are recovering from trauma and injuries they experienced in combat," Sen. Daines said. "That's why I'm glad my bipartisan bill promoting recovery and tre… Continue Reading


12.11.20

‘Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act’ Passed Into Law

As part of the recently passed Veterans COMPACT Act, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act makes therapy via outdoor recreation more readily available to military veterans. A broad legislative effort to better serve military veterans was recently signed into law by the president. And within that legislation is a concerted plan to better veterans' access to therapeutic outdoor programs. The Veterans COMPACT Act creates new channels of communication between veterans and the VA, impleme… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Bill to promote outdoor therapies for veterans signed into law

A bill to promote the use of public lands and other outdoor spaces for medical treatment and therapy for veterans has been signed into law, opening the door to improved physical health and mental well-being for veterans who lacked access to outdoor recreation in the past. The "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act" was co-introduced into Congress by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nevada, in May, 2019, and signed by President Trump on Dec. 5. It mandates th… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Bozeman's VA Clinic to be renamed after fallen Montana soldier

BOZEMAN - Bozeman's VA Clinic is well on its way to being renamed after Medal of Honor recipient, staff sergeant Travis Atkins. On Thursday, in a unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to rename the clinic after Atkins who was killed on the battlefield in Iraq after he tackled and fell on a suicide bomber to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. Atkins was born and raised in Montana and served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded the Medal of Honor after his death in a White House … Continue Reading


12.09.20

Bill to help veterans access the outdoors signed into law

Note: This story was corrected to change the date the bill was signed. A U.S. Senate bill signed into law Saturday stands to bring Montana's veterans and the outdoors closer together. Introduced by Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, the bipartisan bill promotes outdoor veteran recovery programs and expands outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands. The bill passed as part of the Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020. The other… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Daines Praised by President Trump – Talks about COVID Vaccines

Recently re-elected Senator Steve Daines was on the Montana Morning News show on Wednesday to speak about several issues, primarily regarding the COVID 19 vaccines headed to Montana next week. Daines was at the Operation Warp Speed COVID response press conference at the White House on Tuesday, and was congratulated by President Trump for his November re-election. "I was at the White House, in fact I was just one of two senators invited to President Trump's vaccine summit," said Daines. "It's w… Continue Reading

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