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Montana breweries and distilleries get tax relief from Congressional spending package

HELENA - Now that President Donald Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding package, Montana breweries and distilleries will receive some much-needed tax relief. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was incorporated into the year-end legislative package. It makes a reduced tax rate on small brewers and distillers permanent, after it was initially approved for two years, then extended for one more. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines both co-spon… Continue Reading


NSSF Profile Q & A: Republican Montana State Senator Steve Daines

Who introduced you to hunting/shooting sports and at what age? As a fifth-generation Montanan, hunting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started off shooting gophers in Montana when I was eight years old, with a Winchester .22. Describe your most recent hunting/shooting sports activity? With whom? Killed a nice buck antelope in October with my 6.5 PRC with 143g Hornady ELDX. Then helped my wife kill a very nice muley with the same gun, a month later. Describe your f… Continue Reading


Trump signs coronavirus relief bill

President Donald Trump signed the bill that provides $900 billion in relief funds late Sunday night, saying that he will send a redlined version back to Congress with a formal rescission request to remove wasteful spending from the bill. "I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child," Trump said, adding, "I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistanc… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Bipartisan Bill Settling Century Long Montana Water Dispute Signed Into Law

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester celebrated their bipartisan bill, the "Montana Water Rights Protection Act," being signed into law by President Trump. The bill permanently settles the century long CSKT water dispute, supports Montana jobs, modernizes rural infrastructure and protects the water rights of all Montanans. "After years of a lot of effort, our bipartisan bill that settles the century long CSKT water dispute is now law," Daines said. "This is a huge win for al… Continue Reading


Gazette opinion: Daines deserves much credit for speedy delivery of vaccines

As the two approved COVID-19 vaccines roll out, their incredibly quick of development and production give us great hope the 2021 will bring the state, the country and the world some relief. It can't come soon enough. One in one thousand Americans - at a minimum - have died of the virus in the past nine months, including more than 900 Montanans. Even as we navigate the bitter politics and division that led up to, and followed, last month's election, one utterly apolitical thing must be pointed … Continue Reading


Water compact squeezes into congressional spending package

A century-long debate over water rights in the state is nearing an end, providing certainty for farmers and ranchers in southwest Montana. The Montana Water Rights Protection Act passed the U.S. Congress this week as part of a major coronavirus relief and year-end appropriations package. It next needs President Donald Trump's signature, which isn't yet certain because he objected Tuesday to some of the package. It may have to return to Congress for revisions and another vote. Once the act bec… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester push FCC to prioritize Telehealth funding for Montana

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester signed a bipartisan letter Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding in Montana and other rural states. According to an email from Sen. Daines' office, Montana was one of three states that did not receive financial assistance for the program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is the letter signed by Sen. Daines and Sen. Tester:… Continue Reading


New law promotes veteran recovery programs

A bill championed by U.S. Senator Steve Daines which will promote outdoor veteran recovery programs and expands outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands was recently signed into law. According to a press release from Daines' off, the bipartisan "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act" will help create treatment and therapy opportunities for veterans on public lands and outdoor spaces. "The outdoors is critical to our Montana way of life and can help Montana veterans… Continue Reading


Pharmaceutical company plans to build vaccine facility in Hamilton

Hamilton will be the site of a new vaccine production facility. Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Company announced Wednesday that it had purchased about 44 acres of land that was once part of the original Bitter Root Stock Farm from Ilona Bessenyey and her husband, Peter Van Tuyn. The property is located on the eastern edge of Hamilton. The site is intended to become the home of a vaccine production facility and is expected to create a number of professional and support jobs. The site is large en… Continue Reading


Tonix Pharmaceuticals buys 44 acres in Hamilton, plans vaccine production facility

HAMILTON - Saying that humans will have to coexist with variations of COVID-19, a pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey plans to open a new production facility in Hamilton for the development of domestic vaccines, including those aimed at coronavirus. The company, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (TNXP), closed on 44 acres of land off Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton, where it plans to break ground on the new facility in late 2021. The deal was brokered by Sterling Commercial Real Es… Continue Reading


Omnibus includes historic water rights settlement

A Montana tribe is having a "once in a lifetime moment" after a water compact with the federal government passed Monday night, tucked inside the massive spending and pandemic aid package. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana (CSKT) compact, amounting to $1.9 billion, is the largest tribal water rights settlement in history by total federal cost. The year-end package also advanced other tribal water rights settlements, including for the Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, Tesuq… Continue Reading


Congress passes historic CSKT water compact with massive spending bill

Tucked in the mammoth spending bill that Congress passed Monday night is a historic pact that will resolve thousands of water-rights claims by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, provide nearly $2 billion for a major irrigation project and return the 19,000-acre National Bison Range to tribal ownership, more than a century after the federal government illegally carved it from the middle of the Flathead Indian Reservation. The passage of the compact, which moved through Congress as the … Continue Reading


CSKT Chairwoman pays tribute to "the many" who helped craft water settlement

PABLO - The chairwoman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) is acknowledging the many people who helped craft the settlement over water rights in the Flathead Basin. She's expressing enthusiasm about what the agreement means for water users, wildlife and fish habitat and the thousands of jobs that will be created in the years to come. On Tuesday, Congress approved the Montana Water Rights Protection Act, a bipartisan effort to resolve the decades-long dispute over the water ri… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester bipartisan bill settling century long water dispute heads to Trump's Desk

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today celebrated Senate passage of their bipartisan bill, the "Montana Water Rights Protection Act." The bill will permanently settle the century long CSKT water dispute, support Montana jobs, modernize rural infrastructure and protect the water rights of all Montanans. "After years of hard work, the U.S. Senate just passed our bipartisan bill that permanently resolves the century long CSKT water dispute, and will soon become law. Without our bill, … Continue Reading


Daines: COVID-19 vaccine 'early Christmas present' for Americans

The first boxes of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine will arrive in states on Monday, boosting the initial supply of pandemic-fighting shots by 6 million in the coming week after health care workers, Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress received the first wave of Pfizer doses. No one's happier about it than Sen. Steve Daines. Back in March, as the coronavirus hit and Congress scrambled to cut checks to struggling Americans, the Montana Republican was looking months down the road. What… Continue Reading


Daines statement on first COVID-19 vaccine delivery to Montana

U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement following the first delivery of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to Montana: "The first COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to Montana and administered in the U.S. This day would not have been possible without American innovation, Operation Warp Speed, and the dedication from top scientists and the Trump administration," Daines said. "I'm proud to have secured the initial $10 billion that helped make this modern medical miracle possible, and I will… Continue Reading


US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, 2nd shot in arsenal

The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day. Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The move marks the world's first authorization for Moderna's shots. The vaccine is very similar to one from Pfizer Inc. a… Continue Reading


'Early Christmas present': FDA clears Moderna vaccine, 6M doses on way

The Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on Friday, clearing the way for an immediate shipment of 6 million doses on top of the Pfizer vaccine that's already in use. No one's happier about it than Sen. Steve Daines. Back in March, as the coronavirus hit and Congress scrambled to cut checks to struggling Americans, the Montana Republican was looking months down the road. What if the virus didn't go away as it got warmer, and the only way out was … Continue Reading


Sen. Daines Encourages Montanans To Get COVID Vaccine

Republican Sen. Steve Daines is encouraging Montanans to get a COVID-19 vaccine when doses become available. This follows federal emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for persons aged 16 years and older. Ten Montana hospitals received their first shipments of the vaccine this week. Corin Cates-Carney Senator, why did you enroll in Pfizer's covid-19 vaccine trial? Steve Daines Well, I found out about it from my mom. My parents are in Bozeman. My mom's 78, my dad's 81. And … Continue Reading


Initial shipments of the Pfizer vaccine began Monday, bodes well for combatting COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccine road show began in earnest Monday with the mass shipments of the Pfizer vaccine to all points on the compass in the United States and its territories. However, the initial shipments are aimed at the frontline healthcare personnel. It will be a long wait in line before the general public at large is vaccinated - current estimates are in late June or early July. The CSKT Tribal Health Department expects to receive the Pfizer or the presently being reviewed by the Food and Dru… Continue Reading

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