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10.22.20

Tester, Daines denounce Amtrak service cuts

U.S. senators on Wednesday questioned the chief of Amtrak about job cuts and service reductions on the carrier's long-distance passenger train routes, including the Empire Builder line that serves a dozen mostly rural communities in northern Montana. William Flynn, who became Amtrak's president and CEO in April, testified that ridership remains down about 80% due to the coronavirus pandemic. That, he said, forced Amtrak to reduce service on most of its long-distance trains to just three days a … Continue Reading


10.22.20

Daines praises committee confirmation of Barrett; Tester still undecided

With Democrats in boycott, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimous confirmed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday, moving the high court one step closer to a 6-3 conservative majority. Sen. Steve Daines, who has expressed support for Barrett's confirmation, praised the 12-0 committee vote. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one step closer to becoming Justice Amy Coney Barrett," Daines said in a statement after the vote. "Judge Barrett has a brilliant legal mind and she… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Fox goes after Google, Daines seeks investigation into Twitter, Facebook

Attorney General Tim Fox on Tuesday joined Montana to a lawsuit with 10 other states and the Department of Justice accusing Google of using its dominance over online search engines to quash innovation and competition. In a separate move, Sen. Steve Daines on Tuesday also urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate a handful of social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, accused of limiting or removing political content harmful to Republicans and favorable to Democrats. The … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Sen. Daines to introduce Senate resolution condemning increasing number of Supreme Court Justices

HELENA- Senator Steve Daines says he is going to introduce a Senate resolution condemning increasing the number of Supreme Court Justices on the bench, which is also known as court packing. "Packing the Supreme Court is a power grab by the Democrats and an attack on our Montana way of life, from protecting the Second Amendment to Montana energy jobs," Daines said. "This goes against a 150 year precedent and would make the Court an extension of the legislative branch, which is what our Founding … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Amtrak urged to not reduce Empire Builder service in Treasure State

A business leader from the Hi-Line joined Montana's two senators on Wednesday in urging a top Amtrak official to reconsider temporary reductions made to daily rail service in the Treasure State, saying it is a critical lifeline for rural residents. And they got some help from a "neighbor," a senator from Washington who argued that daily train service is a big benefit to help people enjoy Montana's Glacier National Park. Amtrak's Empire Builder makes its way through Montana.But Amtrak President… Continue Reading


10.19.20

Senator Steve Daines urges FEMA assessment of Montana COVID-19 situation

MONTANA- U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging FEMA to immediately assess the COVID-19 situation in Montana, and is asking for additional federal assistance to help the state get through the affects of the pandemic. "Montana is currently experiencing a regional surge of COVID-19 cases," Daines wrote in a letter to FEMA on Thursday, "Nationally, we have the third highest rate of new cases and the second highest rate of test positivity." "Last week, an average of 84% of hospitals in Montana report… Continue Reading


10.18.20

Montana ridge named in honor of airmen who died in 1962 B-47 crash

BOZEMAN, Mont. - An area of Montana countryside where four Air Force pilots crashed and died in 1962 was named in honor of the fallen service members. President Donald Trump signed the B-47 Designation Act Tuesday naming the area east of Paradise Valley the "B-47 Ridge," the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday. The legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, who died during a training mission. This June 2016 file photo shows wreck… Continue Reading


10.17.20

Sen. Daines expresses support for Amy Coney Barrett in Kalispell

An exceedingly rare bit of political timing has lined up a trifecta of a Montana U.S. Senate election, a U.S. Presidential election and a Supreme Court Justice nomination all at the same time this fall. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, met with a group of women business leaders in Kalispell on Thursday to talk about the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Daines was eager to show his support for Barrett as he is up for reelection and is being challenged by Mont… Continue Reading


10.16.20

U.S. Senator Steve Daines discusses grizzly bear management

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife members and constituents Friday to discuss grizzly bear management across the state. Daines is fighting to delist, or remove, federal grizzly bear protections in the greater Yellowstone region. He argues the grizzly bear population has fully recovered and the conservation of the species should be returned to the state. "As we await final delisting, we must do all that we can to ensure public safety, to stop the risk… Continue Reading


10.16.20

President signs into law Daines’ bill to designate B-47 Ridge in Montana

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) commended the president for signing into law his bipartisan, bicameral bill to name a ridge near Montana's Emigrant Peak the B-47 Ridge, honoring four U.S. servicemen who died there in a B-47 Bomber crash almost 60 years ago. "I want to thank President Trump for signing this historic bill into law," Sen. Daines said on Oct. 13. "I look forward to visiting the B-47 Ridge in the future to remember the men we lost that day." On July 23, 1962, a B-47 Bomber originatin… Continue Reading


10.16.20

Daines calls on HHS to provide PPE, medical equipment to Montana ASAP

U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec to ensure Montana has the medical supplies and medicines needed as the state is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. "I write to you to encourage the expeditious review of Montana's requests for supplies and medicines from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to ensure our healthcare system, first responders, and care… Continue Reading


10.16.20

Daines calls on HHS to provide PPE, medical equipment to Montana ASAP

U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec to ensure Montana has the medical supplies and medicines needed as the state is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. "I write to you to encourage the expeditious review of Montana's requests for supplies and medicines from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to ensure our health care system, first responders, and car… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Montana Ridge Named in Honor of Airmen Who Died in Crash

BOZEMAN - An area of Montana countryside where four Air Force pilots crashed and died in 1962 was named in honor of the fallen service members. President Donald Trump signed the B-47 Designation Act Tuesday naming the area east of Paradise Valley the "B-47 Ridge," the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday. The legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, who died during a training mission. The crew flew a B-47 bomber from an air base… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Daines holds meeting on Barrett confirmation

U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a meeting with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and other local leaders Thursday, discussing the importance of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Daines spoke about his own meeting with Judge Barrett on October 1st, and how they discussed the importance of several issues, including the Second Amendment and Montana jobs. Local leaders, including female business owners, stressed the importance of Judge Barrett's commitment to the Constitution. … Continue Reading


10.15.20

USDA announces outdoor research on brucellosis

Brucellosis research will expand to outdoor settings in the greater Yellowstone area, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. USDA under secretary Greg Ibach announced the new research projects in front of stacks of hay at a ranch north of Belgrade. Ibach said the new testing guidelines will help the effort to eliminate brucellosis from the United States. "This policy change will allow us to manage it and provide oversight in the research projects and be able to start … Continue Reading


10.15.20

Daines, Fox to hold roundtable about Coney Barrett nomination to SCOTUS

MISSOULA, Mont. - U.S. Senator Steve Daines will be hosting a roundtable Thursday with Attorney General Fox to discuss the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court with Montana women civic and business leaders. The event will take place at a Kalispell law firm at 2:30 p.m.… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Completion of Milk River Project celebrated

GLACIER COUNTY - With the sun shining on the Milk River, a ribbon was cut Thursday to mark the official completion of the Milk River Project. "This is a huge celebration for everyone," said Jennifer Patrick, the Milk River Joint Board of Control program manager. The project, which cost about $8 million dollars, rebuilt the fifth drop in a canal that carries water from the St. Mary River into the Milk River. The drop collapsed in May, leaving the more than 100,000 people who rely on the river f… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Sen. Daines shows up for Sidney farmers

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines met with a group of Sidney farmers and ranchers, irrigation district experts, county officials and supporters near the banks of the Yellowstone River on October 14. Sen. Daines, popular among Richland County Republicans, is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate against Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat whose presence was felt at the Yellowstone River event. Everyone was wearing facemasks as a precaution against COVID-19, and the temperature was frigid as a Pacific Nort… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Completion of Milk River Project celebrated

GLACIER COUNTY - With the sun shining on the Milk River, a ribbon was cut Thursday to mark the official completion of the Milk River Project. "This is a huge celebration for everyone," said Jennifer Patrick, the Milk River Joint Board of Control program manager. The project, which cost about $8 million dollars, rebuilt the fifth drop in a canal that carries water from the St. Mary River into the Milk River. The drop collapsed in May, leaving the more than 100,000 people who rely on the river f… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Daines holds meeting on Barrett confirmation

U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a meeting with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and other local leaders Thursday, discussing the importance of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Daines spoke about his own meeting with Judge Barrett on October 1st, and how they discussed the importance of several issues, including the Second Amendment and Montana jobs. Local leaders, including female business owners, stressed the importance of Judge Barrett's commitment to the Constitution. … Continue Reading

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