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12.31.17

US News & World Report: State Officials Seek Investigation of Food-Inspection Agency

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Montana's congressional delegation wants an independent investigation of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Montana Standard reports Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte outlined their concerns about what they termed "alleged misconduct" within the agency in a jointly signed letter to the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture. The delegation is seeking an investigation of the way the agency has treated Montana … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Capital Press: Senators call to renew voluntary access program in 2018 Farm Bill

Two U.S. senators are proposing to reauthorize a grant program in the 2018 Farm Bill that compensates landowners who open their property to public access. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced legislation Monday to renew the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, which was met with cheers from sportsmen's groups. Steve Kline, director of government relations for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Washington, D.C., said the VPA-HIP … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Seattle Times: Senate advances bills to preserve Montana creek, rename peak

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved measures to protect a creek that flows through south-central Montana and to rename a peak in the southwestern portion of the state. The bills approved Wednesday had backing from Montana's two U.S. senators - Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines. The East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would designate a 20-mile stretch of East Rosebud Creek as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The designation preserves rivers a… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Washington Post: How Republicans pulled off the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years

In the days leading up to a critical Senate vote this month on the GOP tax plan, Republican Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) met secretly with Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) in the moderate Democrat's hideaway office in the basement of the Capitol. Manchin told Portman that he would consider joining the tax effort, if only a few changes were made. Chief among them: Instead of cutting the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, a top Republican goal, reduce it to 25 percent - and use the proceeds for bigger m… Continue Reading


12.19.17

KMMS: Montana Student Gets Appointed To The U.S. Naval Academy

Senator Steve Daines has called Montana high school student Gabriel Jourdonnais to congratulate him on his offer to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He also received nominations to the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. Jourdonnais is currently a student at Big Sky High School. "Jourdonnais possesses the highest ideals of Montana's character and work ethic. I know he has great potential as a leader in our nation's military," Daines said. "I look forward to continuing to watch… Continue Reading


12.18.17

Missoulian: Updated: Direct flights to Dallas, Chicago coming to Missoula

American Airlines will begin daily direct flights to Dallas and seasonal direct daily flights to Chicago from Missoula in June, the Missoula International Airport announced Monday. Both flights will begin June 7, with customers already able to book tickets, airport director Cris Jensen said. The Chicago flight will run through Aug. 20. "I think in terms of air services it's a big step for the community," Jensen said. James Grunke, chief executive officer of the Missoula Economic P… Continue Reading


12.16.17

Sidney Herald: Daines urges protections against terrorist threats

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., this week questioned General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for President George W. Bush, about threats to Montana's farmers and ranchers and U.S. agriculture infrastructure and food supply. Background:• Research from Rocky Mountain Research Lab, the state of the art biomedical research facility in Hamilton, Montana, has helped the country fight zoonotic diseases and has conducted substantial research into developing an Ebo… Continue Reading


12.14.17

Fox Montana: Senator Daines questions General on agriculture terrorism

Today U.S. Senator Steve Daines questioned general Richard Myer, the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for President George W. Bush about possible threats to Montana farmers, and the infrastructure of our food supply. The senator explained how many midwestern states economies rely heavily on the agriculture industry. For Montana it's the biggest economic power, bringing in 4.2 billion dollars a year. Daines asked how the United States would fend off man-made attacks on our agricult… Continue Reading


12.13.17

CharKoosta News: Daines bill to help tribal victims passes out of committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored, the Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "I am committed to ensuring that tribal members' public safety needs are met," said Daines. "The SURVIVE Act will provide victims with greater access to the resources and support they need to heal." The SURVIVE Act will increase needed tri… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: We must protect the public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action afterward. The Forest Service completed the study and determined that several of the study areas in Montana were not suitable for wilderness in its final plan. Thirty-five years later - we're still waiting for D.C. to get its job done and release the study ar… Continue Reading


12.11.17

KMMS: EPA Adds Montana For Targeted Superfund Sites

Senator Steve Daines just made the statement that the Environmental Protection Agency include both Montana's Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area and Anaconda Co. Smelter Superfund sites that need immediate and intense attention. The administrator Scott Pruitt is targeting places in the United States for his list of places that should be represented. This comes in response to a letter Senator Daines sent to Pruitt urging the agency to not forget Montana "By including the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area and … Continue Reading


12.11.17

Ripon Advance: Daines bill opens up public lands 40 years after feds’ recommendation

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines on Thursday introduced legislation to protect citizens' public land access and use in Montana following requests from the Montana State Legislature and local communities. The Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act would release 449,500 acres of the total more than 1 million acres in Montana's Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), as the U.S. Forest Service has recommended. The land would be available for boosting Montana's $6 billion outdoor economy and its agriculture economy, a… Continue Reading


12.09.17

Great Falls Tribune: Protecting public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action afterward. The Forest Service completed the study and determined that several of the study areas in Montana were not suitable for wilderness in its final plan. Thirty-five years later - we're still waiting for D.C. to get its job done and release the study areas.… Continue Reading


12.08.17

Missoulian: Daines bill would release wilderness study areas for other uses

Five wilderness study areas left in legislative limbo for 35 years would be released to multiple use planning under a proposed bill by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana. The 449,500 acres of wild country include the Blue Joint and Sapphire WSAs south and east of Hamilton, the Big Snowies WSA near Lewistown, the Middle Fork Judith WSA south of Stanford and the West Pioneer WSA east of Wisdom. "These lands were to be studied for five years and the findings reported to the president," Daines said in a… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Military Technologies: NASF Presents Senator Steve Daines with Bernard L. Orell Award

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) today presented Senator Steve Daines of Montana with the 2017 Bernard L. Orell Award. The award is presented periodically to a member of Congress who has made a significant contribution to state and private forestry. More than 60 percent of forests in the United States are private and state owned forests and nearly 90 percent of the nation's wood supply comes from these forestlands. Senator Daines has been a champion of active forest managem… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Great Falls Tribune: Daines submits legislation to remove 449,500 acres from Montana's Wilderness Study Areas

Public lands and protections remain a hot topic in Washington D.C. Thursday as Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced legislation to remove 449,500 acres in Montana's Wilderness Study Areas. Daines describes the "Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act" as an effort to follow bottom-up requests from the state legislature and local communities. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and an avid outdoorsman, I know how important public use of our public lands is to Montanans," Daines said in a stateme… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman boy lights U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

As night fell on the nation's Capitol, a nearly 80-foot-tall Engelmann spruce picked from Montana's Kootenai National Forest and adorned with 3,500 hand-made ornaments stole the spotlight from the Washington Monument. Ridley Brandmayr, an 11-year-old from Bozeman chosen by Montana's senior Sen. Jon Tester to light the tree, looked on in anticipation as the state's delegation and other speakers kicked off the event. Brandmayr, wearing a black suit and white pressed buttoned-down shirt, said … Continue Reading


12.06.17

Montana Standard: Sen. Daines urges EPA’s top administrator to put Butte on ‘Top 10’ list

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., urged the Environmental Protection Agency's top administrator Scott Pruitt to consider the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area in Pruitt's "Top 10" list in a letter sent earlier this week. An EPA report, released in late July, laid out recommendations for how Pruitt could speed up the Superfund process. Creating a "Top 10" list of Superfund sites that Pruitt would personally oversee was one of the suggestions. There is no time frame for how quickly Pruitt will … Continue Reading


12.04.17

Daily Inter Lake: Daines Names Kalispell’s Ted Koenig As Montanan Of The Week

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recognized Kalispell resident Ted Koenig as the Montanan of the Week for his role in humanitarian relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands following the destruction of hurricanes Maria and Irma. Daines' statement of recognition was entered into the official Congressional Record Dec. 1, and highlighted Koenig's selfless contributions in the U.S. territory. "Helping others in need is common in Big Sky Country and Ted's journey to St. Thomas is another example of this ethi… Continue Reading


12.03.17

Billings Gazette: Still time to get tax reform right

Late last week, as communities across the country kick off the holiday season, members of Congress worked hard to modernize the tax code for the first time in over three decades. House and Senate Republicans understand the dilemma: The tax code keeps our small businesses, including America's 733,000 independently-owned franchise establishments, from reaching their full potential. From coast to coast - and even right here in Big Sky Country - franchises are being suffocated by the burdensome … Continue Reading

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