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02.02.18

KULR: Sen. Steve Daines visits Billings to discuss tax cuts

BILLINGS, Mont. -Senator Steve Daines was in Billings Friday to promote the positive impacts of the new tax cuts that took effect January 1st. Daines toured True North Steel, visiting with Montanans, and discussing added jobs and bigger paychecks. The senator was all smiles as he toured True North Steel and discussed the positive impacts of the tax cuts. True North Steel added 35 new jobs which Daines attributes to the tax cuts. Daines said there are several companies in Montana who raised w… Continue Reading


01.31.18

Great Falls Tribune: Daines, Gianforte OK after train wreck in Virginia

Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte said Wednesday they were not injured when a chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing one. Lawmakers said the fatality appeared to be someone who was on the truck. Another person who was not on the train was reported to be critically injured. Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods told the Associated Press there were no reported injuries to passengers o… Continue Reading


01.31.18

Great Falls Tribune: President signs bill naming Alex Diekmann Peak

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bill by sponsored Montana's federal delegation to name a 9,765-foot peak in honor of renowned Treasure State conservationist Alex Diekmann. The bill crossed party lines as it was sponsored by Republican Sen. Steve Daines, GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. Diekmann worked as a senior project manager for the Trust for Public Land in Bozeman for 16 years to protect the Madison and Greater Yellowstone Area, which includes the Tayl… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Independent Record:Tester and Daines both present bills addressing Montana wilderness areas

Both senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have wilderness-related bills up for hearing on Feb. 7, but their proposals move in opposite directions. Democrat Tester will present his Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (S.507), which would add 79,000 acres to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountains wilderness areas. Republican Daines' Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act (S.2206) would release about half a million acres in the Blue Joint, Sapphire, West Pioneer, Big Snowies and Middl… Continue Reading


01.25.18

E&E News: Most sites were open during shutdown, but at what cost?

The three-day government shutdown earlier this week forced lawmakers to revisit a thorny issue that crops up every time federal funding lapses. Should the country's national parks and monuments remain open to the public even with fewer resources to protect visitors and maintain basic services? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decided to keep open most national parks and other sites from Saturday through Monday while the government was partially shuttered - a stark contrast to the three-week 2013 … Continue Reading


01.24.18

Great Falls Tribune: Walmart announces wage hikes, bonuses for Montana workers

Wal-Mart will give more than $3.8 million in pay increases and bonuses to 3,340 of its Montana workers as part of its plan to raise its starting hourly wage nationwide to $11 in a move that company officials credited to recent tax reforms passed in Congress. Wal-Mart, the state's third-largest employer, also said Monday it would provide a one-time cash bonus for $1,000 to eligible associates as it expands its benefits. "These dollars are coming from the tax savings that the company is realizin… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Sen. Tester votes no on bill to fund government

Montana U.S. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester was one of 18 no votes in the U.S. Senate Monday on a bill to reopen the federal government and fund it through mid-February. Democratic and Republican senators in Congress disagreed over spending and immigration on Friday, which forced the shutdown over the weekend. The Senate advanced a bill Monday to reopen the government with a temporary budget. The bill passed 81-18 in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Minority Le… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Great Falls Tribune: Montana's federal lawmakers split on vote to reopen government

Montana Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte voted Monday to end the three-day government shutdown and reauthorize a children's health care program. The bill passed with 81 votes - with 18 senators voting no, Daines said. He said the bill includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids use, and will keep the government open until Feb. 8. "It was pointless to shut the government down," he said. Democratic U.S. … Continue Reading


01.20.18

KRTV: Senators react to government shutdown; whats's next for Montana

Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester both spoke on the Senate floor on Saturday about the effects the government shutdown has on Montanans. "I'm here to make on point crystal clear for those Montanans who are wondering what is going on with their government," Senator Daines said. "The reason that the government has shut down is because a controversial illegal immigration policy was not included in a bill that funds the government." Senator Tester said he would not let Washington fail Montana a… Continue Reading


01.20.18

US News & World Report: The Latest: GOP Says Trump Trying to Cushion Shutdown Impact

A Republican senator from Montana says the Trump administration is trying to minimize the effects of the government shutdown by keeping at least some national parks open, but former President Barack Obama tried to make shutdowns painful for the American people. Sen. Steve Daines said Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman, wants to keep Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park open. Most of Yellowstone is in Wyoming but three of the five … Continue Reading


01.19.18

NBC Montana: Tester, Daines weigh in on funding bill

The U.S. House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend. The measure still faces iffy prospects in the Senate, where Democrats are poised to block it in hopes of spurring slow-moving talks on immigration. The measure would keep the government running through Feb. 16. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both spoke out about the spending measure Thursday. Before the measure passed the House of Representatives Daines urged his coll… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Washington Examiner: GOP senators call for vote on 20-week abortion ban

Five Republican senators on Friday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is unlikely to pass because it will need at least 60 votes in the Senate and does not have enough votes even if all 51 Republicans were to support it. But anti-abortion activists have urged leaders for a vote because they want to have senators on the record with their vote ahea… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Diekmann Peak bill headed to president's desk

A bill to name a peak in the Madison Range for a prominent conservationist has cleared both the U.S. House and Senate, and will now be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill will dub an unnamed peak in the Madison Range for the late Alex Diekmann, who worked as a project manager for the Trust for Public Land out of its Bozeman office. Diekmann died of cancer in 2016. The bill cleared the U.S. Senate in late December and was passed out of the U.S. House on Tuesday. … Continue Reading


01.18.18

KKMS AM (Bozeman): Senator Daines Fighting to Keep Children's Health Insurance Going

Senator Steve Daines announced the need to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and keep the government open. He is supporting a proposal that would do both. "24,000 Montana children depend on CHIP for vital health care services," said Daines. "I am announcing my full support for a bill now moving through Congress that reauthorizes this critical program while avoiding a damaging government shutdown. It is inexcusable to let partisanship deny Montana familie… Continue Reading


01.17.18

KBZK: Cloud Peak lands major deal to ship Montana coal to Japan

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Coal from the Powder River Basin will soon be on its way to Japan to fuel two new coal gasification plants in Fukushima Prefecture. Gillette, Wyo.-based Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the Spring Creek Mine near Decker, will begin to ship up to 1 million tons of coal a year to Japan by the end of 2019, the company announced Tuesday. The coal will power two, state-of-the-art, coal gasification plants that will begin operation in 2020. These types of plants use combined-cycle … Continue Reading


01.17.18

The Washington Free Beacon: Eight Senate Republicans Join Attempt to Derail Crucial Surveillance Program

A coalition of privacy-minded senators nearly succeeded Tuesday night in blocking the path to extend a critical government surveillance program that allows the National Security Agency to target foreign communications without a warrant. Eight Senate Republicans joined more than two-dozen Democrats in an attempt to derail the extension of the program, but their efforts ultimately fell short by one vote. The final vote count was 60 to 38. The Senate Republicans who voted against advancing the me… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Real Clear Politics: Press Conference: Bipartisan Group of Five Senators Plans to Fillibuster FISA Reauthorization

A bipartisan coalition of five senators has announced their intention to filibuster the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bill that expands warrantless surveillance of American citizens. Last week, the House passed a nearly identical bill. Led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, the group of 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans held a press conference Tuesday about their own version of the bill, the USA Rights Act, which would require intelligence agencies to … Continue Reading


01.12.18

KULR8: Survivor Talks About New Sex Trafficking Act

BILLINGS, Mont. - Thursday was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the day by publicly supporting legislation to crack down on online sex trafficking. He called it a growing problem in the state of Montana and that we must take steps now to stop trafficking in the community. The legislation is called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. It eliminates federal liability protections for websites that knowingly assist, support or facilitate online sex tr… Continue Reading


01.07.18

Montana Standard: Wilderness Study Area release allows more public use

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recently introduced S. 2206, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. This bill would release five wilderness study areas in Montana that for 40 years have been called "study" areas. According to the law, these and other "study areas" were to be examined for no more than five years by the U.S. Forest Service to determine the validity of a wilderness designation. The main word in the name that stands out is "study." U.S. Sen. Lee Metcalf carried the bill that designate… Continue Reading


01.07.18

Great Falls Tribune: Public land in Montana should be of use to all of the public

The Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act introduced by Sen. Daines is meant to remove the designation from five Wilderness Study Areas (WSA's) and return them to the normal forest planning and travel planning process. Many of the following criticisms from letters in the local media are not based on facts. They are simply fear mongering from those promoting more wilderness and they need to be addressed. First, these WSAs weren't meant to be permanent. Sen. Metcalf's 1977 law established the… Continue Reading

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