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10.25.20

Tester, Daines split on Supreme Court nominee; vote expected Monday

Montana's U.S. senators were divided Sunday on a vote that clears the way for the likely nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Montana's junior Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, will vote to confirm Barrett. Senior Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, said he will not and was not given an opportunity to meet with Barrett through the nomination process, something that is normally afforded for senators. Sunday's vote was procedural and fell mostly along party lines, 51 to 48, w… Continue Reading


10.25.20

Montana's senators remain divided on Barrett nomination

Montana's two U.S. Senators sent out comments Sunday solidly along party lines on the procedural vote earlier in the day to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote on Barrett's confirmation is expected to take place Monday. The 51-48 procedural vote Sunday had two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voting against advancing the nominee. All Democrats who voted were opposed, the Associated Press reported. Judge Amy Coney Barr… Continue Reading


10.25.20

MT senators release statements following vote to advance Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation

HELENA- Montana's senators have released statements following the senate's vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement on the procedural vote to begin debate on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "Montanans are already voting in this election, and I believe it is deeply irresponsible to ram a partisan nomination through in the final days before polls close-a precedent my Republican colleagues est… Continue Reading


10.23.20

Daines urges immediate assessment of Montana COVID-19 situation from FEMA

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct an assessment of Montana's COVID-19 situation and asking for additional federal assistance to help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. "Montana is currently experiencing a regional surge of COVID-19 cases. 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 reported either new confirmed or new sus… Continue Reading


10.23.20

Daines asks CDC for resources to aid Yellowstone County in fight against COVID-19

BILLINGS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines on Friday urged Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield to deploy medical personnel in Yellowstone County to provide contact tracing assistance as the county sees a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases, according to a press release. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, Yellowstone County has been one of the hardest hit counties in Montana, reporting the most cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the state due to COVID-19, th… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Daines: Twitter, Facebook are suppressing Trump campaign

Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says tech giants like Twitter and Facebook need to be investigated after suppressing the Trump campaign's communications on social media platforms. Daines had this to say via Twitter earlier this week: In Montana, the law applies to everyone, no matter who you are. Twitter and Facebook suppressing @realDonaldTrump's campaign accounts and news should be held under the same scrutiny as any other potential election interference. @senjudiciary must investigate t… Continue Reading


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

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