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04.04.20

CBP plans to cut Montana Port of Entry hours

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana's Congressional delegation is pushing back against plans to cut hours at the Ports of Entry along the Montana-Canada border. Customs and Border Patrol announced the plans this week. They go into effect on Monday at six ports. Officials say there is neither the passenger car or pedestrian traffic to warrant the current hours. In his letter, Sen. Steve Daines wrote, "While reducing non-essential travel is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting publ… Continue Reading


04.03.20

TC Energy announces start of Keystone pipeline

TC Energy announced March 31, a final decision to build the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to Montana Sen. Steve Daines, the pipeline will be a huge boost for Montana's and the United States' energy economy, bringing in approximately $8 billion as well as providing new job opportunities for Montanans. "This is great news for Montana jobs and for our nation's energy security," Daines said. "Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will create good paying jobs for working Montan… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Congressional delegation urges National Guard funding approval

Montana's delegates in Congress are urging President Donald Trump to approve federal funding that would allow the Montana National Guard to assist in efforts against the coronavirus. MT Delegation Letter to President Trump National Guard by NBC Montana on Scribd The following is a press release from the offices of Rep. Greg Gianforte, Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester: Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today sent a letter to President Trump urging hi… Continue Reading


04.02.20

All American Pharmaceutical produces hand sanitizer

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Many businesses, both small and large, are being forced to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic. One of those businesses is a manufacturing company in Billings. All American Pharmaceutical has completely changed its supply chain to meet Montana's demand for hand sanitizer. Dr. Jeff Golini of All American Pharmaceutical says, "I just woke up in the middle of the night and realized their was a need and I thought, you know, we produce liquids, we have packaging equipment, lar… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Daines talks COVID-19 in telephone town hall

Montana has received thousands of masks, gloves and other protective equipment from the National Strategic Stockpile, U.S. Senator Steve Daines said Wednesday during a telephone town hall meeting. At the meeting, Daines also discussed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill and effect on the national debt and economy, social distancing, and frontline workers. Referring to a report from the stockpile, the Republican said that over the past few weeks, Montana has received approximately: … Continue Reading


04.01.20

Tester and Daines urge feds for more medical supplies, funding

Montana U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines signed off on a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services Monday requesting they provide promised medical safety supplies and funding. They were joined by Representative Greg Gianforte and Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barasso also signed the letter. Supplies in rural Montana hospitals have dwindled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These hospitals are mainly in need of the supplies that are used to … Continue Reading


03.31.20

TC Energy moving forward with Keystone XL pipeline

TC Energy has announced it is moving forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, even as a legal suit by environmental and tribal groups seeking to stop the pipeline continues. The company said in a media release that it has 20-year transportation service agreements for the pipeline that total 575,000 barrels per day with what it described as strong, credit-worthy counterparties expected to generate about $1.3 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortizat… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Thanks to Sen. Daines

For years, the Older Americans Act has helped the 21,000 Montanans living with Alzheimer's disease by giving them access to nutritional programs, respite services for their family caregivers, and other services to enhance quality of life. Unfortunately, people under age 60 living with this disease were locked out of these critical supports - until now. Congress just passed a bill to renew the Older Americans Act, and included key elements of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act in it. … Continue Reading


03.28.20

CARES Act provides critical assistance for tribal governments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $500 million in direct appropriations to Indian Affairs and an unprecedented $8 billion for Tribes. The $8 billion will be allocated to Tribal governments with eligible expenses through the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of the Interior and Tribal governmen… Continue Reading


03.28.20

15 girls from Bozeman's Traveling School stranded in Peru due to COVID-19 now headed home

According to the Office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), 15 girls who are a part of Bozeman's The Traveling School are back in the U.S. and heading home for Montana after being stranded in Peru due to the coronavirus. Two of the girls are Bozeman residents. A press release from Daines' office said the girls were stranded about 10 hours from the nearest airport. Sen. Daines reportedly assisted in getting an escort to the airport and getting the girls on a flight back to America. On Friday, Se… Continue Reading


03.27.20

COVID-19 stimulus package offers $10 billion for tribes, including funds for Montana tribes

Responding to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump on Friday signed the biggest economic stimulus package in American history, which allocates $10 billion for Native American tribes. Many people have heard that the $2 trillion package includes direct payments to individuals, loans for industries and an expansion of unemployment benefits, but not many people know how the package supports Native American tribes, which must navigate additional challenges in combating t… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Sen. Steve Daines, State Dept facilitate last-minute escapes for citizens trapped abroad amid coronavirus pandemic

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and his staff have facilitated numerous emergency repatriation flights for U.S. citizens trapped abroad amid the growing coronavirus pandemic -- including a last-minute escape from Africa that highlights the risks for the thousands of Americans still stuck away from home, Fox News has learned. The pandemic has infected more than 400,000 people around the world and killed over 20,000. International lockdowns have led stranded travelers to reach out to lawmakers to c… Continue Reading


03.26.20

PENCE PRAISES DAINES’ CORONAVIRUS FUNDING EFFORTS

Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has been pressing fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill to provide economic stimulus relief to the American people. He's also been front and center in efforts to help develop coronavirus treatments, drawing praise from Vice President Mike Pence and a leading health official. On Tuesday, Daines said, "once the Senate acts, we'll be able to accelerate drug development to treat and prevent COVID-19." Here's VP Pence's exact remarks, according to the White House t… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Daines proposes $10 billion to pay for early manufacture of coronavirus drugs

The federal government could soon be paying for the early manufacturing of potential coronavirus drugs while those drugs are still being researched, under a $10 billion proposal by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The proposal, which received mention on the Sunday news program "Face The Nation" and in the Wall Street Journal, would have the federal government paying for early drug manufacturing so that drugs tested for effectiveness treating coronavirus would be immediately available once determined to … Continue Reading


03.21.20

Officials working to bringing home Montanans stuck abroad

After Isacc Sturgeon was able to return to the U.S. from being stuck in Morocco, officials are now working to get Butte Pastor Mark Arbaugh and three Montana Tech students out of Peru along with Necia Erickson of Bozeman out of Cusco. A release from Senator Steve Daines' office says Sturgeon was stuck in Morocco and trying to get back home to his family when Daines was able to secure his return to the U.S. "I'm so glad to have helped Isaac return to the U.S. from being stuck abroad during this… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Montana senators pushing bill to support cattle prices

Ranch state senators are pushing to prop up cattle prices in response to an expected crash in the beef economy. A bill emerging Friday morning sets minimum pricing for cattle sold in 2020. The response comes as restaurants around the country close under local and state government orders in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. It's the restaurant industry that buys the majority of U.S. beef graded "prime" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When those top-end sales d… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Lawmakers push to extend tax filing season to July 15

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed giving taxpayers until July 15 to submit their 2019 income tax returns - 90 days from the original April 15 due date. The Tax Filing Relief for America Act, which Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Angus King, I-Maine, are joining Thune in introducing, aims to have the filing deadline coincide with the new July 15 deadline for taxpayers to pay the IRS taxes owed for 2019. Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are co-sponsors. Earlier… Continue Reading


03.18.20

DAINES TALKS STIMULUS, CORONAVIRUS FUNDING

The House didn't even send a bill to the Senate until early Tuesday morning. Nonetheless, Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says he's ready to stay and get the job done when it comes to addressing the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Daines joined us on Wednesday's Montana Talks statewide radio show with Aaron Flint from Capitol Hill. He's been working closely with the White House over the past several days to deliver economic assistance. Daines says the lodging industry is particularl… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Announces Economic Proposals and $4.5 Million in Funding to Fight Outbreak

US Senator Steve Daines announced on March 16 that Montana has received $4.5 million in funds from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The funds will be used in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Montana. "This critical funding helps protect Montanans and ensures that our communities have the resources necessary to handle the coronavirus outbreak," Daines said. "I voted for this funding which is vitally important to those on the front lines responsible for coronavirus preventio… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Young, Daines propose bipartisan, bicameral Coronavirus Worker Relief Act

U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on March 12 introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the current federal disaster unemployment assistance program to more workers. "If workers are ill, or caring for sick loved ones, they should have the ability to take time off from work without the threat of financial harm," Sen. Young said. "This is what our bipartisan legislation aims to accomplish by providing disaster unemployment assistance for individuals impacted by cor… Continue Reading

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