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07.12.17

Daines expects EPA chief to visit Butte sometimes this year

After meeting privately with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Tuesday, Sen. Steve Daines says he's confident Pruitt will visit Butte this year. In an interview with The Montana Standard Wednesday, Daines said Pruitt is determined to "get results" with the Superfund program. "Some of these sites have been languishing for decades. Administrator Pruitt is focused on outcomes," Daines said. Daines said he renewed his earlier invitation to Pruitt to visit Montana, this time specifically sugge… Continue Reading


07.12.17

Lawmakers Grill Indian Health Service Leader on Failing Care

The Indian Health Service's top official dodged frustrated lawmakers' questions about unsafe care at the federal agency and whether proposed budget cuts would worsen the situation during a tense Senate committee hearing Wednesday. Members of the Senate Indian Affairs and Senate Appropriations committees repeatedly cited two articles published last week in The Wall Street Journal on the agency, which provides health care to 2.2 million tribal members. The articles examined agency-run hospitals t… Continue Reading


07.11.17

Lincoln County Receives $644,300 in Federal Funding

Lincoln County recently received $644,300 of payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Federal government issues the money to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. "At this time we have no specific projects in mind" for the money, Lincoln County Administrator Darren Coldwell said via email. "My hope would be to have use as a surplus and not have to include it in this fiscal … Continue Reading


07.11.17

Six GOP senators: Shorten or cancel August recess

Six GOP senators are calling for lawmakers to continue working through their August recess unless progress has been made in key areas. The Republican senators - David Perdue (Ga.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Luther Strange (Ala.) - said meaningful progress must be made on healthcare, passing a budget, funding the government, dealing with the debt ceiling and tax reform. The six senators will hold a press conference to air their concerns. T… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Gianforte, Azure support July Fire Wildland Firefighters

ZORTMAN, MT - The July Fire began July 3, and quickly grew in size and complexity, threatening the towns of Zortman and Landusky, Mont. The Northern Rockies Western Montana Incident Management Team (Connell) was mobilized to the fire to assist local resources with fire suppression efforts. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated. Currently, the fire has reached 10,622 acres and is 50% contained. There are 438 personnel working to suppress this fire. Twelve aircraft are assigned… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Who will ensure, as public landowners, that we have access to our own public lands?

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX, Dallas) are spearheading an effort to gain greater control of our federally managed public lands by cutting off access. First, Daines took letters from certain Crazy Mountain landowners who outfit the area and are also ranking members of organizations, such as the Montana Outfitters & Guides Association, Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the Stockgrowers Association. Those letters, along with Daines own, were sent to the newly appointed… Continue Reading


07.09.17

Daines undecided on Senate health care bill vote

Montana has two of the 100 votes in the U.S. Senate, and of those two, only one of the state's senators has made up his mind on the controversial GOP overhaul of the health care system. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, was originally pushing for a vote on the bill, also known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, before the Fourth of July recess. McConnell postponed the vote on the reform because it lacked the support from 10 members of the Republican Party. Daines… Continue Reading


07.08.17

Japan and EU strike trade deal as Montana farmers look on

BILLINGS- As Japan struck a multinational trade agreement in principle Thursday with the European Union, farmers in Montana watched from the outside with their noses pressed against the glass. Japan is a top three customer for Montana commodities, the state's largest grain buyer in the Asian Pacific, where roughly 80 percent of Montana's hard-red spring and hard-red winter wheat is exported. The deal with the European Union promises to sew up trade terms for one third of the world econ… Continue Reading


07.06.17

One-Term Nevada Congresswoman Takes Gamble With Senate Bid

Rep. Jacky Rosen is rolling the dice by launching a Senate bid six months after joining the House. If the Nevada Democrat wins statewide in the nation's gaming haven next year, she'll join a select group of senators who were promoted after their first two-year House term. Senators with previous House experience have on average served four terms, or eight years, University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier said in an email Thursday. It's also a fairly unusual, even audacious, mov… Continue Reading


07.06.17

Community health centers to share $11.8M in grants

Bullhook Community Health Center Inc. in Havre will be among the community health centers in Montana that will share $11.8 million to provide improved care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday.The grant funding through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will go to:Havre: Bullhook Community Health Center Inc.: $1,478,045;Lewis and Clark County: $1,459,658;Billings: Yellowstone City & County Health Departmen… Continue Reading


07.05.17

County to get $2.3 million in PILT funds

U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced last week that 55 Montana counties will receive a combined total of $31.8 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for 2017. PILT payments are awarded to counties with federal lands that are not taxable by local governments, but the lands' presence creates demands for local government services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester worked with Republicans and Democrats to secure these … Continue Reading


07.04.17

Celebrating Independence Day

Rodeos, barbecues, fireworks, parades - these are what often come to mind when we celebrate the Fourth of July in Montana. In fact, these activities have always come to mind when we think about Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. From the very beginning, people understood the significance of what they had just done. John Adams, our would-be second president, wrote to his wife about his vision for future celebrations of … Continue Reading


07.02.17

Senate GOP pressures budget refs for better score on ObamaCare replacement

Senate Republicans are working the referee as they try to salvage their shot at repealing and replacing ObamaCare. They are specifically turning up the heat on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), hoping to get a more favorable analysis on the next version of their healthcare bill. The CBO's initial score of the GOP's healthcare bill found that 22 million more people would be left without health insurance over the next decade compared to under present law. It was a terrible number for GOP l… Continue Reading


07.01.17

County sees slight increase in PILT fund

Richland County will receive slightly more in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds this year than the county did in the previous year. It was announced this week that Richland County will see $19,999 for its 54,206 eligible acres. Last year, the county received $$19,711. PILT are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands. The law recognizes the inability of local governments to collect property taxes on federally owned land can c… Continue Reading


07.01.17

GOP senators to McConnell: Cancel August recess

A group of Republican senators are requesting August recess be canceled or shortened to give the party more time to make progress on its legislative agenda. The group, which includes Georgia's David Perdue, Montana's Steve Daines, Iowa's Joni Ernst, Louisiana's John Kennedy, Oklahoma's James Lankford, Utah's Mike Lee, South Dakota's Mike Rounds, Alabama's Luther Strange, Alaska's Dan Sullivan and North Carolina's Thom Tillis wrote Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday about the need to focus o… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Daines, Tester Voice Their Thoughts On GOP Healthcare

Members of Congress are home for their 4th of July recess without voting on the Republican's health care proposal. Senators Jon Tester, D-MT, and Steve Daines, R-MT, both held public forums over the past week to gather Montanans opinions on the issue. Tester says the current GOP bill is not the answer. So when asked if he is willing to work to fix this proposal or the current law, Tester says yes. If it's the later, he suggests dropping the politically charged moniker Obamacare. "Let's … Continue Reading


06.30.17

Cancel August recess for Congress, group of Senate Republicans say

A group of 10 Senate Republicans are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel their scheduled August recess from Washington in order to catch up on their legislative agenda on which they're falling behind. The relatively small faction among the 52 Senate Republicans want McConnell "to cancel the Senate's scheduled August state work period if meaningful progress has not been made on the following five priorities: fixing health care, funding the government, dealing with the deb… Continue Reading


06.30.17

GOP senators call for McConnell to shorten August recess

The GOP's long-stalled agenda is boiling over. A group of 10 senators is sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday morning asking for the GOP leader to shorten the August recess - or cancel it altogether - if the party does not make significant headway on its priorities in July, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO. The letter comes right after Congress left Thursday and scattered across the country for a July 4 recess. Spearheaded by Sen. David Perdue of… Continue Reading


06.30.17

GOP senators call for McConnell to shorten August recess

The GOP's long-stalled agenda is boiling over. A group of 10 senators is sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday morning asking for the GOP leader to shorten the August recess - or cancel it altogether - if the party does not make significant headway on its priorities in July, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO. The letter comes right after Congress left Thursday and scattered across the country for a July 4 recess. Spearheaded by Sen. David Perdue of… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Unresolved issues, very little time for Senate GOP

The Senate will return to Washington next month facing a breakneck schedule with a slew of unresolved issues, including healthcare, defense and the budget. Republicans kicked a vote on repealing and replacing ObamaCare until after the July 4 recess, hoping to buy themselves more time to overcome the impasse between moderates and conservatives. But the move adds another piece of legislation to what was already expected to be a jam-packed laundry list and a tight floor schedule. The Senate w… Continue Reading

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