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Daines: Montana not equipped to deal with growing senior population

BILLINGS - While the number of seniors in Montana continues to grow, the number of nursing home facilities in the state have decreased, a trend seen in many rural areas across the country. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana talked about some of the challenges within the industry at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. "Twenty years ago in Montana, we had over 100 nursing homes serving this patient population," said Daines, a Republican. "Today, we have just over 70.… Continue Reading


Daines tours Kalispell hospital to learn about work with drug-addicted babies

KALISPELL, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines visited Kalispell Regional Healthcare Wednesday to discuss the work the hospital's NICU is doing with drug-addicted babies. "They're on the front lines of this meth epidemic in Montana," said Daines. "We must do all that we can to combat this crisis in Montana." In just the last four years KRH received three federal grants for their neonatal department. The most recent bought them an artificial baby called Super Tory that can simulate what a drug baby woul… Continue Reading


Daines: Hold hearing in Montana on missing, murdered Native Americans

Concerned about the way federal agencies investigate missing and murdered Native American women, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to come to Montana for a field hearing. The hearing would be a follow up to the committee's December oversight hearing of the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs' handling of missing women reports in Indian Country. It's believed that at least two dozen Native American women in Montana were reported murdered or missing in 2018.… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines outlines upcoming priorities in Congress

HELENA - Drug prices was one of the topics U.S. Senator Steve Daines discussed with lawmakers on Friday. The Republican addressed the legislature and spoke briefly with reporters about his priorities for Congress. When asked what solution he would like to see for border security - and keeping the government open, in two weeks - Sen. Daines said he still thinks a partial wall along the Southern border is a reasonable request. But, above all, he wants both sides to compromise. "The right answe… Continue Reading


Legislation including mineral withdrawal north of Yellowstone, LWCF to get vote in U.S. Senate next week

Permanently banning new mining claims north of Yellowstone National Park and renewing a popular conservation fund are closer to reality, as the U.S. Senate plans to take up a broad lands bill including the two measures next week. The bill, S. 47, contains a variety of public lands legislation across the country including two measures that have been important to the Montana congressional delegation - the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act and the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conserv… Continue Reading


Daines says Montanans want less government

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines told state lawmakers Friday that Montanans don't want a government that reaches "deeper" into their pockets and wanted courts with judges without political agendas. The Montana Republican spoke to state House members during a 30-minute speech in which he discussed topics such as the honor of public service, a memorial being approved for a slain Broadwater County deputy, job creation, term limits, lower prescription drug prices and the Keystone XL Pipeline. "I will n… Continue Reading


Daines cosponsors bill to repeal death tax

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R.Mont., has announced that he is cosponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019. The bill would fully repeal the federal estate tax, also known as "the death tax." "The death tax hits Montana's farming and ranch families the hardest and often results in the break-up of family farms," Daines said. "Families who are dealing with the death of a loved one shouldn't have to worry about what is going to happen to their land. I'm glad that were able to double the death tax… Continue Reading


Slain deputy's wife to be Daines' guest at Trump speech

The wife of a Broadwater County deputy slain in the line of duty in 2017 will be Sen. Steve Daines' guest at President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union address. Jodi Moore, wife of Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore, will join Daines Feb. 5. Deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed while on duty in May 2017. He left behind three children and his wife. "No spouse should ever have to go through the pain she and her family did when Mason was tragically killed. And because of that, … Continue Reading


Daines requests field hearing in Montana over growing MMIW movement

Sen. Steve Daines is requesting a field hearing in Montana to explore the growing issue of missing and murdered indigenous people. The Republican from Montana wrote to the chairman and vice chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs Tuesday asking for the meeting. He noted that May 5th is marked as a national day of awareness to shed light on the number of native women who go missing or are murdered. His letter lists several women by name who have made headlines for years in Montana. Case… Continue Reading


Daines bill would block conservation easement abuse

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, has teamed up with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, to block a loophole abusing the conservation easement tax benefit. The pair reintroduced the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2019 on Thursday. It would limit tax deductions on conservation easements to 2.5 times the owners original cost for the property. An Internal Revenue Service report to Congress noted that abuses of the benefit totaled $20 billion between 2… Continue Reading


Day in the life in Washington, D.C., with Sen. Steve Daines

- As Wednesday rounds out the 26th day of the government shutdown, it continued to dominate conversations in Washington, D.C., including ours with Republican Sen. Steve Daines. We had a bright and early start when we shadowed him Wednesday, just as we did with Sen. Jon Tester Tuesday. He took us on a personal tour of the Capitol building and even to the Senate floor, where no cameras are allowed. From there, the Montana Coffee, where Daines was joined by Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte, a one-s… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines Introduces Bill Withholding Pay From Congressmen During Government Shutdowns, Others Join

Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines introduced a bill on the Senate floor Thursday that would withhold the pay of members of Congress during future government shutdowns. Daines' introduction of the bill, sponsored by Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn, comes hours after Daines announced he sent a letter requesting the secretary of the U.S. Senate withhold his pay during the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. "Members of Congress are sent to Washington, D.C., to represent the g… Continue Reading


Montana's Sen. Steve Daines lands rare committee appointments, political clout

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines will do something no senator has done in 75 years: serve on both the Senate Finance and Appropriations committees, a move expected to give Montana unusual clout and gird Daines for the 2020 elections. The assignment gives Montana a seat at the table on the committee responsible for prescription drug prices, Medicaid, Medicare, taxes and trade. It also puts Daines on two of the Senate's most powerful "juice committees," which boost a lawmaker's ability to leverage camp… Continue Reading


Park Service Plan Would Fund Maintenance During Government Shutdown

An unprecedented move by the National Park Service could free up millions of dollars for staffing and cleaning-up trash and restrooms at Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks during the partial federal government shutdown. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says many of the burdens facing the two iconic parks in Montana as a result of the shutdown should be addressed within the coming days. The agency says it will tap into the entrance fees park visitors pay to cover staffing during the… Continue Reading


Interior Department approves emergency aid for cleaning national parks in Montana

The National Park Service, faced with overflowing garbage and toilets as the government shutdown enters its third week, plans to tap entrance fees to pay for expanded operations at its most popular sites, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The move came as Sen. Steve Daines urged the Park Service to find a way to ease pressure on communities surrounding the parks, which have pitched in with volunteers at popular places like Yellowstone National Park. Daines wrote acting Interior Secret… Continue Reading


President signs Farm Bill

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., released the following statement after President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday. Daines secured critical priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers and strong forestry provisions to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. "As Montana's lone voice on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, I fought hard to ensure Montana ag priorities and forest management reforms were included in the 2018 Farm Bill," Daines said. "I'm pleased President Trump signe… Continue Reading


Mineral withdrawal, LWCF miss Senate spending bill; senators say vote will come in January

Despite its failure Wednesday night, Montana's two U.S. senators and conservationists are optimistic about pushing a public lands package through Congress in early January that includes a ban on new public land mining claims north of Yellowstone National Park and renewal of a popular conservation fund. Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Democratic Sen. Jon Tester were part of a group of western lawmakers trying to attach a suite of public lands legislation to the spending bill the Senate pass… Continue Reading


Daines vows to get Land and Water Conservation Act before Congress in early 2019

BILLINGS- Two pieces of key legislation in a massive lands package will not be addressed in Congress before 2018 is up. The bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund will not be reauthorized for funding this year and neither will the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, two bills near and dear to Montanans. According to Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines' office, Congress refused to bring the lands issue to the Senate floor Wednesday night. Daines is a leader on the lands package along wi… Continue Reading


Farm bill praised by Montana delegation

Montana's congressional delegation offered comment Thursday about the farm bill signed by President Donald J. Trump. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who said he was Montana's lone voice on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, said he ensured Montana agriculture priorities and forest management reforms were included in the bill. "I'm pleased President Trump signed this critical bill into law today - which will give certainty to Montana farmers and ranchers, and help reduce the risk of catastrophi… Continue Reading


Republicans urge Trump to act on Keystone

The MonDak's Republican legislators have joined forces with several other Republican legislators for a full-court press urging President Donald Trump to take whatever immediate actions he can to get construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline moving again. The pipeline's construction ground to a halt in November, after a Montana District Court ruling that found certain portions of the Trump administration's analysis were wanting and that certain aspects of the Environmental Impact Study were o… Continue Reading

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