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07.25.20

Missoula Urban Transit lands $5.9M in coronavirus relief funding

MISSOULA - The Missoula Urban Transit District will receive nearly $6 million in funding to help cover software upgrades to keep buses running on schedule and to increase messaging for Paratransit services. The funding was announced on Wednesday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and followed Thursday by Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, who called public transit a key piece of the nation's transportation infrastructure. "These funds are a critical investment that will help hard hit… Continue Reading


07.24.20

EPA Administrator visits Brownfields sites in Kalispell

KALISPELL - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined Montana Sen. Steve Daines on Friday for a tour of Brownfields grant sites in Kalispell. "This is an example of how we work together with our communities and the EPA to restore, reclaim and redevelop lands that previously weren't able to be used for anything that's economically viable," said Sen. Daines. Administrator Wheeler and Senator Daines toured the Glacier Rail Park, the CHS-Agronomy Center and SunRift B… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Daines tours Kalispell brownfields sites

Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler were in Kalispell Friday visiting multiple brownfields sites. Brownfield land is any previously developed land that may potentially be contaminated or land that was previously used for industrial or commercial purposes with suspected pollution due to hazardous waste. The tour included Glacier Rail Park, the former CHS Country Store, the CHS Agronomy Center and finished at the SunRift Beer Company in downtow… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Montana Hospital, Public Health Experts Raise Coronavirus Concerns To Daines, FDA

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines July 22 reiterated the federal government's intention to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine within the calendar year during a roundtable with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official and nearly a dozen hospital and public health experts across the Treasure State. Daines struck an urgent tone while discussing progress on domestic vaccine production. "Because as you know, every day matters. We're seeing hospitalizations spike, COVID-19 positive tests. Time is of … Continue Reading


07.23.20

Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act, includes investments into Malmstrom AFB, Montana Air National Guard

HELENA- A bill that includes a number of important provisions that will strengthen military bases across the U.S. passed the Senate Thursday, July 23. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will expand services for servicemembers, veterans and military families and includes investments into Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard. The 2021 NDAA sets funding levels and policies for the Department of Defense, and in addition to providing a 3.1 present pay raise to serv… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Daines proposes $3.5B to fund post-pandemic workforce recovery, training

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday unveiled legislation to promote workforce recovery through the provision of additional training services and workforce investment activities via $3.5 billion in funding for fiscal years 2020 through 2022. "As our nation continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, we must ensure our workers have the support they need to get back to work," Sen. Daines said. "My bill will boost our economic recovery by connecting unemployed Montanans with local career … Continue Reading


07.23.20

Land and Water Conservation Fund measure headed to President Trump

Congress has finally approved a permanent source of money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) after years of struggle. The US House gave approval on Wednesday to the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides a permanent allocation to cover a variety of recreation projects, from building fishing access sites to paying for trails and campground improvements. The vote comes a month after the US Senate gave it's approval to the Act, which saw Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tes… Continue Reading


07.22.20

House passes major conservation bill, president expected to sign

The U.S. House made a significant investment in public lands on Wednesday by passing the Great American Outdoors Act. The bill is now headed to President Donald Trump who has said he will sign it into law. Trump tweeted his support for the act on Wednesday and thanked Montana Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican up for reelection, for his work on the bill. The Great American Outdoors Act provides $9.5 billion for the maintenance backlog on public lands and sets aside $900 million annually for the L… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Daines, FDA official optimistic about COVID-19 drug rollout

U.S. Sen Steve Daines, R-Mont., told Montana health professionals Wednesday he's optimistic a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for distribution by year's end, in part because the government will pay for manufacturing of promising drugs ahead of final approval. The senator was joined on the Zoom conference Wednesday by Dr. Anand Shah, the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs. "I've always felt, and still firmly believe, the only way our country is … Continue Reading


07.22.20

Daines, Montana health care leaders talk vaccine, drugs for COVID-19

Montana health care leaders asked questions Wednesday about how a COVID-19 vaccine is being developed, how it'll be distributed and what's being done to ramp up testing as positive case numbers continue to surge. Over Zoom, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Anand Shah, deputy commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fielded those questions and gave an update on efforts to provide immunity to and treatment for the virus. Daines said that the federal government has made significant inves… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Senator Daines on ZOOM call with FDA Commissioner on COVID Drugs

From his office in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Montana Senator Steve Daines conducted a ZOOM call with FDA Deputy Commissioner Anand Shah for an update on development of treatments for COVID 19. Daines called his plan 'Operation Warp Speed' meaning federal authorities are pulling out all the stops in an effort to find an effective treatment for the worldwide pandemic. "Nationally, my effort will be called 'Operation Warp Speed', and that is what the White House is calling this overall proje… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Land and Water Conservation Fund measure headed to President Trump

Congress has finally approved a permanent source of money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) after years of struggle. The US House gave approval on Wednesday to the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides a permanent allocation to cover a variety of recreation projects, from building fishing access sites to paying for trails and campground improvements. RELATED: Congress passes conservation bill; Gianforte votes yesThe vote comes a month after the US Senate gave it's approval … Continue Reading


07.22.20

U.S. Senator Daines leads St. Mary-Milk River Project Roundtable with DOI Assistant Secretary, local officials, community members

U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a roundtable discussion in Cut Bank with community members and top administration leaders on the St. Mary Milk River Project following a tour of the damaged Drop Sites 2 and 5. Daines has actively been working on a solution to fix the St. Mary Milk River Project to protect Montana jobs and the ag operations on the Hi-Line. Daines was joined by U.S Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Dr. Tim Petty, Phillips County Economic Growth Cou… Continue Reading


07.21.20

More COVID-19 treatment drug being sent to state

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday was expected to be sending 24 cases / 960 doses of remdesivir to Montana, which they have given emergency-use authorization to treat certain patients hospitalized with COVID-19, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said. Remdesivir It is an antiviral that shortens hospitalization by about an average of four days. "These shipments of remdesivir will help treat and support Montanans hospitalized with COVID-19," Daines, R-Mont., said in an email. There are … Continue Reading


07.21.20

Daines introduces measure to give workers new skills in post-COVID job market

A bill to help workers navigate the shifting economy by gaining new skills and provide employer incentives could help boost the nation's recovery, Sen. Steve Daines said Tuesday. Daines on Tuesday morning introduced the Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act, saying many workers are returning to a job market that looks different than it did before the pandemic. "As our nation continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, we must ensure our workers have the support they need to g… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Crow Leaders Request Federal Support For Law Enforcement, Health Care

Crow tribal leaders met with Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines on July 17 to request support for the new tribal police department's operations and novel Coronavirus surge planning. Senator Daines toured a closed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) jail in Crow Agency with members of the Crow Executive Branch, Crow Tribal Police, BIA Police and high ranking local judges. The new Crow Police Department, which was formed June 27, is seeking to reopen the Crow Agency Jail. Crow Tribal Police … Continue Reading


07.20.20

Sen. Daines secures funds for Whitehall meat processing operation

Sen. Steve Daines secured $26,250 for the Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Area Inc. to research the feasibility of a meat processing operation in Whitehall. The funding comes from the Economic Development Administration and the company that received it is located in Butte. "This critical funding assesses the need for a meat processing operation in Whitehall and will lead to more jobs and opportunities for the folks of Jefferson County," Daines said in a July 17 press release.… Continue Reading


07.20.20

Daines: Montana to Receive 24 Cases of Remdesivir

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - To help fight the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Montana, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sending 960 doses of the antiviral treatment Remdesivir to the state on Monday. The drug has received emergency use authorization by the FDA to treat patients with the virus. Patients who receive the treatment will receive roughly six doses over five days for treatment.… Continue Reading


07.20.20

As COVID cases climb, Tester urges pause on evictions; Daines announces drug shipment

The number of fatalities in Montana due to COVID-19 grew to 39 on Monday as state health officials announced two more deaths in a Billings nursing home. The state added 88 new cases on Monday, including four in Missoula, increasing the running tally to 2,621. More than 48 people remain hospitalized in the state and 1,248 cases are considered active. "Two more Montanans have sadly passed from COVID-19. My heart goes out to their families and community," Gov. Steve Bullock said. "As we con… Continue Reading


07.19.20

Praise for farm aid, criticism for meatpackers: Under secretary's visit a mixed bag

The threat of infection had kept the USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation cooped up in Washington D.C. for months. On July 15 he arrived in Great Falls, noting that his trip to Montana was the first he'd made outside the beltway since last March. "One of the best parts of the job is to get out of D.C. and be able to get to real farm country," Under Secretary Bill Northy said to an assemblage of Montana ag producers who gathered at a machine shop on the Bumgarner farm eas… Continue Reading

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