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Daines secures over $9 million to support COVID-19 testing, staffing, PPE for Montana nursing homes

U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed $9,797,300 to 70 nursing homes in Montana to support increased testing for COVID-19, staffing, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs. "This critical funding will support COVID-19 testing, staffing, and PPE needs for our nursing homes across Montana," Daines said. "I'm committed to ensuring that Montana's most vulnerable and those who care for them are protected throughout the … Continue Reading


Daines asks state for more data on COVID-19 cases, deaths at senior facilities

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking Gov. Steve Bullock's office to release more information on COVID-19 cases and deaths within Montana's senior care facilities. Daines announced Friday that he had sent a letter to Bullock, saying the state's data was giving "an incomplete picture of the impact of COVID-19 on Montana's senior communities." "In order to help mitigate the number of lives lost moving forward, I encourage you to make public cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilitie… Continue Reading


A U.S. senator, two cops and two kids meet at a gas station…

Earlier this week, Columbus Police Officer Jason Ferguson and Stillwater County Sheriff's Deputy Clay Waltner got a thank you that neither is likely to forget. While on duty at the Columbus Town Pump, the two men found themselves eye to eye with United States Sen. Steve Daines, who approached them to offer his thanks for their service. Daines was on his way back to Bozeman at the time and made an impression. "What a cool guy. Senator Daines came up and thanked Clay Waltner and I for the job w… Continue Reading


Daines weighs in on Montana schools sports fan restrictions

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has weighed in on whether Montana schools should allow fans at sporting events. In a recent Facebook post, Daines said parents should be allowed to watch their children play fall sports. Daines called on Gov. Steve Bullock, who is challenging him for his Senate seat in the upcoming election, to develop a statewide plan for allowing parents to participate from the bleachers. "As a dad of 4, I can't imagine missing out on watching my kids play sports," Daines states. "I'v… Continue Reading


Daines talks with local leaders about local concerns

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines listens during a meeting with local officials Tuesday in the meeting room at Bear Paw Development Corp. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., stopped in Havre Tuesday to continue his tour to visit all 56 counties of Montana to discuss with local leaders about what is going on in the area. Several local officials and leaders met with Daines at the Bear Paw Development Corp. meeting room, with much, but not all, of the discussion related tot he COVID-19 pandemic. Daines is running … Continue Reading


Montana Ag Network: Ranchers working to prevent catastrophic wildfires

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 93 active large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., which have charred over 1.8 million acres. And ranchers are working with Congress and the Trump administration on the need to prevent these catastrophic wildfires in the future. Kaitlynn Glover is the executive director of NCBA's Natural Resources and the Public Lands Council and says even though fire is a natural part of the ecosystem, preventing these catastrophic wildfire… Continue Reading


Pilot who died in helicopter crash fighting Oregon fire identified as Bozeman man

BOZEMAN- U.S. Senator Steve Daines on Tuesday issued the following statement after learning Tom Duffy, a firefighting pilot from Bozeman, died while fighting the White River Fire in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. "I am saddened to hear about the passing of Bozeman's very own Tom Duffy," Daines said. "Tom Duffy tragically passed fighting the fires at Mt. Hood National Forest in service of the people of Oregon. Cindy and I offer our prayers to Tom's family and loved ones." Earlier Tue… Continue Reading


Senate Probe Boosts Effort to Rein in Land Tax Shelters (3)

Tax-advantaged land deals known as syndicated conservation easements are set up solely for tax avoidance and will continue to cost the government billions in lost revenue if allowed in their current form, a Senate Finance Committee investigation found. A bipartisan report, released Tuesday, compared the deals to inserting a dollar into a vending machine and getting two back. It sets the stage for Congress to pass legislation to stop abusive versions of these transactions, which have been under … Continue Reading


Internet access more important than ever for rural Montana

Bad internet could have parents choosing between their child's safety or their education. "You know there are some families that just don't have internet and they rely on the school for their kids to get access to technology," said Scott Chauvet, superintendent for Geyser Public Schools. One in 3 Montanan's lack access to reliable broadband. And in a time where so many students are learning from home, that access has become more crucial than ever. "It's really important that we're able to tea… Continue Reading


Daines and Tester secure over $15 million for Montana communities to support jobs, economic development amide COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be directing $3,900,000 through the EDA's CARES Act Recovery Assistance program and $11,209,000 through the EDA's CARES Act Recovery Assistance Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support Montana communities, small businesses and jobs amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "This funding is about empowering Montana small business owners whose operations have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-1… Continue Reading


Daines Visits New YWCA Shelter called The Meadowlark

Montana Senator Steve Daines toured the new YWCA shelter under construction on South Third Street West called 'The Meadowlark' on Friday, that is being built with innovative financing called New Market Tax Credits. At the site headed up by Sirius Construction, YWCA Executive Director Cindy Weese outlined the purpose of the $12 million facility. "For 20 years the YWCA has operated a domestic violence shelter out of a seven bedroom three bath house in a residential neighborhood where we serve hu… Continue Reading


WATCH NOW: Missoula's new family crisis shelter nears completion

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and community leaders sang the praises of a federal tax credit program Friday during a tour of Missoula's still-under-construction shelter for homeless families and those experiencing domestic violence. "Everything you see today would not have happened if not for the New Market Tax Credits," said Cindy Weese, executive director of YWCA Missoula, which will partner with the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative's Family Promise program to run the new Meadowlark facility on Sou… Continue Reading


Daines details bipartisan forest reform bill

Conservationists, forestry leaders and local elected officials met with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in Kalispell Monday morning to discuss the introduction of a new bipartisan reform bill that aims to reduce environmental litigation, increase active forest management on federal lands, accelerate post-wildfire restoration and more. Daines recently introduced the bill, known as the Emergency Wildlife and Public Safety Act of 2020, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Daines told local leaders d… Continue Reading


Officials offer thoughts on 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.: "Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. One of the trailblazers that led the #WomenSuffrage movement was MT's very own Jeannette Rankin, the 1st woman to serve in Congress. Let us honor her legacy and leaders like her today."… Continue Reading


Daines discusses bipartisan bill in Kalispell

KALISPELL, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines made a trip to the Flathead Valley Monday morning to talk about a bipartisan forest management reform bill. Daines was joined by elected officials as well as conservation and timber leaders. The bill is about addressing wildfires, wildlife, watersheds and workers. Daines is working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, on the bill. "Montanans are tired of breathing smoke during fire season, and they want to see people back in the forest … Continue Reading


Daines rallies support for wildfire logging bill

After meeting with timber, fire and wildlife supporters in Kalispell on Monday, Sen. Steve Daines predicted a new forest management bill he's co-sponsored could be law in four months. "We spent the time to get a strong, bipartisan launch," Daines said on Monday. "There's a high probability we'll have a hearing when we go back in September, and the goal is to get the bill signed into law by the end of the year." Republican Daines and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced the… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines hears case for additional MT drug court funding

HELENA - State judges presiding over Montana's drug-treatment courts said they're a much better route than throwing addicts in prison. But, late last week, treatment court officials told U.S. Senator Steve Daines that they could use more resources for more courts and that the pandemic isn't helping either. Members of Helena's drug-court treatment team met with Senator Daines on Friday to talk about successes and struggles. Two drug-court treatment graduates, Dawn Knowles and Joe Wolhers, said … Continue Reading


MT delegation raises more questions on mail delays, drop boxes

HELENA - Montana's congressional delegation Friday continued to raise questions about U.S. Postal Service actions they feared could delay mail service in the state - including the removal of mail drop-boxes from several cities. The Postal Service said Friday it's putting on hold the removal of any of the traditional blue drop-boxes in Montana - although it has also said removal of some boxes is fairly routine, in response to mail volume. The drop-box-removal issue was raised first by U.S. Sen.… Continue Reading


Daines requests more funding to support senior living during pandemic

Senior living providers should be included in future federal funding allocations from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), wrote U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) in an Aug. 12 letter sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar II. "The healthcare heroes in these communities are on the front lines of this crisis, and while they continue to do everything they can to care for our nation's seniors and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, they need fin… Continue Reading


Treatment court in COVID: Daines, Lewis and Clark County talk lessons learned during pandemic

Treatment courts have seen success in Montana but faced significant struggles during the coronavirus pandemic, Lewis and Clark County officials told U.S. Sen. Steve Daines on Friday. Daines joined a roundtable with treatment court staff, graduates and veterans' advocates at American Legion Post 2 in Helena. The group came to discuss the value of treatment courts and the struggles they faced during COVID-19 when many of the face-to-face interactions the programs are based on became impossible. … Continue Reading

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