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06.19.17

Wildfires won't stop at the edge of public land — sustainability policy shouldn't either

Nearly 145 million acres of land are at a high risk of catastrophic wildfireacross the West thanks to the overwhelming insect epidemic, drought, decades of fire suppression and years of lack of management of our forests. This statistic is sure to come up in Tuesday's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on restoring watersheds and large landscapes. The committee plans to discuss collaborative initiatives between state and federal partners to help restore forests back to heal… Continue Reading


06.19.17

Perdue, Roberts star at Montana Ag Summit

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has a goal of having a federal budget providing adequate safety nets for both producers and those who cannot afford food while admitting spending cuts are necessary to get the federal debt under control. Speaking at Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls, June 1, Perdue discussed the proposed 2018 fiscal year budget, in which President Donald Trump has proposed a $193 billion cut-or 25 percent-in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over 10 years, a 36 p… Continue Reading


06.19.17

Republicans Call on Leadership To Cancel August Recess

More and more Republican lawmakers are considering canceling their month-long August recess so they can continue pushing their agendas through Congress. "Congress has no business taking a recess when the people's business remains unfinished," Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines told The Hill Monday. Daines is one of many Republicans who want to stay and make sure the American people know their elected officials are actually doing work. "I think it's really important that people understand th… Continue Reading


06.19.17

GOP May Be Cancelling Summer Recess to Make More Time for 'The People's Business'

Every August, Congress takes a break from the Capitol with a monthlong recess. However, representatives may want to wait before they start packing up their Hawaiian shirts and fanny packs for vacation. The Hill reported that the lack of progress on tax reform, health care, and other bills has resulted in some Republican lawmakers calling for a cancellation of the August break. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) supports canceling the recess and told The Hill, "We have a huge agenda. I think we can get a… Continue Reading


06.19.17

Calls to nix August recess gain steam as GOP agenda hits roadblocks

Struggling to make progress on campaign promises like tax and health care reform, rank-and-file congressional Republicans are stepping up calls for their leaders to cancel or at least shorten the upcoming August recess. The GOP agenda is about to enter a summer slump amid internal disagreements and efforts by Democrats to sideline legislation. These efforts will enter a new phase Monday evening when Democrats plan to start slowing down Senate work even more by making speeches and refusing to le… Continue Reading


06.17.17

Trade agreement is good for beef producers

Montana cattle may well show up on Chinese dinner tables thanks to an historic agreement between the United States and China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached a final agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments. This is welcome news to Montana ranchers, notes Montana Farm Bureau na… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Trade agreement with China good for Montana beef producers

Montana cattle may well show up on Chinese dinner tables thanks to an historic agreement between the United States and China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached a final agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments. This is welcome news to Montana ranchers, notes Montana Farm Bureau Nation… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Montana senators co-sponsor bill to honor Capitol cops after shooting

Montana's U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines joined the rest of the Senate on Thursday in commending the Capitol Police who responded to a shooting Wednesday involving members of Congress. Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine introduced the bill Thursday in the Senate, where it passed unanimously. Other senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. On Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire on Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, who were practicing for a charity baseball game again… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Daines on agriculture, climate change and Russia

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) recently participated in a Q&A with NBC Montana to discuss his thoughts on Russia, his agricultural summit, the Paris Climate Accord, health care and U.S. Rep.-elect Gianforte. NBC Montana: Your ag summit just wrapped up. What did you learn? Why do Montana farmers have reason to be optimistic? Sen. Daines: Well, we had two of the nation's top ag leaders at the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls, we had the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, as well … Continue Reading


06.15.17

Montana Senator Daines Talking About the GOP Shooting

This morning I spoke with Senator Steve Daines of Montana. We were going to talk about how Montana beef and how after over a 10-year ban, it will now be sold in China. But everything went crazy 10 minutes before my morning show, Dominick On The Air, went on the air. There was a shooting in Virginia, someone attacked Republican congress members while they were practicing for a baseball game. I check the Associated Press, then Fox News and CNN. The information is Congressman Steve Scalise has b… Continue Reading


06.14.17

American Legion National Commander Salutes Senate Bill on Flag Day

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt was delighted to learn on this historic Flag Day that U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has introduced a bill to give Congress the authority to prohibit physical desecration of the U.S. flag. The measure follows introduction of a similar bill in the House on Feb. 2 by Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark. "Both houses of Congress now have the opportunity to do what most Americans believe should be done - pass a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Montana delegation thanks Capitol police for action in early morning shooting

A Virginia shooting that left five wounded this morning, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, rattles Montana's Congressional delegation but has them sending praise to Capitol police. Both of Montana's Senators, Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester, were in Washington D.C. at the time of the shooting. "The news we received this morning, is something you never, ever want to hear," Sen. Daines said this morning from his office in Washington. "I'm grateful for the first re… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Montana Senators, Congressman Respond To Shooting At The Congressional Baseball Practice

Montana's congressional delegation offered responses to the shooting at the congressional baseball practice today. "Sharla and I send our thoughts and prayers to Representative Scalise, his family and staff, the capital police officers who bravely protect us every day," said Senator Jon Tester in a conference call with reporters. "Senseless violence like this reminds us that when tragedy strikes, we're Americans first." In a statement released by his campaign, Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte … Continue Reading


06.13.17

China a step closer to resuming US beef imports

"I welcome China taking this important step to start allowing U.S. beef imports after shutting them out over 13 years ago", says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The Department of Agriculture announced on Monday that China, who imported $2.5 billion worth of beef in 2016, will soon begin importing United States beef. The deal is part of a trade agreement between the two countries. Before the ban, the United States was China's largest supplier of imported beef. China banned US be… Continue Reading


06.13.17

China Lifts Beef Import Ban: What Does It Mean For Montana?

It's an accomplishment more than 13 years in the making. Montana beef will finally be back on the plates of consumers in China. Montana, a beautiful state full of mountain views, rivers, and of course cows. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to these animals. "Cattle prices have been down in the last three years." Nicole Rolf with the Montana Farm Bureau says. Today, a new trade agreement is opening up a brand new market for Montana cattle producers. "For the … Continue Reading


06.12.17

U.S. and China finalize beef export agreement

The U.S. and China have finally reached an agreement on commercial shipments of beef according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time since 2003, the U.S. is now allowed to begin beef exports to China. The USDA and Chinese officials finalized the details on Tuesday. The USDA reported that since 2003, the U.S. had been banned from China's market. They also said until the ban took effect, the U.S. was China's largest supplier of imported beef, providing 70 percent of their tot… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Republican Senators Unaware of Health Care Details

Several Republican senators have no knowledge of the specific policy proposals GOP leadership is weighing for inclusion in the pending legislation to overhaul the U.S. health care system. The lack of widespread knowledge among members about the exact policy under review calls into question whether Republicans will be able to advance a bill before the Fourth of July recess, the timeline that GOP aides say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is operating under. While there have been thrice-we… Continue Reading


06.10.17

Sen. Steve Daines: The future of Montana agriculture

On June 1, Great Falls was the center of our nation's agriculture conversation as I hosted the Montana Ag Summit, a conversation about the future of jobs in our state's No. 1 economic driver, agriculture. We had two of the nation's top ag leaders at the Montana Ag Summit -- the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and the U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts. The day before the Summit, Perdue and Roberts joined me in Cascade, Montana for a listening session at Rick… Continue Reading


06.09.17

Troy's Summer Meal Program

Troy's summer meal program begins Monday, June 12 and will run Monday through Friday until August 17. This year two meals will be served each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Troy Baptist Church. Meals are free to anyone under 18. April Turnage, who is involved in the program through her position as an Americorps volunteer at Morrison Elementary and oversees the state funded No Kid Hungry program, is organizing activities in conjunction with the church so that kids can have fun and be fed at… Continue Reading


06.09.17

As Trump and Comey Share Conflicting Accounts, Republicans Hesitate to Pick a Side

President Donald Trump outright denied former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a press conference Friday afternoon, forcing a question many GOP lawmakers don't want to answer: do they trust Trump or Comey? "No, I didn't say that, and I didn't say the other," Trump defiantly told reporters Friday afternoon. When asked if he would dispute Comey's claims under oath, Trump answered, "100 percent." During the hearing, Comey repeated his allegations th… Continue Reading

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