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06.06.17

DHS John Kelly Rejects H-2B Program, Reveals Drug, Refugee Priorities

"I know we already have large numbers [of contract workers] that come in and have been coming in over the years, but … in the current administration, this is all about American jobs versus people that come in and do the work," Kelly told Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from Dakota. Heitkamp had asked Kelly to accelerate the approval of H-2B contact-workers sought by employers in North Dakota, even though millions of Americans are either unemployed or have fallen out of the low-wage workforce. E… Continue Reading


06.06.17

NYFC goes to DC to urge legislators to support a farm bill for the future

Fresh on the heels of a legislative victory in Minnesota, where passage of a tax credit bill gives young farmers better access to land, the National Young Farmers Coalition converges in Washington, D.C., today to advocate for a 2018 farm bill that renews rural economies and enables a new generation of farmers to grow the nation's food supply. "These young farmers have come to Washington, D.C., to fight for their livelihoods, and for the future of American agriculture," said Andrew Bahrenburg, … Continue Reading


06.05.17

Federal funds help Helena airport plan for expansion

Helena Regional Airport is among 20 Montana airports sharing in nearly $10 million in federal funding for improvements and maintenance. The funding was secured through provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, according to an announcement by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Helena's airport will receive $705,306 to fund the design of the terminal building's expansion, the news release stated. "The Helena airport plays a critical role in connecting our state. T… Continue Reading


06.05.17

AARP and MT Attorney General work to get ahead of scammers

Scammers are constantly figuring out new ways to take your money. It's a problem the Montana Attorney General's Office and AARP are trying to get ahead of. In a statewide teleconference Monday, state officials including Attorney General Tim Fox and Senator Steve Daines took questions from callers about scammers. Fox said the number of scams being reported is going up. The scams are getting more convincing as criminals use stolen information from corporate data breaches to appear more credibl… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senator Vows to Reform Timber Litigation Laws

Montana's junior senator vowed to reform laws governing environmental litigation that he blames for Montana's flagging timber industry, speaking during a roundtable discussion with timber industry representatives and local government officials in Columbia Falls Friday morning. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., was joined by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry - a panel on which Daines also serves. The two senators led the hour-long discus… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Sidney-Richland Airport receives federal funding

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has announced that 20 Montana airports have received $8.9 million in funding for critical upgrades and maintenance. "Montana's community airport play a critical role in connecting our state," Daines said. "Every single dollar make a huge difference to keeping our rural airports reliable and ready to use." The funding included $504,000 for the Sidney-Richland Airport Authority. This project will fund the acquisition of new snow removal power broom with … Continue Reading


06.02.17

Perdue: We Won't Let You Go Hungry But There Are Limits

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who runs the federal farm subsidy and public nutrition programs, told a Montana audience that "my goal is to have a safety net for all American citizens, producers, but also those who cannot afford (food) … It is not in the heart of America to want to see anyone go hungry." Speaking at the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls, Perdue said spending cuts are necessary to get the federal debt under control. For the coming fiscal year, President Trump has prop… Continue Reading


06.02.17

Beef issues highlighted during Montana Ag Summit

The 2017 Montana Ag Summit Thursday featured several high-profile speakers and panels on various issues affecting present and future agriculture, and top-of-mind beef industry issues were included. J. Christopher Giancarlo, acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), gave a speech on the future of commodity markets, placing emphasis on the need for regulatory reform and a need to change the "ill-conceived regulatory burdens" that add costs to doing business. Gianca… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Havre, Big Sandy receive federal airport grants

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Wednesday in a press release that the airports at Havre and Big Sandy are among Montana facilities receiving almost $8.9 million in funding for upgrades and maintenance. The $1,216,934 grant for the Havre City-County Airport will be used to: • Fund the final phase for the rehabilitation of 10,000 square yards of the existing apron to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement. • Fund the second of three construction phases for the re… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Montana’s leaders react to Trump’s decision on climate pact

Here's how Montana's politicians reacted to Trump's decision to back out of the Paris climate accord: Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines: "Withdrawing from this unenforceable agreement is good news for Montanans - it would have raised utility rates for hardworking Montana families and cost our state jobs. We all want clean water and clean air, but this deal was a bad deal." Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester: "At a time when countries around the world are looking to America to lead in inn… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns honored at AG Summit

The Montana Ag Summit kicked off on Thursday at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls with a tribute to former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Burns passed away on April 28, 2016, at the age of 81. U.S. Senator Steve Daines opened the ceremony by announcing the creation of the Conrad Burns Ag Technology Award, to be given every year at the Ag Summit. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Burns' friend and former colleague, also spoke about his memories of Burns. … Continue Reading


06.01.17

US Ag Secretary Promises Big Changes For The Forest Service

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Great Falls Thursday for an "agriculture summit" hosted by Senator Steve Daines. Perdue promised big changes at the U.S. Forest Service, which his department oversees. Former Georgia Governor Sunny Perdue has only been Agriculture Secretary for five weeks. He told the crowd of mostly farmers and ranchers that where he comes from, trees are a crop that can be sustainably harvested. "We've got a lot of U.S. Forest [Service] land that's not healthy.… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Ag Secretary Calls For SNAP, Farm Subsidy Reforms

New U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke in Great Falls Thursday. Perdue suggested reforms for a couple of big safety net programs important to farmers. Perdue has only been on the job as ag secretary since the end of April, and part of his job is to help President Trump push forward a budget that calls for big cuts in the Department of Agriculture. Speaking to an audience of more than 700 mostly farmers and ranchers at an "agriculture summit" convened by Senator Steve Daines, Secreta… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Burns Honored At Montana Ag Summit

The Montana Ag Summit kicked off on Thursday at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls with a tribute to former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Burns passed away on April 28, 2016, at the age of 81. U.S. Senator Steve Daines opened by announcing the creation of the Conrad Burns Ag Technology award, to be given every year there is an Ag Summit. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Burns' friend and former colleague, also spoke about his memories of Conrad. Senat… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Ag summit wraps up

The first annual Ag summit wraps up Thursday in the Electric City. There seemed to be a lot of hope from the attendees as they look to the future. Whole idea behind this summit, was for our National Agriculture leadership to hear and address the grassroots people of the Ag industry. A big topic was how farmers and ranchers can make themselves part of a bigger global agriculture community.Senator Daines reminded people that agriculture brings in over five billion dollars a year to the state. … Continue Reading


06.01.17

Montana Ag Summit brings agriculture's heaviest hitters to Great Falls

Perhaps the greatest benefit Montana farmers and ranchers took home with them from the Montana Ag Summit was the national attention it delivered and a greater awareness in Washington, D.C. of Montana's importance to the U.S. farm economy. "We have two of the nation's leaders; I would argue the nation's top two influencers of ag policy with us here today," said Montana Senator Steve Daines. "This is making a very deep impression on Sonny Perdue (U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) and Pat Roberts (Ch… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Making Net Neutrality a Thing of the Past

Anyone who has followed the hyperbolic debate about net neutrality has likely heard that the Federal Communications Commission is moving to "squelch competition," "limit consumer choice," "raise prices," and perhaps even "destroy the internet." At least, that is what some activists and crusading late-night comedians claim. But none of this is true. Rather, what the FCC did two weeks ago was vote to reconsider the agency's barely 2-year-old decision to begin regulating the internet, for the fi… Continue Reading


05.30.17

U.S. Secretary of the Interior visits Fairbanks

Over the weekend, Senators from five petroleum-rich states accompanied the U.S. Secretary of the Interior on a visit to Alaska. On Saturday, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, along with five other senators including Senator Lisa Murkowski, arrived in Fairbanks on a fact finding mission. Although the majority of the tour takes place in Alaska, the senators and Secretary started off the mission visiting a cutting edge liquid natural gas plant in Norway. Secretary Zinke discusses why they visite… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Interior Secretary Zinke tours Alaska

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is spending several days in Alaska on his way back from a trip to Norway, and has toured Prudhoe Bay as he makes his way south. News outlets were surprised to get official word of Zinke's trip from Gov. Bill Walker, who broke the security embargo about the secretary's trip on Friday, ahead of Alaska's DC delegation. There was a mad scramble by Zinke's security detail, Must Read Alaskawas told. Zinke and an entourage of senators stopped in Denali National Pa… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Jerry Moran: Move fast to modernize technology

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) authored a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee requesting swift consideration of the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 (S. 990/H.R. 2227). This is legislation to modernize government information technology, eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity. The letter was also signed by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.). "In the… Continue Reading

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