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05.31.18

KTVQ: Colstrip a big topic as energy summit comes to Billings

BILLINGS - Energy is the name of the game this week as Billings hosts the Montana Energy Summit 2018. From discussing the future of Colstrip to an update on the Keystone Pipeline to the latest on a proposed coal port in Washington State, this week's Montana Energy Summit offers a snapshot of the various moving parts on the U.S. Energy scene. Wednesday morning, Montana Sen. Steve Daines got a jump start as host, leading a tour of top U.S. energy officials to Colstrip and a round-table discussi… Continue Reading


05.31.18

Billings Gazette: Here's a look at the state of Montana's energy industry ahead of Billings summit

Montana's energy economy is at a crossroads as U.S Sen. Steve Daines kicks off his energy summit Thursday in Billings. On the state's horizon are the possible northern construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2019, the closure of two of Colstrip Power Plant's four units within the next five years and the legal battle between Western states over shipping coal through Pacific Northwest ports. The Bozeman Republican has assembled a full day's worth of experts from the oil, gas and coal… Continue Reading


05.29.18

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman's Memorial Day remembers sacrifice of military veterans and families

Fifty years have passed since her dad was killed in Vietnam, yet the memory still makes Debbie Reintsma tearful. "Because I never knew him," Reintsma said Monday, wiping her eyes. "It's hard to really talk about." Hers was one of 19 Montana Gold Star families honored Monday at Bozeman's ninth annual Memorial Day parade and a ceremony in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Hundreds of people came to both events to remember veterans and honor those who died serving their country. As Mark MacLeod p… Continue Reading


05.28.18

NBC Montana: Montana Gold Star families honored in Bozeman

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The ninth annual memorial ceremony at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman attracted a big crowd and hosted 70 different Gold Star family members from across the state. "We have many Gold Star families here -- families who live every day with the pain of the loss of their loved one," said Sen. Steve Daines. For Ladena Hall, a Gold Star mother, moments like these mean everything to her. "This is something that shows us that our sons and daughters are not forg… Continue Reading


05.25.18

E&E Daily: Daines aims to amplify Trump "balanced" energy approach

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) intends to promote the president's energy policies next Thursday, when he gathers hundreds of energy industry leaders, policymakers and regulators for his biennial Montana Energy Summit in Billings.… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Fox News: GOP threatens to torpedo August recess, keeping vulnerable Dems off campaign trail

It is said there are decades where nothing happens. And there are weeks where decades happen. Congress has a version of this. It's a month called "August." Crazy congressional things happen in August. This is ironic because, well, Congress is supposed to be on recess in August. But the biggest question buzzing around Capitol Hill now is whether the Senate will cancel or shorten that recess - and meet anyway. President Trump initiated this year's fretting over a canceled recess with a tw… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Politico: GOP Senators Expect McConnell to Scrap or Scale Back August Break

Time to reschedule those vacation plans: The Senate's traditional August recess is likely to be trimmed or possibly scrapped entirely, according to four Republican senators. Senate Republicans expect that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will soon announce plans to gut the four-week recess as his caucus and President Donald Trump clamor for more action in Washington. McConnell discussed the matter privately with his leadership team on Monday evening in a members-only meeting, according to two GO… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Great Falls Tribune: 'Piano Pat's' honor part of Congressional Record

Pat Spoonheim, better known as Piano Pat, plays on a recent Wednesday night at the Sip 'n' Dip. She has played piano at the bar since 1963. Two Montanans were cast into the national spotlight Friday when two federal lawmakers honored a famed Great Falls piano player and a Fort Benton coffee shop owner for making differences in their communities. Patricia Spoonheim, better known as "Piano Pat," was honored by Rep. Greg Gianforte with his Spirit of Montana award for "entertaining countless pa… Continue Reading


05.18.18

KTVH: Daines fights against Amtrak ticket-agent cuts along Hi-Line

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations and to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met, including adding a stop in Culbertson. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out-of-state… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Great Falls Tribune: Daines: Bring B-12 bomber to Malmstrom

Sen. Steve Daines is urging U.S. Air Force officials to consider Malmstrom Air Force Base as a future site for the B-21 bomber. The Montana Republican made his suggestion Thursday to U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the Air Force budget. He said Gen. David Goldfein spoke in September about the strategic advantages and budgetary efficiencies of having Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) assets and long-range bomber… Continue Reading


05.17.18

KMMS: SEN. DAINES TRYING TO SAVE MONTANA AMTRAK JOBS

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Senator Steve Daines urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations. He asked them to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out-of-state visitors to some of Montana's pristine landscapes and supporting local economies," said Daines. "Amtr… Continue Reading


05.17.18

KXLH: Daines fights against Amtrak ticket-agent cuts along Hi-Line

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations and to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met, including adding a stop in Culbertson. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out-of-sta… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Great Falls Tribune: Daines wants Senate to cancel August recess

Daines looking for new airline after Delta ends NRA discount Montana GOP Sen. Steve Daines is among a group of senators calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the five-week August recess in order to get what he called a backlog of work done before the Sept. 30 budget deadline. "If we are complicit, we are on track for another last-minute spending battle come September," the 16 senators wrote in their May 10 letter to McConnell, R-Kentucky. "However, if we take action now,… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Mineral Independent: FOREST PROGRAM BRINGS ADDITIONAL $885,000 TO MINERAL COUNTY

Northwest Montana counties will soon receive more than $8.5 million in payments from the U.S. Forest Service, thanks to reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program. Mineral County received nearly $1 million in funding. Under this program, created by Congress in 2000, the Forest Service compensates county governments with forested federal land for revenue lost due to dropping timber production. These funds are intended for schools and other critical services, like roads and law enforceme… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Missoula Current: Skipping recess not a gimmick to keep Dems from campaigning, Daines said

Sen. Steve Daines on Wednesday continued his push to keep Congress in session through the August recess, saying it was needed to fix the budgeting process and unplug the backlog of presidential nominees. It was not, Daines said, a gimmick to prevent Sen. Jon Tester and other Democrats from campaigning in their bid for reelection. "It's hard to find a good argument around why we should be recessing Congress when there's so much work to be done," said Daines, R-Montana. "I don't think Congress h… Continue Reading


05.15.18

AmmoLand: Trump State Department Looks to Stream Line Firearms Exports & Open US Markets

-(Ammoland.com)- The Trump state department is making headway to transfer authority from the State Department to the Commerce Department over the approval of U.S. small arms exports. All in an effort to open U.S. firearms manufacturing to international customers. Currently, U.S. firearms and ammunition manufacturers faced a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace due to inefficient Cold War-era export controls and held over Obama administration era directives. As many of our… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Washington Free Beacon: 16 GOP Senators: No Vacation Until Congress Finishes Its Work

Senators challenge Dems to stop delaying tactics or give up August recess Sixteen Republican senators, led by Sen. David Perdue (Ga.), are giving their GOP leaders more leverage to cancel the August recess and force senators to work weekends if a long list of presidential nominations remain stalled and spending bills unpassed by the end of July. The senators signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) urging him to confront Democrats' historic delaying tactics, s… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Breitbart: "#MakeCongressWorkAgain: Drain the Swamp by Working Nights, Weekends, Through August Recess

Launched last week and spearheaded by Senator Perdue, who led a similar effort last year, the campaign calls for lawmakers to expedite floor proceedings ahead of Congress's traditional August recess, including a spending bill and President Donald Trump's 271 outstanding nominees. The group has even asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel August recess altogether. "President Trump talked about making America great again. He's doing that," said Daines. "He also talked abou… Continue Reading


05.15.18

RealClearPolitics: Full Replay: GOP Senators Demand Congress Work "Nights and Weekends" To Confirm All Trump Nominees

U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) are asking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite floor consideration of funding bills and nominees in order to make substantial progress before the end of th… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Missoula Current: Citing obstructionism, Daines urges peers to work weekends to beat Senate deadlines

Sen. Steve Daines joined several Republican colleagues in urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to waive the August recess so Congress can address the backlog of presidential nominees and fund the federal government before the next fiscal crisis. "When you're in business, when you have a private operation, budgets are locked down two months before a fiscal year begins," Daines said during a Tuesday morning press conference. "Contrast that to Washington, D.C. We were six months into the fiscal … Continue Reading

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