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Daines, Feinstein introduce wildfire protection bill

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines and California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at protecting communities by increasing forest management and reducing environmental litigation. The Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020 would grant broad authority to federal agencies to push fuels reduction projects, create a new center providing training on prescribed fire and allow projects to proceed while agencies consult over species listed under th… Continue Reading


‘A Conservationist’s Dream’ Come True

With the stroke of President Donald Trump's pen, the biggest land conservation legislation in a generation became law Tuesday morning, prompting widespread praise on a measure that sets a new standard of stewardship for public lands. The bill, called the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), authorizes billions in funding for two major conservation needs - the National Park Service deferred maintenance backlog and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The House approved the bill 310-107 on July 2… Continue Reading


President signs Great American Outdoors Act

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that will spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public land. The Great American Outdoors Act was hailed as the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a century. "For more than 50 years Congress has struggled to fund land and water conservation, leading to a never ending backlog of maintenance and other critical needs in our parks and publi… Continue Reading


Trump signs landmark Great American Outdoors Act

President Trump signed a bipartisan bill on Tuesday that will pay for repairs at national parks, permanently finance the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and create thousands of jobs. The investment under the Great American Outdoors Act, heralded as the most significant conservation bill in a generation, is the biggest for parks since President Theodore Roosevelt's administration in the early 1900s, he said. "We are proving that we can protect [our] treasured environment without bludgeo… Continue Reading


Daines Thanks Trump for Signing Great American Outdoors Act

At a White House ceremony on Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. Montana Senator Steve Daines, who along with fellow Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte helped shepherd the bipartisan conservation bill through Congress and to the President's desk. Daines addressed the President from the podium at the White House. "Thank you, Mr. President," said Daines. "This really is a great day for Montana. This is a great day for America. This is … Continue Reading


Montana delegation celebrates signing of Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act is now the law of the land. The act has been touted by conservation and access groups as one of the largest pieces of conservation legislation to pass in decades. The bipartisan bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually and makes the allocation permanent in the budget. The bill also generates roughly $9.5 billion to finance backlogged maintenance on federal lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, national forest and… Continue Reading


President Trump signs landmark conservation funding bill

Following decades of political wrangling, federal leaders are finally able to wrap up permanent financing of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, with President Trump signing legislation on Tuesday morning. It was 35 years ago this month President Regan asked a special commission to look into a permanent way to fund conservation and public lands programs. But the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) -- which is paid for through revenues from oil and gas leasing -- has continued to be a pol… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Daines propose additional family-focused, pandemic-relief payments for Americans

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on July 30 led the introduction of a Republican bill that would provide supplementary 2020 recovery rebates to eligible individuals. "Much of the burden of the pandemic has fallen on parents and children," Sen. Cassidy said. "This legislation prioritizes their needs by providing resources for school supplies, childcare and other unexpected expenses." Sen. Cassidy sponsored the Coronavirus Assistance for American Families Act, S. 4381, with… Continue Reading


Spectrum unveils plan for high-speed broadband in Cascade

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to celebrate the upcoming launch of high-speed broadband in Cascade. The launch, planned for later this year, will include Spectrum Internet, with starting internet speeds of 100 Mbps in addition to Spectrum Internet Gig for residential customers and Spectrum Business Internet Gig for small and medium-sized business clients in Cascade, company officials said. Montana has among the slowest broadband access speeds in the country.A Spectrum spokeswoman … Continue Reading


Cable provider bringing high-speed Internet to Cascade

CASCADE - Cable TV and Internet provider Spectrum announced Friday that it will be bringing high-speed Internet and related services this fall to Cascade, a town of 800 people south of Great Falls. Spectrum, which serves Montana's major cities and many other smaller cities, has brought high-speed Internet to 11,000 previously unserved homes in Montana the past two years, a company official said. Residents of Cascade already have cable TV from Spectrum, but the new service will include In… Continue Reading


Daines secures major Montana priorities in next COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced the following Montana priorities that are included in the initial Phase Four Coronavirus Relief Package in the Senate. Daines fought for funding for a COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic drugs, Montana jobs and workers, and support for Montana child care providers and working parents. "As Montana experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, I will continue fighting for the health and economic livelihoods of Montana families. This latest COVID-19 relief package include… Continue Reading


Great Falls VA clinic hosts grand opening of new facility

GREAT FALLS - The new Great Falls Veterans Affairs clinic hosted a grand opening Friday morning with a ceremony dedicated to veterans and clinic staff. The event, which was open to vets and the public, had remarks from Montana VA Health Care System representatives, as well as Governor Steve Bullock, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and Clarence Sivertsen, the vice chairman of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. Small groups were offered tours to see the new facility, which is the first i… Continue Reading


Montana's senators decry expiration of $600 jobless benefit

With the U.S. Senate deadlocked as the additional $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits meant to supplement state benefits expires at midnight Friday, both of Montana's senators called for action while placing blame on the other party. In Montana, the enhanced federal pandemic unemployment compensation to eligible Montanans totaled $549 million, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Total unemployment payments made in Montana were $769.6 million from April 13 to July … Continue Reading


Guest view: EPA making progress on Superfund

This is an important year for the Environmental Protection Agency and for America's environment. This year marks the agency's 50th anniversary and commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Superfund clean-up program, which was created to address America's most contaminated properties. Throughout July, EPA is highlighting the success of programs like Superfund as part of our "Cleaning Up and Reusing America's Land" month. During the Trump Administration, criteria air pollutant emissions have drop… Continue Reading


Top EPA official tours brownfield sites

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler got an up-close and personal look at the federal agency's impact in Kalispell during a tour on Friday. Wheeler came from Washington, D.C., to join U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and local business leaders on a tour of brownfield sites throughout the city that have been redeveloped, thanks to $2 million in EPA funding. "We're very happy Administrator Wheeler took the time to come to Kalispell," said Katharine King, assistant di… Continue Reading


Daines Questions Medical Equipment Imports From Other Countries

At a U. S. Senate Finance hearing on Tuesday, Senator Steve Daines posed questions to two Department of Homeland Security personnel on importing vital medical supplies from countries like China. "It's long overdue that we end our reliance on foreign countries like China to produce medical equipment, supplies and life saving drugs," said Daines. "That's why I've taken swift action to put America first in leading the effort in Congress to support 'Made in America' manufacturing as well as jobs. I… Continue Reading


Montana senators focus on health care, business support in 4th COVID-19 bill

As details about a fourth round of the federal COVID-19 relief spending surface in the Senate, Montana lawmakers are putting forth what they would like to see in the bill. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines, a Republican, and Democrat Jon Tester are focused on several proposals ranging from a replacement for the Paycheck Protection Program to getting relief to local governments. Time is expiring on key programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress in late M… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines and EPA Administrator Visit Kalispell

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited with Kalispell city officials and EPA Region 8 Administrator Gregory Sopkin on June 24 to tour several Brownfields sites, which are now part of the Kalispell Core and Rail Redevelopment project. The project, which has paved the way for the Glacier Rail Park and the future Parkline Trail in downtown Kalispell, is a result of a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant in combination with a Transporta… Continue Reading


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


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

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