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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


Daines tours Kalispell brownfields sites

Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler were in Kalispell Friday visiting multiple brownfields sites. Brownfield land is any previously developed land that may potentially be contaminated or land that was previously used for industrial or commercial purposes with suspected pollution due to hazardous waste. The tour included Glacier Rail Park, the former CHS Country Store, the CHS Agronomy Center and finished at the SunRift Beer Company in downtow… Continue Reading


Montana Hospital, Public Health Experts Raise Coronavirus Concerns To Daines, FDA

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines July 22 reiterated the federal government's intention to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine within the calendar year during a roundtable with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official and nearly a dozen hospital and public health experts across the Treasure State. Daines struck an urgent tone while discussing progress on domestic vaccine production. "Because as you know, every day matters. We're seeing hospitalizations spike, COVID-19 positive tests. Time is of … Continue Reading


Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act, includes investments into Malmstrom AFB, Montana Air National Guard

HELENA- A bill that includes a number of important provisions that will strengthen military bases across the U.S. passed the Senate Thursday, July 23. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will expand services for servicemembers, veterans and military families and includes investments into Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard. The 2021 NDAA sets funding levels and policies for the Department of Defense, and in addition to providing a 3.1 present pay raise to serv… Continue Reading


Daines proposes $3.5B to fund post-pandemic workforce recovery, training

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday unveiled legislation to promote workforce recovery through the provision of additional training services and workforce investment activities via $3.5 billion in funding for fiscal years 2020 through 2022. "As our nation continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, we must ensure our workers have the support they need to get back to work," Sen. Daines said. "My bill will boost our economic recovery by connecting unemployed Montanans with local career … Continue Reading


Land and Water Conservation Fund measure headed to President Trump

Congress has finally approved a permanent source of money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) after years of struggle. The US House gave approval on Wednesday to the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides a permanent allocation to cover a variety of recreation projects, from building fishing access sites to paying for trails and campground improvements. The vote comes a month after the US Senate gave it's approval to the Act, which saw Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tes… Continue Reading


House passes major conservation bill, president expected to sign

The U.S. House made a significant investment in public lands on Wednesday by passing the Great American Outdoors Act. The bill is now headed to President Donald Trump who has said he will sign it into law. Trump tweeted his support for the act on Wednesday and thanked Montana Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican up for reelection, for his work on the bill. The Great American Outdoors Act provides $9.5 billion for the maintenance backlog on public lands and sets aside $900 million annually for the L… Continue Reading


Daines, FDA official optimistic about COVID-19 drug rollout

U.S. Sen Steve Daines, R-Mont., told Montana health professionals Wednesday he's optimistic a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for distribution by year's end, in part because the government will pay for manufacturing of promising drugs ahead of final approval. The senator was joined on the Zoom conference Wednesday by Dr. Anand Shah, the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs. "I've always felt, and still firmly believe, the only way our country is … Continue Reading


Daines, Montana health care leaders talk vaccine, drugs for COVID-19

Montana health care leaders asked questions Wednesday about how a COVID-19 vaccine is being developed, how it'll be distributed and what's being done to ramp up testing as positive case numbers continue to surge. Over Zoom, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Anand Shah, deputy commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fielded those questions and gave an update on efforts to provide immunity to and treatment for the virus. Daines said that the federal government has made significant inves… Continue Reading


Senator Daines on ZOOM call with FDA Commissioner on COVID Drugs

From his office in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Montana Senator Steve Daines conducted a ZOOM call with FDA Deputy Commissioner Anand Shah for an update on development of treatments for COVID 19. Daines called his plan 'Operation Warp Speed' meaning federal authorities are pulling out all the stops in an effort to find an effective treatment for the worldwide pandemic. "Nationally, my effort will be called 'Operation Warp Speed', and that is what the White House is calling this overall proje… Continue Reading


Land and Water Conservation Fund measure headed to President Trump

Congress has finally approved a permanent source of money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) after years of struggle. The US House gave approval on Wednesday to the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides a permanent allocation to cover a variety of recreation projects, from building fishing access sites to paying for trails and campground improvements. RELATED: Congress passes conservation bill; Gianforte votes yesThe vote comes a month after the US Senate gave it's approval … Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Daines leads St. Mary-Milk River Project Roundtable with DOI Assistant Secretary, local officials, community members

U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a roundtable discussion in Cut Bank with community members and top administration leaders on the St. Mary Milk River Project following a tour of the damaged Drop Sites 2 and 5. Daines has actively been working on a solution to fix the St. Mary Milk River Project to protect Montana jobs and the ag operations on the Hi-Line. Daines was joined by U.S Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Dr. Tim Petty, Phillips County Economic Growth Cou… Continue Reading


More COVID-19 treatment drug being sent to state

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday was expected to be sending 24 cases / 960 doses of remdesivir to Montana, which they have given emergency-use authorization to treat certain patients hospitalized with COVID-19, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said. Remdesivir It is an antiviral that shortens hospitalization by about an average of four days. "These shipments of remdesivir will help treat and support Montanans hospitalized with COVID-19," Daines, R-Mont., said in an email. There are … Continue Reading

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