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07.22.20

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


07.22.20

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


07.21.20

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


07.21.20

Daines introduces measure to give workers new skills in post-COVID job market

A bill to help workers navigate the shifting economy by gaining new skills and provide employer incentives could help boost the nation's recovery, Sen. Steve Daines said Tuesday. Daines on Tuesday morning introduced the Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act, saying many workers are returning to a job market that looks different than it did before the pandemic. "As our nation continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, we must ensure our workers have the support they need to g… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Crow Leaders Request Federal Support For Law Enforcement, Health Care

Crow tribal leaders met with Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines on July 17 to request support for the new tribal police department's operations and novel Coronavirus surge planning. Senator Daines toured a closed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) jail in Crow Agency with members of the Crow Executive Branch, Crow Tribal Police, BIA Police and high ranking local judges. The new Crow Police Department, which was formed June 27, is seeking to reopen the Crow Agency Jail. Crow Tribal Police … Continue Reading


07.20.20

Sen. Daines secures funds for Whitehall meat processing operation

Sen. Steve Daines secured $26,250 for the Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Area Inc. to research the feasibility of a meat processing operation in Whitehall. The funding comes from the Economic Development Administration and the company that received it is located in Butte. "This critical funding assesses the need for a meat processing operation in Whitehall and will lead to more jobs and opportunities for the folks of Jefferson County," Daines said in a July 17 press release.… Continue Reading


07.20.20

Daines: Montana to Receive 24 Cases of Remdesivir

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - To help fight the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Montana, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sending 960 doses of the antiviral treatment Remdesivir to the state on Monday. The drug has received emergency use authorization by the FDA to treat patients with the virus. Patients who receive the treatment will receive roughly six doses over five days for treatment.… Continue Reading


07.20.20

As COVID cases climb, Tester urges pause on evictions; Daines announces drug shipment

The number of fatalities in Montana due to COVID-19 grew to 39 on Monday as state health officials announced two more deaths in a Billings nursing home. The state added 88 new cases on Monday, including four in Missoula, increasing the running tally to 2,621. More than 48 people remain hospitalized in the state and 1,248 cases are considered active. "Two more Montanans have sadly passed from COVID-19. My heart goes out to their families and community," Gov. Steve Bullock said. "As we con… Continue Reading


07.19.20

Praise for farm aid, criticism for meatpackers: Under secretary's visit a mixed bag

The threat of infection had kept the USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation cooped up in Washington D.C. for months. On July 15 he arrived in Great Falls, noting that his trip to Montana was the first he'd made outside the beltway since last March. "One of the best parts of the job is to get out of D.C. and be able to get to real farm country," Under Secretary Bill Northy said to an assemblage of Montana ag producers who gathered at a machine shop on the Bumgarner farm eas… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Business leaders meet with Senator Daines on growing industry in Montana

BELGRADE- Business leaders in the Bozeman area met with Senator Steve Daines on July 16, 2020, to discuss a new and booming industry making big strides across Montana. The roundtable meeting included businesses like Ascent Vision, Wavelength Electronics, and many more who all reside here in the Bozeman area in the industry of photonics. The optics and photonics industry uses laser research in a variety of ways including healthcare, law enforcement, transportation, and even farming purpos… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Hydroxychloroquine's 'nail in the coffin'

DOCUMENT DRAWER The FDA has added brucellosis, as well as opisthorchiasis and paragonimiasis, to the list of designated tropical diseases whose product applications may result in the award of priority review vouchers. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), in a letter to McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called for more funding on the development and manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines and drugs in the next coronavirus relief package. The FDA will have a public advisory committee meetin… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Crow Tribal Police eye former BIA jail to begin detention operations

The Crow Tribal Police and Crow leadership are eyeing a closed Bureau of Indian Affairs jail on the reservation to meet the newly formed police force's detention needs. Several administrators with the Crow Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs and gathered at the site of a former BIA jail on the Crow Indian Reservation to discuss the possibility of the tribe taking ownership of the jail to book offenders arrested by the new tribal police force. On Friday, several Crow Tribe administrators, Bur… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Crow Tribe Police hoping to acquire empty detention facility

BILLINGS, Mt. - Early Friday afternoon Crow Tribe Chairman AJ Not Afraid, Senator Daines, Crow Tribe Police and Tribal members took a tour of the empty detention facility in Crow Agency. The detention center is currently leased by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Crow tribe is looking to take over the lease to utilize the facility as they continue to lack enough holding space to maintain their policing needs on the reservation. The crow tribal police department wants to clean out and re… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Sen. Daines calls for more funding to speed the development of COVID-19 vaccines

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is requesting more funding for potential COVID-19 vaccines in any new coronavirus relief package. "As you continue your work on critical legislation to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, I write to you today to urge your support for robust funding that will help accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments," Daines wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


07.16.20

Montana Ag Producers Say They Need More COVID-19 Relief

As Congress prepares to debate another stimulus package to prop up the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, farmers and ranchers are lobbying for more help. Inside a farm shop southeast of Great Falls Wednesday industry representatives met with federal agriculture department Under Secretary Bill Northey and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to voice their concerns. Brett DeBruycker farms and ranches in Teton County. He says the assistance he got from the United States Department of Agriculture Co… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Bozeman optics and photonics businesses highlighted during roundtable discussion

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines hosted a roundtable discussion at Ascent Vision to highlight leaders in the optics and photonics industry on Thursday. Photonics is the science and technology of generating, detecting and controlling light. The industry is made up of companies that use, create and research light-based technologies. Daines says the optics and photonics industry is growing and there are 35 businesses around the state. He says the industry employs over 800 Montanans. … Continue Reading


07.16.20

Sen. Daines hosts Montana Ag roundtable in Great Falls

On Wednesday morning, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) joined USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and a number of farmers, ranchers and organization representatives from across Montana to discuss the state of the Agriculture industry in the Treasure State, as well as the impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry, and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program "Nothing beats having an Undersecretary of Agriculture leave Washington D.C. and come to Montana and literally hear directly from our fa… Continue Reading


07.16.20

David J. Thatcher Veterans Affairs Clinic groundbreaking ceremony held in Missoula

MISSOULA - On Friday, June 10, the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Veterans Affairs Clinic was held on West Broadway before a COVID-19 limited crowd of politicians, VA officials, Veterans, Flathead Nation representatives, construction personnel and the family of David J. Thatcher. The World War II hero is the namesake of the David J. Thatcher Veterans Affairs Clinic. Thatcher, a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, volunteered to serve as a tail gunner for a high-risk mission to attack targets in J… Continue Reading


07.15.20

US Bill Would Create Lost and Found for Retirement Savings

US lawmakers have re-introduced a bipartisan bill intended to create a national online "lost and found" for Americans to track down lost retirement accounts as they move between jobs. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Steve Daines, R-Montana, are sponsoring the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act in the Senate, while Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, and Jim Banks, R-Indiana, have introduced the bill in the House of Representatives. "Millions of Americans lose thousands in savings… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Farmers, Ranchers Voice Ag Concerns in Great Falls Roundtable Discussion

CASCADE COUNTY - The Coronavirus pandemic has also had a major impact on Montana's farmers and ranchers, as Congress starts looking at a second round of food assistance programs for the industry. With agriculture affecting many aspects of everyday life, including the food you cook and eat, those in the field met with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday to share their concerns in the midst of this pandemic. "I was glad we were able to have enough conversations to be able to figure ou… Continue Reading

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