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05.15.17

MTPR: Montana Senators Aiming To Help State's Gun Manufacturers Access Global Markets

The United States is a big player in the global arms trade, and nationwide, Montana is pretty into the gun business, it has the highest number of licensed gun manufacturers per capita of any state. But not very many Montana guns are sold overseas. Montana's Senators Jon Testerand Steve Daines are trying to change that for people like Peter Noreen. Noreen started and runs Noreen Firearms in Belgrade, which has 15 employees. Several men oversee SUV-sized machines that turn aluminum bricks into g… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Catholic Stand: Student leader at Archbishop Carroll hopes to serve in government to 'help people in need'

Growing up, Malik Washington witnessed his father wearing the uniform and going to work as a D.C. police officer, dedicating his life to a "greater cause" of serving and bettering the community. Washington, a member of the class of 2017 at Archbishop Carroll High School in the nation's capital, serves as his school's student body president. At Carroll, he said he's learned enduring lessons about leadership and serving others. This summer, he will intern on Capitol Hill in the office of Montana… Continue Reading


05.15.17

MTPR: Pence Told Crow Tribe 'War On Coal Is Over' During Absaloka Mine Visit

A coal mine on the Crow Reservation was the first stop for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Montana. After Air Force Two landed, Pence climbed into a waiting vehicle and went directly to the Crow Reservation. "Mr. Vice President it's so good to have you here in Montana," said U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) who accompanied Pence on Air Force Two. "I think it is noteworthy that the plane lands today in Billings and the very first stop of the vice president was to Crow Country and to coal… Continue Reading


05.13.17

KRTV: VP Mike Pence visits coal country, declares 'war on coal is over'

Prior to his appearance on Friday night, Vice President Pence received a first hand look at a Montana coal mine, then later declared that the "war on coal is over." Vice President Mike Pence took the opportunity to visit coal country during his trip to Montana. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke and Senator Steve Daines joined him in riding horseback at Westmoreland's Absaloka Mine in Sarpy Creek. The meeting provided the Crow Tribe a platform to speak with the administration. With 85 employed … Continue Reading


05.12.17

Billings Gazette: VP Mike Pence says 'war on coal' is over during visit to Crow coal mine

United States Vice President Mike Pence declared "the war on coal" over Friday after touring a Crow Indian coal mine on horseback and meeting with stakeholders. "I just want to assure you that this administration is absolutely determined to continue to expand the opportunities to develop American energy in an environmentally responsible way," Pence said. The vice president gathered with Crow tribal leaders and coal supporters at Absaloka Mine's headquarters on the Crow Reservation. The … Continue Reading


05.12.17

ABC News: Mike Pence in Montana: Tours coal mine on horseback, stumps for GOP candidate

Vice president Mike Pence headed to Montana Friday to garner support for Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate vying for the Treasure State's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. And considering he is in Big Sky Country, the former Indiana governor's method of transportation while touring the Westmoreland Coal Company's Absaloka Mine on the Crow Indian Reservation was, not surprisingly, horseback. Wearing denim blue jeans and sturdy boots, Pence toured the coal mine with Interi… Continue Reading


05.12.17

E&E News: USDA official on proposed cuts: 'We hope that won't happen'

The director of pesticide programs at the Department of Agriculture is rooting against President Trump's proposed budget cuts to her agency. "We hope that won't happen," Sheryl Kunickis, director of USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy, said at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on pesticide registration programs. Kunickis and U.S. EPA's acting director of pesticide programs, Rick Keigwin, each took questions from panel Democrats about the potential effect of the deep cuts Trump e… Continue Reading


05.11.17

BDC: Montana's economy linked it agriculture

In Montana, we know how important agriculture is - to our economy, to jobs and to keeping food on our tables, and on tables around the world. I'm thrilled to have former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as our new Secretary of Agriculture. I know Secretary Perdue will be a champion for Montana agriculture. Don't take my word for it - come hear from him yourself when he is the keynote speaker at the Montana Ag Summit 2017 in Great Falls May 31-June 1. During a time of historically low prices, … Continue Reading


05.11.17

Politico: Europe, airlines await word on new U.S. laptop ban

An expected expansion of the Trump administration's laptop ban to include flights from Europe is causing heartburn among the travel industry and some European officials, who fear a logistical nightmare for millions of trans-Atlantic passengers just ahead of the summer vacation season. Briefings Thursday for U.S. senators and the major domestic airlines ended with no announcements from the Department of Homeland Security about changes to the restrictions, which already prohibit passengers from c… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Flathead Beacon: Trump Defends Comey Firing, Says Both Parties Will Thank Him

President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey, asserting in a flurry of tweets Wednesday that Republicans and Democrats "will be thanking me." Trump did not mention any effect the firing might have on the probe into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia. Instead, Trump tweeted that he'll name a replacement "who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI." Nevertheless, Tuesday's abrupt firing throws into question the future of th… Continue Reading


05.10.17

BuzzFeed: Democrats Shut Down The Senate's Work To Protest Comey's Firing

Democrats ground the Senate to a halt on Wednesday, forcing Republicans to abruptly end or postpone committee hearings in protest of President Donald Trump's controversial decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. On Wednesday morning, Minority Whip Dick Durbin - the number-two Senate Democrat - said that the Senate is currently facing an important "constitutional question" and made the unusual move of preventing the Senate from holding committee hearings, where senators research and debate… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Missoulian: Upward Bound funding appears to sill be in limbo

Grant money for a college preparation program that helps people from low-income families appears to still be in limbo. In March, the U.S. Department of Education ruled some Upward Bound applications, including the one from the University of Montana, ineligible for funding due to minor formatting errors. For example, UM failed to double-space one page, the budget page, out of a total of 65 pages. UM resubmitted its application with correct formatting, and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democra… Continue Reading


05.07.17

KXHL: Remembering Hanna: National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Native Women

Hanna Harris was killed on July 4, 2013, and since then, her family has been working to raise awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Native American women around the country. This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution marking May 5th as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The day is in honor of Hanna, on what would have been her 25th birthday, and the hundreds of other missing or murdered Native women around the country. "This is a very big d… Continue Reading


05.06.17

KBZK: Red Horse Unit Returns from Deployment

Family and friends gathered at Malmstrom Air Force Base Friday to welcome home the last returning airmen of the 819th RED HORSE unit. Around 70 airmen returned to Great Falls after being deployed to the Middle East for around six months. "They've been in Jordan, they've been in Afghanistan, they've been in Iraq, in fact they were there in the Mosul area making preparations for the offensive here as we're working to eradicate ISIS; so this unit right here in Montana is tied directly to what's g… Continue Reading


05.06.17

Daily Inter Lake: Lumber industry backs softwood tariffs

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans to begin placing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada, a move many in the statewide industry hope will bring Canadian producers to the table to renegotiate a new trade deal after the last agreement expired in 2015. Following a one-year grace period after the softwood lumber agreement's sunset, the U.S. Lumber Coalition last November filed petitions with the department and the U.S. International Trade Commission, requestin… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Billings Gazette: Daines: Police must improve response to missing, murdered Native women

LAME DEER - Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., called Friday on law enforcement to better respond to cases involving murdered and missing Native American women. As part of an awareness march in Lame Deer Friday, Daines walked alongside Melinda Harris, mother of Billings West High School graduate Hanna Harris, who was killed in 2013 age 21. Melinda Harris reported her daughter missing when she didn't come home after celebrating on July 4, 2013. Bureau of Indian Affairs investigators notified t… Continue Reading


05.05.17

KXLF: Hanna Harris remembered on National Day of Awareness for missing and murdered Native women

LAME DEER - Hanna Harris was killed on July 4, 2013 and since then, her family has been working to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Native American women around the country. This week, the Senate passed a resolution marking May 5 as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The day is in honor of Hanna, on what would have been her 25th birthday, and the hundreds of other missing or murdered Native women around the country. "This is… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Helena Independent Record: House passes GOP health plan that could eliminate Medicaid expansion in Montana

After legislation that could spell the end for Medicaid expansion in states like Montana cleared the U.S. House on a close vote, some are calling on Montana's senators to defeat a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Montana Budget and Policy Center, a nonprofit that researches budget, tax and economic issues, said Thursday the revised version of the American Health Care Act would effectively end Medicaid expansion in Montana, which has extended coverage to mor… Continue Reading


05.04.17

WaPo: Senate approves measure to fund the government through September

The Senate voted Thursday to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September, preventing a government shutdown. President Trump is expected to sign the measure, which passed 79 to 18. It includes more than $15 billion in new defense spending and $1.5 billion in money for U.S. border security, ahead of a deadline to keep the government open past Friday. The five-month spending measure clears the way for Congress to begin talks over spending priorities for th… Continue Reading


05.03.17

Washington Examiner: Pence: Obamacare repeal a 'defining victory for life'

Vice President Mike Pence called a House vote set for Thursday to repeal and replace portions of Obamacare as "one of the defining victories for life." "When we vote to repeal and replace Obamacare we will finally vote to defund Planned Parenthood," Pence said to a standing ovation. Pence was speaking at the 10th anniversary "Campaign for Life" gala in Washington, held by Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that lobbies in favor of abortion restrictions. Roughly 650 guest gathered for the e… Continue Reading

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