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01.26.20

Little Shell celebration packs the house

Hundreds of members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana gathered Saturday to celebrate recent federal recognition, lining up outside the Holiday Inn and filling the banquet room until it nearly burst at the seams. "Tonight we commemorate an effort that no tribe should have to go through," Tribal Chair Gerald Gray said, adding it is a "nation we can all be proud of." The celebration came about one month after President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization … Continue Reading


01.26.20

The FISA court has taken steps to correct the Carter Page abuses. But more reform is needed.

THE SHOCK waves continue to reverberate from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's Dec. 9 report on major flaws in the federal government's secret surveillance of former Trump campaign official Carter Page. Mr. Horowitz found that FBI officials repeatedly misled or misinformed judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to obtain its permission for the surveillance of Mr. Page. Now the FISC has revealed that the Justice Department itself has acknowledged it had… Continue Reading


01.22.20

Daines criticizes impeachment trial, says case 'incomplete'

Sen. Steve Daines on Wednesday criticized the impeachment proceedings now under in the Senate against fellow Republican President Donald Trump, saying it was the most partisan impeachment proceeding in the country's history. "It reminded me of when I went to high school in Bozeman, Montana. If I turned in a term paper and it was half complete, my teacher would toss it back to me and say 'You didn't get it done, it's incomplete,'" the Montana Republican said during remarks shown on CSPAN2. "That… Continue Reading


01.22.20

Daines – Tester Release Statements as Impeachment Trial Begins

Montana Senator Steve Daines released the following comment after the first day of the ongoing impeachment process. "I voted to ensure we have a fair impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate, one that respects due process, allows arguments from both sides, and gives President Trump the opportunity to defend himself." Danies' office said the McConnell Resolution, which passed the U.S. Senate (and is the guideline the Senate will follow moving forward), gives both the House Manage… Continue Reading


01.22.20

Daines at Supreme Court to support plaintiffs in case against state

Sen. Steve Daines said he went to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to support plaintiffs in the Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue case, in which the state is being sued by parents over a prohibition from using public funds for religious schools. "I am standing in front of the United States Supreme Court about ready to go inside to hear oral arguments about a case very relevant to the state of Montana," Daines said in a video his office posted. "This is the Espinoza v. Montana Departm… Continue Reading


01.21.20

Montana school-aid case sparks national battle before U.S. Supreme Court

HELENA - A Montana case that's become a politically charged battle over public aid to church-affiliated schools is before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, as school-choice advocates ask the court to strike down Montana's constitutional ban on the aid. The case pits a trio of Kalispell parents whose children go to Stillwater Christian School against Montana and its constitution - but the decision clearly has national ramifications. More than 50 groups and individuals have filed "friend of the … Continue Reading


01.17.20

NAFTA replacement passes Senate, on the way to President Trump

A signature effort for President Donald Trump passed Congress Thursday, with the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement intended to take the place of the 1990s North American Free Trade Agreement passing the Senate 89-10. Montana Farm Bureau praised the agreement's passage. "Montana Farm Bureau has long been pushing for this agreement which will greatly benefit our state's farmers and ranchers," MFBF President Hans McPherson said in a press release. "Farm Bureau thanks Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Ste… Continue Reading


01.15.20

Montana agriculture groups see gains in China trade pact

Montana agriculture groups saw benefits in the first-stage U.S.-China trade pact announced Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Farm groups hoped for the return of progress on normalizing trade relations with China, which hasn't been a major buyer of Montana wheat or beef, but had always been valued as potentially at top market for both. In the lead-up to the now-18-month-old trade war between the U.S. and China, Montanans appeared to be making inroads to sales in China. "We see this a… Continue Reading


01.15.20

GOP Senators Launch Bill to Block Tax Deductions for Abortion as Medical Expense

Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced a bill that would end the IRS's allowance of abortion as "medical care" and block the procedure's tax deductibility as an out-of-pocket medical expense. "The government should not offer tax benefits for a procedure that kills hundreds of thousands of unborn children each year, nor should taxpayers subsidize such a practice," said Lee in a statement to Breitbart News. He continued: This undermines the truth that all human beings have… Continue Reading


01.12.20

Committed to working for Montana

As your U.S. senator, it's been my top priority to bring Montana commonsense to Congress, and in spite of the partisan politics that exist in Washington D.C., I've been working across the aisle this past year to get results for Montanans. We recently secured the largest pay raise in nearly a decade for our troops, strengthened our southern border to protect our communities from illegal drugs, empowered law enforcement to combat Montana's growing meth crisis, protected the mission at Malmstr… Continue Reading


01.08.20

It’s Now Up To Trump To Thump The Pirates

Pirate radio operators are one signature away from facing bigger fines and stronger penalties. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the PIRATE Act, which gives the FCC expanded tools to fight unauthorized radio broadcasters. If the President signs the bill into law, the FCC will have the additional help it had been seeking for years, to crack down on pirates. On April 29, 2019, U.S. Senator Daines of Montana introduced S.1228, the PIRATE Act with Senator Peters (D-MI). Upon passage of the bill… Continue Reading


01.08.20

Senator Daines Says General Suleimani Was a “War Criminal,” Praises US Airstrike

According to US Senator Steve Daines, Qasem Suleimani posed an "imminent threat" to American lives. In an interview with KGVO News, Daines spoke about the US Military's decision to strike down the prominent Iranian general, and the chain of events that followed. At around 3:30 PM MST on January 7, Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles at US bases housing American troops in Iraq. The missiles came in response to the killing of Suleimani on January 3. Missiles originating from Iranian for… Continue Reading


01.08.20

Steve Daines' pro-Second Amendment bill aims to protect law-abiding gun owners taking firearms across state lines

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced a pro-Second Amendment bill to the Senate last month aimed at easing restrictions on gun owners transporting their firearms across state lines. The bill would reform the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA), clarifying the term "transport" to include "staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental." Daines said Americans should not be afraid to transp… Continue Reading


01.07.20

Daines votes to advance USMCA out of Senate Finance Committee

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to advance a critical trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, called the "USMCA," out of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Daines serves as Montana's lone voice on the Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade action, and has been a strong proponent of advancing the trade deal. "Today marks a very important step for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses across Montana as well as around our country," Daines said.… Continue Reading


01.07.20

Sens. Daines, Braun: Speaker Pelosi, send impeachment articles to Senate in 25 days or end this partisan game

Nearly three weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Democratic Party cohorts voted to impeach President Trump. But rather than fulfill their constitutional duty and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have decided to play more partisan games. Every step of the way, Democrats like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned that President Trump is a "clear and present danger" to dem… Continue Reading


01.06.20

Daines backs resolution to dismiss impeachment

Montana Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, is joining with 10 other senators in a move aimed to dismiss impeachment against President Donald Trump. In a resolution to be introduced Monday, Daines and 10 other senators propose to alter Senate rules on handling the impeachment trial. Under the resolution, if the House does not send articles of impeachment to the Senate within 25 days of adoption, a senator could move to dismiss the articles with a simple majority vote. The House voted to … Continue Reading


01.03.20

Montana delegation reacts to U.S. airstrike on Iran general

There was no debate among Montana's Congressional delegation Friday about Qassem Soleimani being an enemy of the state. But, there is a split over whether lawmakers should have been consulted about the drone strike killing the Iran general. A U.S. air strike in Iraq killed Soleimani Thursday night. Iran called the general's death an act of war and vowed revenge. Only a few lawmakers learned ahead of time that President Donald Trump had ordered the air strike. "Soleimani was an evil ter… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Bill to designate B-47 Ridge advances in Senate

A bill to name a ridge on the east side of the Paradise Valley for an Air Force bomber that crashed there in 1962 has advanced in the U.S. Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously backed S. 490, which would name the southwestern arm of Emigrant Peak B-47 Ridge. With the vote Thursday, the bill advances to the Senate Floor. Naming the ridge is meant to honor the four pilots who died in the crash - Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton a… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Little Shell Tribe moves closer to federal recognition

The Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Indians is once again on the verge of winning a generations-long battle to be recognized by the federal government. Legislation granting the Great Falls-based tribe federal recognition is attached to the National Defense Authorization Act. Federal recognition is required for the tribe and its 5,400 members in order for them to be eligible for federal resources for economic development, health, and education. The journey to federal recognition for the Lit… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Federal recognition likely as Little Shell Chippewa Tribe bill moves forward

The National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment giving federal recognition for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, cleared a congressional conference committee Monday, bringing optimism from Montana's federal delegation that the bill will finally pass. Reuters reported the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committees said they reached an agreement on the $738-billion spending bill for the Department of Defense, considered a must-pass piece of legislation, … Continue Reading

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