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05.29.17

US Sen. Steve Daines on Memorial Day

Freedom. It's what makes America the greatest country on earth. It's what drove people to board boats for long voyages, cross stormy seas and enter a strange land with few possessions in hand. It's what mankind has prayed for, fought for and died for across human history. Freedom is what makes America unique. Our forefathers secured freedom for us long ago, and generations after have taken up the cause to defend freedom from all enemies at great cost. Each year, we set aside a day to honor … Continue Reading


05.26.17

Appropriators mull drastic measures against wildfires

For members of Congress worried about the rising cost of forest fires, a tone of desperation may be settling in. A sense of urgency - and unconventional thinking - around tackling wildfires on federal land were on display yesterday at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Forest Service budget. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a senior appropriator, said he may try to block the agency's practice of borrowing funds from other programs to fight the blazes. And Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio… Continue Reading


05.26.17

Lawmakers Seek to Restore Internet Privacy After Repealing It

House and Senate lawmakers are hoping to push legislation to replace recently repealed Obama-era internet privacy regulations, a move by the Federal Communications Commission that has led to a tide of consumer complaints. At least two Senate bills are being drafted to address the regulatory void and public outcry created last month when congressional Republicans repealed internet privacy rules issued by the FCC last year, using the Congressional Review Act. With the repeal, internet service pro… Continue Reading


05.25.17

MGT's Senate sponsors push committee to act

The Senate backers of the $500 million Modernizing Government Technology Act are urging a key committee to take action on the bill. The MGT Act, which recently passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote and which figured into the IT section of the Trump administration's budget, is currently awaiting action in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), both on the Appropriations committee, sent a letter May 24 t… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Lawmakers mark Jewish heritage month with award celebration

Congress members from both parties participated in a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month taking place in the Capitol. The event Wednesday included remarks by Sen. Sherrod Brown; D-Ohio; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.; Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.; Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y.; Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.; Rep. Brad Schneid… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Department of Education Will Reconsider Upward Bound Grant Applications

The U.S. Department of Education will now reconsider the University of Montana's grant application for a low-income college prep program. UM's application for Upward Bound requested just under $2 million to fund the program for 75 students from this year through 2022. But it was rejected because of a technicality; one page was single-spaced, instead of double-spaced. That caught the attention of Montana's senior senator, Jon Tester: "It was disbelief. I mean, really - government at its worst,… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will reconsider Upward Bound grant applications

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will reconsider the University of Montana's application for its Upward Bound grant - after initially rejecting it and dozens of other colleges' applications based on minor formatting errors. UM corrected the error and resubmitted its application. In testimony Wednesday to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, the secretary said an additional $50 million appropriation "materially changed our… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Daines, Tester react to President Trump's budget proposal

The White House sent its $4.1 trillion dollar spending plan to Capitol Hill Tuesday. President Donald Trump is looking to balance the budget in 10 years with big spending cuts and faster economic growth. That includes an almost $3.6 trillion dollars in cuts to programs including Medicaid, food stamps, and Social Security Disability insurance. "We looked at his budget through the eye of the people who are actually paying the bills," said Mick Mulvaney, White House budget director. "We are not … Continue Reading


05.23.17

How Democrats Can Hasten Trump's Departure

can hardly keep up with the unprecedented pace at which Donald Trump's presidency is cascading out of control. Ironically, the appointment last week of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election may slow White House hemorrhaging, taking pressure off GOP congressional leaders and their weak investigations and temporarily shoring up support for Trump on Capitol Hill. For Democrats and independents concerned about the safety and well-bei… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Daines announces $3.2 million for 2 MT health centers

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, on Monday, announced $3.2 million in funding for two north central Montana health providers. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in a Labor and HHS Appropriations Bill. The Cascade County Health Department will get just over $1.5 million. The Glacier Community Health Center in Cut Bank will receive almost $1.7 million. "Montana's community health centers are integral to providing high quality, low cost healthc… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Two area health agencies to share $3.2M

Two northcentral Montana health agencies will share $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday.The Cascade City-County Health Department in Great Falls will receive $1,558,934 and Glacier Community Health Center Inc. in Cut Bank will get $1, 685,166, Daines said.The funding was from the bipartisan FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill. Daines said Montana's comm… Continue Reading


05.19.17

The Ekalaka Eagle: China agrees to open market to U.S. beef

U.S. SENATE - Last Friday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that an agreement has been reached to open Chinese markets to U.S. beef no later than July 16, 2017. A formalized agreement is expected to be reached in the coming weeks. "Opening Chinese markets to U.S. beef is a win for Montana's producers," Daines stated. "With over 95 percent of the world's consumers living outside of the U.S., access to foreign markets is critical to growing good-paying jobs and maintaining Montana's strong ec… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Hats, caps and Montana politics

The old adage, "The clothes make the man," could be paraphrased for Montana politicians and candidates as "The hat makes the man." Or not. Perhaps in no other state as Montana does headgear carry so much weight for a political figure. This has been especially borne out during the race to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke. It could be argued that hats, or lack thereof, have been the subtext of the campaign. Democratic candidate Rob Quist is never seen without a cowboy hat, either… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Montana Senators Praise Mueller Appointment in Trump Probe

Both of Montana's U.S. senators are praising Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any potential ties between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia. Rosenstein made the appointment Wednesday, saying he "determined that it is in the public interest" to have Mueller, a 12-year veteran of the FBI, take over the bureau's investigation. The decision has since received strong support from lawmakers on… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Belgrade News: Tigers' Arthun signs with Air Force Academy

MANHATTAN - Two weeks ago the phone call that Alexa Arthun had been waiting for finally arrived. On the other end of the line was U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who congratulated the Manhattan High senior on her offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. "Alexa has proven to be a tremendous leader and an exemplary student inside and outside of the classroom," Daines stated in a press release. "I have no doubt she will be an asset to the Air Force." … Continue Reading


05.17.17

KBZK Bozeman News: Daines introduces new legislation to increase penalties for acts against law enforcement

After the tragic killing of Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore, U.S. Senator Steve Daines stated in a press release on Tuesday that he introduced the Back the Blue Act of 2017, which would increase penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. "Deputy Mason Moore is a brave hero who laid down his life to protect Montanans. We must send a clear message: criminals who look to hurt law enforcement wi… Continue Reading


05.16.17

KTVQ: Hundreds line streets in Billings to honor Montana deputy killed in line of duty

BILLINGS - Hundreds of people lined the streets of Billings as the body of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore was transported to Billings for an autopsy on Tuesday afternoon. Moore was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop near Three Forks Tuesday morning by two suspects who were later arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase. Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. The second suspect, 38-year-old Marshall… Continue Reading


05.16.17

NBC Montana: SW Montana deputy killed in shootout identified

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office identified Mason Moore as the deputy who was killed in a shootout early Tuesday morning. Moore was 42 years old and a three-year veteran of the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office. He was a husband and a father of three children. A procession of Montana law enforcement vehicles escorted Moore's body to the morgue at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings for an autopsy. The procession arrived in Billings at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Firefigh… Continue Reading


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

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