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05.25.19

Daines, Gianforte thank Shining Honor Project workers

KALISPELL, Mont. - Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember Americans who died in active duty in the military, but one group in the Flathead does that year-round. Residents of the Lighthouse Christian Home participate in the Shining Honor Project, which gives jobs to developmentally challenged adults. Their job is to keep veterans' gravesites clean and tidy at Glacier Memorial Gardens and Whitefish City Cemetery. "It's a great way to get Memorial Day headstones ready for this important day… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Border patrol backtracks on plan to cut hours on Montana’s northern ports of entry

BILLINGS- Agriculture and business are the reasons the U.S. Customs and Border Protection decided to not cut hours at ports entries on Montana's northern border, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines announced jointly Friday. In February, the CBP announced it was decreasing hours that ports would be open. However, after meetings with U.S. citizens living along the border, the agency will hold pat with its original schedule, according to a news release from Daines and Gianforte, both M… Continue Reading


05.18.19

In Missoula, wildland firefighters discuss retention, morale, USFS regs with Daines

Those who jump from planes, provide initial attack deep in the forest or staff an engine line all have a common set of issues related to their federal job classification, which mentions nothing about being a firefighter. Retaining qualified crew members and staying within the hours that wildland firefighters are permitted to work have also emerged as problems, according to Montana and Idaho firefighters who met with Sen. Steve Daines on Friday at Neptune Aviation in Missoula. "We need Congress… Continue Reading


05.17.19

Montana senators say Japan beef deal good for state

Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester reacted favorably Friday on new terms that eliminate Japan's restrictions on U.S. beef exports, saying it would be good for the Treasure State. It's a deal the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates could increase U.S. beef and beef product exports to Japan by up to $200 million annually. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Friday the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms to eliminate Japan's longstanding restrictions on … Continue Reading


05.17.19

Senator Daines meets with Wildland Firefighters to discuss upcoming legislation

MISSOULA- Friday morning Senator Steve Daines joined wildfire preparedness officials and wildland rural firefighters for a round table discussion on this coming fire season, as well as new legislation to benefit wildland firefighters. Issues that were heard today ranged from having the proper job classification, to retirement benefits, as well as compensation during an injury. Wildland fighter fighters and Federal Wildland Fire Service association executives had the chance to sit down with Sen… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Daines’ pro-coal bill signals move toward ‘American energy dominance’

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on May 9 proposed a bicameral Republican measure that would extend the tax credit for production of refined coal to protect critical energy jobs in Montana and around the country. "This bill will protect good-paying energy jobs, support refined coal production, and reduce emissions," Sen. Daines said on May 10. "This is a win for Montana, this is a win for the environment, and this is a win for American energy dominance." Sen. Daines introduced S. 1405 with lead c… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Daines, Gianforte support refined coal tax credit with Colstrip in mind

Montana's congressional Republicans are backing a tax break on refined coal, in hopes of sparking investment in Colstrip Power Plant. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte are among several lawmakers calling for an extension of a tax credit for "refined coal," meaning coal that's been screened or pre-treated to lower pollutants when burned. The two Republicans mentioned Colstrip specifically Thursday in an email calling for a renewal of the tax credit. "Colstrip and energy jobs are… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Sen. Daines asks FCC when they'll implement additional power towards robocalls

26 Billion Robocalls were placed in the United States last year. Congress recently passed the Traced Act. The legislation extends the time frame in which the Federal Communications Commission can catch companies or individuals that intentionally break telemarketing restrictions from one year, to three. This week Senator Steve Daines asked the FCC Chairman when he can expect the FCC to implement its additional power. Daines: "When do you think we can do that? Pai: "Soon Hopefully. I defer to y… Continue Reading


05.08.19

GOP Sen. Daines to introduce bill reinstating census citizenship question

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines is set to introduce legislation on Wednesday that would require the census to include a citizenship question, Fox News has learned, in an aggressive new effort that could bolster the Trump administration's legal case for querying residents on their citizenship status. With just weeks to go until the Census Bureau's July 1 deadline to print out the forms, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of the Trump administration's decision to add a cit… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Daines questions BIA over MMIW cases

Senator Steve Daines spent his afternoon on Capitol Hill speaking with the Bureau of Indian Affairs about the ever growing Missing and Murdered Indigenous People epidemic. Sen. Daines questioned the BIA's practices, specifically in Indian Country when it comes to communicating with families. "One of the most frustrating experiences for families is the lack of information being shared from federal law enforcement agencies. It seems like there is a black hole," said Daines Tara Sweeney, Assist… Continue Reading


05.06.19

RMEF Google ad reinstated after getting bumped for 'animal cruelty'

In what may have set a record for customer scandal/service, Google restored a paid ad from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation it had initially rejected because of animal cruelty issues hours after it received a letter from Montana's Republican congressional members. The Missoula-based hunting advocacy group was notified April 25 that its ads were disapproved, according to RMEF spokesman Mark Holyoak. The group appealed to Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, who sent a joint letter to … Continue Reading


05.06.19

Daines’ bill would provide tax relief to injured first responders

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on May 2 sponsored a bipartisan bill to certify that America's first responders don't have to pay taxes on disability payments received from any on-the-job injuries. "Montana's first responders risk their lives every day to protect our communities," Sen. Daines said last week. "This legislation will ensure these brave men and women will no longer endure unfair taxes or audits from the IRS as a result of the sacrifices they have made for our safety." Sen. Daines in… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Daines, Tester react to Missing and Murdered American Indians Awareness Day

On Sunday, President Donald Trump declared May 5 as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. "I call upon Americans and all Federal, State, tribal, and local governments to increase awareness of the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives through appropriate programs and activities," the president wrote in his proclamation. A bipartisan congressional coalition, including both Montana senators, also recently passed a resolution marking M… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Daines wants timeline for nursing homes action, audits

Citing concerns for incidents reported at a state-run nursing home in Montana, Sen. Steve Daines on Friday asked the head of a federal agency overseeing these facilities when a review will be completed of nursing home regulations and guidelines. And the Montana Republican asks Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) if her agency will provide a list of audits and findings and what steps the agency is taking to improve its rating system. "I am commit… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Daines, Gianforte demand action after Google rejects hunting ad

MISSOULA, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte are reaching out to Google after the company rejected a hunting advertisement for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. A Google representative told the congressmen the advertisement is considered "animal cruelty and deemed inappropriate to be shown on our network." Daines and Gianforte are demanding Google reverse its decision on the prohibition of hunting advertising. You can read their full letter and Google's response below:… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Bill Would Deny U.S. Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters

A U.S. senator is seeking to ban convicted child molesters from receiving government pensions after a U.S. Indian Health Service doctor was revealed to be drawing a six-figure retirement income following his conviction for sexually abusing patients. The Wall Street Journal and the PBS series Frontline reported in March that the doctor, longtime Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber, stood to get more than $1.8 million in U.S. pension payments during his prison sentence, which… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Daines: No pensions for federal workers convicted of child sexual assault

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines pushed ahead Wednesday an attempt to cut retirement benefits to Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber, who sexually assaulted Blackfeet children. The Republican senator for Montana questioned Assistant Surgeon General Michael D. Weahkee on Wednesday about Indian Health Service's handling of reports against Weber. The questions came as the assistant surgeon general appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee to make his case for the IHS … Continue Reading


04.30.19

Senator Daines co-sponsors drug pricing bill

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to shed light on the drug pricing process and the middlemen responsible for negotiating prescription drug costs. The Bipartisan bill, "The Prescription Pricing for the People Act of 2019", helps shed light on the pharmacy benefit manager industry by examining the effects of consolidation on pricing and other potentially-abusive behavior. Specifically, the bill requires the Federal Trade Commission to study the role and recent merge… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Daines calls for greater transparency on prescription-drug pricing

BILLINGS- More Americans struggle with paying for prescription drugs, and many times there's someone in between the drug company and the consumer who negotiates the price. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday he's introduced a bill to create transparency around what that "middle man" is doing. That includes looking into the effects of company consolidation on drug pricing. As many companies merge, it creates less competition and allows for an increase in drug prices, according to Dain… Continue Reading


04.25.19

Daines wants details on incoming Mexican meth, calls on Border Patrol to answer

Sen. Steve Daines on Wednesday urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to gather specific information on drug seizures at the southern border, and on what law enforcement there is doing to stem its rush into the U.S. In a letter to Acting Commissioner John Sanders, Daines wants to know the specifics of every seizure between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2018, including the amount seized, method of transport, location of seizure and the source of its production. A a roundtable d… Continue Reading

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