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Daines signs on to JUSTICE Act as Congress explores police reforms

Sen. Steve Daines this week signed on to bill aimed at reforming law enforcement policies, saying it will help increase accountability and transparency and provide incentives to limit controversial tactics. The JUSTICE Act was introduced by Senate Republicans on Wednesday and included the leadership of Sen. Tim Scott, the chamber's only African American Republican. Daines is a cosponsor of the bill. "The men and women who serve our communities in law enforcement put their lives on the line ev… Continue Reading


Letter to the editor: Passage of Great American Outdoors Act is a win

The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate on Wednesday, which is a huge win for our national parks and public lands. While our country is obviously going through a very difficult time, this represents a bipartisan effort to preserve our nation's natural beauty. This legislation addresses the $12 billion National Parks Service deferred maintenance backlog and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In Montana, our national parks are my weekend getaway. Being outside h… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines signs on to police reform legislation in Senate

Senator Steve Daines cosponsored the JUSTICE Act, a major police reform bill in the Senate, which aims to help improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. "The men and women who serve our communities in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, and a few bad actors have reflected poorly upon the values of their service," Daines said. "We must work to restore confidence between our communities and law enforcement, and this… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate passes major public lands bill

The U.S. Senate passed a landmark conservation bill on Wednesday. The Great American Outdoors Act provides $9.5 billion to address deferred maintenance on public lands and puts $900 million annually from oil and gas royalties into the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, both bill sponsors, celebrated its success on Wednesday. "Today, this is about protecting our Montanan outdoor way of life for future generations and it increases public access t… Continue Reading


Steve Daines Receives Bipartisan Praise For Public Lands Victory

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) received bipartisan praise for his leadership in helping pass the Great American Outdoors Act through the Senate, a bill to preserve America's forests and national parks. The Senate overwhelmingly passed on Wednesday the Great American Outdoors Act, 73-25, which serves as a strong victory for "conservative conservationist" Daines. The legislation would permanently provide $900 million in oil and gas revenues for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which secures… Continue Reading


Daines backs police reform bill that includes more body cameras and accountability

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, is backing a police reform bill that would among other things promote body camera use by Montana law enforcement and require the footage be made available to the public. The bill, requiring more police accountability for use of force, calls for spending $100 million a year on police body cameras and body camera training. Police departments that accept the money would face future funding reductions for both turning body cameras off and for not releasing footage… Continue Reading


Senate passes major conservation package

The Senate passed the most significant conservation legislation in decades on Wednesday, clearing a package to secure steady funding for public lands that came together only after the popular bipartisan measure got a lift from election year politics. The core ideas in the bill - fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually and providing billions to address maintenance backlogs on the nation's public lands - have drawn significant support from both parties for year… Continue Reading


Senate passage of $2.8B conservation plan praised in Montana

The passage of the Great American Outdoors Act in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday sparked praise statewide, with Montana's two U.S. senators saying it was an example of Washington at its bipartisan best. The bill would spend about $900 million a year - double current spending - on the Land and, Water, Conservation Fund (LWCF), and make it a permanent fund. It would also spend another $1.9 billion per year on improvements at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and rangelands, the Associated P… Continue Reading


Groups make last-minute push for lands package votes

The Senate will take the decisive vote around noon today on legislation that would authorize millions of dollars for maintaining public lands around the country. There is very little suspense about whether S. 3422 will pass. The "Great American Outdoors Act" would permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address a multibillion-dollar backlog of deferred maintenance projects across national parks and federally owned land. It is being touted as the most consequential c… Continue Reading


Montana senators celebrating the passage of Great Outdoors Act

MISSOULA - There was cause for celebration on Wednesday, but also a little bit of surprise because of our political divisions, as the Senate passes the Great American Outdoors Act. It's a sweeping piece of legislation designed to provide permanent funding to the 55-year old Land and Water Conservation Act (LWCF). Montana's senators had been expressing confidence the Great American Outdoors Act would finally succeed where other efforts had failed, permanently allocating dollars for the LWCF, th… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bill Permanently Funding Public Land Management Programs

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a landmark bill to permanently fund public lands management programs and maintenance in national parks. Montana's U.S. senators, Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester, both voted in support of The Great American Outdoors Act. The Act received broad bipartisan support passing with a 73-25 vote. If approved by Congress and signed by president Donald Trump, the act promises $900 million annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF uses … Continue Reading


Daines Celebrates Senate Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Montana Senator Steve Daines met with the media on Wednesday morning to celebrate the Senate's passage of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act. "This has been a great day in the U.S. Senate," said Daines. "We made history today in the United States Senate by passing the Great American Outdoors Act. We had a strong bipartisan vote or 73 to 25 because this is a bipartisan bill that protects a critical conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Program." Daines described just one… Continue Reading


Montana delegation lauds passage of major conservation bill

Montana's congressional delegation and conservation groups applauded Thursday's passage of the Great American Outdoors Act by the U.S. Senate. The Senate voted 73-25 to pass the bill that fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually and removes it from the annual appropriation process. The bill also generates roughly $9.5 billion to finance backlogged maintenance on federal lands, including more than $6 billion toward the more than $12 billion backlog at nationa… Continue Reading


$8 million project underway to repair St. Mary Canal collapse

HAVRE - If ever there was a summer when hundreds of Montana's Hi-Line farmers could use rain, it's this one. An $8 million infrastructure failure on the St. Mary Canal last month will restrict approximately 800 irrigators who work about 150,000 acres from Havre to Glasgow to about half the water they normally use during a season. The St. Mary Canal was built approximately 100 years ago to feed water from lakes Sherburne and St. Mary into the Milk River and make it possible for ag producers in… Continue Reading


Want To Serve Your Country? Start A Business

Today is a great day to be an American entrepreneur. It might seem counterintuitive, with much of the country slowly re-emerging from months of physical and economic lockdown, businesses shuttered across the U.S. and some industries poised to never fully recover. At the same time, the attention of policymakers, advocates and lenders has never been more focused on small business owners. Entrepreneurs should make the most of this moment-not only for their own advancement, but to advance our natio… Continue Reading


Senators request telehealth access expansion be made permanent

Montana's U.S. senators issued press releases Monday announcing they are joining a bipartisan group of senators calling for the expansion of telehealth services included in response to the COVID-19 pandemic be made permanent. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., both joined in sending a letter to Senate leadership calling for making the expansion permanent. The releases said the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security - CARES - Act contained provisions to expand telehea… Continue Reading


Daines-sponsored $2.8B national parks bill gives Senate a chance to unite

At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors. While the country copes with the coronavirus, an economic downturn and a reckoning over racism, lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. If approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, the Great Ameri… Continue Reading


Trump official visits Missoula, directs Forest Service to expedite environmental reviews

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, came to Missoula on Friday to issue a wide-ranging memorandum that directs the Forest Service to "expedite environmental reviews to support active management" and "increase the productivity of national forests and grasslands." Perdue was joined by Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and a host of other officials and representatives from various agencies and industries, including the Montana Stockgrowers Assoc… Continue Reading


Senate to Vote on Historic Conservation Measure

As national parks begin reopening their gates amid public health concerns, many visitors seeking a respite from the urgency of a global pandemic may find their parks beset with crumbling roads or deteriorating buildings - problems that the U.S. Senate is poised to address this week. Americans emerging from lockdown are eager to explore their public lands, and a bipartisan coalition of senators has announced a conservation initiative that dedicates more than $9.5 billion to conserving and mainta… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate moves close to passage of landmark conservation bill

The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of a major conservation bill. This week, federal lawmakers are considering the Great American Outdoors Act, which would provide $900 million annually from oil and gas royalties to conservation projects and would allocate $9.5 billion over five years to deferred maintenance on public lands. The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation soon. Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, both bill sponsors, have spoken in favor of its passage. On Tuesd… Continue Reading

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