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01.11.17

The Washington Times: VA Montana Health Care System rating falls to 1 star

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An internal evaluation of the VA Montana Health Care System saw its performance rating downgraded to one star for July, August and September, compared with two stars for the same period in 2015, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced Wednesday. Public affairs officer Mike Garcia said that officials are reviewing the report and looking for areas of improvement, but he notes the star ratings are not equivalent to those one might find for a hotel or restaurant. The nation's VA hospi… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Fairfield Sun Times: Daines Meets with Energy Designee Perry, Invites Texan To Visit Colstrip, Crow Reservation

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Montana, met last week with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. "After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama's Energy Department," Daines stated. "Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure." During the meeting, Daines invited Pe… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Flathead Beacon: Daines, Tester Discuss Northern Border Security with Homeland Security Pick

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is undergoing a confirmation hearing in Washington on Tuesday, and ahead of the meeting he sat down with Montana's two Senators to discuss issues relevant to the Treasure State, including northern border security. Republican Sen. Steve Daines met with Kelly on Jan. 9 to discuss national security priorities, including securing the southern and norther borders, as well as refugee vetting … Continue Reading


01.09.17

MTPR: Veterans Choice Still Failing, Montana Senators Say

Both of Montana's U.S. Senators have sent letters chastising the company that runs the Veterans Choice healthcare program in Montana and 36 other states. Veterans Choice is supposed to help vets get appointments with private health care providers if they live far from a VA facility, or have been waiting a long time for a VA appointment. It was created in 2014, and has been plagued with problems since the beginning. "HealthNet isn't doing what they need to do," said Democrat Jon Tester on Satur… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Billings Gazette: Daines meets Zinke with long wishlist for next Interior secretary

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is positioned to play a key role in the confirmation of Ryan Zinke to Donald Trump's presidential cabinet. The two Montanans met Thursday. Zinke, Montana's lone congressman, met with Daines to discuss the representative's nomination to be Interior secretary. Daines is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will begin Zinke's confirmation process. "Ryan has a good balance of protecting public land and conservation, and energy … Continue Reading


01.04.17

Great Falls Tribune: Zinke vote on federal land comes under fire

HELENA - Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., came under criticism on Wednesday for being among 233 House members who voted Tuesday to change how Congress determines the cost of transferring federal land to states, a move that reportedly would make it easier for Congress to cede federal control of public land. Zinke, of Whitefish, is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Interior. Many Republicans favor handing over large areas of federal land to state and local authorities, sayin… Continue Reading


01.04.17

KGVO: Montana Senator Is Appointed To Serve On The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

Montana has been without a congressional representative on any federal Agriculture Committee since Senator Max Baucus became Ambassador to China, but that is about to change. The Montana Grain Growers Association applauded this week's news that Montana Senator Steve Daines has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Senate Ag Committee. MGGA Executive Vice President Lola Raska says this decision will play a large role in the upcoming farm bill. "We are looking at renegotiating the next farm bill, t… Continue Reading


12.28.16

The Daily Inter Lake: OFFICIALS RESPOND TO CALL FOR ARMED PROTEST IN WHITEFISH

Montana public officials have come together in unified opposition of the recent intimidations made against the Jewish community in Whitefish. Together in a letter co-signed by senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, Rep. Ryan Zinke, Gov. Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox, each denounced efforts of threat and intimidation directed at the community. The letter comes in response to a post on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist blog that last week called its followers "to … Continue Reading


12.27.16

Times of Israel: Montana’s top elected leaders condemn neo-Nazi harassment of state’s Jews

Montana's top elected leaders of both parties issued a strong denunciation Tuesday over a plan by neo-Nazis to conduct an armed march harassing the state's Jewish community. "We condemn attacks on our religious freedom manifesting in a group of anti-Semites," the officials said. "We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here." The statement - signed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), US Senators Steve Daines (R) and Jon Tester (D), Rep.… Continue Reading


12.27.16

Fox News: Senator Daines: Time for Congress to come clean and tell you what its budget proposals really cost

Can you imagine sitting around the dinner table considering purchasing a car or a new home, but not factoring in the cost of the interest on the loan? Yet, this is what Congress does with its legislative budget estimates - one more example of why Washington is broken. To restore the public's trust and improve the budget process, Congress must adopt policies that require accuracy in the budget process. When the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was passed, it did not require budgetary estimates… Continue Reading


12.27.16

ABC Fox: Jewish community excited about Montana Politicians' letter

Tuesday morning, a powerful letter against anti-Semitism was sent from Montana's top elected leaders. Governor Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox, Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke all wrote the letter together, titled 'standing together'. The letter states this: Dear fellow Americans, as we close out this year and look toward the future, we as Montana's elected leaders are focused on the values that reflect our true character. We offer our full supp… Continue Reading


12.25.16

Sidney Herald: Agricultural life preserver gets last-minute assistance in continuing resolution for 2017

Tucked into the legislature's Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017 was a Christmas present for the nation's farmers - a life preserver of sorts for the front lines of the agriculture industry, whose family enterprises are facing historic low commodity prices in wheat and concurrent unexplained volatility and low prices in the cattle industry. The $1.07 trillion funding bill that continues the government through April 28 by maintaining funding at current budget cap levels was necessary onc… Continue Reading


12.24.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Sen. Steve Daines to light lead candle at menorah lighting celebration downtown

Chabad Lubavitch of Montana will light up one of 10,000 public menorahs worldwide in downtown Bozeman tonight, symbolizing the universal message of religious freedom. The public 9-foot menorah erected at First Security Bank at Main Street and Bozeman Avenue will be lit at 6:30 p.m., followed by a community-wide celebration for the first night of Chanukah. Sen. Steve Daines will attend with his wife, Cindy, and will light the lead candle and address the crowd. Following the menorah lighting cere… Continue Reading


12.23.16

AP: License issued for $1B Montana power storage project

A Montana company has been granted a license to build a $1 billion, 400-megawatt power storage project in the central part of the state that would supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources, according to documents released Thursday by federal regulators. The 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allows Absaroka Energy, of Bozeman, Montana, to construct and operate the project on a 177-acre site near the tiny town of Martinsdale, home to fewer than 100 pe… Continue Reading


12.22.16

Glasgow Courier: Season's Greetings from Your Senator

It's an honor to represent Montana in the U.S. Senate and work on your behalf to make our state and nation a better place to live and work. As we gather together during this time of year, I hope that you will join me in thanking the brave servicemen and women who are giving so much to defend our freedoms - for their service and sacrifice we are especially grateful. I just wrapped up my 56 County Tour last week stopping in every Montana County during the 114th Congress. Throughout the tour I hea… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Missoulian: Tidwell appears poised to stay on with Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has not announced any intention to retire with the coming change of presidential administrations, which is another way of saying he appears to intend to continue in the job he's got. "We can't speculate on the chief's intentions," Forest Service spokesman Byron James said on Monday. "He is a career employee, not a political appointee. There is no need to reapply for the position when an administration changes. As a career employee, he will continue to serv… Continue Reading


12.16.16

Helena Independent Record: Helena Independent Record

Undersheriff Dave Rau entered the search and rescue headquarters Thursday afternoon thinking he was there for a staff meeting. Instead, he was greeted by Sen. Steve Daines, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and his family. "This is a very important moment," Daines said as he thanked Rau and his loved ones for their sacrifices. Daines wanted a chance to thank Rau for his 20 years with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office. Rau is retiring from the force at the end of the month. Daines s… Continue Reading


12.16.16

KTVH: Daines proposes legislation to help wildland firefighters

(MTN NEWS-HELENA) U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) unveiled new legislation to help wildland firefighters and praised the selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke as the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior during a visit to Helena Thursday. Federal firefighters are entitled to retirement after 20 years because of the hazardous nature of their work. But if they get hurt and can't return to a firefighting job, they're currently forced to switch to a 30-year retirement track, like other federal workers. Dai… Continue Reading


12.16.16

KTVH: Undersheriff Rau honored for service

(MTN NEWS-HELENA) State and municipal leaders came together Thursday afternoon to honor Lewis & Clark County Undersheriff Dave Rau, who is retiring after 20 years of service. The Sheriff's office organized a surprise ceremony at the county search and rescue building to recognize Rau. U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox were among those who spoke at the event. Rau's family, including his wife and one of his children, were in attendance. More than a dozen deputi… Continue Reading


12.16.16

KRTV: Senator Daines focuses on Agriculture concerns during state-wide tour

GREAT FALLS - Senator Steve Daines spent the past week visiting communities around Montana, wrapping up the 56 county tour Thursday in Chester. The senator says the tour gave him important feedback on key issues facing Montanans, including natural resource development creating more jobs along with issues farmers and ranchers are facing. Daines says the top concern was the future of agriculture, the state's top industry. "We have a big state, it's a great state, and it's the best part of m… Continue Reading

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