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05.27.20

“Holy Grail” of conservation bills would fund LWCF, Lolo Trails Landmark Project

FORT FIZZLE - Gathered near the banks of Lolo Creek in the warming summer sun, members of the conservation community on Wednesday celebrated news that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is moving closer to full and permanent funding in the U.S. Senate. If the measure passes, it would help complete the Lolo Trails Landmark Project south of Missoula - an ambitious effort to acquire a block of former timber land prized for its habitat, historic values and promise of public access. Sen. Steve Da… Continue Reading


05.26.20

Daines says Montana can get back to work and protect the vulnerable

Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., held a town hall Friday to answer questions or concerns Montanans have about COVID-19. He said he is doing everything he can as a senator to help all Montanans and people in need get through this tough time. Four hundred and seventy-nine Montanans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, he said, Friday, adding that 16 have died and currently there are three active hospitalizations. Gov. Steve Bullock offered his condolences this morning on the 17th death from COVID-19, w… Continue Reading


05.25.20

Remembering them: Bozeman marks Memorial Day with silent march, service

Nathan Zussblatt participates every year in Bozeman's Memorial Day parade, riding in an old military vehicle with others from American Legion Post 87 in Manhattan. The annual event drew thousands downtown last year. The street was closed to traffic, marching bands played and people gathered to honor those who died while serving their country. On Monday, Zussblatt watched a much smaller parade from his parked Subaru. The city suspended all parade permits May 1 due to the threat of COVID-19. Bu… Continue Reading


05.25.20

Bozeman American Legion hosts annual Memorial Day ceremony

BOZEMAN - On Monday, Bozeman honored its fallen veterans at Sunset Hills Cemetery for Memorial Day. "This is our special moment, that we can remember those, pray for those and love those that went before us and gave the ultimate sacrifice," said American Legion Post # 14 Commander Len Albright. There was also a silent march that went down Main Street. Gabriel Martin, an Army veteran, was one of the participants in the march. "I remember all the friends I don't have here and we honor them," he… Continue Reading


05.25.20

One-On-One With GOP Sen. Steve Daines

Montana Sen. Steve Daines spoke with One America's Stephanie Myers about holding China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic, the HEROES Act and the importance of liability protections once businesses reopen. Click HERE to watch the video.… Continue Reading


05.23.20

LWCF, national parks' funding vote expected in June

The U.S. Senate is set to vote in June on a bill to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as generate funding towards the maintenance backlog at national parks. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor Thursday that the body would take up the Great American Outdoors Act during its next work period. The bill moves funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which comes from offshore oil royalties and is used for conservation p… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Daines seeks COVID-19 federal aid commitment to counties

After hearing from county governments concerned about COVID-19 costs, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking that 45% of federal aid to states automatically go to local governments. There have been problems for the counties with rising health department costs and revenue lost to canceled events, said Joe Briggs, Cascade County commissioner and board member of the National Association of Counties. States have been receiving federal aid, but counties are still waiting for their share. "In almost all j… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Sen. Daines is working to hold China accountable

Since the end of the Cold War, America has spread its supply-chain across the globe. At the time, many in the elite spheres of Washington and corporate America saw this as a great step towards a more free and interconnected world. They assumed that opening our markets up to China would lead them closer to democracy and to a more peaceful outlook on the world. They were wrong. China used this access to infiltrate our economy, copy our tech, and take control of our medical resources. While ma… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Daines proposes fund for ‘very small’ businesses

A bipartisan bill introduced this week by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., aims to ease some of the economic pains facing mom-and-pop sized businesses across America. The legislation is intended to assist "very small" businesses with fewer than 20 workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The RELIEF for Main Street Act would create a $50 billion fund, operated by the Treasury Department, to seed and scale small business relief funds at the city or county … Continue Reading


05.15.20

President Trump Singles out Steve Daines in Coronavirus Fight

In a recent White House Rose Garden announcement, President Trump singled out Montana Senator Steve Daines' work in helping industry leaders and scientists get the materials they need to develop treatments and a vaccine for COVID 19. "Through an historic series of funding bills my administration is providing roughly $10 billion to support a medical research effort without parallel," said President Trump. "I especially want to thank Senator Steve Daines of Montana for his incredible work. He has… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Meatpacker struggle exposes challenges for Montana consumers, ranchers

It wasn't long after grocers began running low on meat that a little processing shop in Shepherd saw a surge in customer demand. Customers who never before graced the parking lot of Project Meats were stopping beneath the reader board. In all caps, the sign along U.S, Highway 12 read, "Never out of beef. Gotta Love Montana." The 23-pound, "Home Sweet Home" packages were selling fast during Montana's stay-home order. Then, the state order was lifted. Restaurants closed by the pandemic started o… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Senate braces for fight over renewing lapsed surveillance powers

Senate leaders are preparing for what could be a protracted brawl over government surveillance powers during a rare public debate Wednesday over how to reauthorize key national security tools that lapsed two months ago. The two-day floor debate threatens to start a domino effect across the Capitol and down Pennsylvania Avenue - and the Senate's civil libertarians are girding for a fight that Republican leaders acknowledge could get ugly. "At this point it's sort of a Wild West, I w… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Challenges abound for child care providers; senators signal support for additional aid

The Gallatin Valley YMCA started offering free child care for front-line workers in March. There are now 11 children on the waitlist for that service. The Commons is donating its space for the program for K-8 kids, but it's still an expensive endeavor for the nonprofit, YMCA CEO Andrea Stevenson said. And now businesses are reopening and more people are going back to work, but schools are staying closed. "As time has gone on, demand has definitely increased," Stevenson said. The YMCA's normal… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Senate to consider renewal of surveillance laws

(AP) - The Senate is expected to vote on whether to extend three surveillance authorities as senators of both parties express concerns that the laws infringe on Americans' rights. The surveillance provisions expired in March, the month lawmakers fled Washington because of the coronavirus pandemic. House lawmakers passed a bipartisan compromise bill just before leaving town, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet been able to push the legislation through the Senate. And it's … Continue Reading


05.11.20

Lawmakers, groups mount pressure campaign for LWCF, parks bill

Nearly 120 House members and hundreds of organizations are ramping up pressure on Congress to include mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and billions of dollars to address the backlog in national parks and public lands maintenance in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation. The push shows efforts to enact the bipartisan package remain high on its supporters' agenda despite having a planned March vote on a package, S. 3422 (116), led by Republican Sens. Cory Gard… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Daines to introduce bill codifying, extending Trump's temporary immigration restrictions

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is set to introduce legislation that would codify and extend President Trump's executive order to restrict some immigrants from entering the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News has learned. Daines' bill would temporarily extend the immigration ban until 60 days after the coronavirus national emergency order is lifted, with the goal of giving U.S. workers an advantage to fill necessary jobs before immigration restarts. Trump's executive order … Continue Reading


05.05.20

SBA issues $1.7B in loans to Montana businesses; state pays $75M in uninsurance

More than 20,000 small businesses across Montana have received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program passed by Congress in March, Sen. Steve Daines said Monday. The funding was part of a $2 trillion package that included $350 billion earmarked for the stimulus program. Daines said 20,683 loans have been approved for Montana businesses totaling more than $1.74 billion in relief. Also on Monday, as restaurants across Montana began a phased reopening, the Montana Department of Labor and In… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Senate Republicans Starting To Raise Concerns About America’s Massive Coronavirus Spending

A number of Republicans in the Senate are starting to raise concerns about the massive amount of money the U.S. has spent combatting coronavirus, the Daily Caller has learned. The federal government has appropriated nearly $3 trillion in roughly six weeks for coronavirus relief and number of Republican Senators shared their concerns over the amount of money being spent, when asked by the Daily Caller. Many are saying they are encouraged to see states reopen their economies so that the borrowing… Continue Reading


05.03.20

Gazette Opinion: Among COVID pratfalls, a pirouette

The COVID crisis should transcend politics. After all, more than 60,000 Americans have died and more than 1.1 million of us have been sickened. Astonishingly, most people agree those numbers are conservative. But of course it is political. The infighting has been intense and greatly counterproductive. On every level, too, we've seen examples of dubious policy decisions. Across the country, we citizens have witnessed far less reliance on public health experts and sound science than we'd like as… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Senator Daines adds $310B to PPP funding for small businesses

HELENA - The Office of Senator Steve Daines announced Daines obtained an extra $310 billion dollars for the Paycheck Protection Program accessible to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. According to a release from the Office of Senator Steve Daines, more than 13,000 small businesses in the state have collected a total of more than $1.4 billion in PPP funding all together as of April 16.… Continue Reading

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