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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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


KBZK: Senator Daines pays a visit to his old Elementary school

Senator Steve Daines took a trip back in time while talking to the future. Daines visited first graders at his old elementary school which he attended in the 60s. "I remember when I was walking these halls, I wanted to be a fireman or a farmer, and you remember the impact your teachers have. I remember my first-grade teacher here at Longfellow was Mrs. Hahn," Daines said. He answered questions ranging from his job to his birthday and then the students presented him with a piece of handmade a… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Daines: Reforms needed for 'unfair' firefighter retirement, workers comp system

Calling the current system "unfair," U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is proposing legislation reforming retirement and workers compensation payments for federal wildland firefighters and law enforcement injured on the job. The current retirement system allows firefighters working in hazardous conditions retirement after 20 years. However, if they are injured on the job and reassigned to a nonhazardous role, they are subject to a 30-year retirement track. Overtime and bonuses are not factored into worke… Continue Reading


KRTV: Daines tours Great Falls Rescue Mission's Cameron Family Center

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines visited the Great Falls Rescue Mission's Cameron Family Center on Thursday. The facility opened last month. Montana's U.S. Senators Daines and Jon Tester have supported the New Markets Tax Credits Program since its start in 2000, which helped fund the Cameron Family Center through the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation. The MICDC is a non-profit consulting agency; since 2009, the organization has provided more than $300 million in ta… Continue Reading



U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, has announced the allocation of over $1 million in grant money to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to aid diabetes treatment and prevention efforts on the Flathead Indian Reservation. "Diabetes sadly plagues many in Montana's Native communities, and through this funding the CSKT can continue to improve care for tribal members living with this disease," Daines said in a press release issued on Dec. 9. Native Americans have the highest rate of Type 2, or… Continue Reading

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