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10.17.19

Guest opinion: U.S.-Japan trade deal good for Montana ranchers

As United States senator from Montana, and as a rancher from Miles City serving as the president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, we took a major step forward last week for Montana ag. Together, we worked to accomplish a historic trade deal between the U.S. and Japan - one that will benefit Montana's farmers and ranchers for generations to come. Farming and ranching is tough enough as it is. Agriculture isn't for the faint of heart and making a profit only gets harder if access to c… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Bill to name Rankin post office passes U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed by unanimous voice vote a bill to name Missoula's main post office building in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The approval came Wednesday afternoon after it was introduced in March by Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana. U.S. Senator Steve Daines presented a similar bill on the same day in the Senate. In a press release from Gianforte's office, Daines hailed the bill's passage in the House and said he will continue working to advance S. 953 in that S… Continue Reading


10.16.19

Daines seeks federal disaster assistance for home-state farmers

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) recently requested prompt federal financial support for Montana farmers who have lost their crops due to excessive regional rainfall. "As you know, Montana farmers and the agriculture economy overall are facing significant challenges, whether it be low commodity prices, weather or market access issues," Sen. Daines wrote in an Oct. 7 letter sent to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "This rainfall has occurred during harvest and has resulted in losses due to … Continue Reading


10.16.19

Senate Hears Testimony On Roadblocks To Tribal Housing

A Fort Belknap council member briefed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday about roadblocks to homeownership. Three years. That's how long Nathaniel Mount, council member for the Fort Belknap Indian Community, says it takes for families to get off of the waiting list for tribal housing. Access to safe and affordable housing is a problem across Indian country. Tribal members looking for housing have to deal with complications over land ownership, barriers to private mortgages a… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Daines, Tester weigh in on US-China trade deal

Farmers and ranchers are cautiously optimistic about a trade agreement between the U.S. and China. President Donald Trump says China will immediately start buying very large quantities of American agricultural products, even though the agreement won't be signed for another three weeks. Although the White House has not given specifics, the president says China will purchase between $40 and $50 billion worth of ag products. In the past, China topped out around $25 billion. Several agriculture t… Continue Reading


10.11.19

Daines seeks increased visitation at smaller Montana national parks

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) this week urged the bosses at two national parks in Montana to help improve visitation at some of the state's smaller parks. "As we continue to see record-breaking visitation numbers, encouraging visitation to smaller parks in Montana is imperative to both reduce stress on larger parks and promote healthy gateway economies in other regions," Sen. Daines wrote in an Oct. 9 letter sent to Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cameron Sholly and Glacier National Pa… Continue Reading


10.10.19

Great Falls man finally receives Bronze Star for military service in Vietnam

A Great Falls resident was finally recognized after being nominated and awarded the Bronze Star Award more than 40 years ago. Alfred E. Shryer received the Bronze Star Award at an event hosted at the VFW Post 1087 on Wednesday for his service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1971-1972. Shryer first found out he had won the award about a year ago. "Considering I didn't know it was in the making for 48 years, I only learned about it about a year ago, but it feels really cool that i… Continue Reading


10.08.19

Montana ag leaders praise new U.S.-Japan trade deal

Farmers and ranchers are applauding a new trade agreement signed Monday between the United States and Japan that they say will keep American agricultural products flowing into this lucrative Asian market. During a White House signing ceremony Monday, President Trump said the new trade agreement will be significant for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Japan is the U.S. beef cattle industry's number one export market valued at more than $2 billion. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., attended the signin… Continue Reading


10.07.19

Montana beef declared winner in U.S.-Japan trade deal

The U.S.-Japan trade agreement signed Monday by President Donald Trump should deliver several million dollars in beef prices for Montana, the Montana Stockgrowers Association said. Fred Wacker, MSGA president, who was at the White House for the signing ceremony, said cattle prices had already increased on news that the deal would be signed. Trade organizations, like the National Cattlemen's Beef Association noted that beef appeared to be the big winner among agriculture interests inclu… Continue Reading


10.07.19

Daines, stockgrowers head, attend Japan trade deal signing

Sen. Steve Daines and the head of the Montana Stockgrowers Association were present Monday when President Donald Trump signed a limited trade deal with Japan expected to benefit ranchers and farmers in the Treasure State. The deal will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But it does not address the bigger hurdle of autos. President Donald Trump indicated the two countries were still working on a broader agreement. Joining Daines at the signing … Continue Reading


10.03.19

Daines honored at Horses Spirits Healing near Billings for veterans grant

BILLINGS - What began as a facility for Rocky Mountain College equine students has morphed into a form of therapy to help veterans, " I've been raised around horses all my life, so I realized the value of horses in therapy," Barbara Skelton, treasurer and co-founder of Horses Spirits Healing. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines stopped by to celebrate securing a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans. "We've been working hard, and making requests for getting grants f… Continue Reading


09.30.19

Daines asks FBI not to cut trafficking, Indian Country agents

Sen. Steve Daines said he sent a letter Monday to the FBI Director Christopher Wray urging the agency not to reduce resources on human trafficking in Montana. The Billings Gazette recently reported the special agent who had worked full-time on human trafficking will now spend half his time on Indian Country cases. An FBI spokeswoman said it is not uncommon for agents to focus on different areas during their careers. Some have called the change "a blow" to Montana anti-trafficking efforts. Wh… Continue Reading


09.30.19

Bill to help Kinsey, Sidney water users passed out of committee

Sen. Steve Daines, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has been successful in passing an issue out of that committee to keep power costs for the Kinsey Irrigation and Sidney Water Users districts at an affordable rate. The two groups have been part of the Pick Sloan power group for going on eight decades, but in 2017 received a notice from the Bureau of Reclamation that the agency would not renew their contracts. Jack Connor, an administrative … Continue Reading


09.25.19

U.S.-Japan trade terms a needed win, Montana farmers and ranchers say

Montana farm and ranch groups described U.S.-Japan trade terms announced Wednesday as a must-have win for the state's agriculture economy, which has been battered by trade disputes. Japan is the biggest foreign buyer of Montana wheat and the largest purchaser of U.S. beef. Tariffs against U.S. wheat have put the state's grain growers at a disadvantage in the key market. The trade terms were released ahead of a scheduled Wednesday announcement by President Donald Trump and Japan Prime M… Continue Reading


09.20.19

Senator Daines Announces Airport Funding

Montana airports, including Hamilton and Stevensville, will be receiving Department of Transportation funding, according to Montana Senator Steve Daines. Daines last week said 11 airports will share over $4 million in air travel infrastructure funding, part of the Airport Improvement Program. The airports are: Conrad, Geraldine, Billings, Lewistown, Stevensville, Sherwood, Twin Bridges, Dawson County, Ravalli County, Missoula and Big Horn. Senator Daines said, "Having the necessary resources to… Continue Reading


09.15.19

Walk to End Alzheimer's raises $70k

An issue that more than 20,000 Montanans are battling was the focus of a major event in Bozeman Sunday afternoon, The Walk to End Alzheimer's. The disease, which causes brain cells to die and destroys a person's memory, was at the forefront of many minds Sunday. The Walk to End Alzheimer's, which is the largest awareness and funds for research on the disease, relies on community members, many of whom have been personally impacted by the disease, to raise money for Alzheimer's research. This y… Continue Reading


09.14.19

Daines visits with award-winning Kalispell robotics team

KALISPELL, Mont. - In August, an all-girls robotics team won at a NASA competition. On Saturday, they showed off their skills to U.S. Senator Steve Daines. The challenge included flying a drone and using a moon map. The moon map pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. The girls made lots of adjustments to the robot to meet the requirements of the challenge. It took a lot of hard work and practice. They learned how to effectively communicate amongst each other because th… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Senators want name of Great Falls sailor added to wall

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester are part of a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers hoping to find a home for the "Lost 74," a group of U.S. sailors who died in 1969 when their ship collided with an Australian vessel in a training exercise off the coast of Vietnam. The two signed a Sept. 9 letter to the Armed Services committees in the House and Senate asking that the names of the sailors be included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. This includes William Fields, who grew up in Great F… Continue Reading


09.04.19

Steve Daines, David Perdue Press China on Trade Policies

Sens. Perdue and Daines concluded a series of high-level meetings with senior Chinese government officials in Beijing, China. Prior to the two senators' trip, Sens. Daines and Perdue spoke with President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Perdue and Daines plan to brief President Trump when they return to the United States. "Senator Daines and I traveled to China with one goal: to help reinforce President Trump's efforts to level… Continue Reading


09.03.19

Time to stop Rx sticker shock

As U.S. senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, we know older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country, they are mindful that they need to stretch their savings in order to pay the bills and uphold their quality of life in retirement. Whenever we hear from folks in Iowa or Montana, we hear widespread concern about the rising costs of prescription drugs. It's particularly upsetting to find out some patients ratio… Continue Reading

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