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Montana school-aid case sparks national battle before U.S. Supreme Court

HELENA - A Montana case that's become a politically charged battle over public aid to church-affiliated schools is before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, as school-choice advocates ask the court to strike down Montana's constitutional ban on the aid. The case pits a trio of Kalispell parents whose children go to Stillwater Christian School against Montana and its constitution - but the decision clearly has national ramifications. More than 50 groups and individuals have filed "friend of the … Continue Reading


NAFTA replacement passes Senate, on the way to President Trump

A signature effort for President Donald Trump passed Congress Thursday, with the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement intended to take the place of the 1990s North American Free Trade Agreement passing the Senate 89-10. Montana Farm Bureau praised the agreement's passage. "Montana Farm Bureau has long been pushing for this agreement which will greatly benefit our state's farmers and ranchers," MFBF President Hans McPherson said in a press release. "Farm Bureau thanks Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Ste… Continue Reading


Montana agriculture groups see gains in China trade pact

Montana agriculture groups saw benefits in the first-stage U.S.-China trade pact announced Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Farm groups hoped for the return of progress on normalizing trade relations with China, which hasn't been a major buyer of Montana wheat or beef, but had always been valued as potentially at top market for both. In the lead-up to the now-18-month-old trade war between the U.S. and China, Montanans appeared to be making inroads to sales in China. "We see this a… Continue Reading


GOP Senators Launch Bill to Block Tax Deductions for Abortion as Medical Expense

Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced a bill that would end the IRS's allowance of abortion as "medical care" and block the procedure's tax deductibility as an out-of-pocket medical expense. "The government should not offer tax benefits for a procedure that kills hundreds of thousands of unborn children each year, nor should taxpayers subsidize such a practice," said Lee in a statement to Breitbart News. He continued: This undermines the truth that all human beings have… Continue Reading


Committed to working for Montana

As your U.S. senator, it's been my top priority to bring Montana commonsense to Congress, and in spite of the partisan politics that exist in Washington D.C., I've been working across the aisle this past year to get results for Montanans. We recently secured the largest pay raise in nearly a decade for our troops, strengthened our southern border to protect our communities from illegal drugs, empowered law enforcement to combat Montana's growing meth crisis, protected the mission at Malmstr… Continue Reading


It’s Now Up To Trump To Thump The Pirates

Pirate radio operators are one signature away from facing bigger fines and stronger penalties. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the PIRATE Act, which gives the FCC expanded tools to fight unauthorized radio broadcasters. If the President signs the bill into law, the FCC will have the additional help it had been seeking for years, to crack down on pirates. On April 29, 2019, U.S. Senator Daines of Montana introduced S.1228, the PIRATE Act with Senator Peters (D-MI). Upon passage of the bill… Continue Reading


Senator Daines Says General Suleimani Was a “War Criminal,” Praises US Airstrike

According to US Senator Steve Daines, Qasem Suleimani posed an "imminent threat" to American lives. In an interview with KGVO News, Daines spoke about the US Military's decision to strike down the prominent Iranian general, and the chain of events that followed. At around 3:30 PM MST on January 7, Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles at US bases housing American troops in Iraq. The missiles came in response to the killing of Suleimani on January 3. Missiles originating from Iranian for… Continue Reading


Steve Daines' pro-Second Amendment bill aims to protect law-abiding gun owners taking firearms across state lines

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced a pro-Second Amendment bill to the Senate last month aimed at easing restrictions on gun owners transporting their firearms across state lines. The bill would reform the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA), clarifying the term "transport" to include "staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental." Daines said Americans should not be afraid to transp… Continue Reading


Daines votes to advance USMCA out of Senate Finance Committee

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted to advance a critical trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, called the "USMCA," out of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Daines serves as Montana's lone voice on the Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade action, and has been a strong proponent of advancing the trade deal. "Today marks a very important step for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses across Montana as well as around our country," Daines said.… Continue Reading


Sens. Daines, Braun: Speaker Pelosi, send impeachment articles to Senate in 25 days or end this partisan game

Nearly three weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Democratic Party cohorts voted to impeach President Trump. But rather than fulfill their constitutional duty and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have decided to play more partisan games. Every step of the way, Democrats like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned that President Trump is a "clear and present danger" to dem… Continue Reading


Daines backs resolution to dismiss impeachment

Montana Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, is joining with 10 other senators in a move aimed to dismiss impeachment against President Donald Trump. In a resolution to be introduced Monday, Daines and 10 other senators propose to alter Senate rules on handling the impeachment trial. Under the resolution, if the House does not send articles of impeachment to the Senate within 25 days of adoption, a senator could move to dismiss the articles with a simple majority vote. The House voted to … Continue Reading


Montana delegation reacts to U.S. airstrike on Iran general

There was no debate among Montana's Congressional delegation Friday about Qassem Soleimani being an enemy of the state. But, there is a split over whether lawmakers should have been consulted about the drone strike killing the Iran general. A U.S. air strike in Iraq killed Soleimani Thursday night. Iran called the general's death an act of war and vowed revenge. Only a few lawmakers learned ahead of time that President Donald Trump had ordered the air strike. "Soleimani was an evil ter… Continue Reading


Bill to designate B-47 Ridge advances in Senate

A bill to name a ridge on the east side of the Paradise Valley for an Air Force bomber that crashed there in 1962 has advanced in the U.S. Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously backed S. 490, which would name the southwestern arm of Emigrant Peak B-47 Ridge. With the vote Thursday, the bill advances to the Senate Floor. Naming the ridge is meant to honor the four pilots who died in the crash - Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton a… Continue Reading


Little Shell Tribe moves closer to federal recognition

The Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Indians is once again on the verge of winning a generations-long battle to be recognized by the federal government. Legislation granting the Great Falls-based tribe federal recognition is attached to the National Defense Authorization Act. Federal recognition is required for the tribe and its 5,400 members in order for them to be eligible for federal resources for economic development, health, and education. The journey to federal recognition for the Lit… Continue Reading


Federal recognition likely as Little Shell Chippewa Tribe bill moves forward

The National Defense Authorization Act, which contains an amendment giving federal recognition for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, cleared a congressional conference committee Monday, bringing optimism from Montana's federal delegation that the bill will finally pass. Reuters reported the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committees said they reached an agreement on the $738-billion spending bill for the Department of Defense, considered a must-pass piece of legislation, … Continue Reading


Daines to introduce sweeping legislation to settle CSKT's Flathead water claims

Senator Steve Daines says a newly-developed settlement would bring a permanent solution to the dispute over tribal water rights claims in Western Montana, in a deal worth upwards of $2 billion. The settlement, which forms the framework of a new agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, would replace the pending Flathead Water Compact . News of the agreement came Thursday after recent statements from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and US Attorney General William Barr gave… Continue Reading


Daines’ bipartisan bill prioritizes elimination of invasive aquatic species

Bipartisan legislation introduced on Dec. 4 by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) would prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in America's western waters, including in his home state of Montana. "Empowering our local communities with the resources they need to ensure our waterways, rivers and lakes remain free from these invasive species is critical to our Montana way of life," Sen. Daines said. The Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels Act of 2019, S. 2975, offered by lead original cosponso… Continue Reading


Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights took a major step forward Thursday when Montana Sen. Steve Daines said he plans to introduce a bill that would implement a new settlement framework. "Today is a really important step. We've reached a historic compromise on a century-old dispute that protects the water rights of all Montanans," Daines said Thursday in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. "We've reach… Continue Reading


Montana delegation urges pro baseball to reconsider plan to cut minor league teams

Montana's congressional delegation this week joined a growing list of officials urging Major League Baseball to reconsider its plans to slash a number of minor league teams, including those in Montana - home to the Pioneer League. Under the proposal, MLB would reduce its affiliated teams from 160 to 120. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines each sent letters to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred on Tuesday opposing the plan. "Our communities are deeply invested in our minor league teams," Tester wro… Continue Reading


New Bill to Keep Mussels Out of Lakes and Streams Read More: New Bill to Keep Mussels Out of Lakes and Streams

A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester. "Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels Act of 2019" is targeted at such organisms as zebra and quagga mussels in waterways. In a news release the bipartisan bill was explained as a way to strengthen prevention efforts by the Bureau of Reclamation by partnering with states and cities to fund watercraft inspection and decontamination stations, which have become a common sight along Western Montana high… Continue Reading

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