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06.15.16

Great Falls Tribune:Daines sets up hearing on coal program

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will hold a public meeting Tuesday in Billings to ensure that the Department of Interior hears Montana voices regarding review of a federal coal program. The meeting is 11:45 a.m. at Montana State University - Billings, library room 148, 1500 University Drive, Billings. Montana cities are not among the locations selected by the DOI for public meetings on the new coal program, even though the state has more than one-fourth of the nation's estimated recoverable c… Continue Reading


06.15.16

The Hill: Senate panel approves net neutrality exemption bill for small providers

The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to exempt small internet service providers from rules included in sweeping net neutrality regulations approved last year. The legislation would exempt providers with 250,000 or fewer subscribers from transparency rules that are part of the regulations, which were approved by the Federal Communications Commission last February A version of the law passed the House without objection in March. More broadly, the rules are meant to protect… Continue Reading


06.15.16

Lawmakers split on gun control after Orlando mass shooting

Montana's congressional delegation is split on whether gun control is needed after Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the worst in U.S. history. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., told The Gazette it was past time to stop selling weapons to people on terrorist watch lists, as well as people who have been declared mentally ill by a court of law. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., disagreed, telling Senate colleagues the focus needed to be on radical Islam and ISIS, not the Second Amendm… Continue Reading


06.14.16

Politico: Senators Want Cyber Command Language in Final Defense Policy Bill

Sens. Steve Daines and Mark Warner are asking the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services panels to include a provision in the final defense authorization bill that would elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a full, unified command. "At a time when ISIS is rapidly recruiting online and the cyber battlefield is evolving at a rapid rate, the United States needs to ensure cyber warfare is at the top of our priorities," the duo said in a letter today addressed to Sens. John McCain and Jack Reed and… Continue Reading


06.14.16

KTVH: Sen. Daines and Tester express condolences to the families in Orlando

On Monday, Montana Senator Steve Daines expressed his condolences to the families of those involved in the horrific Orlando shooting on the Senate floor. "My deepest condolences are with the victims and the families of this appalling attack. I am grateful for the law enforcement and first responders who bravely put their lives on the line to save others," said Sen. Steve Daines. Senator Jon Tester released this statement on Sunday saying in part, "we must come together to put an end to this te… Continue Reading


06.14.16

Fox Montana: Orlando shooting prompts talk of legislation in Senate

Sunday morning's Orlando attack has renewed conversation in the Senate about proposed firearm legislation. Democratic Senators are pushing for a new vote on the "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act," which would keep any suspected terrorist from buying firearms in America. This isn't the first time this legislation has come up. Neither Senator Jon Tester or Senator Steve Daines acted as co-sponsors when the bill was defeated last December, but Senator Tester voted to s… Continue Reading


06.14.16

E&E: Daines touts conservative conservationism

Earlier this spring, Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines drew loud applause from a crowd of union activists -- traditionally a Democratic constituency -- with his stinging attack of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan. "You talk to our unions back in Montana, they sometimes wonder if [EPA] shouldn't stand for the Employment Prevention Agency," Daines told the North America's Building Trades Union at its Washington, D.C., convention. He warned that thousands of "good-paying union" jobs would disappear… Continue Reading


06.14.16

Great Falls Tribune: Defense bill includes Huey provisions for Malmstrom

The U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act with a 85-13 vote. The bill included a provision from Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., requiring that the Department of Defense certify any security shortfalls of the UH-1N helicopter currently used to support nuclear security at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. The provision also requires DOD to report to Congress how it will mitigate those shortfalls with outside resources until the acquisition process for new helicop… Continue Reading


06.11.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: World War II Veteran Honored with Posthumous Medals in Bozeman

Ted Williams fondly recalled his older brother Robert, eight years his senior, and riding on the handlebars of Robert's green bicycle. "I loved him very much but I was jealous of the things he got to do," said 89-year-old Ted to a crowd of a few dozen friends, family and military members gathered at Bozeman's American Legion on Friday afternoon. Just prior to speaking, Ted was presented with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among other accolades, in honor of his brother Robert's servi… Continue Reading


06.10.16

Morning Consult: Senate Democrats Warily Accept Small ISP Transparency Exemption

Senate Democrats harbor concerns about a bill that would give small businesses an exemption from the Federal Communications Commission's transparency requirements for three years, but they are standing pat for now. The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously advanced the measure Wednesday in a voice vote, although two Democrats noted their opposition before allowing the bill to pass on a voice vote. The enhanced transparency requirements are part of the commission's 2015 net neutrality rules. Th… Continue Reading


06.09.16

Great Falls Tribune: Lawmakers want VA Montana Vacancies Made Top Priority

Following the announcement that the VA Montana director is resigning, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke sent a letter Thursday morning to Secretary Bob McDonald of the Department of Veterans Affairs asking him to prioritize finding a replacement. John Ginnity submitted his resignation to VA officials Tuesday, and the resignation was announced Wednesday. His last day is July 8 and if a replacement isn't found before then, the position will join the vacant associate director and chief of staf… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Sidney Herald: Debate is Drawing a Bullseye on Beets

Efforts are continuing in the United States Senate to develop a compromise on GMO labeling that would circumvent Vermont's GMO labeling law which goes into effect July 1. That law is a trigger for enacting similar laws in two other states, Maine and Connecticut. Roberts brought a bill to the Senate floor in March, dubbed by opponents as the Deny Americans Right to Know act, that attempted to forestall Vermont's legislation. The Kansas Senator is trying again with another bill he says has "w… Continue Reading


06.07.16

KMMS: Daines' Amendment to Provide Security for Nuclear Sites Passes Senate

Senator Steve Daines' amendment should provide additional security for land based intercontinental ballistic missile sites like Malmstrom Air Force Base; Today the amendment unanimously passed the United States Senate and will now be included in the National Defense Authorization Act. "The Department of Defense has failed to recognize the urgency in replacing the Vietnam-era helicopters at Malmstrom, and the increased security is needed until they are replaced," Daines stated. "I am pleased t… Continue Reading


05.29.16

The Daily Interlake: Polson Receives Hospital Grant

St. Joseph Hospital in Polson will receive $99,023 to address health-care needs in rural areas, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. The grant will be used by St. Joseph to engage a network of hospitals serving rural communities through development of a Western Montana Rural Nursing Collaborative. The collaborative provides a unique partnership of hospitals that seek to expand, enhance and improve access to services in rural communities and allow patient… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Sidney Herald: Sidney ARS Wins a Round in the Senate

A successful haymaker has just been thrown in the funding fight for the Sidney ARS unit. The 2017 Ag Appropriations Bill is headed to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a vote with language that ensures the Northern Plains Research Lab in Sidney will remain fully staffed and operational. Senator Jon Tester, who is a member of the subcommittee that authored the bill, said the language should guarantee that the lab in Sidney can continue to research the impact of the wheat stem sawfly, which a… Continue Reading


05.26.16

KPAX: Polson Hospital Picks Up Grant

Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced today a Polson hospital will be awarded nearly $100,000 to address healthcare needs in rural areas. The grant will be used by St. Joseph Hospital to engage a network of hospitals serving rural communities through development of a Western Montana Rural Nursing Collaborative (WMRNC). WMRNC hopes to expand, enhance and improve access to services in rural communities and allow patients to receive high-quality care closer to home. "This is a collabor… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Indian Country Today: Coal Terminal Proponent 'Looking At Options' After Denial of Permit

The proponent of a rejected coal shipping terminal in Lummi Nation's historical territory is "looking at all its options" and "will decide shortly how we plan to proceed," the company's vice president wrote in a letter to ICTMN. Bob Watters of SSA Marine said the Army Corps of Engineers' denial of his company's permit based on the project's potential impacts to Lummi's historical fishing areas is "a political decision rather than a regulatory decision." Col. John Buck, commander of the Army Co… Continue Reading


05.25.16

The Hill: Lawmakers Push to Elevate Cyber Command in Senate Defense Bill


05.24.16

Bloomberg BNA: Senate Commerce Mulls Two-Pronged TCPA Update

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is eyeing a dual-track strategy for moving legislation that would update the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggested during a May 18 panel hearing on the law that the committee consider acting on different bills that would focus on alleged litigation abuses and consumer harms, respectively. "If we could figure out how to divide this discussion into those two categories, we're much more likely to find a soluti… Continue Reading


05.24.16

KMMS: Daines' Water Projects Bill Receives Hearing

Senator Steve Daines' bill that would move Montana water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana recently received its first hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "From the crops and grazing fields of our state's agriculture providers, water is our most valuable resource," Daines stated. "Our farmers, ranchers and families deserve access to a reliable water source." The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act would … Continue Reading

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