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Major prescription drug cut earns early vote, Daines support

A bipartisan attempt to cut prescription drug costs more than $100 billion passed out of Senate Finance Committee with the support of the U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The bill intended to save the Medicare program $85 billion and individuals $27 billion over 10 years passed on a 19-9 vote. Much of the savings comes from drug price caps. The savings estimate comes from the Congressional Budget Office. The bill is known as the "Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019." "What we saw t… Continue Reading


'It's a great scam': Montana hotel owners push Daines to revive bill to regulate phony booking sites

About every five days, a traveler shows up at the counter of Best Western Clocktower Inn in downtown Billings, insisting reservations have been made and prices agreed upon, but owner Steve Wahrlich will know nothing of it. The traveler will insist he's been to the hotel's website, or seems to have been on it. There will have been photos of the hotel, photos of the rooms, and the illusion of booking with the actual hotel. The website won't be Wahrlich's. There are five different booking… Continue Reading


Daines secures funds for asbestos research in Libby

LIBBY - Although the primary phase of federal cleanup is completed, health concerns continue in Libby, where residents continue to deal with the aftereffects of asbestos contamination. The US Environmental Protection Agency completed its major cleanup operations at properties around Libby and Troy last year. EPA removes a portion of Libby from the federal Superfund site Now, cleanup responsibilities have transitioned to state and local agencies to deal with the remaining contamination in … Continue Reading


Daines honors Miles City 2-Star General

Senator Steve Daines is honoring one Montana native for her achievements in our armed forces. Major General Barbara Holcomb is the first female commanding general at the US Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick. She's also the chief of the US Army Nurse Corps. Major General Holcomb grew up in Miles City. She first joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps following her first year of nursing school. Senator Daines is calling her a trailblazer and a Montana leader… Continue Reading


Daines says Lewistown worker faced retaliation

Sen. Steve Daines told a Senate panel Tuesday that at worker at a state-run nursing home in Lewistown told him she resigned after believing her supervisors retaliated against her for raising questions about quality issues. Daines, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, made his comments about the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center during a discussion the panel had on "Promoting elder justice: A call for reform." It was a discussion on the quality of care and safety for Medicare and… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: Trump Has Constitutional Authority to Enforce Immigration Laws

-- When it comes to the Constitution and illegal immigration into this country, Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority "to enforce the law." Daines added that he is "very concerned" about the "radical leftists" in the House of Representatives. At the U.S. Capitol on July 16, asked Sen. Daines, "Article 2 section 3 of the Constitution says that the president must make sure that laws are faithfully enforced. Do you believe that the… Continue Reading


LWCF is getting real traction — and Daines and Tester both deserve credit

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, is getting lots of attention these days, and for good reason. For over a half-century, LWCF has delivered real benefits in Montana and across the country, providing funds to protect and gain public access to the parks, forests, and outdoor recreation we all need. LWCF has a proud history of bipartisanship that continues today, even as mudslinging in DC gets worse and worse. A bill recently passed by the Democratic House and the Republican Senat… Continue Reading


Proposed water wells would supply 5,000 central Montana homes plagued with smelly, sometimes toxic water

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to drill a water well 3.5 miles west of Garneill in yet another step for a long-term project to bring well water to about 5,000 central Montana households. The federal agency has published an environmental assessment on the project and is taking public comment on the document through Aug. 9. The 8.75-inch diameter well - proposed to be drilled up to 2,800 feet deep into the Madison Aquifer - is the latest step in the larger Central Montana … Continue Reading


Steve Daines: Montanans Sick of ‘Anti-American,’ ‘Radical’ Democrats Trashing America

President Donald Trump taunted the "squad" of far-left first term progressive Democrats on Sunday, telling them to go back and fix the places they came from before telling the rest of the country what to do. Trump's tweets Sunday appeared to reference Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). Trump's tweet pushed Democrats such as Reps. Omar and Ocasio-Cortez to quickly attack the president, claiming that he was "stoking white … Continue Reading


Daines sponsors bicameral, bipartisan bill to change federal funding formula for counties

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on July 11 introduced a bicameral, bipartisan bill to ensure counties around the nation receive their fair share of federal payment in lieu of taxes compensation. Sen. Daines sponsored the Small County Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Parity Act, S. 2108, with cosponsors including U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide for additional population tiers that would better balance how the federal government pays PILT funds to a county government to offset the loss of p… Continue Reading


Daines throws support behind Trump in controversy over tweets aimed at freshmen Democratic congresswomen

BILLINGS- U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana threw his support behind President Donald Trump over his tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen. In a tweet Monday, Daines wrote: "Montanans are sick and tired of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals. This is America. We're the greatest country in the world. I stand with @realdonaldtrump." Daines' tweet, which had more than 19,000 likes and 18,000 replies Monday evening, was in apparent r… Continue Reading


Republicans Take an Important Step Back into the Environmental Debate

Conservation and conservatism: The two are rightfully inseparable. Yet it is fair to say that the Republican brand has for many years been divorced from environmental causes in the public imagination. Widely associated with climate-change skepticism, unquestioning support of the fossil-fuel industry, and the blind harvesting of resources, the GOP's record on conservation is a bit rocky. But as voters become increasingly worried about the environment, Republicans on the Hill have finally realized… Continue Reading


Trump, Daines press for improved forest management to prevent wildfires

President Donald Trump is pushing better forest management as a big part of his plan to stop the number of large wildfires that have caused devastation in the western United States in recent years. In a speech at the White House this past week, the president touted an executive order signed last December promoting more active forest management. "You can't have dirty floors. You can't have fallen trees. After the first 17 months, they say a tree is like a piece of tinder," said Trump, a Republi… Continue Reading


Glacier Park International Airport Receives $5.7 Million for Terminal Expansion

Glacier Park International Airport has received $5.7 million in federal funds to help pay for its ongoing terminal expansion and the purchase of new firefighting equipment. The money was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program and comes on the heels of two other major FAA grants GPIA has received in recent years: a $7.5 million grant in 2017 and a $2 million grant in 2018. GPIA is currently in the midst of a three-year expansion project that will add a… Continue Reading


Billings Logan International Airport to receive $1 million grant

BILLINGS - The Billings Logan International Airport will receive about $1 million of federal grant money to buy new aircraft rescue and fire equipment, as well as partially fund the upcoming terminal expansion project in 2019. "This grant will help us secure new equipment that will be good for the next decade or so," said Billings Airport Director of Aviation and Transit Kevin Ploehn. This money will allow the Billings airport to purchase about $200,000 worth aircraft rescue and firefighting e… Continue Reading


HHS responds to Daines’ push to revoke pension of convicted pedophile doctor

Efforts by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) to revoke the government pension of a retired federal medical doctor convicted of sexually assaulting minors gained ground last week. The head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps assured Sen. Daines that his call for action against convicted pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber, a retired doctor with the U.S. Indian Health Service, was under consideration. "I'm glad to see HHS respond to my… Continue Reading


2 Montana airports to share $9.7M in federal funds

Two Montana airports will share $9.7 million in federal funds, to help with airport expansion, terminal reconstruction, safety and aircraft parking. Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell will receive $3.5 million in federal funds to help it buy an airport rescue and firefighting vehicle, expand the commercial terminal apron for more airplane parking and help with design work for upcoming terminal expansion, an airport official said Wednesday. And $6,283,353 will be distributed to M… Continue Reading


Daines visits Anaconda Job Corps open house

ANACONDA - According to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, this year's open house at the Anaconda Job Corps Center was anything but routine. While the Anaconda Job Corps' open house is an annual event, Tuesday's had a special feel to it. Last May, the career-training program was set to be closed, and some Job Corps participants heard the news before going off on training. "We wound up hearing about how the center was closing before we left," said Job Corps participant Dylan Kurz. An outcry from the com… Continue Reading


Organizers break ground on new veterans home in Butte

BUTTE, Mont. - Organizers broke ground on the new Southwest Montana Veterans Home in Butte on Tuesday. The $20 million home will house 60 veterans in five cottage-style units. United Veterans Council commander Mike Lawson says there will also be a community center. "It will be a veterans home-like experience for those that are sent there. That's what we proposed to begin with," Lawson said. He tells NBC Montana the proposal has been in the works for 26 years. "There was a lot of anticipati… Continue Reading


Helena airport receives $3M in federal funding

The Helena Regional Airport recently received more than $3 million in federal funds, which local officials plan to put toward some needed maintenance projects. Helena was one of 13 Montana airports to receive more than $8 million total in funding from the Airport Improvement Program under the Department of Transportation. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the funding last week. About $1.3 million of Helena's allocation was an expected entitlement, but the additional $1.… Continue Reading

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