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A fully funded LWCF good for Montana

Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines are applauded for introducing legislation to make permanent full funding for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now Rep. Greg Gianforte needs to get on board. When the state's delegation speaks with unanimity, it wields much more influence in the halls of Congress. Democrat Tester and Republican Daines introduced a measure recently that would allocate $900 million - the maximum - every year for the LCWF. The fund is fed by royalties paid … Continue Reading


Fight moves to funding on Land and Water Conservation Fund

With the backing of Montana's Congressional delegation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund saw permanent reauthorization earlier this year - a significant victory for conservation groups and lawmakers who spent years advocating for the program. Now the funder of major public access projects to municipal parks is in the midst of another debate: How much money it will receive this year and into the future? LWCF uses a portion of offshore oil and gas royalties to fund a variety of conservati… Continue Reading


Daines criticizes Montana for Medicaid fraud

Sen. Steve Daines criticized the state of Montana on Wednesday during a Senate subcommittee hearing, saying its policies on Medicaid has made it more at risk to abuse and fraud compared to other states. He made his comments after noting the U.S. government improperly spent $36 billion in Fiscal Year 2018. "The sad reality is that for every dollar that is lost to waste, fraud and abuse means a lost investment in improving the health and well-being of vulnerable Montanans," the Montana Republica… Continue Reading


USDA Hemp Production Program

The USDA announced the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. It establishes a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States. The 2018 Farm Bill allowed for the legalization of hemp in the United States but with little rules or regulations. The new provisions for hemp production include requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced, testing the levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinoil, better known as THC, disposing of plants not meeting … Continue Reading


Montana delegation works to rename VA clinic for Travis Atkins

Montana's federal lawmakers are moving ahead with their effort to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Bozeman after local Medal of Honor recipient and Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte sent a letter on Tuesday to the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee asking that he advance the bill that would rename the clinic. "On behalf of Montana's service members, veterans, family members and citizens, we write to e… Continue Reading


Daines praises president, troops in death of ISIS leader

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines praised President Donald Trump and U.S. troops Sunday for the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "This is absolutely a great morning for America," the Montana Republican told Fox News journalist Maria Bartiromo. "This is a great day for the world." "It's only fitting that the last sounds that al-Baghdadi would have heard on this Earth would have been the thumps of U.S. forces helicopters ..." he said. Responding to a question from Bartiromo about lack of Democra… Continue Reading


Guest opinion: Credit Montana's senators for conservation leadership

You have most likely heard plenty in the recent months about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the political football being played back in Washington, D.C., to secure permanent, full, dedicated funding for the program. While we aren't all the way there yet, we are closer than we have been in decades. Montana can be proud that both Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester have been bipartisan champions for reauthorization and funding of this critical program. To say otherwise just isn't accur… Continue Reading


Daines: Syria Troop Withdrawal 'Detrimental To Our National Security'

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has earned condemnation from Montana's entire congressional delegation. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester told Lee newspapers earlier this month the order to pull troops from Syria's northern border threatens regional and global stability. Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and Republican Sen. Steve Daines - two normally reliable Trump stalwarts - also have their doubts. Daines expressed his concerns during Wednesday's Senate App… Continue Reading


House passes bill to name Montana post office after Jeannette Rankin

MISSOULA - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to name a Montana post office building in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The Missoulian reported Thursday that the approval came Wednesday to rename the building at 1100 W. Kent Ave. after the Missoula-born Republican known as the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. Officials say the bill was introduced to both the House and Senate in March by Montana Republicans Rep. Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines. Rankin… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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