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07.05.16

Capital Press: Senators blast federal agencies over sage grouse plans

U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials were in the hot seat recently as senators from Western states criticized the agencies' top-down approach in new land use plans for sage grouse conservation. Senators chastised the agencies' disregard of state input in federal plans announced last September as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's decision not to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act. They pointed out that the states' investments in management plans and local c… Continue Reading


07.04.16

Helena Independent Record: Patriotism on Parade

I can think of no better place to be than home in Montana to celebrate the Fourth of July. Over the holiday weekend I'll be walking in the Livingston parade, honoring World War II Veteran Louis Armentaro and spending quality time with my sweet wife Cindy and our loved ones. In the midst of this holiday I'm humbled as I reflect on the birth of American independence. The declaration of our Founding Fathers, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain … Continue Reading


06.28.16

Great Falls Tribune: Resolution to focus on plight of Native American women

Montana's congressional delegation introduced a resolution Tuesday to designate May 5 as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls in memory of the birthday of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. The resolution by U.S. Sens Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke will honor the lives of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a Department of Justice study, in some tr… Continue Reading


06.27.16

Great Falls TribuneMontana tribes get funds to improve health care access

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes will receive $297,041 to improve access to high-quality health care, a U.S. senator said Monday. The Telehealth Network Grant Program through the Department of Health and Human Services focuses on improving access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities. They improve the quality of health care services; training of health care providers and increase health information available to health care providers,patients a… Continue Reading


06.25.16

Seattle Times: Legislation aims to rescue stranded 401(k) plans

The typical American worker stays at a job for only four years. As many find out, switching employers can upset your retirement plan. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates two in five employees cash out small 401(k) balances when they leave their jobs. They pay taxes and penalties while never giving their money a chance to grow. Or, workers can end up accumulating a collection of 401(k) plans throughout their careers, with small balances spread out at various old employers. It's a… Continue Reading


06.24.16

KBZK: Senator Steve Daines to join Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Senator Steve Daines met with local firefighters in Bozeman to announce steps he'll take to represent the needs of professional and volunteer firefighters across the state. Daines explained how he will address safety for first responders. "We need to honor these men and women, these firefighters, support them and make sure they are taken care of," said Daines. Senator Steve Daines announced in Bozeman that he will be joining the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. This is one of the largest … Continue Reading


06.23.16

Fox News: Rep. Walorski, Sen. Daines: Stop Guantanamo transfers. Americans' safety must come first

Our nation is at war with radical Islamic terrorism, which continues to threaten Americans at home and abroad. The terrorist attack in Orlando was carried out by a terrorist who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, a sobering reminder that the Islamic State is spreading a message of radical hate around the world to attract new recruits and inspire attacks as it continues to fight in places like Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan. To win the war against the Islamic State and defeat their ra… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Great Falls Tribune: Daines bill would help employees track retirement accounts

Workers changing jobs would have an easier time keeping track of their retirement plans, under bipartisan legislation introduced this week by Sens. Steve Daines and Elizabeth Warren. Daines and Warren, D-Mass, said the measure would create an online database allowing Americans to keep track of their 401(k)s and other retirement accounts. The "Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act" would allow workers to more easily invest abandoned accounts into higher-yielding ones such as mutual funds or Trea… Continue Reading


06.23.16

KGVO: Daines Forest Management Plan Passes Senate Committee

Montana Senator Steve Daines' Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act passed through the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Senator Daines explained how the bill aims to improve the health of Montana Forests on both federal and tribal lands. "It's incredible how tribes will spread their resources thin and they are still better managers of their forests That's why I recently introduced the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act," Daines said. "Our forests are failing and… Continue Reading


06.23.16

KTVQ: Daines-backed tribal forestry bill clears Senate committee

Fresh off the heels of Wednesday's announcement by Weyerhaeuser that they'll be closing their lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls due to a lack of logs, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced that a bill to improve the health of both Indian and federal forest land recently passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. This action on the Daines-backed measure follows a June 8, 2016 legislative hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "The status quo on federal l… Continue Reading


06.23.16

KLYQ: Ravalli County to Get Over $2 Million in PILT Funds

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has allocated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds, according to Montana Senator Steve Daines. That will give the Ravalli County budget a $2 million boost, according to the DOI website chart of PILT payments. The money is paid to counties where there is a large amount of federal land, such as the Bitterroot National Forest. The money, based on total federal acreage, is used for essential services. Ravalli County's payment is $2,238,057, third highest in Mo… Continue Reading


06.22.16

Billings Gazette: New federal pipeline law influenced by Yellowstone River oil disasters

Two Yellowstone River oil spills have reshaped national pipeline safety laws signed Wednesday by President Barack Obama. The PIPES Act sets pipeline law and reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The law addresses two of Montana's worst oil spills: the July 1, 2011, Silvertip Pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River near Laurel and the Jan. 17, 2015, oil spill into the Yellowstone River upstream from Glendive. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines carried PIPES Act … Continue Reading


06.22.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Support growing for naming Madison Range peak after conservationist Diekmann

A number of conservation groups and local governments have expressed support for naming a mountain in the Madison Range after a prominent conservationist who died earlier this year. Maddy Pope, a project manager for the Trust for Public Land, has been heading up the effort to name a peak in memory of Alex Diekmann, who worked for the group until he died of cancer earlier this year. "It seems like a really good way to commemorate his legacy and his work," Pope said. Diekmann, who was… Continue Reading


06.22.16

AP: Daines hosts coal meeting after Montana left out by feds

Montana residents can comment on a potential overhaul of the federal government's coal leasing program during a Tuesday meeting hosted by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. Montana has the largest coal resources in the nation. But the Treasure State was left off an Interior Department list of events where the public was asked to weigh in on the changes. Daines told The Associated Press the government proposal could have a major impact on the state's economy and affect the livelihoods of thousands… Continue Reading


06.21.16

The Hill: Warren, Daines offer retirement savings bill

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to protect the retirement savings of people who change jobs. The legislation would create a national, online "lost and found" for retirement accounts so that workers can easily locate accounts sponsored by former employers. The lost and found would use data that employers already have to report to the Treasury Department. "Our country faces a retirement crisis, and it's important that all workers have… Continue Reading


06.21.16

KMMS: ICYMI: Daines Stood for Due Process, Stops Known Terrorists from Purchasing a Gun

Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after supporting legislation that would take suspected terrorists off the streets. "A known terrorist shouldn't be able to board a plane or buy a gun," Daines stated. "By ensuring that we investigate individuals on the terrorist watch list who are trying to buy a gun, we are upholding Americans' constitutional rights while making our country a safer place." Daines voted in support of Senator John Cornyn's (R-TX) proposal that would stop… Continue Reading


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

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