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04.24.16

Sen. Daines: Let’s protect Montana’s way of life

In Montana, the land is our livelihood and provides us our unique way of life. As a fifth-generation Montanan and avid sportsman, I know hunting, fishing and access to public lands is an important treasure for our families. As a kid I hunted in the Bridgers, backpacked in the Beartooths and fished the streams of southwest Montana with my grandfather and my dad - and still do with my own family. Just last week, I pushed through a bipartisan energy bill that modernizes our energy policies: Ensur… Continue Reading


04.23.16

Daily Inter Lake: Conservation fund closer to permanent status

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has provided more than half a billion dollars in federal funding to Montana during the past 50 years, would be permanently reauthorized under a sweeping energy reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The Energy Policy Modernization Act passed on an 85-12 vote and now heads to conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will work to hammer out a compromise between the energy bill and a similar bill passed in the House last Dece… Continue Reading


04.21.16

Daily Caller: EPA Head Admits Clean Power Plan Wouldn’t Impact Global Warming [VIDEO]

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said to Congress Wednesday that there's "absolutely no reason" to measure the impact of the Clean Power Plan by looking at global temperature reductions. McCarthy admitted during questions by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana that her agency can't measure the impact of its proposed Clean Power Plan on global temperatures, because it would likely be incredibly small. McCarthy specified that the plan's influence on the enviro… Continue Reading


04.21.16

Billings Gazette: Senate votes to retain funding for Essential Air Service

When Congressional budget hawks look to attack, the federally subsidized Essential Air Service is usually a sitting duck. The program responsible for connecting small rural communities with airports that have commercial fight connections always seems at risk of having its funding plucked. Cheap flights to Billings from Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Wolf Point and Sidney depend on EAS. The program also connects airports in Butte and West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City. In 2015, Montana passe… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Lake County Leader: FAA grants Ronan airport $200K

Airport officials will begin a two-year study of the Ronan airport after the Federal Aviation Administration funded a grant for the work. The $202,642 Aeronautical Survey and Airport Masterplan Update grant will be used to define whether the airport is in demand enough to expand it for use of larger firefighting aircraft that could potentially save lives. Lake County Joint Airport Board Chairman Rick Newman said that nothing will change in the Ronan area surrounding the airport. "No shovels w… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Great Falls Tribune: Bill to rename facility for Medal of Honor recipients passes Congress

The Armed Forces Readiness Center in Great Falls is getting a new name. Legislation passed both houses of Congress to rename the facility as the Capt. John E. Moran and Capt. William Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center to honor the Montana men who received the Medal of Honor. The bill is now awaiting President Barack Obama's signature. Moran served in the Army's 37th Infantry during the Philippine-American War and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1910 and died in Great Falls in 1930. Galt of Gr… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Missoulian: Senate passes energy bill with major Montana provisions

Senate support for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund got the most notice on Wednesday, but passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act has a lot of other Montana-related details. "Energy is the title of the bill, but you can see there's a lot of moving parts," Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Wednesday shortly after the measure passed the Senate. "We're a state that loves the outdoors and fishing and hunting opportunities, and has lots of natural resources. … Continue Reading


04.20.16

Helena Independent Record: Senate permanently reauthorizes Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. Senate passed legislation Wednesday that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Energy Policy Modernization Act garnered bipartisan support, easily passing on an 85-12 vote. The act includes myriad updates to energy and efficiency standards and regulations from appliances and vehicles to energy production. It also reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Historic Preservation Fund and creates the National Park Service Critic… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Great Falls Tribune: Senators say FAA bill tightens security, benefits economy

The U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration on a 95-3 vote Tuesday with amendments that Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said would strengthen security for travelers and benefit Montana airports. "This bipartisan bill will strengthen America's national security, boost tourism and support meaningful infrastructure investments in our state's transportation system," Tester said. "Our airports serve as gateways to Montana's treasured places and an important lin… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Boilermakers: L-11 president attends Obama State of Union

JASON SMALL, PRESIDENT of Local 11 (East Helena, Mont.) enjoyed a bird's eye view of one of the nation's top political events when he attended the annual State of the Union (SOTU) at the U.S. Capitol January 13. Small, who is politically active, especially on matters pertaining to the future of coal and opportunities for Native Americans (he is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation), attended the SOTU as a special guest of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. "I was actually out feeding my co… Continue Reading


04.15.16

Flathead Beacon: Forest Service Drops Proposal to Reduce Montana Trail Funding

The U.S. Forest Service has dropped its proposal to reduce funding for trail maintenance in Montana. The agency originally planned to reduce appropriations for Region One, which includes Montana, by 30 percent over the next three years. This included a potential loss of $1 million to Montana's federal trail budget this year. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester criticized Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell last week for failing to prioritize trail maintenance in Montana. The agency proposed re… Continue Reading


04.15.16

Helena Independent Record: Forest Service restores trails' funding, Montana's senators say

The U.S. Forest Service has reportedly reversed plans to deeply cut trail maintenance funding for the region including Montana, according to Montana's senators. The Forest Service earlier this year announced a change to its allocation formula for trail maintenance. Historically, funding weighted the expense of maintaining remote trails in wilderness areas, which favored the Northern Region including Montana and Idaho. The new formula focused more heavily on population and visitor days, givi… Continue Reading


04.15.16

Missoulian: Senators tout Montana benefits of coming energy bills

Two bills up for votes in the U.S. Senate next week contain a lot of money for Montana's power production sector. Montana senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester each said the 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act and the 2016 Energy Policy Modernization Act will bring assistance to both state programs and energy issues that Montana has a stake in. The 2017 appropriations bill would allocate $37.5 billion for the Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers. It clea… Continue Reading


04.14.16

Military Times: Senators move to give veterans access to medical marijuana

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an amendment that would let Veterans Affairs doctors discuss and recommend marijuana as a potential medical treatment in states where it is legal. An addition to the fiscal 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies appropriations bill, the bipartisan amendment sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, would let VA doctors discuss marijuana as a potential medical treatment, similar to… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Billings Gazette: FAA sending $2 million for Billings airport improvements

Billings Logan International Airport will receive almost $2 million for infrastructure improvements, Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced Wednesday. The funding is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. A news release from the senators' offices says the money will be spent on extending taxiways and improving the airport's drainage system. "The AIP grants allow for enhancing safety and continuing the expansion of the Billings airport, a… Continue Reading


04.13.16

KTVQ Billings: Billings Logan International, rural airports see boost in funding

BILLINGS - Billings Logan International Airport will see a considerable boost in funding. Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester announced the airport will received $2 million in funding for infrastructure improvements. The funding is part of 10 Montana community airports set to receive $4,661,676 for critical construction and maintenance projects. Grants will be awarded to airports in Billings, Broadus, Circle, Forsyth, Hardin, Livingston, Malta, Ronan, Shelby and Wolf Point. "Commu… Continue Reading


04.13.16

The Hill: Montana lawmakers want answers from Air Force on firefighting systems

An Air National Guard decision to relocate military firefighting systems from North Carolina to Nevada instead of Montana has rankled lawmakers from the Treasure State. Both Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) have sent letters to Air Force officials asking why the modular airborne fire fighting systems, or MAFFS, were sent to Reno, Nevada, when Montana and surrounding states suffer from more wildfires. "I am incredibly disappointed with this decision as it den… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Great Falls Tribune: Daines bill taps into small-craft breweries

Sen. Steve Daines announced Tuesday two efforts to promote the growth of small-craft breweries. The Montana Republican sponsored Senate Bill 1562, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which reduces the excise taxes on beer, wine and distilled spirits. Also, Daines recently joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus, established in June 2011. It provides a forum for senators and their staffs to discuss issues important to small brewers. He said small-craft breweries are … Continue Reading


04.09.16

Missoulian: Relocation of wildfire aircraft equipment draws criticism from Daines

GREAT FALLS (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is being criticized for a proposal to relocate military air tanker equipment used to fight wildfires to Nevada instead of Montana after officials from Montana said the planes and the support teams in Montana would be closer to bigger fires in several Western states. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., sent a letter to the Air Force asking why Nevada was chosen for the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems, which includes equipment that can be installed in … Continue Reading


04.09.16

Associated Press: Relocation of wildfire aircraft draws criticism

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is being criticized for a decision to relocate military air tanker equipment used to fight wildfires to Nevada instead of Montana. Montana Sen. Sen. Steve Daines sent a letter to the Air Force asking why Nevada was chosen for the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems, which includes equipment that can be installed in C-130 cargo plans to drop retardant on wildfires. According to the Great Falls Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/z4yhu7g ), the system can b… Continue Reading

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