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05.19.16

The Hill: Coal war intensifies with Obama review

Miners and Western Republicans are lining up against the Obama administration and environmentalists in what some consider the next front in the "war on coal." Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a three-year moratorium on new coal leases on public lands in January, launching a review that could potentially result in mining companies paying higher rates. "It fits tidily into their overall view of coal," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Res… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Military Times: VA docs to be able to recommend marijuana in some states

Congress on Thursday gave veterans the right to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with their Veterans Affairs doctors in states where it is legal. The House and Senate approved bills that include amendments forcing VA to lift restrictions that prohibit doctors from talking about medical marijuana or recommending it to their veteran patients. The legislation, tacked onto bills funding military construction and VA, prohibit the department from using funds to enforce the VA's policy… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Mineral Independent: Wyatt Zylawy second family member in the Congressional Record

In April, Wyatt Zylawy was recognized by Montana Senator Steve Daines for his outstanding achievements in his recent Coast Guard training. Through Daines "Montanan of the Week" initiatives, the Senator recognizes an individual in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Two weeks ago, Daines was in St. Regis and presented Wyatt's father, Roman, with the Congressional Record. Roman said that he's very proud of Wyatt's accomplishments an… Continue Reading


05.18.16

The Hill: Second Republican joins push to block federal hacking powers

Sen. Steve Daines is signing on to a bill from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) blocking a Justice Department request to expand its remote hacking powers, an aide from the Montana Republican's office tells The Hill. He is the second Republican to join the bill. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will also co-sponsor, according to Paul's office. "Our law enforcement policies need to be updated to reflect 21st century realities with a process that is transparent, effective and protects our civil liberties," Dain… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Choteau Acantha: Snow storm aid sought

Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the State of Montana's funding request to help rebuild communities across Montana after they were devastated by a mid-April snow storm. "The resulting damage from this storm impacted Montana's rural communities, severely damaged local infrastructure, and left thousands of residents and commercial customers without electricity," Tester, Daines and Zinke wrote in a letter to … Continue Reading


05.18.16

Glasgow Courier: Hinsdale's Delaney Beil Honored by Daines

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Delaney Beil, a fifth-generation Montana rancher and Hinsdale High School senior. Delaney is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and will soon be receiving her state certification. Here is Senator Daines' statement to Congress: "Mr. President, I rise today to recognize a Hinsdale High School senior, Delaney Beil. Delaney is described by her EMT instructor, Dorothy Jensen, as, 'a determined team player, who is committed to her communi… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Sen. Daines: Taking care of our veterans

Some in may tell you that the dust is finally settling after over a decade of war. I would say those folks aren't seeing the whole picture - and the 80 servicemembers from Montana's 219th RED HORSE Squadron who recently returned from their deployment to the Middle East might, too. The threats facing our nation are growing - and with it, American servicemembers are more important than ever. Whether it's engaging the enemy, constructing runways for bombers or manning a Missile Alert Faci… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Sens. Daines and Cotton: Shore Up US Nuclear Program

While it may be difficult to imagine given the destructive power they possess, nuclear weapons are a cornerstone of our national security. In fact, our possession of these weapons helps protect the United States and US allies around the world every single day by deterring our enemies. Regrettably, our nuclear capabilities are facing a readiness crisis and we must act to ensure the United States deterrent remains credible. Quite simply, it is imperative that we ensure our nuclear capabilities a… Continue Reading


05.13.16

KXLF: Senator Daines helps family persevere through adoption process

BOZEMAN -Adoptions can be tricky and take a long time, even within the United States. One special little boy was able to meet one of the key players that helped reunite him with his family. Senator Steve Daines played a large role in helping to bring Rocky over from the Congo.… Continue Reading


05.13.16

KXLF: Butte Community Health Center lands $1.8M in federal funding

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Thursday that nearly $7 million in funding will be directed for community health centers in Montana. Butte will receive a big portion of that amount. According to the senator's office, the aim is to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care. Butte Community Health Center will receive $1,819,143.… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Great Falls Tribune: Bill would allow female WWII pilots back into Arlington

A bill to make Women Airforce Service Pilots eligible for interment at Arlington National Cemetery is headed to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature. The legislation, co-sponsored by Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Rep. Ryan Zinke, passed both houses of Congress and would fix technicalities in the law that the Army said precluded the WASPs from Arlington burial since Arlington follows Army rules and not those of the Department of Veterans Affairs. "This is a wrong that… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Defense News: US Air Force Will Hold Competition for Huey Replacement

The US Air Force is moving forward with a "full and open" competition to replace the entire fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters, according to the service. The announcement ends months of speculation that the Air Force would bypass a competition altogether, instead buying Sikorsky's UH-60 Black Hawks to replace the Hueys for both the VIP transport mission and the job of guarding the nation's nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. But the rotorcraft industrial base has pushed back on th… Continue Reading


05.12.16

CQ: Members Vow Floor Fights Over Helicopters

Members in both chambers are preparing amendments to defense bills that would force the Air Force to start replacing aging helicopters that can no longer protect U.S. nuclear missiles from a possible terrorist attack. An amendment to the House defense authorization bill (HR 4909) by Montana Republican Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, would put the screws to the Pentagon's new initiative, announced May 11, to hold a competition to replace the Hueys. No more than 75 percent of the Defense secretar… Continue Reading


05.12.16

The Hill: Steve Daines: Not your average lawmaker on Snapchat

As a fifth-generation Montanan, Republican Sen. Steve Daines has spent quite a bit of time outdoors. When he isn't busy pushing legislation in D.C., he's back home working with constituents and spending his free time in nature. Like an increasing number of fellow legislators, Daines uses Snapchat to connect with his constituents when he's on and off the road. His snaps, under the handle @SteveDaines, have garnered acclaim from those inside of the Beltway and out, and he has even earned recognit… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Great Falls Tribune: Military considering Army helicopters for temporary ICBM security

Since the Air Force has decided to use the normal open competition acquisition process for replacing the UH-1N Hueys flown at Malmstrom Air Force Base and other intercontinental ballistic missile bases, Sen. Steve Daines has continued to ask the military to activate the National Guard to provide security with its Black Hawk helicopters. Daines told the Tribune that he again suggested the idea to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James during their Wednesday meeting and that she seemed rece… Continue Reading


05.11.16

CQ: EXCLUSIVE: Members Torn Over Proposed Helicopter Competition

The Air Force announced Wednesday evening it is "moving forward with a full and open competition" to replace its aging fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters, including several dozen that are no longer capable of adequately responding if terrorists attack U.S. nuclear missiles. The decision to initiate a contest for more than $2 billion in helicopters was first reported by CQ. The proposal could bring to a boil an already simmering congressional debate over how to obtain new choppers for the mission.… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Great Falls Tribune: AF makes decision on helicopter replacement

The Air Force has decided to go with a normal acquisition process to replace the UH-1N Huey helicopters flown at Malmstrom Air Force Base and other intercontinental ballistic missile bases. In a statement, the Air Force said Wednesday that it is "moving forward with a full and open competition for the replacement of the entire UH-1N fleet, which is consistent with the fiscal year 2017 President's Budget Request." Based on a request from the U.S. Strategic Command commander, the Air Force propo… Continue Reading


05.10.16

E&E: Lawmakers mobilize against corps for rejecting export terminal

Republicans and other pro-coal lawmakers attacked the Army Corps of Engineers yesterday for deciding to kill a proposed export facility in Washington state that proponents hoped would ship the fuel from Western mines to Asian markets. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) accused the administration of ignoring the needs of his state and its mines. And Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) said he filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a trove of documents related to the Army Corps' review of the so-called Ga… Continue Reading


05.10.16

KMMS: Daines Introduces Rural Water Projects Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would move Montana rural water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana. The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act is a bill that would help improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden on new projects and protect water rights that are critical to the prosperity of the western United States. "If I told you that today, over 22,000 Montanan's … Continue Reading


05.09.16

Billings Gazette: Army Corps rejects shipping port for Crow coal

A proposed Puget Sound shipping terminal for Montana coal is dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied it a permit Monday. Citing the fishing rights of the nearby Lummi Nation, Corps Col. John Buck determined that as currently proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal could not be permitted. Valued at $700 million, the port was to be located near Ferndale, Wash. The Lummi Nation had cited treaty rights in January 2015 when it asked the Army Corps to reject the project. "Today was… Continue Reading

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