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Montana's Little Shell closer than ever to federal recognition

Montana's Little Shell Band of Chippewa Cree Indians inched closer to federal recognition Thursday, with the Senate approval. With Thursday afternoon's Senate vote, the Little Shell are closer to recognition than the tribe has ever been, said Montana's U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines. House action is still needed, but representatives have twice in less than a year supported recognizing the Little Shell. Montana's delegation assumes the House's past support means it will do so again n… Continue Reading


Dedicated breastfeeding rooms hard to come by in Montana

BOZEMAN - It's not uncommon for new moms to find themselves in a race to find a private place to breastfeed their child or pump. But a new bill aims to require lactation rooms in federal spaces. The Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act introduced by Sen. Steve Daines passed unanimously through the Senate on Wednesday. With bipartisan support, the bill now heads to the desk of President Donald Trump. The bill requires a dedicated lactation room in most federal buildings, and bathrooms don't … Continue Reading


Daines meets with Trapper Creek Job Corps employees

DARBY - Republican Sen. Steve Daines heard from Trapper Creek Job Corps employees about the president keeping the program open in Darby on Friday. "I was just a kid growing up in Montana like many of you have done and are doing," Daines said at the event. "And it was an honor for me to take your message, your results, the work you do. I'm just a conduit to present that to the president and the secretary." Earlier this week, it was reported that the Anaconda and Trapper Creek Job Corps Conserv… Continue Reading


'Hope and opportunity': Daines travels to Trapper Creek Job Corps to celebrate

After meeting with students and staff at Trapper Creek Job Corps on Friday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said that what he heard could be summed up in two words. Hope and opportunity. "These are students who are on a path now of becoming productive citizens and prepared for the 21st century workforce," Daines said. "Some had literally spent time in prison and jail and are now getting a new lease on life. That is really a tremendous return on investment." Daines was on the Darby-area campu… Continue Reading


U.S.-Japan trade, crucial to Montana, expected to improve

Struggling U.S. agriculture exports to Japan, which have cost Montana farmers millions in sales since the start of 2019, are a few months away from being resolved, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified Tuesday. Lighthizer, taking questions from Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., before the Senate Finance Committee, said his office was working with Japan to smooth out tariff troubles brought about by the United States' 2017 exit from the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership. Nati… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester advance Senate bill to federally recognize Little Shell Tribe

Montana's congressional delegation made a successful bipartisan push Wednesday to advance legislation that would, for the first time, federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. According to a press release sent to MTN News, Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester have stapled their tribal recognition bill as an amendment to must-pass defense spending legislation in the U.S. Senate. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to which the recognition bill has been attached, mus… Continue Reading


Senate panel focuses on missing, slain indigenous women

Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on a slate of legislation. The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held the hearing in Washington to review five bipartisan measures aimed at tackling domestic violence, homicides and disappearances on tribal lands. The hearing followed… Continue Reading


Trapper Creek and Anaconda Job Corps centers to stay open

Bowing to pressure from Congress and communities across the country, the Trump Administration announced Wednesday that it will not close or transfer any of the Job Corps Centers operated by the U.S. Forest Service, including Montana's Trapper Creek and Anaconda centers. "Following a robust engagement with stakeholders and members of Congress regarding the future of the USFS Job Corps centers, USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) has notified DOL (Department of Labor) that the USFS will eva… Continue Reading


‘No Brainer!’: Trump Supports Sen. Daines’ Proposed Amendment to Ban Flag Burning

"All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "A no brainer!" Daines reintroduced the controversial proposal in a press release Friday, on Flag Day. "Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom," Daines said. "Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render t… Continue Reading


Steve Daines Proposes Amendment to Ban Flag Burning

Daines introduced his constitutional amendment to prohibit burning of the American flag as America celebrates Flag Day. "Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom," Daines said in a press release Friday. "Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due." The Montana Republican has led the way for the movement t… Continue Reading


Daines: “We are a northern border state with a southern border problem”

Vice President Mike Pence will spend the day in Billings talking about the drug crisis in America and holding a campaign event for U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte traveled on Air Force Two with the Vice President on Wednesday as he made his way to Billings. Daines spoke to MTN News from Air Force 2 about the issues the Vice President will discuss during his visit. "We have a drug crisis, a methamphetamine crisis, and it's flowing in from Mexico," Daines said. "It's … Continue Reading


Vice President Mike Pence will visit Billings Wednesday at Senator Daines' invitation to discuss Montana's meth crisis

BILLINGS, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines announced today Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will be coming to Billings Wednesday "for a firsthand look at Montana's devastating meth crisis." "Montana has a crisis on its hands. Mexican meth is pouring into our state and tearing our families and communities apart," Daines said. "I've been fighting hard to tackle this growing issue all over our state and I'm very grateful to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Billings next week t… Continue Reading


Daines’ call convinces Trump to keep Anaconda Job Corps site open

Sen. Steve Daines on Monday said a phone call to President Donald Trump over the weekend convinced the commander-in-chief to keep the Anaconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center open, saying it plays an important role in southwest Montana. Daines told reporters during a media call that he phoned Trump on Saturday to discuss the site's significance to the Montana economy and its top ranking within the Civilian Conservation Corps. "The president gratefully overruled the decision made by Secr… Continue Reading


Daines Recognized as most Transparent – Accountable- Innovative

U.S. Senator Steve Daines was recognized recently as the most transparent, accountable and innovative representative in Washington by the Congressional Management Foundation. Bradford Fitch, President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation added this comment in a press release: 'As a Democracy Award winner, Senator Daines' office is one of the best in Congress. This designation demonstrates that Senator Daines has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his con… Continue Reading


Daines: Trump reverses decision to close Anaconda Job Corps

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines secured President Trump's decision to keep the Anaconda Job Corps training center open, overruling the closure announced late last month by the U.S. Department of Labor. Daines announced the decision Monday at a 3 p.m. video conference call with Anaconda stakeholders. President Trump's decision followed Daines' telephone discussion with Trump on Saturday. According to Daines' staff, the senator stressed that the Anaconda center was one of the top-ranked in the co… Continue Reading


Daines: Montana businesses well-suited for defense contracts

The U.S. Department of Defense already spends $200 million on services from Montana private contractors, Sen. Steve Daines said Wednesday. But, there are more opportunities for Montana businesses than are being realized, he said during a Billings workshop on government contract work. The event, organized by Big Sky Economic Development of Billings, drew several federal government agencies, as well as defense contractors Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. "I under… Continue Reading


Daines: Anaconda Job Corps Closure Would Be 'Devastating'

Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines is strengthening his response to the Trump Administration's planned closure of the Job Corps' Civilian Conservation Center in Anaconda. On Friday Daines and fellow Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte sent the U.S. Department of Labor a letter saying that while they appreciate the Labor Department's effort to better align the Anaconda facility's organizational structure with the department's mission, they have concerns about it's closure. The pair urge… Continue Reading


Daines, FCC commissioner tour fire technology center in Missoula

The U.S. Forest Service has deployed land mobile radios on the fireline since the Vietnam War, and the equipment hasn't changed much over the years. But Colin Watts, assistant director for land mobile radio at the Missoula Technology and Development Center, said the future is about to change. "The future is digital and the future is data," Watts said. "Real-time telemetry and data management is going to be a growing concern. The ability to extend that data envelope into the forest where we ope… Continue Reading


FCC Commissioner and Daines meet in Missoula

MISSOULA - FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr visited Missoula Tuesday as part of his week-long trip through Montana and Wyoming where he's hearing from rural areas about internet and cell service connectivity issues. Carr was joined by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) at the Montana Children's Specialist, where they discussed the benefits and roadblocks of telehealth where patients can visit a doctor remotely. Doctors and patients video chat, and can have a full appointment from miles away. "This can save… Continue Reading


Daines Visit Focuses on Montanore

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines visited the Montanore offices in Libby Friday to discuss the progress of the mine project with members of local government and the community. Along with Daines, State Sen. Mike Cuffe, District 1, and State Rep. Steve Gunderson, District 1, were also in attendance, alongside county government and school officials, as well as members of the community associated with various organizations and boards. Doug Stiles, manager of Montana Operations for Hecla Mining, gave a short … Continue Reading

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