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The Missoulian: Wildfire bill aims at lynx rule, litigation changes

A draft bill proposing wide changes to public forest management includes a provision by Sen. Steve Daines overturning a federal court ruling on endangered species habitat. Daines, R-Mont., discussed the Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017 at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Wednesday. The full bill, by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., hasn't been formally introduced yet. "We have had one of the most devastating fire seasons this year across the West and in Monta… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senators propose wildfire management bill

Four Republican senators unveiled draft legislation Monday aimed at preventing and mitigating wildfires by making it easier to cut down and remove trees and brush. The legislation from Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Thune (S.D.) and Steve Daines (Mont.) comes amid a particularly destructive wildfire season in the West, which has prompted unprecedented federal aid and congressional attention. The GOP bill contrasts with a bipartisan wildfire management bill that a ha… Continue Reading


Breitbart News: Senate republicans say not enough, urge Mitch McConnell to keep Senate open 24/7 to pass Trump's agenda

Senate Republicans wrote to Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and said that having the Senate stay open on Fridays and possibly the weekends is not good enough. Republican lawmakers urged the Senate Majority Leader to "turn the Senate on full time, 24/7, to advance the president's agenda." Nine Republican senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell after McConnell finally cracked under pressure from conservatives and populists alike and decided to extend the Senate's workweek into Fridays an… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senator offering single-payer proposal to get Dems on record

GOP Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.) is set to troll Democrats for a second time this year over whether or not they support a single-payer health-care system. The GOP senator has filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 budget, which is currently being debated in the Senate, on creating a Medicare for all program favored by progressive lawmakers and outside groups. The amendment supports "establishing a single payer health care system, which may include a Medicare-for-all national health care insur… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Growing High-Paying Montana Jobs

Technology is the great equalizer. There's no reason Missoula can't compete with Silicon Valley and that's the message we heard at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. Last week, close to 700 Montanans came out to the University of Montana to talk about the growth of high tech jobs in our state. Technology has removed geography as a constraint to doing business and the opportunities are endless. Our big sky and Montana way of life are our greatest recruiting tools as Montana takes hold of the fut… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Trump tax reform plans need work, Montana delegation says

Now that the dust has settled on President Donald Trump's tax reform plans, Montana's congressional delegation likes what it sees, though not without a few changes. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, along with Montana's lone U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte say they will support tax cuts if done right. For Tester, a Democrat, that means more tax relief for the middle class and small businesses. "There are some things in here, once it gets hammered out, that could be possible, but I'm looking at it a… Continue Reading


KTVQ: High tech jobs touted as economic future in Montana

MISSOULA - At the University of Montana on Monday, high powered lawmakers and company executives took a hard look at how Montana can play a role in the future of rural America's potential for growth in the high tech industry. At the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, the president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, said that investing in digital and computer science education in rural schools is an investment in future job growth. Smith said that their efforts to promote high tech jobs begins with training… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Facebook visits Missoula to help small businesses

MISSOULA, Mont. - Facebook hosted a free workshop on Tuesday in Missoula to help small businesses learn how to better utilize Facebook and expand their online presence. The seminar kicked off with remarks from U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, followed by presentations from Facebook small business experts, along with question and answer sessions. There were several small businesses that participated on the panel, such as Big Sky Resort, ReStyle Clothing Exchange, Blackfoot Telecommunications and My Mon… Continue Reading


Montana Public Radio: Tech giants call broadband a necessity, say Montana's gaps must be addressed

Microsoft President Brad Smith's thoughts on the value of high speed internet is as bold as it is brief: "Broadband has become a necessity of life." Giants from the tech sector converged on Missoula this weekend to talk about getting rural Montana online, the future of agriculture, and job creation. Edward O'Brien brings us the highlights from the second biennial Montana High Tech Job Summit. Smith was the keynote speaker at the second and final day of the Montana High Tech Job Summit in M… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Lawmakers, businesses gather at UM for Montana High Tech Jobs Summit

Decrying the lack of accessibility to high-speed internet in rural areas and calling for a more diversified economy, lawmakers and a long list of heavy hitters in the technology industry gathered at the University of Montana on Sunday and Monday for the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. The event was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and a host of other businesses and government organizations. The focus, as the name implies, was on how to attract tech companies to this state, h… Continue Reading


Missoula Current: Daines, Gianforte look to nurture Montana's high-tech growth, entrepreneurs

Back in the 1970s when Steve Daines was on a family trip to Disneyland, a woman asked him about life back home. Her impression of Montana was stereotypical at best - a third-world state far removed from economic prosperity. Kicking off the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit on Monday, Daines, now a U.S. senator representing the state, said times have changed. Technology has removed the barriers of geography, and Montana's booming tech sector competes at the enterprise level with the world's top fi… Continue Reading


ABC Fox Montana: Big names in the Big Sky

MISSOULA - Some big names were under the Big Sky today. Senator Steve Daines hosted a tech summit that brought leaders from Microsoft, Facebook, and T-Mobile to the University of Montana. These big names could mean big opportunities for some local businesses. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, is one of many big names to speak at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. "It's an amazing experience to have that kind of access at an event like this," said Chris Hamilton, Product Manager of onX. On… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Tech is future for Montana

Like you, I'm grateful I get to call Montana home. I've always said one of the best decisions I ever made was picking my great-great grandmother, who homesteaded east of Conrad and got our family to Montana. Montana offers an unmatched quality of life - we offer a work force that is unmatched with a strong work ethic that is passed on from generation to generation in Montana. And now with technology, we can grow more good-paying jobs that allow Montanans to stay in the state we love. That's be… Continue Reading


Independent Record: More logging and thinning to battle wildfires might just burn taxpayer dollars

In the wake of one of the worst fire seasons in Montana history, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have called for more logging and thinning in forests as a way to "fireproof" the state and create more jobs at lumber mills. But several wildfire experts contend that fires will keep burning and sending smoke into valleys, especially during unusually hot and dry periods like this summer. While there isn't a clear scientific consensus on the best approach to manage such fires, a common theme among e… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines, Tester, Gianforte not ready to regulate bump stocks

The gadget that transformed a Las Vegas terrorist's semiautomatic rifles into machine gun-style weapons is under criticism, but Montana's congressional delegation isn't ready to ban the device - at least not yet. The aftermarket devices known as "bump stocks" are in the sights of some congressional leaders who say the products should be restricted, if not banned. The National Rifle Association indicated Thursday that it, too, thought bump stocks should be subject to additional regulation. Mont… Continue Reading


Montana Public Radio: Daines, Tester trying to reverse court ruling on Lynx Habitat

Montana's senators are trying to reverse a controversial federal court case out of Bozeman they say is partly to blame for the state's devastating wildfires. But some environmentalists say it's actually an assault on the Endangered Species Act. At a congressional hearing last week, Republican Senator Steve Daines said there's a saying in Montana: "Either we're going to manage the forests, or the forests are going to manage us." And he says a recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling know… Continue Reading


ABC Fox Montana: Daines Returns from Security, Trade Mission to South Korea, Taiwan

Senator Steve Daines returns from a two-day trip to South Korea and then to Taiwan. Senator Daines told ABCFOX Montana the trip to South Korea overall was a success. He helped to expand the markets for Montana products. Also, he got a first-hand look at the nuclear threat of North Korea. First from the air, Senator Steve Daines hopped aboard a Blackhawk helicopter to the Korean demilitarized zone looking into North Korea. "It was chilling you see face to face the threat. It makes us that mu… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Daines, Tester, Gianforte all demand investigation of meat-inspection agency in Montana

In strongly worded letters to the Secretary of Agriculture and to the acting head of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, all members of Montana's congressional delegation - U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte - are calling for investigations into the FSIS and its treatment of Butte's Riley Meats and other small Montana meat processing plants. The letters follow a two-day series, "Through the Meat Grinder," in The Montana Standard and other Lee Montana newspap… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Daines Discusses Cyber Threats with FBI Director

The cyber threats made against families and schools in the Flathead Valley earlier this month got national attention Wednesday when U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., probed FBI Director Chris Wray to explain how his bureau is working to bring the criminals to justice. "Cyber-terrorism is an emerging threat that has become all too real in Montana," Daines said. The senator told the FBI director the threats made against the Columbia Falls School District promised harm and demanded a ransom, forci… Continue Reading


KGVO: FBI Director Answers Questions About the Flathead Valley Cyber Threats

Cyber-crimes are being committed all across the United States and Montana is no exception. On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spoke with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the recent cyber threats in the Flathead Valley. "Cyber-terrorism is an emerging threat that has become all too real in Montana," said Daines. "Two weeks ago, the Columbia Falls School district received cyber-threats promising harm and demanding ransom. This forced the closure of more than thirty schools across mu… Continue Reading

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