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Helena Independent Record: Daines: Reforms needed for 'unfair' firefighter retirement, workers comp system

Calling the current system "unfair," U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is proposing legislation reforming retirement and workers compensation payments for federal wildland firefighters and law enforcement injured on the job. The current retirement system allows firefighters working in hazardous conditions retirement after 20 years. However, if they are injured on the job and reassigned to a nonhazardous role, they are subject to a 30-year retirement track. Overtime and bonuses are not factored into worke… Continue Reading


KRTV: Daines tours Great Falls Rescue Mission's Cameron Family Center

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines visited the Great Falls Rescue Mission's Cameron Family Center on Thursday. The facility opened last month. Montana's U.S. Senators Daines and Jon Tester have supported the New Markets Tax Credits Program since its start in 2000, which helped fund the Cameron Family Center through the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation. The MICDC is a non-profit consulting agency; since 2009, the organization has provided more than $300 million in ta… Continue Reading



U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, has announced the allocation of over $1 million in grant money to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to aid diabetes treatment and prevention efforts on the Flathead Indian Reservation. "Diabetes sadly plagues many in Montana's Native communities, and through this funding the CSKT can continue to improve care for tribal members living with this disease," Daines said in a press release issued on Dec. 9. Native Americans have the highest rate of Type 2, or… Continue Reading



Sen. Steve Daines stopped in Uncle Sam's Eastery in Columbus Tuesday afternoon as part of his 56-county tour. Daines spoke to a crowded audience about the changes in Washington D.C. He opened by telling the crowd that he worked for them. "Always remember that. You are my boss. I work for you," said Daines. Daines gave a brief summary of the state of affairs in Washington D.C. and the surprise election of Donald Trump as president. "He didn't have a lot of support from Democrats. He didn't… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines expects Keystone to resurface under Trump

Sen. Steve Daines said Monday to look for the Keystone XL Pipeline rejected by the Obama administration to be resurrected under President-elect Donald Trump and to look for a leader who will shake conventional thought. In a meeting with editors from the Great Falls Tribune, the Montana Republican also said the first 100 days of a Trump administration would focus on getting Trump's cabinet and a new Supreme Court justice approved, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a significant number of e… Continue Reading


Politico: Daines asks for small-business exemption from net neutrality rules

Sen. Steve Daines led a bipartisan group of lawmakers asking the FCC to exempt small businesses from certain net neutrality regulations. "Without commission action, small businesses soon face regulatory uncertainty and will potentially be subject to burdensome requirements," Daines wrote today in a letter, which is also signed by Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, Jim Risch and Dan Sullivan and Reps. Greg Walden, Dave Loebsack and Bob Latta. "When the commission adopted this exemption, it ackno… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines looks forward to conversation with Exxon CEO picked for secretary of state

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Tuesday that he would wait to meet Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson before passing judgement on his fitness to serve as the country's secretary of state. "I haven't had a chance to meet him. I look forward to conversations with him," Daines said during a meeting Tuesday with the Chronicle's editorial board. "After I have a chance to meet with him, to have a discussion, I'll let you know." President-elect Donald Trump announced Tillerson's pick as the nation's t… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Sources: Zinke is Trump's pick for Interior secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has asked Montana's lone congressman, Ryan Zinke, to be secretary of the Interior, according to sources close to Zinke. Zinke met with Trump in New York City on Monday. He was reportedly in the mix for one of a handful of Cabinet positions that include the departments of the Interior and Veterans Affairs. Zinke, a Republican, was flying back to Whitefish on Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., was meeting with The Gazett… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Port to remain open 24 hours, senators say

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have reportedly told Montana's congressional delegation the Raymond Port of Entry will remain a 24-hour entryway into Canada, shelving plans to close it for six hours daily due to low traffic volume. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., put out news releases last week stating that plans to reduce hours at the port 15 miles north of Plentywood had been scrapped. Daines said that he and fellow Montana Republican, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zi… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Daines, Tester Praise Passage of Blackfeet Water Compact

Among its final actions before the 114th Congress closed session, the U.S. Senate followed the lead of Montana lawmakers Steve Daines and Jon Tester and passed the long-awaited Blackfeet Water Compact. The water settlement was included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation Act, a water resources agreement that also includes legislation to address the Flint water crisis, provide drought relief in California and across the West. The U.S. Senate passed the bill on Dec. 10. P… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Brace for change on health care under Trump, Daines predicts

Obamacare will go through some serious changes early in the new Trump presidency, Montana Sen. Steve Daines predicted on Monday. "Now we're playing with live ammunition," Daines said during a visit to the Missoulian. "It's a very real discussion. This time, it needs to be thoughtful and not jammed down." Officially known as the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare was targeted for complete repeal by Republican congressional candidates and president-elect Donald Trump. While that's likely to happen,… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Local students ask questions of senator

Sidney High School students received the opportunity to talk with an U.S. senator face to face when U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., took part in a Skype call on Wednesday afternoon. Brad Faulhaber, government teacher, said the call was part of the school's civic engagement's opportunities beyond the classroom. The classroom consisted of mainly seniors along with a junior and a couple of sophomores. Daines encouraged students to stay engaged in the political process. "We have an amazin… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: CMR student nominated for military and naval academy

Max Sechena, a C.M. Russell High senior, was one of 25 Montana students nominated by Sen. Steve Daines for enrollment in a U.S. military academy. Sechena is applying for enrollment in both the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. "I wanted to find meaningful work, and I thought the military was the way to do that," Sechena said. "You know that soldier phase that I think every little kid goes through? That never really ended for me." Sechena's… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: With Unified Task Force, Montana Expedites Invasive Mussel Testing

Leaders of a statewide interagency strike team tasked with combatting the threat of invasive mussels announced Thursday they have expedited a five-month backlog of water samples and will have complete results by Dec. 19, while state lawmakers have voiced concern about the initial response. The Montana Mussel Incident Response Team was formed earlier this month in response to the recent discovery of mussel larvae in Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs east of the Continental Divide, as well as in … Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Fort Harrison gets 2 of 5 stars in secret VA quality ratings

The VA Montana Healthcare System at Fort Harrison received two out of five stars on a secret rating system used by the Department of Veteran Affairs. USA Today obtained the rankings of 146 medical centers, which had previously been kept private for internal use, and published it on Dec. 7. Medical centers are rated each quarter, and USA Today's data initially included the fourth quarter of 2015. Veteran Affairs subsequently released which medical centers received a one or five star rating in… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Lumber Coalition Files Petition Against Canadian Imports

A month after a 10-year trade agreement on lumber from Canada expired, a coalition of U.S. lumber producers has filed a trade complaint over those imports from our northern neighbor. The U.S. Lumber Coalition filed the petition with the federal Commerce Department and International Trade Commission on Nov. 25, seeking duties imposed on Canadian softwood lumber that the coalition says is dumped into the U.S. market. The term "dumping" in this case refers to lumber sold at less than market valu… Continue Reading


Bloomberg: Trump’s Pick of EPA Foe to Lead Agency May Spark Senate Fight

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of a chief opponent of the Obama administration's climate agenda and a staunch oil industry ally to lead the Environmental Protection Agency prompted vows to battle the nomination. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt -- who sued the EPA to overturn some of President Barack Obama's signature initiatives -- is Trump's pick to lead the agency, according to people familiar with the decision. It is a major victory for oil, gas and coal companies that have… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senator points to Iran deal, immigration as targets for Trump

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is detailing a wide-ranging list of Obama administration policies for Donald Trump to roll back when the president-elect takes office in January, including the Iran nuclear deal and immigration. "In addition to enacting harmful policies, the current administration has failed to support commonsense reforms needed to improve the lives of hardworking Americans and protect our way of life," Daines wrote in a congratulatory letter to Trump on Tuesday. The seven-page … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Helena couple survived Pearl Harbor in 1941

HELENA - Andy Kim, then 15, a self-proclaimed "rascal," and some of his buddies were having their usual Sunday morning fun in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when he noticed a tiny black speck in the sky. The Navy had been out on maneuvers a few days earlier, most of the Navy ships had returned to the port and U.S. military planes had been flying drills so no one was suspicious when that small dot appeared above. Soon, the small speck got closer and passed the boys as they were standing on a railroad t… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Federal bill would honor Jeannette Rankin

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced legislation Monday to honor the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to Congress. The 100 Years of Women in Congress Act would pay tribute to former Rep. Jeannette Rankin - who was elected to the House in 1916 - by renaming in her honor a key science, technology, engineering and mathematics program that provides grants to colleges and universities who encourage women and minorities to pursue degrees and careers in STEM fields. The U.S. Depa… Continue Reading

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