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WaPo: Group of GOP senators calls for canceling August recess

A growing group of Senate Republicans - eager to break the logjam on nominations and must-pass spending bills - is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the August recess later this year. The effort, led by Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), is a repeat of last year's push in which a coalition of mostly newer GOP senators said that they would skip the annual August break if necessary to complete the legislative work that had gone unaccomplished. But the call takes on a new resonance… Continue Reading


Missoula Current: Daines: Water act funds Blackfeet water rights settlement, funds boat inspection stations

Legislation introduced in Congress this week would expand the capacity for water storage and include funding for the Blackfeet Tribe water rights settlement, along with other issues identified as Western state priorities, including floodwater protection. Sens. Steve Daines, chairman of the Western Caucus, and John Barrasso, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said the measures are included in America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. "This is an important first step for M… Continue Reading


Teen Vogue: What the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Day of Awareness Meant to Native Women

On April 25, the U.S. Senate declared May 5, 2018, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) in honor of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, whose birthday is on May 5. She went missing in 2013; when her remains were found, authorities discovered that she had been raped and murdered. Missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) is an epidemic in North America. On some reservations, … Continue Reading


Independent Record: After 26 years with U.S. Marshals Service, Billings native now leads the agency in Montana

Rod Ostermiller is ready to hit the ground running. The 48-year-old Billings native officially took the reins as U.S. marshal for Montana on Wednesday, after being approved by the U.S. Senate and confirmed by President Donald Trump. A formal swearing in ceremony will likely take place in June. Hired onto the force at age 21, he's worked his way up the ranks. "It's a huge honor," Ostermiller said in a recent interview. The post of U.S. marshal is a political appointmen… Continue Reading


Yellowstone Public Radio: Montana Senator Pushes Awareness of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

Marita Growing Thunder, 19, is sitting in the grass on a warm spring afternoon at the University of Montana campus in Missoula where she studies art. Growing up, she said, her mom was always talking about aunt Yvonne. "Everyday she's like, 'Oh that reminds me of what Yvonne used to do or she used to say all the time,'" Growing Thunder said. Yvonne was the family comedian. She made goofy faces, danced at pow-wows and got into little fights with her sisters. But then about ten years ago, Yvon… Continue Reading


Char-Koosta News: Daines bill to establish National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls passes Senate

U.S. SENATE - This week, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Steve Daines' bill to recognize May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Daines introduced the legislation to honor the memory of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. The resolution commemorates the lives of all American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered. "Tragically, Hanna Harris is just one of… Continue Reading


FoxNews: Sens. Daines, Grassley, Perdue, Johnson: America must wake up and do a better job at competing with China

Tariffs aren't the only issue on the table when it comes to U.S.-China relations. That fact was a major takeaway from our recent trip to China, where we met with some of the country's top business and political leaders. The United States has been a consistently dominant economic force in the world for over a century, but China is catching up. It isn't the country it was as recently as five years ago. With a middle class of over 400 million, China is certainly past its days as a "developing" nat… Continue Reading


The Hill: Sen. Daines says Montana office was vandalized

Sen. (R-Mont.) said Wednesday that his office in Missoula, Mont., had been vandalized. Daines tweeted that an investigation into the vandalism is underway. "It's disturbing that folks have turned to vandalizing my Missoula office, but thankful my staff is safe. Law enforcement is currently investigating the situation and we are watching it closely," Daines said on Twitter. The junior Montana senator also posted pictures of the damage, showing broken windows and shards of glass scattered acro… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: GOP senators ask HHS to overhaul family planning regulations

A group of 41 Republican senators want President Trump to issue new regulations that would bar recipients of family planning grants from co-locating with an abortion clinic and promoting or referring clients for abortions. In a Monday letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the senators called for an update to regulations governing Title X family planning grants, which are given to organizations that give reproductive healthcare to low-income families and expectant mothers. The… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Congress Should Address Deferred Maintenance in National Parks

The week of April 21 thru 29 marked National Parks Week, a time to celebrate the natural wonders and unique cultural heritage our parks protect and put on display. This year's National Parks Week couldn't come at a more opportune time - that's because right now proposals in Congress to dedicate funding for deferred maintenance in the National Parks are gaining momentum. It is appearing likely that Congress will this year solve one of the most pressing issues affecting the future of our national … Continue Reading


Red Lake Nation News: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women

The Senate just passed Senator Steve Daines' bill to recognize May 5 as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Daines introduced legislation to honor the memory of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in 2013. The resolution commemorates the lives of all American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered. According to the Department of Justice, in some tribal communities, American I… Continue Reading


KPAX: Yellowstone grizzlies to be removed from Endangered Species Act

The US Fish and Wildlife Service issues its final ruling, saying the Yellowstone grizzly population is fully recovered and the big bears should no longer be federally protected… The announcement comes 10-months after Fish and Wildlife first proposed "delisting" grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, saying the bears had reached the point where they no longer needed the protection under the Endangered Species Act as a "threatened species". In December, a federal court ordered ad… Continue Reading


KPAX: GNP entrance fee waived Saturday for National Parks Week

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -- This is National Parks Week and to celebrate you can get into Glacier and Yellowstone for free on Saturday. Yellowstone, the country's first national park, was established in 1872. Now, 146-years later, there are more than 400 across the country offering countless opportunities for exploration. "National Park Week is a week for all Americans to celebrate our national treasures and our national parks," said Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley. "It's an oppor… Continue Reading



Recognized by a leading research institute, Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., has one of the top records of bipartisanship in the Senate. "Montanans expect their representatives to work across the aisle to do what's right for our state and our country," Daines said. "Some folks in Washington are only concerned about toeing the party line and doing what will secure them re-election. It doesn't matter to me if you have an 'R' or a 'D' behind your name - if you have good ideas that help grow jo… Continue Reading


Indianz: Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year. The work is both symbolic and substantive, reflecting years of advocacy by Native women to call attention to high rates of domestic violence, victimization and other crimes. Their efforts are being boosted by key members of Congress from both parties. "The epidemic of missing and murdered Native women and girls has tragically affected families and c… Continue Reading


MTPR: Daines 'Building Momentum' For U.S. To Rejoin TPP Trade Talks

Senator Steve Daines put out a press release Tuesday saying he's "building momentum" for the U.S. to re-join negotiations for the trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. In a White House meeting with Daines and other farm state lawmakers on April 13th President Trump made remarks that some interpreted as a potential policy change towards re-joining TPP talks. Pulling out of the trade agreement was one of Trump's first actions after being elected, and he spoke strongly ag… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Agriculture secretary says he’s telling Trump to consider rejoining TPP

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told senators Tuesday that he's encouraging President Trump to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-nation trade deal the president pulled out of days after taking office. Perdue's comment is the latest mixed signal from the Trump administration over the TPP, which Trump recently told senators he's open to rejoining, only to subsequently suggest over Twitter that he's not. The agriculture secretary's statement came at a Senate Agriculture … Continue Reading


The Western News: Sen. Danes asks EPA to ensure Libby residents not pay for future cleanup

Sen. Steve Daines on Thursday sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Libby, asking the agency to ensure that local government or homeowners are not held liable for future cleanup costs related to the Asbestos Superfund site. The letter comes after Daines visited Libby on April 14, when he sat down with local leaders at Hav-A-Java coffeeshop to discuss ongoing planning for the site's operations and maintenance phase. "I heard directly from Lincoln County leaders reg… Continue Reading


Center for Biological Diversity: Omnibus Bill Includes Riders to Ramp Up Logging, Weaken Wildlife Protections

The $1.3 trillion spending bill unveiled in Congress on Wednesday includes harmful provisions to ramp up logging on public lands, weaken protections for endangered species and fund portions of an environmental destructive border wall. The bill, however, does not include most of the anti-environment riders proposed by Republicans, including ending protections for wolves in the Great Lakes states, allowing a toxic mine in the Superior National Forest and undermining the National Roadless Area Con… Continue Reading


MTPR: Montana Delegation Praises Forest Management Changes In Omnibus Bill

Today the U.S. House passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill with strong bipartisan support. It funds the federal government through September. The bill now heads to the Senate where NPR says it is also likely to pass with bipartisan support. Wednesday, Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines said there's good news for the Treasure State in the spending bill. "We secured some very important forest management reforms." Daines points to eliminating what he calls "NEPA paperwork" on nat… Continue Reading

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