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03.17.16

Great Falls Tribune: Lawmakers push AF to expedite new helicopter

Members of the Montana congressional delegation are pressing the Air Force to make a decision regarding the planned replacement of the UH-1N Hueys flown at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. Last week, Rep. Ryan Zinke sent a letter, with 14 other lawmakers, to the House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee requesting that funds be included in the fiscal year 2017 defense appropriations and authorization bills to replace the Hueys. The Hueys at … Continue Reading


03.17.16

KLYQ: Caitlin Gillespie is Appointed to Air Force Academy

Hamilton's Caitlin Gillespie has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She had been nominated by all three Montana Congressmen earlier. Caitlin, a senior at Hamilton High School, already has completed her first solo flight as a pilot (see photo) and will continue to head to the sky with classes at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has been captain of track and basketball teams, is an honor student and is a delegate to American Legion's Girls State. Senator Steve Daines sa… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Sidney Herald: Amtrak eyes Culbertson stop

Oil and gas may be in a downturn, but communities in the area continue to make positive strides forward when it comes to regional development and infrastructure. One of those strides could include a new Amtrak stop in Culbertson. Amtrak officials have confirmed they have been evaluating the neighboring community for a stop for about three years now. "We know that it makes business sense to stop at Culbertson," said Marc Magliari, a spokesman with Amtrak. "There's a long distance betwee… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Roll Call: Senators Let the Cars Do the Driving

A self-driving car can't get you out of a traffic jam. That's something Republican Sen. John Thune learned from the passenger seat of a modified Chrysler 300c from Continental on Tuesday as the Senate Commerce Committee explored autonomous driving technology. "We went out into Virginia. Of course we hit the 395 traffic," said Thune, R-S.D., who is the committee chairman, referring to the interstate heading south from Washington. "Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic ja… Continue Reading


03.16.16

National Journal: Congress Chips Away at Net Neutrality as Court Decision Looms

Law­makers are push­ing ahead with two bills that would tweak cer­tain parts of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion's con­tro­ver­sial net-neut­ral­ity rules-the sig­na­ture In­ter­net-policy achieve­ment of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. But even as Re­pub­lic­ans try to chip away at the sweep­ing In­ter­net reg­u­la­tions, the real at­ten­tio… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Fairfield Sun Times: Daines Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Expand Montana Hydro

Senator Steve Daines on Monday applauded the House of Representative's passage of legislation to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana. The legislation would provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "The Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon Dam are two p… Continue Reading


03.14.16

The Hill: White House set to send Iran cyber message

The Obama administration is reportedly poised to indict the Iranian hackers responsible for infiltrating a New York dam in 2013. The anticipated move is widely seen as an attempt to deter Tehran's rapidly developing cyber program, and head off concerns that the country will use a new influx of resources from its recently struck nuclear deal to fund cyber warfare efforts. "It's a pretty big deal," said Adam Segal, a cyber policy specialist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign relations. … Continue Reading


03.11.16

Billings Gazette: East Rosebud Creek to get Wild and Scenic hearing in Senate

A U.S. Senate hearing has been scheduled for March 17 to consider a bill that would protect East Rosebud Creek in the Beartooth Mountains. The proposal would designate as Wild and Scenic the 13 miles of the creek from its start near Fossil Lake to East Rosebud Lake and the seven-mile stretch from East Rosebud Lake to the Custer National Forest Service boundary. East Rosebud Lake is not included because private property surrounds the lake. Only public land in the National Forest would be par… Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: GOP senator bashes Obama over delay in blaming Iran for hack

"It is clear Iran is not a friend to the United States or its allies," Daines said. "It's time that President Obama decides what he values more: the friendship of Iran or the security of our homeland." Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) on Thursday bashed President Obama for taking years to blame Iran for a 2013 cyberattack against a New York dam. "It is downright shameful that it has taken President Obama three years to denounce Iran for a malicious cybersecurity attack on our country while at the s… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Sidney Herald: Daines honors sergeant with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office

Senator Steve Daines has recognized Sergeant Tim Lingle of the Roosevelt County Sheriff's office who was recently named the Montana American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines' "Montan… Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: Arch Coal backs out of Montana mine project

Mining giant Arch Coal on Thursday said it will suspend its work on securing a permit for a new mine in southeastern Montana. In a statement, the company blamed "capital constraints," a weak coal market and uncertainty in the permitting process for suspending its proposed Otter Creek Mine project. The company secured the lease rights to 8,300 acres of minerals in Otter Creek in 2010. The permitting process to begin mining, the company said, "has taken longer than anticipated, and further … Continue Reading


03.10.16

Free Beacon: Senators Push Obama Administration to Detain ISIS Fighters at Guantanamo Bay

A group of Republican senators introduced a resolution Thursday that would express the sense that the United States should detain captured ISIS operatives at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base military prison. The resolution-backed by 15 senators, including two presidential candidates-comes just as President Obama endures criticism from Republicans for his controversial push to close Guantanamo Bay and move current dangerous detainees to prisons in the U.S. Obama sent a plan to close the prison to C… Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: GOP resolution calls for sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo

Over a dozen GOP senators, including presidential candidates Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz(Texas), introduced a resolution Thursday to send detained Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters to Guantánamo Bay. The resolution comes a day after the Pentagon said it captured an ISIS leader on the battlefield, sparking new questions about how to handle such prisoners. The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Gen. Joseph Votel said on Tuesday there was a need to detain some … Continue Reading


03.09.16

KUMV: Culbertson Works to Re-Establish Amtrak Stop

Montana has plenty of open roads, but some people don't want to drive long distances. They'd prefer to fly or ride a train. Gordon Oelkers has been the mayor of Culbertson for 18 years. He has seen the town grow and he know it takes time. "It kind of goes in steps. You don't nothing for six months then you get something going on," Oelkers said. For last four years, Culbertson has been working on re-establishing an Amtrak stop that disappeared 40 years ago. And he's optimistic he'll succeed. … Continue Reading


03.03.16

KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Questions FCC, Advocates For Rural Areas and Small Businesses

On March 2, all five FCC Commissioners testified before the Commerce Committee. During the hearing, Montana Senator Steve Daines asked the commissioners to ensure an equal distribution of Universal Service funds to help close the gap in broadband access between urban and rural areas. "I see the commission awarding money to entities and areas that already have access to fiber, consistently upgrading speed in urban areas while certainly for many of us who are looking and repressing rural areas, w… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Feds recommend delisting Yellowstone grizzlies

Federal wildlife officials recommended lifting protections for the Yellowstone region grizzly bears Thursday, saying the species is recovered and no longer threatened. The long-awaited decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would remove the more than 700 Yellowstone-area grizzlies from the Endangered Species list and could pave the way for state-managed trophy hunting in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. USFWS director Dan Ashe called it a "proud moment" and said that it was the result of th… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Newsmax: Sen. Steve Daines: I'm Worried Obama Will Return Gitmo to Cuba

President Barack Obama could easily return the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay to Cuba when he visits the country later this month, Sen. Steve Daines told Newsmax TV on Thursday."With this president, you remain worried on every front in terms of his executive overreach," the Montana Republican told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "His abuse of power, his complete disregard of the Constitution and the Article II powers that are clearly, clearly laid out in our Constitution are something this pr… Continue Reading


03.02.16

KGVO:Senator Daines Visits Guantanamo Bay, Advocates Againsts Transferring Prisoners

On February 29th, Senator Steve Daines went to Cuba to visit the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Upon Daines' return, he took to the Senate floor to state the importance of maintaining the detention center and not bringing detainees to American communities. "Guantanamo Bay was a humble reminder of the services our military provides overseas to get these terrorists off the battle field and ensure that they don't end up in American's backyards," said Daines. "President Obama has signed mult… Continue Reading


03.02.16

The Hill: GOP pushes Interior head on agency rules

Republicans on a Senate appropriations panel challenged the head of the Interior Department Wednesday on a host of rules and energy assessments the agency is undertaking. During a hearing on the agency's 2017 budget request, members were most concerned about regional issues, including regulations for offshore drilling in the Gulf and a pause in the federal coal leasing program. "The stakes are a lot higher today than they may have been in the past," Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said, arguin… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Glasgow Courier: Connecting The Hi-Line

Traveling around our state, from the wheat fields and rolling hills in the east to the jagged snow-covered peaks almost 500 miles to the west, it is easy to understand why our state really is Big Sky Country. That's why it's so important to ensure that Montanans in rural communities can easily travel not only across our state, but the region and country as well. Amtrak's Empire Builder runs approximately 660 miles across Montana and connects 12 rural communities. For the many Montanans who liv… Continue Reading

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