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Daines vows to get Land and Water Conservation Act before Congress in early 2019

BILLINGS- Two pieces of key legislation in a massive lands package will not be addressed in Congress before 2018 is up. The bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund will not be reauthorized for funding this year and neither will the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, two bills near and dear to Montanans. According to Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines' office, Congress refused to bring the lands issue to the Senate floor Wednesday night. Daines is a leader on the lands package along wi… Continue Reading


Farm bill praised by Montana delegation

Montana's congressional delegation offered comment Thursday about the farm bill signed by President Donald J. Trump. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who said he was Montana's lone voice on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, said he ensured Montana agriculture priorities and forest management reforms were included in the bill. "I'm pleased President Trump signed this critical bill into law today - which will give certainty to Montana farmers and ranchers, and help reduce the risk of catastrophi… Continue Reading


Republicans urge Trump to act on Keystone

The MonDak's Republican legislators have joined forces with several other Republican legislators for a full-court press urging President Donald Trump to take whatever immediate actions he can to get construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline moving again. The pipeline's construction ground to a halt in November, after a Montana District Court ruling that found certain portions of the Trump administration's analysis were wanting and that certain aspects of the Environmental Impact Study were o… Continue Reading


Family of missing Blackfeet woman, Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, taking case to Congress

A year and six months after her sister disappeared, Kimberly Loring will tell Congress what went wrong in the search, where law enforcement misstepped and why the nation needs to pay attention. The cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women has become a crisis, she'll say. Ashley HeavyRunner Loring, 20, disappeared in June 2017. Kimberly Loring has been looking for her ever since. Ashley Loring is one of an unknown number of missing Native women and girls. The AP reported that no one know… Continue Reading


Senate passes bill regarding indigenous women

A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., to address a terrifyingepidemic passed the Senate last week. The bill to help address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic unanimously passed the Senate Thursday night, just a few weeks after the Senate Indian Affairs Committee unanimously voted to send Savanna's Act to the Senate floor." The bill is now on its way to the House before it will reach the president's desk. Roosevelt County Undersheriff, John Summers said… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate unanimously approves bill to place more protections on Native American women

BILLINGS - A congressional measure that has interest in Montana as well as many other western states has cleared a hurdle in the process of becoming a bill, Thursday in the U.S Senate. Savanna's Act secured all unanimous votes, keeping the bill alive and headed for approval in the U.S House of Representatives before heading to the president's desk. Introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, the measure has secured bipartisan support from Montana's delegation. The bill is named for … Continue Reading


Daines discusses visit to Montana troops in Afghanistan

Sen. Steve Daines said Tuesday that his recent trip to Turkey and Afghanistan reminded him that the "end game" is a political settlement with the Taliban and an Afghan government that can function on its own. However, the situation in the war which is now in it 17th year is complex, Daines said, adding a U.S. withdrawal now would have devastating consequences and put Americans at risk. In a telephone call with reporters, the Montana Republican said he visited troops with the Kalispell-based 49… Continue Reading


Senator visits Kalispell-based troops in Afghanistan

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., visited Kalispell-based National Guard troops in Afghanistan during a whirlwind weekend trip. During a Tuesday conference call with reporters, Daines described the soldiers he met with the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion as "some great Montanans, some great Americans." He said he met most of the troops from the 495th at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul. But he said he also connected via teleconference with others in the battalion who were spread across Afg… Continue Reading


Great Falls man's tragedy becomes focus for good

Jason Gleason has made something good out of a horrific loss and received national recognition for his work and sacrifice to his community. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., recently honored the 46-year-old Great Falls resident as his "Montanan of the Week" for his work as a nurse practitioner for veterans, for his military service and for his work in stroke prevention. "Montana is incredibly lucky to have a health care professional like Jason Gleason serving our veterans," Daines said Nov. 13, read… Continue Reading


Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler to visit Butte, Anaconda this week

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will visit Butte and Anaconda this week, Sen. Steve Daines's office announced Monday. Wheeler, named to the post after the resignation of Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned in July, will be the first head of the agency to visit the Butte-Anaconda Superfund complex since Administrator William Reilly came at the behest of Sen. Max Baucus in 1990. Katie Schoettler, Daines's press secretary, said the senator and Wheeler will visit both cities Friday… Continue Reading


Daines: Kavanaugh is Well Qualified

This week, one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees ever nominated to the bench, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Other than sending our sons and daughters to war, confirming a Supreme Court Justice is the most consequential vote I will take as a United States Senator. For Montana, and the rest of the nation, the impacts of this decision will last forever - because while laws come and go, judges serve for a lifetime. That's why it's cri… Continue Reading


KBZK: Acting NPS Director in Bozeman for Lawmakers Gathering

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Acting Director of the National Park Service, P. Daniel Smith, addressed lawmakers from around the country during a roundtable event in Bozeman Friday morning. He stressed the need to fund deferred maintenance projects which currently total more than $11 billion. "You name a park and a state in the west and it's a tremendous part of our deferred maintenance," said Acting Director Smith. He says Yellowstone is over $500 million in deferred maintenance. Projects that have been pu… Continue Reading


E&E Daily: Members convene in Mont. to discuss fires, forests, and parks

Several Western lawmakers are headed to Big Sky Country this weekend to discuss wildfires, conservation and the challenges facing the beleaguered National Park System. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), the respective chairmen of the Senate and Congressional Western caucuses, will host the group of members, congressional staffers, agency officials and a handful of industry guests in Bozeman, Mont., for a "Summer Western Policy Roundtable." Other confirmed members attend… Continue Reading


BDC: Daines expresses need for better forest management

Montana Sen. Steve Daines said Friday that the state and federal governments need to better manage forests to reduce the risk and severity of wildfires. Daines pushed that message at a roundtable discussion at the Baxter Hotel in Bozeman along with members of the Senate Western Caucus and other agencies across the state. Daines apologized to the group inside the hotel for the haze that covered the view of the Bridger Mountains because of wildfire smoke. Years ago, he said, if you came … Continue Reading


KFBB: Daines hopes to secure more funding to honor Vietnam veterans with new visitor center

Senator Steve Daines spent his afternoon back on Capitol Hill fighting to build an education center at the heart of one of the nation's most recognizable memorials. Nearly 58,000 names don the wall that was built nearly two decades after one of the most divisive times in America's history with thousands coming home from Vietnam only to be spit upon, shamed and even attacked for fighting for our country. President and CEO of Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall, Jim Knotts told KFBB, "The repercus… Continue Reading


Daines Sponsors Resolution to Support ICE

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored a resolution denouncing the radical calls for the dissolution of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement performs vital functions that protect American families. Last year, agents worked tirelessly around the clock to rescue 1,422 victims of human trafficking. More than 900 of those victims were children. ICE agents also removed a million pounds of narcotics and more than 4,800 gang membe… Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Latest farm bill protects Montana's interests, Daines and Tester

The U.S. Senate version of the farm bill delivers for Montana agriculture and forests, the state's two senators said Tuesday. Sens. Steve Daines, Republican, and Jon Tester, Democrat, say they have amendments to the 2018 farm bill as the bill goes to the floor for debate, but mostly they see the state's interests protected. The bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee last week on a 20 to 1 vote. Daines, an Agriculture Committee member, said the bipartisanship that got the f… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Montana officials don't agree with sales tax decision

MISSOULA, Mont. - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, Congressman Greg Gianforte along with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox released statements slamming the Supreme Court decision on internet sales tax. The office of Senator Steve Daines sent out the following release: U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the United States Supreme Court decision allowing states to implement an Internet sales tax on small businesses physically located outside of the state's borders. The 5-4… Continue Reading


Missoula Current: Daines, Tester urge Congress to reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund

Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines on Wednesday joined a group of lawmakers at the U.S Capitol to urge Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The fund, established in 1964 to safeguard public lands, water resources and cultural heritage, is set to expire on Sept. 30 without congressional reauthorization. "Today marks 100 days until the LWCF expires," Daines said. "It's time we permanently reauthorize this critical conservation and recreation program fo… Continue Reading


MTPR: Montana Representatives Oppose Separating Families At Border

All three of Montana's delegates in Washington, D.C. said they oppose the Trump Administration's strategy of separating families at the border. But they disagree on how to move forward to change that practice. Democratic Senator Jon Tester maintains a specific bill isn't even necessary to keep those families together. "The Secretary of Homeland Security could stop it, (U.S. Attorney General Jeff) Sessions could stop it, they could stop it, and it would be stopped within minutes. But, assumin… Continue Reading

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