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02.02.16

The Hill: GOP senators threaten to cut aid for Ghana if Gitmo detainees escape

A group of Republican senators is seeking to cut foreign to Ghana in the 2017 State Department funding bill if the country is unable to hold and monitor two Guantanamo detainees it recently accepted from the United States and ensure they do not reengage in terrorism against the U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), James Lankford (Okla.) and Steve Daines (Mont.) -- members of the Senate Appropriations Committee -- are proposing to consider reducing assistance to Ghana by $10 million per… Continue Reading


01.28.16

MTN News: Malmstrom officer chosen to serve on Daines' staff

GREAT FALLS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced on Wednesday that Air Force Major Benji L. Johnson has been selected to serve as a Military Fellow in Daines' Washington, D.C. office through 2016. The Air Force Fellowship Program offers participants the opportunity to work in the legislative branch of the federal government for one session of Congress. Johnson most recently served as the assistant director of operations for ICBM codes for the 341st Operations Support Squadron at Malmstrom Ai… Continue Reading


01.28.16

Missoulian: Energy bill debate contains numerous Montana provisions

A legislative package now before the U.S. Senate has a lot of Montana issues woven in, including possible permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 began debate Thursday, and is expected to face amendments well into next week before a final vote. Also known as S. 2012, it affects energy-efficiency standards in buildings and cars, cybersecurity threats, next-generation nuclear plants, recycling and loan programs. Sen. … Continue Reading


01.28.16

Military Times: Lawmakers push VA to let doctors recommend medical marijuana

Twenty-one lawmakers have written Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald urging him to let VA doctors discuss and recommend marijuana as a potential medical treatment in states where it is legal. Under a VA policy that expires on Jan. 31, VA doctors are not allowed to discuss medical marijuana with their patients or recommend it as a treatment. Senators and representatives - 19 Democrats and two Republicans, including Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada, a physician and Army Reserve brigadier general … Continue Reading


01.28.16

Great Falls Tribune: Uncle’s story serves as example for senator

HELENA - When Sen. Steve Daines talked in October to a roomful of people at Fort Harrison about the importance of sharing their military history with others, he spoke from personal experience. Daines had a uncle aboard the SS Dorchester who died when the troop ship was sunk by a German submarine Feb. 3, 1943. The ship is famous for its story of the four chaplains who stood on deck, gave their life jackets to others and held hands praying and singing hymns as the Dorchester went down, killing ne… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Fox News: Senators seek foreign aid cut if ex-Gitmo inmates escape host country

Four Republican senators are calling for cutting foreign aid to Ghana if two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were transferred to the African nation escape or return to terrorism. The move marks a renewed effort by security-minded lawmakers to use the power of the purse to effectively pressure other countries considering taking Guantanamo detainees. In the case of Ghana, the country earlier this month accepted two detainees from Guantanamo Bay, part of the Obama administration's latest wave… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Yahoo: VA under pressure to embrace medical marijuana

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senate and House members sent a letter Wednesday urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to let its doctors discuss and recommend medical marijuana as a treatment in states where it is legal. The letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald comes four days before the expiration of a current directive that prohibits VA physicians from recommending the plant for medicinal purposes. "According to the current directive, VA providers are prohibited from completing… Continue Reading


01.22.16

MTN News: Soldier from Heart Butte honored as "Montanan Of The Week" by Daines

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has recognized Blake Wombold of Heart Butte, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, as his "Montanan Of The Week." Wombold earned the honor for his contribution of new shoes for the Heart Butte High School boys basketball team. This marks the second year that Blake has donated new shoes to Heart Butte's basketball team. A press release from Daines' office says that while growing up, Blake witnessed the sacrifices his mother, a teacher at Heart Butte Schoo… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Forbes: FCC, May I Please Innovate?

Uber, Facebook, the iPhone - these are just three of many examples of innovative products and services that add billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and make our everyday lives easier. Despite the once-unimaginable benefits of our tech economy, the future of innovation in America is being threatened by the federal government's desire for ever-expanding control and regulation. Outrageously, recent decisions, especially at the FCC, are threatening the "permissionless innovation" culture that fo… Continue Reading


01.20.16

KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Responds to Senate Democrats Block on Syrian Refugee Bill

Democrats blocked a controversial bill that would curb the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the U.S. Sen. Steve Daines expressed his disappointment with the Senate. "It is Congress's responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our nation, but today Senate Democrats proved they would rather play politics than prioritize our national security," Daines said. "The SAFE Act is commonsense legislation that institutes a much-needed intensive screening process for incoming Syrian ref… Continue Reading


01.19.16

KMMS: Daines: New Deficit Projections Affirm Need to Rein in Spending

Senator Steve Daines today reaffirmed his commitment to reining in Washington's perceived out-of-control spending after the Congressional Budget Office reported that the federal budget deficit is expected to increase by $105 billion in 2016 - the first increase in seven years. "These projections reaffirm the dire consequences of Washington's continued bloated spending. Make no mistake - this $105 billion increase in the federal deficit is direct result of the 2000-page trillion dollar spendin… Continue Reading


01.19.16

Fairfield Sun Times: Rocky Mountain Rifle Club Receives Recognition

Last week, the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club was formally recognized for their sponsorship and support of the local 4-H Shooting Program. The members of the club joined with 4-H shooters in welcoming Robin Baker of Senator Steve Daines' office. Recently, Senator Daines took to the floor of the Senate to read his recognition of the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club into the Congressional Record as "Montanan of the Week." Ms. Baker presented the club with an official copy and read the document, explaining the… Continue Reading


01.18.16

KULR8: Senator Daines warns 7,000 jobs at risk

A main topic discussed at an energy briefing in Billings today: President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Enacted last August, the Clean Power Plan's goal is to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. Montana Senator Steve Daines said this act will kill 7,000 tribal and union jobs within the state. Additionally, he said it will affect $140 million of tax revenues every year that fund schools, teachers and infrastructure. "It's going to create a double… Continue Reading


01.18.16

Billing Gazette: With Clean Power rules looming, Daines touts Colstrip benefits at Billings forum

Losing part of Colstrip's 40-year-old power plant would devastate Montana's economy through possible job losses and higher power bills, state elected officials and industry backers said Monday in Billings. They urged the business-friendly audience to speak out against federal regulations they say would hurt the coal industry. "President Obama stopped the Keystone pipeline. Next on his to-do list is to kill the coal industry," U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said at the forum sponsored… Continue Reading


01.16.16

Washington Times: The pride of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was a man of many remarkable achievements. Drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of State, and President cover just a few. But within this impressive list, there were only three things for which he most hoped to be remembered-legacies that were so important to him he had them etched into his gravestone. "Because by these," he wrote, "as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered." Two of these are probably unsurprising to most modern… Continue Reading


01.15.16

MTN News: Daines: Halt of coal leases an "unprecedented assault" on Montana jobs and tax revenue

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday it will "pause" on issuing new coal leases on federal lands. The suspension was ordered while the federal agency reviews the coal lease program "in order to ensure that it is properly structured to provide a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs," according to press release. The review is expected to take three years, the agency said. The move met with immediate c… Continue Reading


01.15.16

Billings Gazette: Federal coal lease suspension clips Montana projects

Mining companies say a federal decision to stop leasing coal on public lands has bottled up Montana and Wyoming coal projects. The leasing suspension announced Friday by the Department of the Interior has put expansion plans in doubt at the Spring Creek Mine in Southeast Montana, and Antelope Mine in Wyoming, developer Cloud Peak Energy said. Cloud Peak was trying to determine whether the lease suspension would stop a 1,602-acre lease adjacent to Spring Creek Mine. The lease, involving… Continue Reading


01.15.16

The Hill: Republicans furious over Obama move on coal leases 2.9K6

Congressional Republicans are slamming the Obama administration's decision to halt new coal mining leases on federal land. Administration officials said Friday they would hold off on new lease sales while overhauling the coal leasing program to account for climate change costs. Republicans, who have badgered Obama for energy and environment policies they say constitute a "war on coal," let loose on the decision Friday. "There seems to be no limit to the number of job-crushing regulations, … Continue Reading


01.15.16

Daily Caller: Politicians Remind Congress Religious Freedom Is A Fundamental Right

Politicians in the House and Senate introduced a resolution Friday to remind Congress that religious liberty is a fundamental human right. The resolution affirms "the importance of religious freedom as a fundamental human right that is essential to a free society and is protected for all Americans by the text of the Constitution, and recognizing the 230th anniversary of the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom," the resolution states. The resolution comes the day before Relig… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Billings Gazette American Airlines enters Montana market, offers seasonal service to Bozeman

American Airlines will enter the Montana market this spring with non-stop daily, seasonal flights connecting Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport with Dallas-Fort Worth. Summer service begins June 2, ending in October. Winter service begins Dec. 15 and ends in April. Airport manager Brian Sprenger said Thursday's announcement is the culmination of two decades worth of effort by officials from Gallatin County. "Obviously, it puts us on the map, particularly for the Dallas mark… Continue Reading

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