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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


Helena IR: Wilderness Study Areas should not be closed to recreational use

I really support U.S. Sen. Steve Daines's S. 2206 to open our historic wilderness study areas, because it does conclude a long overdue 40-year (study) period. The majority of people from Montana and other states all want their historic access that should never have been closed. The three nearly connected congressionally approved wilderness areas south of Lolo Pass are the largest wilderness acres in the lower 48 states, so we don't need the Great Burn area as a wilderness for more major global … 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


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


Independent Record: Forest reform package would fund wildfires like other natural disasters, Montana delegation says

Montana's congressional delegation says reforms to forest management, including an end to "fire borrowing," will be included in must-pass legislation this week. On a media call Wednesday, Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte detailed a forest reform package as part of an omnibus bill, which includes funding wildfires similarly to other natural disasters. The reform ends fire borrowing -- the practice of using funds from other programs such as trail maintenance to pay for fires … Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines deserves thanks for supporting drug bill

I want to thank Sen. Steve Daines for his support and co-sponsorship of a bill in front of Congress right now to increase access to lower-cost generic prescription drugs. Many Montanans encouraged the senator to take a good look at the merits of Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act. He listened and has joined us in support for this bill, and taking responsible steps to make all aspects of health care more affordable. The way this works is by targeting abusive… Continue Reading


Missoula Current: Daines, Gianforte say forest reforms will "blunt" lawsuits, streamline timber projects

Montana's Republican delegation to Congress on Wednesday praised provisions included in the 2018 federal spending bill that address forest management, including a partial overturning of the Cottonwood decision and efforts to streamline timber projects. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte said the reforms, which will also fund the U.S. Forest Service's firefighting expenses from a separate account, represent a start in improving the health of the nation's forests. "What's been going o… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Forest, firefighting funding reforms included in spending bill in Congress

Reforms to improve forest management and how firefighting is funded are among the provisions important to Montana included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill making its way through Congress, according to Montana lawmakers. A bill protecting public land north of Yellowstone National Park from mining, however, did not make it into the omnibus bill, prompting one of the state's senators to criticize the other for its failure to be included. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told report… Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Steve Daines is right to move forward on Wilderness Study Areas

Recent attacks towards Senator Daines' legislation to release certain wilderness study areas demonstrate the fear and deliberate falsehoods that prevent us from moving forward on this important issue. Chris Marchion gave credibility to this theory recently with an editorial that makes false assertions while exuding the type of rhetoric that has unfortunately led many to believe that certain segments of the "conservation" community serve as a mouth piece for other political interests. First, rem… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Daines announces bill aimed at school safety, mental health

MISSOULA,Mont. - U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced a new proposal, the School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act, which could bring federal funding to more than 800 Montana schools. Daines says state and local governments provide 90 percent of the funding to over 100,000 public schools in the United States. His bill aims to allow the federal government to help schools become safer. "This bill improves school security by using federal funds for measures such as school counselors, … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Trade Disputes Mark Beginning of 2018

With a decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, President Donald Trump continued to shake up trade issues in the U.S. It was a surprise move for many in Washington D.C., including a good chunk of the Republican Party. GOP members, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, expressed concern about the consequences such tariffs could have on American consumers. The president, however, said trade wars are "good" and "easy to "win" after proposing a 25 percent tariff on steel impor… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines calls for hearing after forest chief sexual harassment allegations

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday he will use every means possible "to hold all bad actors" accountable in response to the resignation Wednesday of U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke amid sexual harassment allegations in the agency. The Montana Republican said he planned to ask for a Senate hearing on combatting sexual harassment in the U.S. Forest Service. Tooke's departure comes less than a week after PBS NewsHour reported the chief was under investigation following relationships with s… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Big Sky awarded $10 million grant for road improvements

Congress has approved roughly $10.3 million in federal grant money to improve the main road in Big Sky. The TIGER grant is expected to add about seven left-turn lanes at key intersections along Lone Mountain Trail. The money will also pay for the construction of a pedestrian tunnel, road signs, extend an existing paved pedestrian trail and purchase four motor coaches and six vans to enhance transit service in Big Sky. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced the grant Tuesday afternoon. He said Gallat… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Daines Backs Bill to Fund National Park Maintenance

America's National Parks face an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and a group of other lawmakers have a proposal to fill it. The National Park Restoration Act would deposit a portion of revenues from energy production on federal lands into a fund for upkeep and repairs. Several senators and representatives from both parties are backing the bill. They joined Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in presenting the bill Wednesday morning. In a press release, Daines … Continue Reading

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