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Great Falls Tribune: Trump budget isn't great for agencies with big Montana footprint

The Trump administration proposed Thursday that as part of its new budget it would eliminate federal subsidies for flights from Billings to five rural communities in Eastern Montana. The cuts would target the 39-year-old Essential Air Service, which subsidizes Cape Air flights from Billings to Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Wolf Point and Sidney. Without the program, Cape Air would unlikely be able to afford to continue operating the service, which peaked during the Bakken boom earlier this… Continue Reading


The Hill: Interior secretary repeals ban on lead bullets

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Thursday overturning a ban on using lead ammunition on wildlife refuges. Zinke signed the order on his first day in office, overturning a policy implemented by former Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe on Jan. 19, the Obama administration's last full day in office. Ashe's policy banned the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all FWS wildlife refuges that allow hunting or fishing, as well as in all other hunting or fishing re… Continue Reading


AgWeek: Senator Daines receives Friend of Farm Bureau Award

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has presented Montana Senator Steve Daines a "Friend of Farm Bureau Award." Daines received the award from MFBF members who were in the national's capital for the American Farm Bureau Advocacy Conference. "We are very honored to present this award to Senator Daines. He has been a real champion for agriculture and rural Montana," said MFBF Director of National Affairs Nicole Rolf. "Whether it's supporting good legislation to protect farmers from harm… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Zinke confirmed as Interior secretary; Montana prepares for special election

Ryan Zinke has been sworn as secretary of the Interior. The U.S. Senate's Wednesday confirmation triggered Zinke's resignation from Congress and a special election to replace him. Zinke became the first Montanan to serve in a U.S. Cabinet. Approved by the Senate 68 to 31, the Whitefish native is the nation's 52nd Interior secretary. Montana's U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Steve Daines, a Republican, both voted to confirm Zinke. "First, I want to say thank you to the people … Continue Reading


Washington Times: Senate approves Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly confirmed Rep. Ryan K. Zinke to head the Interior Department, putting in place a secretary who's poised to reverse Obama-era restrictions on energy development on public lands. The confirmation of Mr. Zinke, a Montana Republican and former Navy SEAL, was held up by Democratic leaders in the Senate for over a month. While Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, voted against him and urged his colleagues to do the same, 16 Democrats ult… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Farm, conservation groups disagree over Trump’s water order

Conservation groups in Montana criticized President Donald Trump for directing federal agencies Tuesday to roll back a rule implemented under the Obama administration that expanded the scope of waters falling under the federal Clean Water Act. They argued Trump's move is a backward step that could lead to pollution of seasonal streams and wetlands. Business and farm groups, who viewed the Obama-era rule as federal overreach, unnecessary and burdensome, agreed with Trump's executive order. Her… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune:What should be done with state's most wild lands?

Protecting some of the nation's most wild and scenic lands has drawn heated debate in the Montana Legislature this month. A bill to release seven wilderness study areas from consideration for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System has pitted those who want the lands to be released against those who see the measure as a quick fix. House Joint Resolution 9 has stirred up discussion among stakeholders since it was introduced to the Natural Resources Committee by Rep. Kerry White… Continue Reading


KGVO: Daines Speaks At State Legislature, Describes 2016 Election as ‘Historic Shift of Power Back to the People of Montana’

U.S. Senator Steve Daines was in Helena today, February 22, speaking to the Montana State House of Representatives, on the heels of a left-leaning protest held in front of the State Capitol on Tuesday. Though Daines didn't say the name of Donald Trump or Barack Obama during the opening of his speech, it was clear that Daines was optimistic about the party now in control of Washington D.C. "Our federal government was designed to be limited with limited powers and the rest was reserved for the st… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines talks health care, DeVos vote, more in telephone town hall

Montana residents came out swinging during Sen. Steve Daines' telephone town hall Thursday night, and they didn't let up over the next 90 minutes. They called on the Republican to explain why he silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on the Senate floor, his vote for Betsy DeVos for the secretary of education post and his plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Daines said his town hall, which was announced on Twitter 90 minutes before its start, was the 13th one he has done over the last t… Continue Reading


ABC News: Gorsuch 'Not Afraid to Say What He Thinks,' Senator Says

After a tumultuous week on Capitol Hill, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, has some advice for his colleagues: "Turn the temperature down a little bit." Daines met one on one with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch this morning while Gorsuch was in the spotlight for telling Sen. Richard Blumenthal that President Donald Trump's attacks on the judiciary are "disheartening" and "demoralizing." Daines told ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on this week's "Powerhouse Politics" podcast that he came… Continue Reading


The Hill: Republican senators wrestle with changes to Medicaid

Republican senators who hail from states that expanded Medicaid are meeting about the future of the program as their party moves ahead with the repeal of ObamaCare. The senators had their first meeting on Wednesday in the office of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is from a state that expanded Medicaid and whose Republican governor, John Kasich, has been a vocal defender of it. Asked if the senators were trying to preserve the expansion of Medicaid, Portman told The Hill: "We're trying to get a… Continue Reading


E&E News: Western senators seek Trump backing to split 9th Circuit

Western Republicans are hoping to get President Trump behind the long-standing push to split the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals into two appellate courts. Breaking up the 9th Circuit - the most populous and geographically largest of the 13 federal appellate courts - has been a priority for decades for some Westerners, who say judges on the 9th Circuit are overburdened by the caseload, thereby delaying citizens' access to courts and ultimately justice. "If you look at every single stat, if y… Continue Reading


KRTV: U.S. Senate committee approves bill granting Little Shell Tribe federal recognition

GREAT FALLS - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved a bill granting federal recognition to Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced 'The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2017' into committee on Sunday. The act grants the tribe the ability to exercise self-governance and the eligibility to receive federal grants. The tribe was recognized by the state of Montana in 200… Continue Reading


MT Standard: Daines stands by decision to gavel down Warren

BILLINGS - Montana U.S. Steve Daines gaveled down Democratic superstar Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday night, cutting off the senator from Massachusetts in mid-debate and ordering her to take her seat. The censure has became a cause celebre as on social media, and Daines, a little-known freshman senator from Montana, drew attention for silencing Warren, a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Daines was chairing a debate about attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, an Alabama … Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Daines salutes Ekalaka woman

Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., each week spotlights 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' "Montanan of the Week" program by calling Daines' office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines' website: … Continue Reading


WJHG: New law helps parents travel easier

(Gray DC) -- Haleigh Almquist knows what it's like to travel with a newborn. "Getting through TSA is probably the hardest part. We always say, 'Ok we just need to get through security and then we can just relax'" Almquist said. But getting through security isn't always easy. Almquist said she's been stopped by TSA agents with her formula or food for her son, Axel. She said, while she knows she's allowed through with those things, many other parents may not. "Sometimes if there is push back an… Continue Reading


Glasgow Courier: Trump Signs Executive Action on Keystone XL

President Donald Trump signed an executive action to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline on Jan 24. He also indicated movement on the Dakota Access oil pipeline, though timelines and other details remain unclear at press time. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the moves on the pipelines will be subject to the terms and conditions currently being renegotiated by the government. Senator Steve Daines praised Trump: "The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying Montana union a… Continue Reading


BDC: Tester, Daines announce Montana students selected for Senate youth program

Students from Bozeman and Glendive have been chosen to attend the 55th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Allison Reinhardt of Bozeman and Mason Hutchinson of Glendive were among 104 students selected from across the U.S. for the weeklong convention, to be held March 4-11. Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines praised both students in the announcement. The students will learn about the federal government and the political process. Hutchinson, a senior at Dawson County H… Continue Reading


KPAX: Daines, MT business groups back Trump decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Sen. Steve Daines is praising President Donald J. Trump's executive action to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline. "The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying Montana union and tribal jobs," Daines stated. "After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn't be more thrilled that President Trump has heeded my call to move forward construction of this project." Daines sent a letter to Trump on Dec. 6, 2016 urging him to take immediate action in starting the process to build the … Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana farm groups optimistic about agriculture secretary nominee

Montana farm and ranch groups know little about President Donald Trump's pick for agriculture secretary but are being assured former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is a good hire. Perdue, a Republican, was tapped Jan. 19 as the nominees Trump first floated in December were finishing Senate confirmation hearings. He has set to begin one-on-one visits next week with members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which includes U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. "I look forward to meeting w… Continue Reading

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