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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Sen. Tester votes no on bill to fund government

Montana U.S. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester was one of 18 no votes in the U.S. Senate Monday on a bill to reopen the federal government and fund it through mid-February. Democratic and Republican senators in Congress disagreed over spending and immigration on Friday, which forced the shutdown over the weekend. The Senate advanced a bill Monday to reopen the government with a temporary budget. The bill passed 81-18 in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Minority Le… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Montana's federal lawmakers split on vote to reopen government

Montana Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte voted Monday to end the three-day government shutdown and reauthorize a children's health care program. The bill passed with 81 votes - with 18 senators voting no, Daines said. He said the bill includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which 24,000 Montana kids use, and will keep the government open until Feb. 8. "It was pointless to shut the government down," he said. Democratic U.S. … Continue Reading


KRTV: Senators react to government shutdown; whats's next for Montana

Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester both spoke on the Senate floor on Saturday about the effects the government shutdown has on Montanans. "I'm here to make on point crystal clear for those Montanans who are wondering what is going on with their government," Senator Daines said. "The reason that the government has shut down is because a controversial illegal immigration policy was not included in a bill that funds the government." Senator Tester said he would not let Washington fail Montana a… Continue Reading


US News & World Report: The Latest: GOP Says Trump Trying to Cushion Shutdown Impact

A Republican senator from Montana says the Trump administration is trying to minimize the effects of the government shutdown by keeping at least some national parks open, but former President Barack Obama tried to make shutdowns painful for the American people. Sen. Steve Daines said Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman, wants to keep Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park open. Most of Yellowstone is in Wyoming but three of the five … Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Tester, Daines weigh in on funding bill

The U.S. House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend. The measure still faces iffy prospects in the Senate, where Democrats are poised to block it in hopes of spurring slow-moving talks on immigration. The measure would keep the government running through Feb. 16. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both spoke out about the spending measure Thursday. Before the measure passed the House of Representatives Daines urged his coll… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: GOP senators call for vote on 20-week abortion ban

Five Republican senators on Friday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is unlikely to pass because it will need at least 60 votes in the Senate and does not have enough votes even if all 51 Republicans were to support it. But anti-abortion activists have urged leaders for a vote because they want to have senators on the record with their vote ahea… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Diekmann Peak bill headed to president's desk

A bill to name a peak in the Madison Range for a prominent conservationist has cleared both the U.S. House and Senate, and will now be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill will dub an unnamed peak in the Madison Range for the late Alex Diekmann, who worked as a project manager for the Trust for Public Land out of its Bozeman office. Diekmann died of cancer in 2016. The bill cleared the U.S. Senate in late December and was passed out of the U.S. House on Tuesday. … Continue Reading


KKMS AM (Bozeman): Senator Daines Fighting to Keep Children's Health Insurance Going

Senator Steve Daines announced the need to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and keep the government open. He is supporting a proposal that would do both. "24,000 Montana children depend on CHIP for vital health care services," said Daines. "I am announcing my full support for a bill now moving through Congress that reauthorizes this critical program while avoiding a damaging government shutdown. It is inexcusable to let partisanship deny Montana familie… Continue Reading


KBZK: Cloud Peak lands major deal to ship Montana coal to Japan

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Coal from the Powder River Basin will soon be on its way to Japan to fuel two new coal gasification plants in Fukushima Prefecture. Gillette, Wyo.-based Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the Spring Creek Mine near Decker, will begin to ship up to 1 million tons of coal a year to Japan by the end of 2019, the company announced Tuesday. The coal will power two, state-of-the-art, coal gasification plants that will begin operation in 2020. These types of plants use combined-cycle … Continue Reading


The Washington Free Beacon: Eight Senate Republicans Join Attempt to Derail Crucial Surveillance Program

A coalition of privacy-minded senators nearly succeeded Tuesday night in blocking the path to extend a critical government surveillance program that allows the National Security Agency to target foreign communications without a warrant. Eight Senate Republicans joined more than two-dozen Democrats in an attempt to derail the extension of the program, but their efforts ultimately fell short by one vote. The final vote count was 60 to 38. The Senate Republicans who voted against advancing the me… Continue Reading


Real Clear Politics: Press Conference: Bipartisan Group of Five Senators Plans to Fillibuster FISA Reauthorization

A bipartisan coalition of five senators has announced their intention to filibuster the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bill that expands warrantless surveillance of American citizens. Last week, the House passed a nearly identical bill. Led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, the group of 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans held a press conference Tuesday about their own version of the bill, the USA Rights Act, which would require intelligence agencies to … Continue Reading


KULR8: Survivor Talks About New Sex Trafficking Act

BILLINGS, Mont. - Thursday was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the day by publicly supporting legislation to crack down on online sex trafficking. He called it a growing problem in the state of Montana and that we must take steps now to stop trafficking in the community. The legislation is called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. It eliminates federal liability protections for websites that knowingly assist, support or facilitate online sex tr… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Wilderness Study Area release allows more public use

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recently introduced S. 2206, the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act. This bill would release five wilderness study areas in Montana that for 40 years have been called "study" areas. According to the law, these and other "study areas" were to be examined for no more than five years by the U.S. Forest Service to determine the validity of a wilderness designation. The main word in the name that stands out is "study." U.S. Sen. Lee Metcalf carried the bill that designate… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Public land in Montana should be of use to all of the public

The Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act introduced by Sen. Daines is meant to remove the designation from five Wilderness Study Areas (WSA's) and return them to the normal forest planning and travel planning process. Many of the following criticisms from letters in the local media are not based on facts. They are simply fear mongering from those promoting more wilderness and they need to be addressed. First, these WSAs weren't meant to be permanent. Sen. Metcalf's 1977 law established the… Continue Reading


Char-Koosta News: Daines introduces bill to combat meth use in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mitigating the Methamphetamine Epidemic and Promoting Tribal Health Act, or the Mitigating METH Act, to combat methamphetamine use across Montana and strengthen Indian tribes' ability to fight this epidemic. "Methamphetamine use in Montana is tearing apart families and taking lives," said Daines. "This is a crisis that needs immediate attention and more resources." Background: • In the 21st Century Cures Act, … Continue Reading


Clark Fork Valley Press: Missoula International Airport Gains Two More Direct Routes

Sanders and Mineral County residents can get excited as Missoula International Airport is set to pick up two more direct routes. Routes to Dallas and Chicago are all thanks to American Airlines. American Airlines will begin their daily service from Dallas to Missoula on June 7, 2018. A daily summer seasonal service from Chicago to Missoula will also begin on that date. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., applauded the airline for the two new additions when announced last week. "More flights in and o… Continue Reading


Daines introduces bill to combat meth use in state

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mitigating the Methamphetamine Epidemic and Promoting Tribal Health Act, or the Mitigating METH Act, to combat methamphetamine use across Montana and strengthen Indian tribes' ability to fight this epidemic. In the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted in 2016, Congress authorized $1 billion in funding over two years to address the opioid epidemic. The legislation would make efforts to combat methamphetamine use, alongside op… Continue Reading


US News & World Report: State Officials Seek Investigation of Food-Inspection Agency

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Montana's congressional delegation wants an independent investigation of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Montana Standard reports Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte outlined their concerns about what they termed "alleged misconduct" within the agency in a jointly signed letter to the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture. The delegation is seeking an investigation of the way the agency has treated Montana … Continue Reading


Capital Press: Senators call to renew voluntary access program in 2018 Farm Bill

Two U.S. senators are proposing to reauthorize a grant program in the 2018 Farm Bill that compensates landowners who open their property to public access. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced legislation Monday to renew the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, which was met with cheers from sportsmen's groups. Steve Kline, director of government relations for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in Washington, D.C., said the VPA-HIP … Continue Reading


Seattle Times: Senate advances bills to preserve Montana creek, rename peak

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has approved measures to protect a creek that flows through south-central Montana and to rename a peak in the southwestern portion of the state. The bills approved Wednesday had backing from Montana's two U.S. senators - Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines. The East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would designate a 20-mile stretch of East Rosebud Creek as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The designation preserves rivers a… Continue Reading

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