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KMMS: Daines demands our National Parks Must Remain Accessible to All Americans

Senator Steve Daines is upset because the National Park Service announced it is considering raising the entrance fees during peak season for 17 National Parks, including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park in Montana. The proposal, would change the fee from $30 to $70 per vehicle. The price per person would go from $15 to $30. The current public comment period will end on November 23, 2017. "Glacier and Yellowstone National Park - are national treasures that belong … Continue Reading


Ripon Advance: Daines bill would build new veterans care facilities

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on Friday introduced the Veteran State Home Grant Backlog Reduction Act of 2017 to ensure that veterans have the care facilities they need. "Montana is home to one of the highest populations of veterans per capita, and our state is in dire need of the proper facilities to provide veterans quality healthcare," Daines said in introducing the bill the day before Veterans Day. The bill would ensure that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) separately prioriti… Continue Reading


KGVO: Tim Fox VS. Steve Daines In Brawl Of The Wild Wager

Maroon and Silver vs. Blue and Gold, that's the name of the game this week in Montana, or should I say 'The Brawl of the Wild'? For the last four years, Montana Attorney General Tim (I Bleed Maroon) Fox, and Montana Senator Steve (Go Cats Go) Daines have been making a bet over the cross-state Grizzly Bobcat football game, and this year is no different. For three out of the last four years, Fox has had the advantage over Daines, with victories in both Missoula and Bozeman."I was fortunate enoug… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Sen. Daines got it right with beef deal

It's safe to say The Montana Standard has not been in lockstep with Sen. Steve Daines on the issues. We have taken exception to his citation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's clueless promise to "clean up the Berkeley Pit" in announcing his support for Pruitt's confirmation. We have not seen eye to eye with him on issues of heath care in particular, and we were recently disappointed that he did not find the political will to co-sponsor a bill to ban the importation, sale and industrial us… Continue Reading


Time: 2 Senators Withdraw Roy Moore Endorsement After Report He Initiatied Sexual Contact With Teen

Two U.S. Senators who had endorsed Roy Moore's candidacy withdrew their support, one day after a Washington Post report alleging that he had pursued teenagers when he was in his thirties. Montana Senator Steve Daines and Utah Senator Mike Lee both revoked their support Friday evening. "Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate," Lee wrote on Twitter at approximately 6… Continue Reading


Business Insider: Two major GOP senators have pulled their support of Roy Moore

Senators Mike Lee and Steve Daines, of Utah and Montana respectively, said Friday that they would pull their endorsements of Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama senator, after allegations that Moore pursued sexual encounters with teenage girls nearly 40 years ago. "Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate," Lee wrote on Twitter Friday. Daines said on Twitte… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Wildfire bill aims at lynx rule, litigation changes

A draft bill proposing wide changes to public forest management includes a provision by Sen. Steve Daines overturning a federal court ruling on endangered species habitat. Daines, R-Mont., discussed the Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017 at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Wednesday. The full bill, by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., hasn't been formally introduced yet. "We have had one of the most devastating fire seasons this year across the West and in Monta… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senators propose wildfire management bill

Four Republican senators unveiled draft legislation Monday aimed at preventing and mitigating wildfires by making it easier to cut down and remove trees and brush. The legislation from Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Thune (S.D.) and Steve Daines (Mont.) comes amid a particularly destructive wildfire season in the West, which has prompted unprecedented federal aid and congressional attention. The GOP bill contrasts with a bipartisan wildfire management bill that a ha… Continue Reading


Breitbart News: Senate republicans say not enough, urge Mitch McConnell to keep Senate open 24/7 to pass Trump's agenda

Senate Republicans wrote to Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and said that having the Senate stay open on Fridays and possibly the weekends is not good enough. Republican lawmakers urged the Senate Majority Leader to "turn the Senate on full time, 24/7, to advance the president's agenda." Nine Republican senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell after McConnell finally cracked under pressure from conservatives and populists alike and decided to extend the Senate's workweek into Fridays an… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senator offering single-payer proposal to get Dems on record

GOP Sen. Steve Daines (Mont.) is set to troll Democrats for a second time this year over whether or not they support a single-payer health-care system. The GOP senator has filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 budget, which is currently being debated in the Senate, on creating a Medicare for all program favored by progressive lawmakers and outside groups. The amendment supports "establishing a single payer health care system, which may include a Medicare-for-all national health care insur… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Growing High-Paying Montana Jobs

Technology is the great equalizer. There's no reason Missoula can't compete with Silicon Valley and that's the message we heard at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. Last week, close to 700 Montanans came out to the University of Montana to talk about the growth of high tech jobs in our state. Technology has removed geography as a constraint to doing business and the opportunities are endless. Our big sky and Montana way of life are our greatest recruiting tools as Montana takes hold of the fut… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Trump tax reform plans need work, Montana delegation says

Now that the dust has settled on President Donald Trump's tax reform plans, Montana's congressional delegation likes what it sees, though not without a few changes. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, along with Montana's lone U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte say they will support tax cuts if done right. For Tester, a Democrat, that means more tax relief for the middle class and small businesses. "There are some things in here, once it gets hammered out, that could be possible, but I'm looking at it a… Continue Reading


KTVQ: High tech jobs touted as economic future in Montana

MISSOULA - At the University of Montana on Monday, high powered lawmakers and company executives took a hard look at how Montana can play a role in the future of rural America's potential for growth in the high tech industry. At the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, the president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, said that investing in digital and computer science education in rural schools is an investment in future job growth. Smith said that their efforts to promote high tech jobs begins with training… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Facebook visits Missoula to help small businesses

MISSOULA, Mont. - Facebook hosted a free workshop on Tuesday in Missoula to help small businesses learn how to better utilize Facebook and expand their online presence. The seminar kicked off with remarks from U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, followed by presentations from Facebook small business experts, along with question and answer sessions. There were several small businesses that participated on the panel, such as Big Sky Resort, ReStyle Clothing Exchange, Blackfoot Telecommunications and My Mon… Continue Reading


Montana Public Radio: Tech giants call broadband a necessity, say Montana's gaps must be addressed

Microsoft President Brad Smith's thoughts on the value of high speed internet is as bold as it is brief: "Broadband has become a necessity of life." Giants from the tech sector converged on Missoula this weekend to talk about getting rural Montana online, the future of agriculture, and job creation. Edward O'Brien brings us the highlights from the second biennial Montana High Tech Job Summit. Smith was the keynote speaker at the second and final day of the Montana High Tech Job Summit in M… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Lawmakers, businesses gather at UM for Montana High Tech Jobs Summit

Decrying the lack of accessibility to high-speed internet in rural areas and calling for a more diversified economy, lawmakers and a long list of heavy hitters in the technology industry gathered at the University of Montana on Sunday and Monday for the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. The event was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and a host of other businesses and government organizations. The focus, as the name implies, was on how to attract tech companies to this state, h… Continue Reading


Missoula Current: Daines, Gianforte look to nurture Montana's high-tech growth, entrepreneurs

Back in the 1970s when Steve Daines was on a family trip to Disneyland, a woman asked him about life back home. Her impression of Montana was stereotypical at best - a third-world state far removed from economic prosperity. Kicking off the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit on Monday, Daines, now a U.S. senator representing the state, said times have changed. Technology has removed the barriers of geography, and Montana's booming tech sector competes at the enterprise level with the world's top fi… Continue Reading


ABC Fox Montana: Big names in the Big Sky

MISSOULA - Some big names were under the Big Sky today. Senator Steve Daines hosted a tech summit that brought leaders from Microsoft, Facebook, and T-Mobile to the University of Montana. These big names could mean big opportunities for some local businesses. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, is one of many big names to speak at the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit. "It's an amazing experience to have that kind of access at an event like this," said Chris Hamilton, Product Manager of onX. On… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Tech is future for Montana

Like you, I'm grateful I get to call Montana home. I've always said one of the best decisions I ever made was picking my great-great grandmother, who homesteaded east of Conrad and got our family to Montana. Montana offers an unmatched quality of life - we offer a work force that is unmatched with a strong work ethic that is passed on from generation to generation in Montana. And now with technology, we can grow more good-paying jobs that allow Montanans to stay in the state we love. That's be… Continue Reading


Independent Record: More logging and thinning to battle wildfires might just burn taxpayer dollars

In the wake of one of the worst fire seasons in Montana history, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have called for more logging and thinning in forests as a way to "fireproof" the state and create more jobs at lumber mills. But several wildfire experts contend that fires will keep burning and sending smoke into valleys, especially during unusually hot and dry periods like this summer. While there isn't a clear scientific consensus on the best approach to manage such fires, a common theme among e… Continue Reading

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