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GOP Sen. Daines introduces amendment to ensure $130B in federal COVID-19 relief for schools is spent in 2021

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is introducing an amendment to the Senate Reconciliation Bill to ensure the nearly $130 billion in federal COVID-19 relief for U.S. schools is spent in 2021. The Senate is holding a marathon "vote-a-rama" session on Friday for President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package during which Republicans can offer unlimited amendments to the bill and force Democrats to take politically tough votes on everything from abortion to border security. Daines condemned Pr… Continue Reading


U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and his Senate colleagues introduces legislation to permanently ban earmarks

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R, Montana) and his Senate colleagues today introduced legislation to permanently ban earmarks. This follows a partisan agreement between Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro to bring the practice back to Congress. "Earmarks do nothing but add to the toxic, swampy culture that DC's known for," Daines said. "These back-room deals promote pay-for-play behavior that make lobbyists … Continue Reading


Daines leads Republican effort to permanently prohibit earmarks

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on Monday led nine GOP cosponsors in introducing the Earmark Elimination Act of 2021. "Earmarks do nothing but add to the toxic, swampy culture that D.C.'s known for," Sen. Daines said. "These backroom deals promote pay-for-play behavior that make lobbyists rich on the taxpayer's dime. It's time we get rid of earmarks once and for all." An earmark is a provision inserted into a discretionary spending appropriations bill that directs funds to a specific recipient w… Continue Reading


EXCLUSIVE: How the Senate GOP is scrambling to 'strengthen' 2nd Amendment in face of Biden 'threat'

Sen. Steve Daines, Montana Republican, on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to strengthen protections for gun owners legally bringing their firearms across state lines amid concerns about President Biden's call for stricter gun laws. The 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act [FOPA] allows for the interstate transportation of ammunition and firearms, provided they are unloaded and out of reach, but critics point out that lawful owners have been detained and even arrested for bringing guns across sta… Continue Reading


Tester, Daines introduce resolution designating National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines led a bipartisan group of colleagues Monday in designating the week beginning Feb. 28 as "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week" to highlight the importance of higher education in Indian Country. "As a former educator, I know how critical it is that every Montanan has the opportunity to unlock their potential through a quality education," Sen. Tester said in a press release. "Tribal Colleges and Universities give students the tool… Continue Reading


Bozeman scientific equipment supplier continues to grow in booming industry

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana Instruments started in 2010 looking to be a leader in the state and hopefully the country for cutting edge scientific equipment design and manufacturing. After graduating from Montana State University, Luke Mauritsen founded Montana Instruments which has grown to around 50 employees being cryogenic partners for quantum materials research and technology development. "To make it simple," Mauritsen said, "We make really, really, really cold stuff... and cryogenics is the… Continue Reading


Daines is top Republican on Senate health subcommittee

HELENA - U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has been named as the top Republican on the panel's Subcommittee on Health Care. Daines, who was re-elected last year, said this week the appointment will help him address many health issues facing Montana, such as the cost of prescription drugs, methamphetamine addiction in the state and health-care needs in rural areas. The Health Care Subcommittee is one of six within the full committee. Daines is one of 20 … Continue Reading


Daines honors Butte cop's heroism during visit to Butte

Butte Police Officer Nick Butorovich had a good reason to wear his dress blues Friday. He accepted honors from a United States senator. Sen. Steve Daines, in Butte to speak to the Montana Association of Counties at their winter conference, took time immediately afterward to hand Butorovich something the officer will doubtless treasure all his life: A Congressional Record honoring him for pulling an unconscious woman out of a burning car last September, saving her life and burning himself in the… Continue Reading


More than $20 million secured to help MT airports keep up with costs during pandemic

MONTANA - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced via press release Friday that 68 airports across the state will receive a total of $20,034,965 in grant funding to keep up with costs and continue projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was secured as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that was signed into law in late December. The grants are provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Coronavirus Response … Continue Reading


Montana Senators React to 2nd Trump Impeachment Vote


Sen. Daines, Sen. Tester release statements after U.S. Senate votes to acquit Donald Trump


Interior Secretary Nominee on Collision Course With Oil Industry


Tester, Daines split on Trump acquittal


Bipartisan bill to award Capitol Officer Goodman a Congressional Gold Medal clears Senate unanimously


Montana Senators receive committee assignments


Military retirees’ health coverage guaranteed under bipartisan Daines bill

America's military retirees would not lose their healthcare as a result of new policy changes that took effect on Jan. 1 under legislation offered by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT). "Our bipartisan bill will help ensure we take care of our veterans and continue to provide quality healthcare for their service to this nation," Sen. Daines said. "I'll always support and protect our veterans who have served our nation and defended our freedom." Sen. Daines on Feb. 2 sponsored the TRICARE Retiree Pr… Continue Reading


Montana’s congressional delegation urges federal agencies to finalize ESA rule changes

Republican members of Montana's congressional delegation on Wednesday sent a letter to federal officials in support of changes to the Endangered Species Act meant to speed timber work on critical habitat. The state's Democratic senator said he also supports the changes. The proposed amendments to interagency consultation regulations would reverse precedent set in a 2015 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision over critical Canada lynx habitat. Judges on the case determined that when "new infor… Continue Reading


Interior Department removes roadblocks for public land purchases

The U.S. Department of the Interior has rescinded an order issued in the final months of the Trump administration that critics say undermined the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a centerpiece of legislation that Montana's senators helped shepherd through Congress last year. Then-Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued the order in November, requiring private landowners to get approval from their state's governor and their county government in order to sell land to the Interior Department. T… Continue Reading


Wyoming, Montana Senators Oppose Biden Nominee Haaland for Interior Secrtary

Sen. John Barrasso said President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior has espoused anti-fossil fuel views and he and another Senator will oppose her confirmation unless they receive favorable answers to their questions. Barrasso said Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M, espouses "radical views" contrary to responsible energy development, he told E&E News in a prepared statement on Monday. "Her vocal opposition to oil and gas production on federal lands will only encourage P… Continue Reading


Thune, Rounds among senators urging Biden Administration to withdraw sheep import rule

A Senator from North Dakota wants the Biden administration to withdraw a final rule on the importation of sheep and goats. Republican Kevin Cramer made the request in a letter to the Department of Agriculture this week, asking the rule be withdrawn until its impact on current market conditions can be fully evaluated. The rule, finalized on January 14, would remove brain disorder-related import restrictions on sheep, goats, and most of their products. Cramer says the existing import restrictions … Continue Reading

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