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02.05.21

Daines reintroduces Postal Service bill

There has been one law nipping at the heels of the U.S. Postal Service for the past 15 years. It requires USPS to put money toward retiree health benefits some 50 years ahead of schedule. The mandate has the Postal Service funding benefits for workers it has yet to hire. And the burden has contributed to budget challenges as the USPS cuts staff and reduces post office hours. Montana has frequently been on the short list for cuts. Now, after years of postal workers lobbying Congress to deliver … Continue Reading


02.05.21

Nearly 50 senators pledge to oppose taxpayer-funded abortions

Nearly 50 senators have signed on to a letter pledging to oppose taxpayer funding of abortions. Senate Pro-Life Caucus chair Steve Daines (R-Mont.) announced the letter on Friday, as "a unified message" to Democratic leadership that the 47 signers would "vote to block any bill that would undermine the Hyde Amendment or any other pro-life protections." "We are united in our resolve to guard against any changes to Federal law that would unsettle nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus agai… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Congress reintroduces USPS reform bill to eliminate pre-funding mandate

The Postal Service seeks to cut costs and its regulator gave the agency greater flexibility setting higher mail rates, but Congress could have a far greater impact putting the Postal Service on firmer financial footing - if it chooses to act. Members of the House and Senate have introduced variations of the same postal reform bill in recent years, but nearly all failed gain much momentum. Lawmakers this week, however, brought forward the first major postal reform bill of the new Congress. Rein… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Manchin seeks to protect military retirees

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday introduced the bipartisan TRICARE Retiree Protection Act to ensure that America's military retirees will not lose their healthcare as a result of new policy changes that took effect on January 1st, 2021. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) cosponsored the legislation. "Our servicemembers bravely fought for our nation and as they retire after years of selfless service, it is our duty to ensure they're taken care of," Manchin said. "I introduced the TRICARE R… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Committee approves Granholm with bipartisan support

Energy Secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm easily moved out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning on a bipartisan 13-4 vote. Lawmakers will now race to see whether they can get her approved by the full Senate before the chamber gets bogged down by impeachment next week. That vote has not yet been scheduled. The former Michigan governor earned bipartisan praise from lawmakers on the committee. Incoming Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) heralded her leadership during the… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Kevin McCarthy: Joe Biden ‘Wiped Away’ America’s Energy Revolution with the Stroke of a Pen


02.02.21

Senators want to extend grace period for reinstating tens of thousands of retirees’ lost Tricare Select coverage


02.02.21

Hundreds of Montana jobs could be lost if Keystone XL pipeline permit suspension stays

HELENA, Mont.- The future of the Keystone XL pipeline project remains unclear, and so does it's impact in Montana. On his first day in office, President Biden stopped production, saying plans were not consistent with the administration's economic and climate values. The 1,700 mile project runs through a large part of the state and would ship nearly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast. Both sides oppose the President's permit suspension because of significant job lo… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Lawmakers Renew Bipartisan Push to End Much Maligned Payments Toward Future USPS Retiree Health Care

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is once again pushing to remove mandatory payments toward the health benefits for future U.S. Postal Service retirees, aiming to eliminate a controversial requirement upon which the cash-strapped mailing agency has defaulted for years. Congress first established the prefunding mandate in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, the last major legislative overhaul of the Postal Service, and the requirement has hampered the agency ever since.… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Montana lawmakers push for reauthorizing Keystone XL


01.30.21

Sen. Steve Daines: Biden’s Abortion Reversals Are ‘Payback Time’ To Planned Parenthood

Founder and chairman of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) speaks out about the new administration's reversal of pro-life policies. One America's John Hines caught up with the Montana lawmaker as the 48th annual March for Life kicks-off virtually this year.… Continue Reading


01.30.21

Senate pro-life chair: Down syndrome abortions are ‘eugenics’

Down syndrome abortions are "eugenics," the Senate pro-life caucus chair told CNA in an interview this week. "This is eugenics, and we cannot allow this to continue in our country," Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, told CNA in an interview on Thursday. Daines was referring to abortions conducted because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. He admonished fellow senators who support the Special Olympics but who won't vote to ban these abortions. "On one han… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Senate pro-life caucus chairman rails against Biden abortion executive orders

Sen. Steve Daines, the founder and chairman of the Senate Pro-life Caucus, slammed President Biden over his executive actions to roll back two Trump policies that restricted government support for abortion. Specifically, Biden will issue a presidential memorandum that will rescind the Mexico City Policy, which prevents the federal government from funding international organizations that provide abortion. In a similar move, Biden's memorandum will direct the Department of Health and Human Servi… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Sen. Daines introduces bill to give states more control over education spending

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines reintroduced the "Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act" or the "A-PLUS Act" Friday to give Montanans more say over how their tax dollars are spent on education. "Montana parents and teachers know what Montana students need best," Sen. Daines said. "We should empower state and local leaders to have more of a say in the classroom, and keep D.C. bureaucrats and the federal government out of it." Montana Superintendent Elsie Arntzen weighed in, sayin… Continue Reading


01.29.21

MonDak Senators sign on to bill allowing interstate meat sales

Three MonDak senators have have signed onto a bipartisan bill introduced by Republican South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds that seeks to allow the interstate trade of meat processed in state-inspected facilities. The New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act would allow meat and poultry products that were inspected by federally approved state Meat and Poultry Inspection programs to be sold across state lines. That would give Montana ranchers more options to sell their products, avoiding ba… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Sen. Daines: Fight Not Over To Reverse Biden Decision On Keystone Pipeline

Republican Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said Joe Biden's decision to end construction on the Keystone XL pipeline is an effort to "make America unemployed again." One America's John Hines caught up with the Montana lawmaker, who's set to introduce legislation to reverse Biden's decision.… Continue Reading


01.28.21

Biden Signs Executive Order Allowing the U.S. to Fund Global Abortions

President Biden signed an executive order Thursday afternoon reversing the Mexico City policy, permitting U.S. aid money once again to fund groups that provide or promote abortion around the globe. The policy was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in an effort to ensure that taxpayers were not required to indirectly fund abortion procedures performed in other countries. The policy has been undone via executive order by every subsequent Democratic administration and reinstated by each… Continue Reading


01.27.21

Sen. Daines announces legislation to combat energy policies of Biden administration

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Within his first week in office, President Joe Biden has made significant changes to the country's energy industry through an array of executive orders. Last week, the president revoked a critical permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. On Wednesday, Biden paused all new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and offshore waters "to the extent possible." Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., says he's joining with other western senators to introduce two bills, one to allow c… Continue Reading


01.27.21

Senator Steve Daines on Pipeline Cancellation and Impeachment

Montana Senator Steve Daines was on the Montana Morning News show on Wednesday to discuss a variety of topics, but at the top of the list was President Biden's cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "If you don't believe that elections have consequences take a look at what happened within six hours after Joe Biden took the Office of the oath of office," said Daines. "He killed the Keystone XL Pipeline one stroke of the pen. This is all part of Biden's 'make America unemployed again strategy'… Continue Reading


01.27.21

Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands, Daines to introduce counter-legislation

President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands and waters, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change. The move follows a 60-day suspension of new drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters announced last week and follows Biden's campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federally controlled land and water as part of his plan to address climate chan… Continue Reading

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