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02.15.21

Montana Senators React to 2nd Trump Impeachment Vote


02.14.21

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


02.14.21

Interior Secretary Nominee on Collision Course With Oil Industry


02.13.21

Tester, Daines split on Trump acquittal


02.13.21

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


02.12.21

Montana Senators receive committee assignments


02.12.21

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


02.11.21

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


02.11.21

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The U.S. Department of the Interior has rescinded an order issued in the final months of the Trump administration that critics say undermined the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a centerpiece of legislation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


02.11.21

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


02.10.21

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


02.10.21

Mont. lawmakers urge Biden to keep Trump species rule

Montana lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to adopt a rule change - filed in the days before the White House changed hands last month - that aims to eliminate a potential hurdle for forest management projects when endangered species might be affected. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale, both Republicans, outlined their support in a letter yesterday to top officials at the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Department's NOAA Fisheries. "The propos… Continue Reading


02.09.21

GOP senators promise to oppose attacks on pro-life measures

Nearly all of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate have united to warn the Democratic leadership they will oppose any effort to overturn long-standing bans on federal funding of abortion. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and 47 other GOP senators promised Majority Leader Charles Schumer in a Feb. 5 letter that they will vote to block attempts to eradicate or diminish the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life protections. The Hyde Amendment, first adopted in 1976, bars federal funds in the Medicaid program… Continue Reading


02.09.21

Bipartisan bill to permit interstate sale of inspected meats, poultry introduced by Rounds

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) recently reintroduced a bipartisan bill to allow the interstate sale of state-inspected meats and poultry. "Our bill would allow these high-quality products that pass state inspection standards to be sold across state lines," Sen. Rounds said, "opening up new markets for our producers and giving consumers greater choice at the grocery store." Sen. Rounds on Jan. 28 sponsored the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act, S. 107, with 10 cosponsors includ… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Barrasso may oppose Haaland over Biden agenda

The top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is prepared to oppose Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to serve as President Biden's nominee to lead the Interior Department, the latest in an ongoing confrontation between oil-friendly lawmakers and the new White House over its climate priorities on federal lands. "Representative Haaland's radical views are squarely at odds with the responsible management of our nation's energy resources," Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said in a … Continue Reading


02.08.21

Daines threatens to hold up Haaland confirmation

Rep. Deb Haaland's confirmation hearing has yet to even be scheduled, but already at least one Senate Republican is pledging to block her nomination to serve as secretary of the Interior. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) announced Friday he would take steps to prevent Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, from leading the agency with jurisdiction over activities on public lands - one direct result of the backlash against President Biden's executive orders to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline a… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Daines 'deeply concerned' with nomination of Haaland for Interior Secretary

After speaking with Rep. Deb Haaland, Sen. Steve Daines on Friday said in a statement that he is "deeply concerned with the Congresswoman's support on several radical issues" and threatened to "block her confirmation." If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Haaland will be the first Native American to hold the position. A Democratic representative from New Mexico, Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe. When Biden announced her nomination on Dec. 17 tribal members in Montana celebrated the hi… Continue Reading


02.06.21

As Trump trial looms, Congress quietly preparing bill to make U.S. Postal Service profitable again

As the U.S. Senate is about to be weighed down with the second impeachment of Donald Trump, a bi-partisan push is quietly underway in both chambers to make the U.S. Postal Service profitable again. "This is the kind of common-sense bipartisan legislation that I came to Congress to try and introduce and I'm proud to be one of the folks who helped introduce and write this bill," said U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, in an interview on Sunday's Inside Texas Politics. The bill is called the U.S. … Continue Reading


02.05.21

Senate Democrats flip-flop on Keystone pipeline in COVID-19 ‘vote-a-rama’

Two Senate Democrats are facing criticism for voting to defy President Biden and overrule his decision to kill the Keystone XL oil pipeline - before later voting to reverse themselves. Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia initially voted for a Republican amendment that would have put support for the pipeline in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that Democrats are drafting under budget reconciliation. Their votes meant the amendment passed 52-48 just before midnight… Continue Reading


02.05.21

Senate approves Keystone XL, fracking amendments

Early flashpoints in the Biden administration's environmental agenda came to a head last night on the Senate floor, as Republicans used a marathon session of budget votes to put Democrats on the record on drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline. While nonbinding and largely symbolic, the handful of energy and environment votes during the budget resolution "vote-a-rama" that went into this morning's early hours offered a preview of the legislative fights to come, with Republicans seeking to wield … Continue Reading

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