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Ripon Advance: Daines bill opens up public lands 40 years after feds’ recommendation

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines on Thursday introduced legislation to protect citizens' public land access and use in Montana following requests from the Montana State Legislature and local communities. The Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act would release 449,500 acres of the total more than 1 million acres in Montana's Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), as the U.S. Forest Service has recommended. The land would be available for boosting Montana's $6 billion outdoor economy and its agriculture economy, a… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Protecting public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action afterward. The Forest Service completed the study and determined that several of the study areas in Montana were not suitable for wilderness in its final plan. Thirty-five years later - we're still waiting for D.C. to get its job done and release the study areas.… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Daines bill would release wilderness study areas for other uses

Five wilderness study areas left in legislative limbo for 35 years would be released to multiple use planning under a proposed bill by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana. The 449,500 acres of wild country include the Blue Joint and Sapphire WSAs south and east of Hamilton, the Big Snowies WSA near Lewistown, the Middle Fork Judith WSA south of Stanford and the West Pioneer WSA east of Wisdom. "These lands were to be studied for five years and the findings reported to the president," Daines said in a… Continue Reading


Military Technologies: NASF Presents Senator Steve Daines with Bernard L. Orell Award

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) today presented Senator Steve Daines of Montana with the 2017 Bernard L. Orell Award. The award is presented periodically to a member of Congress who has made a significant contribution to state and private forestry. More than 60 percent of forests in the United States are private and state owned forests and nearly 90 percent of the nation's wood supply comes from these forestlands. Senator Daines has been a champion of active forest managem… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines submits legislation to remove 449,500 acres from Montana's Wilderness Study Areas

Public lands and protections remain a hot topic in Washington D.C. Thursday as Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced legislation to remove 449,500 acres in Montana's Wilderness Study Areas. Daines describes the "Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act" as an effort to follow bottom-up requests from the state legislature and local communities. "As a fifth-generation Montanan and an avid outdoorsman, I know how important public use of our public lands is to Montanans," Daines said in a stateme… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman boy lights U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

As night fell on the nation's Capitol, a nearly 80-foot-tall Engelmann spruce picked from Montana's Kootenai National Forest and adorned with 3,500 hand-made ornaments stole the spotlight from the Washington Monument. Ridley Brandmayr, an 11-year-old from Bozeman chosen by Montana's senior Sen. Jon Tester to light the tree, looked on in anticipation as the state's delegation and other speakers kicked off the event. Brandmayr, wearing a black suit and white pressed buttoned-down shirt, said … Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Sen. Daines urges EPA’s top administrator to put Butte on ‘Top 10’ list

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., urged the Environmental Protection Agency's top administrator Scott Pruitt to consider the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area in Pruitt's "Top 10" list in a letter sent earlier this week. An EPA report, released in late July, laid out recommendations for how Pruitt could speed up the Superfund process. Creating a "Top 10" list of Superfund sites that Pruitt would personally oversee was one of the suggestions. There is no time frame for how quickly Pruitt will … Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Daines Names Kalispell’s Ted Koenig As Montanan Of The Week

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recognized Kalispell resident Ted Koenig as the Montanan of the Week for his role in humanitarian relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands following the destruction of hurricanes Maria and Irma. Daines' statement of recognition was entered into the official Congressional Record Dec. 1, and highlighted Koenig's selfless contributions in the U.S. territory. "Helping others in need is common in Big Sky Country and Ted's journey to St. Thomas is another example of this ethi… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Still time to get tax reform right

Late last week, as communities across the country kick off the holiday season, members of Congress worked hard to modernize the tax code for the first time in over three decades. House and Senate Republicans understand the dilemma: The tax code keeps our small businesses, including America's 733,000 independently-owned franchise establishments, from reaching their full potential. From coast to coast - and even right here in Big Sky Country - franchises are being suffocated by the burdensome … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: U.S. Sen. Steve Daines backs tax bill after cuts for small businesses

HELENA - U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is now supporting the $1.4 trillion tax bill because it contains additional tax cuts he says will help small businesses. The Montana Republican said Monday that he opposed the tax bill as it was then written, complaining that it favored large corporations over small businesses. On Friday he said the current version of the bill provides "significant tax relief" for "Main Street businesses", which he says are responsible for nearly 70 percent of the jobs in the st… Continue Reading


Wall Street Journal: Sen. Steve Daines to Support the Tax Bill After Securing Pass-Through Change

GOP Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said he backs the Republican tax bill after securing a bigger tax break for pass-through businesses. "After weeks of fighting for Main Street businesses including Montana's farmers and ranchers, I've decided to support the Senate tax cut bill which provides significant tax relief for Main Street businesses," Mr. Daines said in a statement Friday morning. Mr. Daines was one of a group of GOP senators who had yet to firmly commit to the tax bill, although he had … Continue Reading


Washington Post: GOP leaders in advanced talks to change tax plan in bid to win over holdouts

Senate Republicans are seriously considering several last-minute changes to their tax legislation in an effort to mollify wavering members, four people familiar with the discussions said, as GOP leaders seek to keep their members from defecting ahead of crucial votes this week. The lawmakers attracting the most concern from leadership and the White House are Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who say the current version of the bill favors corporations over other businesses. … Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Proposed price hike for entering national parks is too soon and too steep

America's national parks have fallen into neglect and disrepair after decades of underfunding of their upkeep and operations. The National Park Service estimates that the 417 National Parks need $11.3 billion in deferred maintenance. That backlog is evident in Yellowstone National Park where popular trails remain closed for years for lack of money to rebuild, where roads wear out much faster than they are repaved, where a recent 40 percent increase in visitors brought virtually no increase in r… Continue Reading


The Hill: Protect the American tradition of hunting Thanksgiving dinner

As CEO of the nation's top organization for the conservation of the North American wild turkey and our hunting heritage, Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart. It's a time when our nation turns its attention to family, traditions and gratitude - all centered around breaking bread at the dinner table. Our legislators return to their home states and districts, and our president and the White House typically celebrate with a quiet meal and the pardoning of a lucky turkey. Thanksgiving h… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Fee Increase Proposal

The National Park Service has extended the time the public can comment on proposed peak-season entrance fee increases at 17 popular national parks, including Glacier and Yellowstone. The deadline, originally scheduled for Nov. 23, has been extended to Dec. 22. More than 65,000 comments have already been received on the proposal, the agency said. If the new rates were enacted, a seven-day pass for a single motor vehicle in Glacier Park would increase from $30 to $70. For a motorcycle, the fee w… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: United Adds Direct Flight To L.A.

United Airlines will offer direct seasonal flights from Glacier Park International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport starting June 7, Glacier Airport Director Rob Ratkowski announced Tuesday. The Flathead Valley is one of four new markets chosen by United Airlines for direct service to LAX. The flight will depart daily from Glacier Park International at 12:55 p.m. with an estimated arrival time of 2:52 p.m. into LAX. The flight originating from Los Angeles will leave daily at 8:28 a… Continue Reading


Montana Ag: Risk management important in new farm bill

Members of Montana's largest agriculture organization met this week in Billings to hear updates and set policies on issues impacting Montana farmers and ranchers. "We are such a small percentage of the farm bill that we know we have to play nice with others" Cyndi Johnson, vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation from Conrad, said. The farm bill is essentially agriculture's play book for five years and work is already underway to ensure Montana farmers and ranchers are well-repres… Continue Reading


Char-Koosta News: Daines introduces legislation to build veteran homes

U.S. SENATE - Just ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to ensure that underserved veterans get the care they need. Daines' bill, "Veteran State Home Grant Backlog Reduction Act" will create a new prioritization system that will separate out upgrades and needed rehabilitation to existing VA facilities and much-needed new construction. It requires the VA to separately designate construction specific budget resources and have a plan to clear up the state home… Continue Reading


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

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