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Sen. Steve Daines says he'll wait to decide on GOP health care bill after hearing from Montanans

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will decide whether to support his party's health care bill after hearing from Montanans next week, the lawmaker said Friday. The senator said he will spend the weekend reading the 142-page bill and then hear from Montanans at Wednesday's telephone town hall meeting. Daines expects 30,000 people to participate in Wednesday's call, based on the 28,000 people who participated in a call a couple of weeks ago. "What Montanans have told me they want to see, … Continue Reading


Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner embrace more public roles in White House

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are embracing more visible roles in the White House policy process, taking high-profile meetings with foreign leaders, prominent lawmakers and top business executives while garnering media attention. Over the last week, Kushner, who more often is seen at the president's side but not heard, delivered his first public remarks during a summit with technology executives. He then jetted off to the Middle East for attention-getting meetings with Prime Minist… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines Plans Tele-Town Hall on Health Care Bill

Montana's Republican U.S. senator, Steve Daines, says he'll decide whether to support his party's health care bill after hearing from constituents. The Billings Gazette reported Saturday ( ) that Daines will host a telephone town hall next Wednesday on the Senate Republican proposal. At least five GOP senators have declared their opposition to the party's legislation to undo much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - more than enough to defeat the meas… Continue Reading


Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Asra Nomani accuse Dem senators of ignoring them in hearing

Women's rights activists Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani have accused four female Democratic senators of ignoring them during a committee hearing last week, complaining the lawmakers did not ask them a single question. "This wasn't a case of benign neglect," Ali and Nomani wrote, in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday. "What happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamist extremism and what it m… Continue Reading


Daines hasn’t decided on latest Obamacare repeal bill; Tester blasts it

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, fresh out of the first briefing on Senate Republicans' bill to repeal "Obamacare" and overhaul national health-care policy, said Thursday he wants to scrutinize the measure before deciding whether to support it - and wants to hear what Montanans think, too. "I think there is a lot of work to do on this bill," he told MTN News. "It's still very much in a draft form." A small group of Senate Republicans have been working in secret to craft their version of a bill to repea… Continue Reading


Trump removes protections for Yellowstone grizzly bear

The Trump administration is removing Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears, after they spent more than four decades on the threatened list. The Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service announced the delisting decision Thursday, which immediately drew rebukes from conservationists and Democrats. Officials said that conservation efforts for the bear, a more than fourfold increase in its population and state policies designed to protect the bears show that the de… Continue Reading


Zinke defends huge job cuts at Interior: 'This is what a balanced budget looks like'

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday defended the $1.6 billion in funding cuts that President Trump has proposed for his department, telling a Senate hearing that "this is what a balanced budget looks like." But Democrats on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources took issue with the $400 million that the national parks would lose in fiscal 2018, which they said would trigger staff reductions at 90 percent of them. They also questioned the $370 million in cuts the Bureau of Indian Aff… Continue Reading


US beef exports to China will be good for Montana

China's 1.4 billion people will buy about $2.5 billion in beef this year. Next month for the first time in about 14 years, U.S. cattle producers will have access to that market. China, along with many other countries, halted U.S. beef imports after cattle in this country tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which destroys the brain and central nervous system of infected cattle. Humans who eat nerve tissue of infected cattle can get variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, which is … Continue Reading


GOP considers cancelling recess to salvage agenda

Alarmed by the stalemate on healthcare reform, lack of progress on tax reform and appropriations bills that are far behind schedule, Republican lawmakers across Congress are increasingly willing to consider canceling the month-long August recess. Senate Republican negotiators reported that they are not close to a deal on healthcare reform and that scheduling a vote by July 4, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pushed, is likely unrealistic. That impasse has held up work o… Continue Reading


Wildfires won't stop at the edge of public land — sustainability policy shouldn't either

Nearly 145 million acres of land are at a high risk of catastrophic wildfireacross the West thanks to the overwhelming insect epidemic, drought, decades of fire suppression and years of lack of management of our forests. This statistic is sure to come up in Tuesday's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on restoring watersheds and large landscapes. The committee plans to discuss collaborative initiatives between state and federal partners to help restore forests back to heal… Continue Reading


Perdue, Roberts star at Montana Ag Summit

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has a goal of having a federal budget providing adequate safety nets for both producers and those who cannot afford food while admitting spending cuts are necessary to get the federal debt under control. Speaking at Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls, June 1, Perdue discussed the proposed 2018 fiscal year budget, in which President Donald Trump has proposed a $193 billion cut-or 25 percent-in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over 10 years, a 36 p… Continue Reading


Republicans Call on Leadership To Cancel August Recess

More and more Republican lawmakers are considering canceling their month-long August recess so they can continue pushing their agendas through Congress. "Congress has no business taking a recess when the people's business remains unfinished," Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines told The Hill Monday. Daines is one of many Republicans who want to stay and make sure the American people know their elected officials are actually doing work. "I think it's really important that people understand th… Continue Reading


GOP May Be Cancelling Summer Recess to Make More Time for 'The People's Business'

Every August, Congress takes a break from the Capitol with a monthlong recess. However, representatives may want to wait before they start packing up their Hawaiian shirts and fanny packs for vacation. The Hill reported that the lack of progress on tax reform, health care, and other bills has resulted in some Republican lawmakers calling for a cancellation of the August break. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) supports canceling the recess and told The Hill, "We have a huge agenda. I think we can get a… Continue Reading


Calls to nix August recess gain steam as GOP agenda hits roadblocks

Struggling to make progress on campaign promises like tax and health care reform, rank-and-file congressional Republicans are stepping up calls for their leaders to cancel or at least shorten the upcoming August recess. The GOP agenda is about to enter a summer slump amid internal disagreements and efforts by Democrats to sideline legislation. These efforts will enter a new phase Monday evening when Democrats plan to start slowing down Senate work even more by making speeches and refusing to le… Continue Reading


Trade agreement is good for beef producers

Montana cattle may well show up on Chinese dinner tables thanks to an historic agreement between the United States and China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached a final agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments. This is welcome news to Montana ranchers, notes Montana Farm Bureau na… Continue Reading


Trade agreement with China good for Montana beef producers

Montana cattle may well show up on Chinese dinner tables thanks to an historic agreement between the United States and China. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached a final agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the posting of technical documents related to the beginning of shipments. This is welcome news to Montana ranchers, notes Montana Farm Bureau Nation… Continue Reading


Montana senators co-sponsor bill to honor Capitol cops after shooting

Montana's U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines joined the rest of the Senate on Thursday in commending the Capitol Police who responded to a shooting Wednesday involving members of Congress. Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine introduced the bill Thursday in the Senate, where it passed unanimously. Other senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. On Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire on Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, who were practicing for a charity baseball game again… Continue Reading


Daines on agriculture, climate change and Russia

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) recently participated in a Q&A with NBC Montana to discuss his thoughts on Russia, his agricultural summit, the Paris Climate Accord, health care and U.S. Rep.-elect Gianforte. NBC Montana: Your ag summit just wrapped up. What did you learn? Why do Montana farmers have reason to be optimistic? Sen. Daines: Well, we had two of the nation's top ag leaders at the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls, we had the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, as well … Continue Reading


Montana Senator Daines Talking About the GOP Shooting

This morning I spoke with Senator Steve Daines of Montana. We were going to talk about how Montana beef and how after over a 10-year ban, it will now be sold in China. But everything went crazy 10 minutes before my morning show, Dominick On The Air, went on the air. There was a shooting in Virginia, someone attacked Republican congress members while they were practicing for a baseball game. I check the Associated Press, then Fox News and CNN. The information is Congressman Steve Scalise has b… Continue Reading


American Legion National Commander Salutes Senate Bill on Flag Day

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt was delighted to learn on this historic Flag Day that U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has introduced a bill to give Congress the authority to prohibit physical desecration of the U.S. flag. The measure follows introduction of a similar bill in the House on Feb. 2 by Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark. "Both houses of Congress now have the opportunity to do what most Americans believe should be done - pass a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S… Continue Reading

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