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Beef issues highlighted during Montana Ag Summit

The 2017 Montana Ag Summit Thursday featured several high-profile speakers and panels on various issues affecting present and future agriculture, and top-of-mind beef industry issues were included. J. Christopher Giancarlo, acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), gave a speech on the future of commodity markets, placing emphasis on the need for regulatory reform and a need to change the "ill-conceived regulatory burdens" that add costs to doing business. Gianca… Continue Reading


Havre, Big Sandy receive federal airport grants

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Wednesday in a press release that the airports at Havre and Big Sandy are among Montana facilities receiving almost $8.9 million in funding for upgrades and maintenance. The $1,216,934 grant for the Havre City-County Airport will be used to: • Fund the final phase for the rehabilitation of 10,000 square yards of the existing apron to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement. • Fund the second of three construction phases for the re… Continue Reading


Montana’s leaders react to Trump’s decision on climate pact

Here's how Montana's politicians reacted to Trump's decision to back out of the Paris climate accord: Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines: "Withdrawing from this unenforceable agreement is good news for Montanans - it would have raised utility rates for hardworking Montana families and cost our state jobs. We all want clean water and clean air, but this deal was a bad deal." Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester: "At a time when countries around the world are looking to America to lead in inn… Continue Reading


Former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns honored at AG Summit

The Montana Ag Summit kicked off on Thursday at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls with a tribute to former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Burns passed away on April 28, 2016, at the age of 81. U.S. Senator Steve Daines opened the ceremony by announcing the creation of the Conrad Burns Ag Technology Award, to be given every year at the Ag Summit. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Burns' friend and former colleague, also spoke about his memories of Burns. … Continue Reading


US Ag Secretary Promises Big Changes For The Forest Service

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Great Falls Thursday for an "agriculture summit" hosted by Senator Steve Daines. Perdue promised big changes at the U.S. Forest Service, which his department oversees. Former Georgia Governor Sunny Perdue has only been Agriculture Secretary for five weeks. He told the crowd of mostly farmers and ranchers that where he comes from, trees are a crop that can be sustainably harvested. "We've got a lot of U.S. Forest [Service] land that's not healthy.… Continue Reading


Ag Secretary Calls For SNAP, Farm Subsidy Reforms

New U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke in Great Falls Thursday. Perdue suggested reforms for a couple of big safety net programs important to farmers. Perdue has only been on the job as ag secretary since the end of April, and part of his job is to help President Trump push forward a budget that calls for big cuts in the Department of Agriculture. Speaking to an audience of more than 700 mostly farmers and ranchers at an "agriculture summit" convened by Senator Steve Daines, Secreta… Continue Reading


Burns Honored At Montana Ag Summit

The Montana Ag Summit kicked off on Thursday at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls with a tribute to former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Burns passed away on April 28, 2016, at the age of 81. U.S. Senator Steve Daines opened by announcing the creation of the Conrad Burns Ag Technology award, to be given every year there is an Ag Summit. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Burns' friend and former colleague, also spoke about his memories of Conrad. Senat… Continue Reading


Ag summit wraps up

The first annual Ag summit wraps up Thursday in the Electric City. There seemed to be a lot of hope from the attendees as they look to the future. Whole idea behind this summit, was for our National Agriculture leadership to hear and address the grassroots people of the Ag industry. A big topic was how farmers and ranchers can make themselves part of a bigger global agriculture community.Senator Daines reminded people that agriculture brings in over five billion dollars a year to the state. … Continue Reading


Montana Ag Summit brings agriculture's heaviest hitters to Great Falls

Perhaps the greatest benefit Montana farmers and ranchers took home with them from the Montana Ag Summit was the national attention it delivered and a greater awareness in Washington, D.C. of Montana's importance to the U.S. farm economy. "We have two of the nation's leaders; I would argue the nation's top two influencers of ag policy with us here today," said Montana Senator Steve Daines. "This is making a very deep impression on Sonny Perdue (U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) and Pat Roberts (Ch… Continue Reading


Making Net Neutrality a Thing of the Past

Anyone who has followed the hyperbolic debate about net neutrality has likely heard that the Federal Communications Commission is moving to "squelch competition," "limit consumer choice," "raise prices," and perhaps even "destroy the internet." At least, that is what some activists and crusading late-night comedians claim. But none of this is true. Rather, what the FCC did two weeks ago was vote to reconsider the agency's barely 2-year-old decision to begin regulating the internet, for the fi… Continue Reading


U.S. Secretary of the Interior visits Fairbanks

Over the weekend, Senators from five petroleum-rich states accompanied the U.S. Secretary of the Interior on a visit to Alaska. On Saturday, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, along with five other senators including Senator Lisa Murkowski, arrived in Fairbanks on a fact finding mission. Although the majority of the tour takes place in Alaska, the senators and Secretary started off the mission visiting a cutting edge liquid natural gas plant in Norway. Secretary Zinke discusses why they visite… Continue Reading


Interior Secretary Zinke tours Alaska

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is spending several days in Alaska on his way back from a trip to Norway, and has toured Prudhoe Bay as he makes his way south. News outlets were surprised to get official word of Zinke's trip from Gov. Bill Walker, who broke the security embargo about the secretary's trip on Friday, ahead of Alaska's DC delegation. There was a mad scramble by Zinke's security detail, Must Read Alaskawas told. Zinke and an entourage of senators stopped in Denali National Pa… Continue Reading


Jerry Moran: Move fast to modernize technology

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) authored a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee requesting swift consideration of the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 (S. 990/H.R. 2227). This is legislation to modernize government information technology, eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity. The letter was also signed by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.). "In the… Continue Reading


Lawmakers In Congress, Senate Seeking Repeal On Internet Privacy

Lawmakers in the House and Senate hopes to push legislation to replace the internet privacy regulations set during the Obama administration. The planned move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would lead to a supply of consumer complaints about their privacy rights. In an article published in Augusta Chronicle, there are at least two Senate bills that are being drafted to address the regulatory void and public outcry that was created last month after congressional Republicans repea… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Urge Sens. Ron Johnson, Claire McCaskill to Mark Up Federal IT Modernization Bill

Four senators have asked Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the committee's ranking member, to mark up a bipartisan bill that would allow federal agencies to establish their own working capital funds to upgrade their information technology systems. The lawmakers said in a letter published Wednesday the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 also seeks to create a centralized modernization … Continue Reading


US Sen. Steve Daines on Memorial Day

Freedom. It's what makes America the greatest country on earth. It's what drove people to board boats for long voyages, cross stormy seas and enter a strange land with few possessions in hand. It's what mankind has prayed for, fought for and died for across human history. Freedom is what makes America unique. Our forefathers secured freedom for us long ago, and generations after have taken up the cause to defend freedom from all enemies at great cost. Each year, we set aside a day to honor … Continue Reading


Appropriators mull drastic measures against wildfires

For members of Congress worried about the rising cost of forest fires, a tone of desperation may be settling in. A sense of urgency - and unconventional thinking - around tackling wildfires on federal land were on display yesterday at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Forest Service budget. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a senior appropriator, said he may try to block the agency's practice of borrowing funds from other programs to fight the blazes. And Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Seek to Restore Internet Privacy After Repealing It

House and Senate lawmakers are hoping to push legislation to replace recently repealed Obama-era internet privacy regulations, a move by the Federal Communications Commission that has led to a tide of consumer complaints. At least two Senate bills are being drafted to address the regulatory void and public outcry created last month when congressional Republicans repealed internet privacy rules issued by the FCC last year, using the Congressional Review Act. With the repeal, internet service pro… Continue Reading


MGT's Senate sponsors push committee to act

The Senate backers of the $500 million Modernizing Government Technology Act are urging a key committee to take action on the bill. The MGT Act, which recently passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote and which figured into the IT section of the Trump administration's budget, is currently awaiting action in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), both on the Appropriations committee, sent a letter May 24 t… Continue Reading


Lawmakers mark Jewish heritage month with award celebration

Congress members from both parties participated in a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month taking place in the Capitol. The event Wednesday included remarks by Sen. Sherrod Brown; D-Ohio; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.; Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.; Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y.; Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.; Rep. Brad Schneid… Continue Reading

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