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Missoulian: Senate's Asbestos Awareness Week resolution takes special note of Libby

LIBBY - Among a lengthy list of a U.S. Senate resolution's "whereases," Libby's long battle with asbestos has taken a special place. The Senate late last week unanimously passed a resolution - which specifically mentions Libby - designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. The resolution, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and co-sponsored by Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines, also calls on the surgeon general to "warn and educate people about the pu… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Helena native Dava Newman one step closer to high-ranking NASA position

Dava Newman, who was born and raised in Helena, was confirmed by a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday to serve as the deputy administrator of NASA. Newman is now a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was nominated for the NASA position last October by President Barack Obama. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, on which Montana Sen. Steve Daines serves, voted unanimously to approve her nomination. It will now go to a… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines says Congress is 'out of touch'

Members of Congress are more concerned with their own success than with their constituents' well-being and need to be held accountable, Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said Tuesday in his first major floor speech. Daines, who served one term in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate last fall, said Washington is "out of touch with the day-to-day struggles" of farmers and ranchers, union workers and tribal members. During the 11-minute speech, the former business… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines hot about EPA wood stove regs

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is burning up about the latest EPA regulations for new wood stoves. The regulations announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency don't affect wood stoves already in homes, but do require wood stove manufactures to cut air emissions on new models by 2020. Most new wood and pellet stoves already meet the 2020 standard, according to industry sources. Daines called the new regulations a direct threat to Montanans' access to affordable energy. "The EP… Continue Reading


Daily Caller: The EPA Is Ready To Regulate Americans’ Wood Stoves

The EPA has finalized a 344-page rule to make wood stoves more environmentally friendly, meaning that millions of Americans will soon be forced to buy more expensive wood-fired stoves. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule, saying it would harm millions in rural America that rely on wood stoves to heat their homes every winter. With natural gas and electricity prices on the rise, wood stoves can be an economical choice for many living in the countryside. "The EPA's shortsighted regulatory… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Daines calls for wide-ranging forest reform in phone-in town hall meeting

Montana needs timber management that addresses all 10 of the state's national forests, Sen. Steve Daines told listeners on a statewide conference call. The Republican senator from Montana questioned callers for about an hour on Tuesday evening from his office in Washington, D.C. He introduced the issue by noting Montana harvested 624 million board-feet of timber at its peak in 1987, but just 113 million board-feet in 2014. "We need to find a path forward to create economic opportunities in rur… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines joins U.S. Senate

Steve Daines was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, vowing to work to end gridlock in Washington. Daines, sporting a striped tie, was escorted into the Senate by fellow Montana Sen. Jon Tester. A smiling Daines stood on the Senate floor around 10:20 a.m. Mountain Time to take the oath from Vice President Joe Biden. Daines used a family Bible his grandfather received after getting confirmed as the pastor of a little Lutheran church outside of Ledger. The House also swore in all of its memb… Continue Reading

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