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KXLF: Hanna Harris remembered on National Day of Awareness for missing and murdered Native women

LAME DEER - Hanna Harris was killed on July 4, 2013 and since then, her family has been working to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Native American women around the country. This week, the Senate passed a resolution marking May 5 as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The day is in honor of Hanna, on what would have been her 25th birthday, and the hundreds of other missing or murdered Native women around the country. "This is… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: House passes GOP health plan that could eliminate Medicaid expansion in Montana

After legislation that could spell the end for Medicaid expansion in states like Montana cleared the U.S. House on a close vote, some are calling on Montana's senators to defeat a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Montana Budget and Policy Center, a nonprofit that researches budget, tax and economic issues, said Thursday the revised version of the American Health Care Act would effectively end Medicaid expansion in Montana, which has extended coverage to mor… Continue Reading


WaPo: Senate approves measure to fund the government through September

The Senate voted Thursday to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September, preventing a government shutdown. President Trump is expected to sign the measure, which passed 79 to 18. It includes more than $15 billion in new defense spending and $1.5 billion in money for U.S. border security, ahead of a deadline to keep the government open past Friday. The five-month spending measure clears the way for Congress to begin talks over spending priorities for th… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: Pence: Obamacare repeal a 'defining victory for life'

Vice President Mike Pence called a House vote set for Thursday to repeal and replace portions of Obamacare as "one of the defining victories for life." "When we vote to repeal and replace Obamacare we will finally vote to defund Planned Parenthood," Pence said to a standing ovation. Pence was speaking at the 10th anniversary "Campaign for Life" gala in Washington, held by Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that lobbies in favor of abortion restrictions. Roughly 650 guest gathered for the e… Continue Reading


Politico: Dawdling Congress tests Trump's patience

The congressional GOP's protracted efforts to repeal Obamacare could exact a heavy toll on the rest of Donald Trump's legislative agenda. If repeal in the House is successful, action on some of the president's top legislative priorities is expected to be pushed back to late this year or even next year, when lawmakers will be up for reelection and more reluctant to cast tough votes. The delay also threatens to sap whatever Republican momentum remains from the election, in the midst of what's oft… Continue Reading


UM not alone in losing Upward Bound funds for double-spacing error

MISSOULA - Upward Bound remains on the financial ropes and at risk of shuttering at the University of Montana and around the country despite calls this month from lawmakers to keep the college preparation program for disadvantaged students alive. The U.S. Department of Education, which funds Upward Bound, ruled some programs ineligible for funding for the next five years, but it estimated the decision affects only 5 percent of the grant applications. Elle Cook, an Upward Bound student … Continue Reading


High Plains Journal: The Montana Stockgrowers Association travels to Washington, DC to advance national policy

Leadership from the Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Public Lands Council and the Montana Cattlewomen were in Washington, D.C. March 28 through 30. They met with cabinet members of the Trump administration, lawmakers and agency officials on issues important to the Montana ranching sector, including public lands grazing, sage grouse, beef checkoff legislation, environmental regulations, trade and taxes. "We have an opportunity to move on many key priorities under the new administrat… Continue Reading


MT Standard: Butte native represents Montana as princess in D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

Jamie Jo Lynch, formerly of Butte, recently was selected by the Montana State Society to represent Montana in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Lynch, the daughter of Jim Lynch and Lauren Kippen, was born and reared in Butte and graduated from Butte High. She graduated in May 2016 from Boise State University, where she studied Environmental Science and Political Science with Sustainability. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she works for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester a… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: U.S. Ag Secretary Purdue coming to Great Falls

Montana Sen. Steve Daines announced Wednesday that newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will deliver a keynote address at the 2017 Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls five weeks from now. The Montana Ag Summit, co-sponsored by Daines and the Montana Chamber Foundation, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1. It will bring some of the nation's highest-profile agricultural leaders to Montana's Golden Triangle to meet with the public and discuss ongoing efforts to s… Continue Reading


KPAX: Sen. Daines optimistic China will again import US beef

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says he's optimistic U.S. beef producers will soon be able to sell their products in China. Sen. Daines says that as one of the world's largest beef importers, China is a key market for Montana producers. But the country banned U.S. beef imports in 2003 after a case of Mad Cow Disease. Sen. Daines recently returned from a trip to China and Japan. While in china he met with some of the country leaders about opening up beef imports from the United States. Chines… Continue Reading


Williston Herald: Montana senator says beef exports to China moving forward

When Sen. Steven Daines, R-Mont., traveled to China last week, he took with him a special gift from northeastern Montana. That gift was four steaks from the ranch of Fred Wacker of Miles City, Montana, packed inside a cooler, hand-carried by the senator. These were ultimately presented to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as part of efforts to seal a deal to open Chinese markets to American beef. China closed its markets to U.S. beef after a Washington dairy cow was identified in 2003 with bovine … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: North Korea casts shadow on Montana Sen. Daines' talks on trade

The express goal of the congressional delegation's trip to the Far East was to open U.S. export opportunities in China, Tibet, Hong Kong and Japan. But recent global events have largely overtaken that agenda, with an intensifying confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea over missile launches and nuclear testing grabbing the world's attention. On Monday, Montana Sen. Steve Daines hosted a telephone news conference with more than a dozen regional news outlets to discuss his, and a host of o… Continue Reading


Daines Praises Trump's Actions on Syria, North Korea

Montana Senator Steve Daines says he thinks Asia respects President Donald Trump's recent hardline stances in North Korea and Syria. "In other words, the peace through strength doctrine of Ronald Reagan is starting to be heard a bit more over in Asia," says Daines. "We have a president now that I think is regaining the respect of the world to its leadership." Daines is fresh off a congressional delegation trip to China, Tibet, Hong Kong and Japan. Last fall, China announced it would end its 13… Continue Reading


Yellowstone Public Radio: China Elicits Another Discussion On Importing U.S. Beef

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently returned from a trip to Asia, where he discussed trade, in particular-beef. Daines is hopeful China will soon resume U.S. beef imports the Republican announced during a press call with Reporters. China banned U.S. beef in 2003 after an incident with mad-cow disease in Washington State. Mad cow disease or BSE, short for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was responsible for significant losses in U.S. international beef trade. Daines said that while China … Continue Reading


Montana Public Radio: Daines: US - China Beef Agreement Nearing Resolution

U.S. Senator Steve Daines says he thinks American beef is almost back on the menu in China. "We're now engaged at the highest levels in their government and telling them this is a very important issue for the United States," Daines says. Last September, China announced it was ending its 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports after a 2003 Mad Cow disease scare in Washington State. Since then, trade reps have been working on an agreement that would get U.S. beef back in Chinese markets. Dai… Continue Reading


KBZK: Sen. Daines sees New Markets Tax Credit Program working at Universal Athletics

BOZEMAN -Senator Steve Daines toured the new Universal Athletics headquarters Monday, a new facility in Midtown Bozeman, that was made possible through the New Markets Tax Credit Program. Universal Athletics is the third business that the New Markets Tax Credit Program, or NMTC along with the Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation has financed in Bozeman. Universal Athletics was originally located on East Main in downtown Bozeman, but as the company expanded they were running ou… Continue Reading


KBZK: Daines asks TSA to approve GPIA X-ray machine request

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is urging the Transportation Security Administration to fulfill Glacier Park International Airport's request for a third X-ray machine. Nearly 500,000 passengers flew in and out of GPIA in 2016 as the airport say a record number of travelers fifth consecutive year. Also, all-time monthly passenger records were set in 10 of the 12 months for the airport last year. Sen. Daines noted the spike in tourism across the region and notable ridership through GPIA in a le… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Zinke halts plan to transfer National Bison Range to tribal control

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reversed course on plans to hand management of the National Bison Range to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His move casts doubt on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' plans to take control of the wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Saying he was committed to not selling or transferring public land, Zinke said Wednesday that the tribes "would play a pivotal role in our discussions about the best path forward." "… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Yellowstone investigation finds inappropriate conduct toward female workers

Federal investigators say there is credible evidence of unwelcome conduct toward female workers in Yellowstone National Park. Alcohol, inappropriate contact and remarks that female employees said made them feel "uncomfortable and degraded" were revealed during a seven-month investigation into Yellowstone's maintenance division. The report was issued Wednesday by Interior's inspector general, who concluded that harassing workplace behavior by male employees had gone on for years because… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines secures national parks week

National parks will get a week of observance this month, a gesture U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said should raise awareness later about needed park maintenance. During last year's centennial of the National Parks Service, roughly 331 million visitors went to national parks. Yellowstone National Park recorded 4.2 million visits. Glacier National Park reported nearly 3 million visits. "They truly are something that sets America apart. It's part of our national heritage, as American… Continue Reading

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