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04.11.19

Billings cadet nurse closely watching U.S. Senate bill that would grant her veteran status

BILLINGS - A Billings World War II-era nurse is hoping a new proposed bill will grant her veteran's status and allow her to be buried where she wants. Laura Koch-Natvig, 93, said Thursday she wants to be buried in the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, but her role as a cadet nurse during the war didn't qualify her. "It would be a blessing to be able to know where I'll be buried, anyway," Koch-Natvig said from her Billings South Side apartment. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., cosponsor… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Daines addresses Bureau of Indian Affairs official during committee hearing

During Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., Senator Steve Daines spoke about how the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis needs immediate attention. Daines said that communication between the different law enforcement agencies needs to improve to be able to combat the problem. "The murder rate of native woman are 10 times the national average," Daines said. Daines added that lawmakers must raise awareness and bring justice to these cases. … Continue Reading


04.05.19

Daines proposes bill to allocate college savings to apprenticeships

(HELENA) On Friday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines met with leaders from the skilled trades in Helena to discuss ways to encourage more students to consider apprenticeship programs. Daines visited the Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center, operated by local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association. The center offers a competitive apprenticeship program where young people who want to become electricians can … Continue Reading


04.05.19

Hundreds march through downtown Billings to bring awareness to murdered and missing women

BILLINGS - Several hundred people gathered at the MSU-Billings Native American Achievement Center on Friday morning for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women March. The group marched on the west side of North 27th Street and was helped by police officers as they marched toward the Yellowstone County Courthouse. The march began at about 10 a.m. The Native American Achievement Center at MSU-Billings wrote the crisis of MMIWG is prevalent in the Billings community and the march is an importa… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Jim Stogner Decorated With Receipt of Navy Cross Medal At Friday Ceremony In Polson

Jim Stogner, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, received the prestigious Navy Cross Medal during a special ceremony Friday afternoon, April 5 at the VFW in Polson. The presentation was made by United States Marine Corps Lt. General Frank Libutti. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines served as master of ceremonies for the well-attended event. April 5 of this year marks the 52nd anniversary of the day when Stogner showed extraordinary heroism and courage while rescuing a fellow Marine.… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Bill to honor Cadet Nurse Corps women in WWII with honorary veteran status introduced

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, along with senators Elizabeth Warren, Susan Collins, and Angus King, introduced bipartisan legislation to honor the women who served in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II with honorary veteran status. This bill credits service in the Cadet Nurse Corps between 1943 and 1948 as active military service for the purpose of attaining status as a veteran. We happen to have a World War II cadet nurse right here in the Magic City! Laura Koch - Natvig is or… Continue Reading


03.29.19

Daines urges HHS to stop pension for doctor convicted of sexual abuse

HELENA - Senator Steve Daines wants a doctor convicted of sexual abuse on the Blackfeet Reservation to stop receiving government benefits. Daines sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging him to stop Stanley Patrick Weber from receiving a pension while serving an 18-year prison term. Daines stated a report from earlier this week showed Weber could receive nearly $2 million while in prison. Weber's story was outlined in an investigation by the Wall Street Journal… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Geraldine students visit Washington, D.C. and meet with Daines

Students from a Montana high school recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. and met with one of Montana's U.S. senators. Geraldine High School students visited Senator Steve Daines at the United States Capitol Tuesday. The students also saw President Donald Trump as he was leaving the Capitol where he had lunch with Daines and other senators. Daines and the students spoke about what drove Daines to become a senator and about how to prevent future government shutdowns. They also talked about… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Daines questions transportation secretary on airport funding, future of Amtrak

The future of Amtrak's long-distance routes and airport infrastructure could be addressed in the Trump administration's new transportation budget, though it may not all be pleasing, agency secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday. The release of federal transportation funding could also implicate airport projects planned in Montana, including Missoula International Airport and its new passenger terminal, which is now under construction. "Our question was, with the government shutdown, what's the n… Continue Reading


03.23.19

Senator Daines hears veteran healthcare concerns

MISSOULA- Saturday veterans met in Hamilton and sat down with Senator Daines to discuss veteran healthcare issues. Earlier today a group of veterans had the opportunity to sit down with Senator Steve Daines and open up about positive and negative feedback with the veteran healthcare system. With Ravalli County having a strong model of what healthcare should look like for veterans, Senator Daines believes their model should be spread throughout all of the treasure state. "This is a great examp… Continue Reading


03.21.19

Daines tours future home of Family Services in Billings

BILLINGS- U.S. Sen. Steve Daines toured the future home of Family Services on Billings South Side Thursday. The nonprofit purchased the building at 3927 First Ave. S., a former warehouse, and will triple its space when it opens in May. Family Services leveraged money from the federal New Markets Tax program, which Daines supports and hopes to permanently extend. The New Markets program is designed specifically to provide seed money for economic development in blighted areas.… Continue Reading


03.17.19

Daines, Murkowski talk public lands in Bozeman

MISSOULA, Mont. - Many outdoorsmen are still celebrating after President Donald Trump signed the Public Lands Package into law. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Chairman, Lisa Murkowski and Senator Steve Daines discussed the recent legislation at the Wild Sheep Foundation in Bozeman Sunday. The president signed the bipartisan John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act last week. It was previously called Senate Bill 47 or the Public Lands Package and h… Continue Reading


03.17.19

Daines welcomes home troops in Kalispell

KALISPELL - Saturday night, Senator Steve Daines was in Kalispell at the Glacier Jet Center welcoming home Kalispell's 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. This is the same group of soldiers that Daines visited in Afghanistan this past December. At 11 p.m. Saturday, around 80 men and women returned home after nine months overseas serving the U.S. Families and friends of the soldiers waited eagerly for the arrival of their loved ones, and when they were reunited, it was quite emotional… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Daines: Montana farmers losing millions in sales to Japan

Lack of a U.S. trade agreement with Japan is costing Montana farmers millions in lost wheat sales. Tuesday U.S. Sen. Steve Daines implored the Trump administration to do something about it. Daines told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that Montana's malt barley farmers have been harmed by America's exit from the Trans Pacific Partnership. Trump dumped the 10-nation deal after taking office in 2017. The other nations involved in the agreement pressed on and are now benefiting from… Continue Reading


03.12.19

President signs Yellowstone mineral withdrawal, LWCF renewal into law

A massive public lands package including a ban on new mining claims north of Yellowstone and the renewal of a popular conservation fund has now become law. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed S. 47, a broad legislative package including land designations and more affecting areas across the country. It sailed through the House and Senate with lopsided votes in its favor. The bill includes two pieces that Montana's congressional delegation pushed for - the Yellowstone Gateway Prote… Continue Reading


03.10.19

Daines urges Forest Service to allow mountain biking in Bitterroot Forest WSAs

Sen. Steve Daines made one last pitch Thursday on why mountain biking should be allowed in two Bitterroot National Forest wilderness study areas. In a letter to the U.S. Forest Service, Daines urged the agency to either reopen the areas to mountain biking or push back its deadline for a decision so it could consider the facts he had gathered. Forest Service officials said the agency's final written response on the issue will be issued Monday, March 11. The agency's response follows ana… Continue Reading


03.08.19

Rankin Elementary School showcases STEM curriculum

MISSOULA- Friday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines spent the day sitting in on a few stem classes at Rankin Elementary School, his goal was simple, to encourage students to keep learning. Teachers at Rankin Elementary say they're working hard to prepare their students for the 21st century and beyond. Implementing STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into their curriculum is one way teachers say they are able to do that. Senator Daines being a chemical engineer himself, says today's lesso… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Daines: Montana not equipped to deal with growing senior population

BILLINGS - While the number of seniors in Montana continues to grow, the number of nursing home facilities in the state have decreased, a trend seen in many rural areas across the country. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana talked about some of the challenges within the industry at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. "Twenty years ago in Montana, we had over 100 nursing homes serving this patient population," said Daines, a Republican. "Today, we have just over 70.… Continue Reading


02.20.19

Daines tours Kalispell hospital to learn about work with drug-addicted babies

KALISPELL, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines visited Kalispell Regional Healthcare Wednesday to discuss the work the hospital's NICU is doing with drug-addicted babies. "They're on the front lines of this meth epidemic in Montana," said Daines. "We must do all that we can to combat this crisis in Montana." In just the last four years KRH received three federal grants for their neonatal department. The most recent bought them an artificial baby called Super Tory that can simulate what a drug baby woul… Continue Reading


02.19.19

Daines: Hold hearing in Montana on missing, murdered Native Americans

Concerned about the way federal agencies investigate missing and murdered Native American women, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to come to Montana for a field hearing. The hearing would be a follow up to the committee's December oversight hearing of the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs' handling of missing women reports in Indian Country. It's believed that at least two dozen Native American women in Montana were reported murdered or missing in 2018.… Continue Reading

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