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11.12.20

Veterans get free access to federal lands – for life

U.S. military veterans and Gold Star families now have free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands used for hunting and recreation, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday. "With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a news release. Gold S… Continue Reading


11.11.20

Veterans outdoor recovery act passes

Big news for Montana veterans. On November 10, Senator Daines' bipartisan bill, the "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act," passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to the president's desk to be signed into law. Daines' bill promotes outdoor veteran recovery programs and helps expand outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands. "In Montana, we know how important our outdoor heritage is to our Montana way of life," Daines said. "That's why I'm glad to see the Senate pass … Continue Reading


11.06.20

Daines announces Montana Veterans, Gold Star Families to get free entrance to National Parks

U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced that the Department of the Interior will grant Montana veterans and Gold Star Families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020. "Montana veterans and Gold Star Families have given so much defending our freedom. I'm thankful to the Trump administration and Secretary Bernhardt for granting free admission to our national parks and public lands for our nation's heroes and Gold Star Families," Daines said. Ear… Continue Reading


11.01.20

Veterans, Gold Star, fifth graders get into federal parks for free

The Department of the Interior is granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Nov. 11, 2020. Gold Star families were added to free admission to parks under legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Daines earlier this year. Gold Star families are those who are next of kin to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in a qualifying situation, such as war, international terrorist attack, or military operations outside of the Uni… Continue Reading


10.29.20

Veterans, Gold Star, fifth graders get into federal parks for free

The Department of the Interior is granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Nov. 11, 2020. Gold Star families were added to free admission to parks under legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Daines earlier this year. Gold Star families are those who are next of kin to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in a qualifying situation, such as war, international terrorist attack, or military operations outside of… Continue Reading


10.28.20

Justice Amy Coney Barrett will protect Montana's way of life

Earlier this year, I joined two Montana families at the United States Supreme Court. I went to hear the oral arguments for a landmark case very relevant to the state of Montana. The case was about equal protection under the Constitution, religious freedom, and protecting Montana families and children from being discriminated against because of the school they choose. I saw nine brilliant Supreme Court justices ask tough questions to both sides. Frankly, I saw the finest hour of debate that I'v… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Daines votes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett

MISSOULA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court on Monday, Oct. 26. "Today, I proudly voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. Justice Barrett's qualifications and character are indisputable. She is a brilliant jurist, and as a mother of seven children, she is an inspiration to professional women, working moms and school-aged girls across Montana who can feel certain there is no American Dream that women … Continue Reading


10.27.20

Daines, Tester offer contrasting views on Barrett's confirmation

Montana's Republican senator celebrated the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday while the state's Democratic senator condemned the vote and accused the GOP of hypocrisy, illustrating the partisan divide that has hung over the court vacancy since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett, a conservative appeals court judge, to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, just 30 days after President Donald Trump… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Daines Votes to Confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was at the White House on Monday night following the successful confirmation vote for now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Barrett was an incredible nominee who was anticipated to make the court for several years prior to her nomination. The photo above was likely the most memorable moment of her confirmation hearings. At one point, a senator on the Judiciary Committee asked Barrett what she had in front of her in terms of notes. She had to … Continue Reading


10.26.20

Daines, Montana Republicans celebrate Barrett’s confirmation to Supreme Court

Sen. Steve Daines celebrated the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Monday night, and joined the president at the White House in Barrett's swearing in ceremony. Barrett was confirmed on a near party-line vote of 52-48, with only Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, crossing party lines to vote with Democrats, who have criticized the confirmation process given how the GOP blocked a similar process four years ago. "Justice Barrett's qualifications and cha… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Barrett confirmation sparks comment from Montana

Montana's two senators were joined by others in offering comment about the confirmation vote Monday of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. "Today, I proudly voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. Justice Barrett's qualifications and character are indisputable," Republican Sen. Steve Daines said in an email. "She is a brilliant jurist, and as a mother of seven children, she is an inspiration to professional women, working moms and school-aged girls across… Continue Reading


10.25.20

Tester, Daines split on Supreme Court nominee; vote expected Monday

Montana's U.S. senators were divided Sunday on a vote that clears the way for the likely nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Montana's junior Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, will vote to confirm Barrett. Senior Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, said he will not and was not given an opportunity to meet with Barrett through the nomination process, something that is normally afforded for senators. Sunday's vote was procedural and fell mostly along party lines, 51 to 48, w… Continue Reading


10.25.20

Montana's senators remain divided on Barrett nomination

Montana's two U.S. Senators sent out comments Sunday solidly along party lines on the procedural vote earlier in the day to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote on Barrett's confirmation is expected to take place Monday. The 51-48 procedural vote Sunday had two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voting against advancing the nominee. All Democrats who voted were opposed, the Associated Press reported. Judge Amy Coney Barr… Continue Reading


10.25.20

MT senators release statements following vote to advance Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation

HELENA- Montana's senators have released statements following the senate's vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement on the procedural vote to begin debate on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "Montanans are already voting in this election, and I believe it is deeply irresponsible to ram a partisan nomination through in the final days before polls close-a precedent my Republican colleagues est… Continue Reading


10.23.20

Daines urges immediate assessment of Montana COVID-19 situation from FEMA

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct an assessment of Montana's COVID-19 situation and asking for additional federal assistance to help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. "Montana is currently experiencing a regional surge of COVID-19 cases. Nationally, we have the third highest rate of new cases and the second highest rate of test positivity. Last week, an average of 84% of hospitals in Montana reported either new confirmed or new sus… Continue Reading


10.23.20

Daines asks CDC for resources to aid Yellowstone County in fight against COVID-19

BILLINGS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines on Friday urged Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield to deploy medical personnel in Yellowstone County to provide contact tracing assistance as the county sees a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases, according to a press release. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, Yellowstone County has been one of the hardest hit counties in Montana, reporting the most cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the state due to COVID-19, th… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Tester, Daines denounce Amtrak service cuts

U.S. senators on Wednesday questioned the chief of Amtrak about job cuts and service reductions on the carrier's long-distance passenger train routes, including the Empire Builder line that serves a dozen mostly rural communities in northern Montana. William Flynn, who became Amtrak's president and CEO in April, testified that ridership remains down about 80% due to the coronavirus pandemic. That, he said, forced Amtrak to reduce service on most of its long-distance trains to just three days a … Continue Reading


10.22.20

Daines: Twitter, Facebook are suppressing Trump campaign

Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says tech giants like Twitter and Facebook need to be investigated after suppressing the Trump campaign's communications on social media platforms. Daines had this to say via Twitter earlier this week: In Montana, the law applies to everyone, no matter who you are. Twitter and Facebook suppressing @realDonaldTrump's campaign accounts and news should be held under the same scrutiny as any other potential election interference. @senjudiciary must investigate t… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Daines praises committee confirmation of Barrett; Tester still undecided

With Democrats in boycott, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimous confirmed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday, moving the high court one step closer to a 6-3 conservative majority. Sen. Steve Daines, who has expressed support for Barrett's confirmation, praised the 12-0 committee vote. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one step closer to becoming Justice Amy Coney Barrett," Daines said in a statement after the vote. "Judge Barrett has a brilliant legal mind and she… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Amtrak urged to not reduce Empire Builder service in Treasure State

A business leader from the Hi-Line joined Montana's two senators on Wednesday in urging a top Amtrak official to reconsider temporary reductions made to daily rail service in the Treasure State, saying it is a critical lifeline for rural residents. And they got some help from a "neighbor," a senator from Washington who argued that daily train service is a big benefit to help people enjoy Montana's Glacier National Park. Amtrak's Empire Builder makes its way through Montana.But Amtrak President… Continue Reading

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