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05.18.18

Great Falls Tribune: 'Piano Pat's' honor part of Congressional Record

Pat Spoonheim, better known as Piano Pat, plays on a recent Wednesday night at the Sip 'n' Dip. She has played piano at the bar since 1963. Two Montanans were cast into the national spotlight Friday when two federal lawmakers honored a famed Great Falls piano player and a Fort Benton coffee shop owner for making differences in their communities. Patricia Spoonheim, better known as "Piano Pat," was honored by Rep. Greg Gianforte with his Spirit of Montana award for "entertaining countless pa… Continue Reading


05.18.18

KTVH: Daines fights against Amtrak ticket-agent cuts along Hi-Line

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations and to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met, including adding a stop in Culbertson. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out-of-state… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Great Falls Tribune: Daines: Bring B-12 bomber to Malmstrom

Sen. Steve Daines is urging U.S. Air Force officials to consider Malmstrom Air Force Base as a future site for the B-21 bomber. The Montana Republican made his suggestion Thursday to U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the Air Force budget. He said Gen. David Goldfein spoke in September about the strategic advantages and budgetary efficiencies of having Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) assets and long-range bomber… Continue Reading


05.17.18

KMMS: SEN. DAINES TRYING TO SAVE MONTANA AMTRAK JOBS

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Senator Steve Daines urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations. He asked them to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out-of-state visitors to some of Montana's pristine landscapes and supporting local economies," said Daines. "Amtr… Continue Reading


05.17.18

KXLH: Daines fights against Amtrak ticket-agent cuts along Hi-Line

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak's Havre and Shelby stations and to take action to ensure the transportation needs of rural Montanans are met, including adding a stop in Culbertson. "The Empire Builder is critically important to keeping our rural communities connected, transporting out-of-sta… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Great Falls Tribune: Daines wants Senate to cancel August recess

Daines looking for new airline after Delta ends NRA discount Montana GOP Sen. Steve Daines is among a group of senators calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the five-week August recess in order to get what he called a backlog of work done before the Sept. 30 budget deadline. "If we are complicit, we are on track for another last-minute spending battle come September," the 16 senators wrote in their May 10 letter to McConnell, R-Kentucky. "However, if we take action now,… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Mineral Independent: FOREST PROGRAM BRINGS ADDITIONAL $885,000 TO MINERAL COUNTY

Northwest Montana counties will soon receive more than $8.5 million in payments from the U.S. Forest Service, thanks to reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program. Mineral County received nearly $1 million in funding. Under this program, created by Congress in 2000, the Forest Service compensates county governments with forested federal land for revenue lost due to dropping timber production. These funds are intended for schools and other critical services, like roads and law enforceme… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Missoula Current: Skipping recess not a gimmick to keep Dems from campaigning, Daines said

Sen. Steve Daines on Wednesday continued his push to keep Congress in session through the August recess, saying it was needed to fix the budgeting process and unplug the backlog of presidential nominees. It was not, Daines said, a gimmick to prevent Sen. Jon Tester and other Democrats from campaigning in their bid for reelection. "It's hard to find a good argument around why we should be recessing Congress when there's so much work to be done," said Daines, R-Montana. "I don't think Congress h… Continue Reading


05.15.18

AmmoLand: Trump State Department Looks to Stream Line Firearms Exports & Open US Markets

-(Ammoland.com)- The Trump state department is making headway to transfer authority from the State Department to the Commerce Department over the approval of U.S. small arms exports. All in an effort to open U.S. firearms manufacturing to international customers. Currently, U.S. firearms and ammunition manufacturers faced a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace due to inefficient Cold War-era export controls and held over Obama administration era directives. As many of our… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Washington Free Beacon: 16 GOP Senators: No Vacation Until Congress Finishes Its Work

Senators challenge Dems to stop delaying tactics or give up August recess Sixteen Republican senators, led by Sen. David Perdue (Ga.), are giving their GOP leaders more leverage to cancel the August recess and force senators to work weekends if a long list of presidential nominations remain stalled and spending bills unpassed by the end of July. The senators signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) urging him to confront Democrats' historic delaying tactics, s… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Breitbart: "#MakeCongressWorkAgain: Drain the Swamp by Working Nights, Weekends, Through August Recess

Launched last week and spearheaded by Senator Perdue, who led a similar effort last year, the campaign calls for lawmakers to expedite floor proceedings ahead of Congress's traditional August recess, including a spending bill and President Donald Trump's 271 outstanding nominees. The group has even asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel August recess altogether. "President Trump talked about making America great again. He's doing that," said Daines. "He also talked abou… Continue Reading


05.15.18

RealClearPolitics: Full Replay: GOP Senators Demand Congress Work "Nights and Weekends" To Confirm All Trump Nominees

U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) are asking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite floor consideration of funding bills and nominees in order to make substantial progress before the end of th… Continue Reading


05.15.18

Missoula Current: Citing obstructionism, Daines urges peers to work weekends to beat Senate deadlines

Sen. Steve Daines joined several Republican colleagues in urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to waive the August recess so Congress can address the backlog of presidential nominees and fund the federal government before the next fiscal crisis. "When you're in business, when you have a private operation, budgets are locked down two months before a fiscal year begins," Daines said during a Tuesday morning press conference. "Contrast that to Washington, D.C. We were six months into the fiscal … Continue Reading


05.15.18

KTVQ: Daines joins forces with Democrat Warren to introduce legislation to help gambling addiction in military

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines is reaching across the aisle to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to introduce a bill to address gambling addiction among service members. The Gambling Addiction Prevention act would require the Department of Defense to begin tracking gambling disorder in its health assessments. The DOD would also develop policies and programs to prevent and treat gambling problems among service members. According to the National Council on Problem Gambl… Continue Reading


05.15.18

KMMS: CONGRESSMAN GIANFORTE TO SPEAK AT 2018 MONTANA ENERGY SUMMIT

Senator Steve Daines just announced Congressman Greg Gianforte will speak at the 2018 Montana Energy Summit. "I appreciate Steve asking me to participate in this important energy summit. Montana has been a leader in making America more energy independent and secure. I look forward to discussing how we can continue to unleash Montana energy, responsibly develop our natural resources, and create good-paying Montana jobs," said Gianforte. "I'm looking forward to welcoming Greg to Billing… Continue Reading


05.15.18

KGVO: DAINES ENERGY SUMMIT FEATURES INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

The third annual Montana Energy Summit will take place in Billings on May 30 and 31, hosted by Senator Steve Daines, featuring a host of industry and government officials. After meeting with President Trump during his lunch hour to discuss his priorities, Senator Daines said the conversations that began two years ago at the first summit will continue. "We're going to continue to focus on how to unlock Montana's great energy potential," said Daines. "We're starting to move out thinking … Continue Reading


05.10.18

WaPo: Group of GOP senators calls for canceling August recess

A growing group of Senate Republicans - eager to break the logjam on nominations and must-pass spending bills - is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the August recess later this year. The effort, led by Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), is a repeat of last year's push in which a coalition of mostly newer GOP senators said that they would skip the annual August break if necessary to complete the legislative work that had gone unaccomplished. But the call takes on a new resonance… Continue Reading


05.09.18

Missoula Current: Daines: Water act funds Blackfeet water rights settlement, funds boat inspection stations

Legislation introduced in Congress this week would expand the capacity for water storage and include funding for the Blackfeet Tribe water rights settlement, along with other issues identified as Western state priorities, including floodwater protection. Sens. Steve Daines, chairman of the Western Caucus, and John Barrasso, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said the measures are included in America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. "This is an important first step for M… Continue Reading


05.07.18

Teen Vogue: What the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Day of Awareness Meant to Native Women

On April 25, the U.S. Senate declared May 5, 2018, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) in honor of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, whose birthday is on May 5. She went missing in 2013; when her remains were found, authorities discovered that she had been raped and murdered. Missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) is an epidemic in North America. On some reservations, … Continue Reading


05.05.18

Independent Record: After 26 years with U.S. Marshals Service, Billings native now leads the agency in Montana

Rod Ostermiller is ready to hit the ground running. The 48-year-old Billings native officially took the reins as U.S. marshal for Montana on Wednesday, after being approved by the U.S. Senate and confirmed by President Donald Trump. A formal swearing in ceremony will likely take place in June. Hired onto the force at age 21, he's worked his way up the ranks. "It's a huge honor," Ostermiller said in a recent interview. The post of U.S. marshal is a political appointmen… Continue Reading

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