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BDC: Montana's economy linked it agriculture

In Montana, we know how important agriculture is - to our economy, to jobs and to keeping food on our tables, and on tables around the world. I'm thrilled to have former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as our new Secretary of Agriculture. I know Secretary Perdue will be a champion for Montana agriculture. Don't take my word for it - come hear from him yourself when he is the keynote speaker at the Montana Ag Summit 2017 in Great Falls May 31-June 1. During a time of historically low prices, … Continue Reading


Politico: Europe, airlines await word on new U.S. laptop ban

An expected expansion of the Trump administration's laptop ban to include flights from Europe is causing heartburn among the travel industry and some European officials, who fear a logistical nightmare for millions of trans-Atlantic passengers just ahead of the summer vacation season. Briefings Thursday for U.S. senators and the major domestic airlines ended with no announcements from the Department of Homeland Security about changes to the restrictions, which already prohibit passengers from c… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Trump Defends Comey Firing, Says Both Parties Will Thank Him

President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey, asserting in a flurry of tweets Wednesday that Republicans and Democrats "will be thanking me." Trump did not mention any effect the firing might have on the probe into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia. Instead, Trump tweeted that he'll name a replacement "who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI." Nevertheless, Tuesday's abrupt firing throws into question the future of th… Continue Reading


BuzzFeed: Democrats Shut Down The Senate's Work To Protest Comey's Firing

Democrats ground the Senate to a halt on Wednesday, forcing Republicans to abruptly end or postpone committee hearings in protest of President Donald Trump's controversial decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. On Wednesday morning, Minority Whip Dick Durbin - the number-two Senate Democrat - said that the Senate is currently facing an important "constitutional question" and made the unusual move of preventing the Senate from holding committee hearings, where senators research and debate… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Upward Bound funding appears to sill be in limbo

Grant money for a college preparation program that helps people from low-income families appears to still be in limbo. In March, the U.S. Department of Education ruled some Upward Bound applications, including the one from the University of Montana, ineligible for funding due to minor formatting errors. For example, UM failed to double-space one page, the budget page, out of a total of 65 pages. UM resubmitted its application with correct formatting, and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democra… Continue Reading


KXHL: Remembering Hanna: National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Native Women

Hanna Harris was killed on July 4, 2013, and since then, her family has been working to raise awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Native American women around the country. This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution marking May 5th 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 a very big d… Continue Reading


KBZK: Red Horse Unit Returns from Deployment

Family and friends gathered at Malmstrom Air Force Base Friday to welcome home the last returning airmen of the 819th RED HORSE unit. Around 70 airmen returned to Great Falls after being deployed to the Middle East for around six months. "They've been in Jordan, they've been in Afghanistan, they've been in Iraq, in fact they were there in the Mosul area making preparations for the offensive here as we're working to eradicate ISIS; so this unit right here in Montana is tied directly to what's g… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Lumber industry backs softwood tariffs

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans to begin placing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada, a move many in the statewide industry hope will bring Canadian producers to the table to renegotiate a new trade deal after the last agreement expired in 2015. Following a one-year grace period after the softwood lumber agreement's sunset, the U.S. Lumber Coalition last November filed petitions with the department and the U.S. International Trade Commission, requestin… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines: Police must improve response to missing, murdered Native women

LAME DEER - Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., called Friday on law enforcement to better respond to cases involving murdered and missing Native American women. As part of an awareness march in Lame Deer Friday, Daines walked alongside Melinda Harris, mother of Billings West High School graduate Hanna Harris, who was killed in 2013 age 21. Melinda Harris reported her daughter missing when she didn't come home after celebrating on July 4, 2013. Bureau of Indian Affairs investigators notified t… Continue Reading


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

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