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Helena Independent Record: Forest Service restores trails' funding, Montana's senators say

The U.S. Forest Service has reportedly reversed plans to deeply cut trail maintenance funding for the region including Montana, according to Montana's senators. The Forest Service earlier this year announced a change to its allocation formula for trail maintenance. Historically, funding weighted the expense of maintaining remote trails in wilderness areas, which favored the Northern Region including Montana and Idaho. The new formula focused more heavily on population and visitor days, givi… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Senators tout Montana benefits of coming energy bills

Two bills up for votes in the U.S. Senate next week contain a lot of money for Montana's power production sector. Montana senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester each said the 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act and the 2016 Energy Policy Modernization Act will bring assistance to both state programs and energy issues that Montana has a stake in. The 2017 appropriations bill would allocate $37.5 billion for the Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers. It clea… Continue Reading


Military Times: Senators move to give veterans access to medical marijuana

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an amendment that would let Veterans Affairs doctors discuss and recommend marijuana as a potential medical treatment in states where it is legal. An addition to the fiscal 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies appropriations bill, the bipartisan amendment sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, would let VA doctors discuss marijuana as a potential medical treatment, similar to… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: FAA sending $2 million for Billings airport improvements

Billings Logan International Airport will receive almost $2 million for infrastructure improvements, Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced Wednesday. The funding is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. A news release from the senators' offices says the money will be spent on extending taxiways and improving the airport's drainage system. "The AIP grants allow for enhancing safety and continuing the expansion of the Billings airport, a… Continue Reading


KTVQ Billings: Billings Logan International, rural airports see boost in funding

BILLINGS - Billings Logan International Airport will see a considerable boost in funding. Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester announced the airport will received $2 million in funding for infrastructure improvements. The funding is part of 10 Montana community airports set to receive $4,661,676 for critical construction and maintenance projects. Grants will be awarded to airports in Billings, Broadus, Circle, Forsyth, Hardin, Livingston, Malta, Ronan, Shelby and Wolf Point. "Commu… Continue Reading


The Hill: Montana lawmakers want answers from Air Force on firefighting systems

An Air National Guard decision to relocate military firefighting systems from North Carolina to Nevada instead of Montana has rankled lawmakers from the Treasure State. Both Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) have sent letters to Air Force officials asking why the modular airborne fire fighting systems, or MAFFS, were sent to Reno, Nevada, when Montana and surrounding states suffer from more wildfires. "I am incredibly disappointed with this decision as it den… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines bill taps into small-craft breweries

Sen. Steve Daines announced Tuesday two efforts to promote the growth of small-craft breweries. The Montana Republican sponsored Senate Bill 1562, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which reduces the excise taxes on beer, wine and distilled spirits. Also, Daines recently joined the bipartisan Senate Small Brewers Caucus, established in June 2011. It provides a forum for senators and their staffs to discuss issues important to small brewers. He said small-craft breweries are … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Relocation of wildfire aircraft equipment draws criticism from Daines

GREAT FALLS (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is being criticized for a proposal to relocate military air tanker equipment used to fight wildfires to Nevada instead of Montana after officials from Montana said the planes and the support teams in Montana would be closer to bigger fires in several Western states. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., sent a letter to the Air Force asking why Nevada was chosen for the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems, which includes equipment that can be installed in … Continue Reading


Associated Press: Relocation of wildfire aircraft draws criticism

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is being criticized for a decision to relocate military air tanker equipment used to fight wildfires to Nevada instead of Montana. Montana Sen. Sen. Steve Daines sent a letter to the Air Force asking why Nevada was chosen for the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems, which includes equipment that can be installed in C-130 cargo plans to drop retardant on wildfires. According to the Great Falls Tribune ( ), the system can b… Continue Reading


KUMV: Paul Kanning Named 'Montanan of the Week' by Sen. Steve Daines

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. selected Paul Kanning of Daniels County, as his Montanan of the Week. This past week, the Flaxville native testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the importance of assisting veterans find employment opportunities in agriculture. He is a fourth generation Montana farmer. The retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel talked about how programs like those offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helped provide the training and education he n… Continue Reading


KGVO: Daines Press TSA on Montana Absence of Promised Screening Systems

Subscribe to Newstalk KGVO 1290 AM & 101.5 FM on At a Senate transportation committee hearing yesterday, Senator Steve Daines pressed TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger on delays in screening equipment at rural airports. "As you know, our security is as strong as our weakest link," said Daines. "Enhancements at rural airports strengthen security of the entire national air space. The bad guys are going to find weak places to come in. At your confirmation hearing I asked about the AIT sc… Continue Reading


The Atlantic: Why All Travel Is Local

Transportation Security Administrator Peter Neffenger was headed to Brussels for meetings on March 22, the day of the terrorist attacks against that city. He landed "just as the bombs detonated," he said, deplaning into a fractured and panic-stricken airport. So when the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing Wednesday morning, the occasion seemed destined for intense or emotional moments. After all, the senators themselves had just traveled to Washington earlier … Continue Reading


The Hill: Overnight Cybersecurity: White House won't back encryption bill

Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots as leaders in government, policy and industry try to counter the rise in cyber threats. What lies ahead for Congress, the administration and the latest company under siege? Whether you're a consumer, a techie or a D.C. lifer, we're here to give you ... THE BIG STORIES: --I'VE GOT SWINGING DOORS, A JUKEBOX AND A BARSTOOL: The debate over encryption … Continue Reading


ABC Fox Montana: Daines pushes for logging as wildfire prevention

As temperatures warm up wildfires are on the minds of many Montanans, and Senator Steve Daines is one of them. Daines is calling for legislation today to remove red tape around forest management that he says could prevent wildfires. The red tape is what Senator Steve Daines calls "destructive litigation" from extreme environmental groups. Daines says that litigation keeps logging companies from removing already dead trees from our national forest, which fuel wildfires during the summer. Senat… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Montana senators grill Forest Service chief on wildfire, trails funding

Montana's senators questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell Wednesday on challenges to forest management reform, wildfire funding and declining trail budgets. Tidwell testified before the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which counts both Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester among its members. The hearing focused on the Forest Service's $4.8 billion budget request for the next fiscal year, including a small increase for Land and Water Conservation Fund and inc… Continue Reading


KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Advocates For Increasing Active Forest Management

Montana Senator Steve Daines spoke at an Appropriations Subcommittee to discuss the U.S. Forest Service's Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Daines is pleased with the progress of the 2014 Farm Bill, but he voiced his concern that it's not being completed at an adequate pace. "We've identified in Montana about five million acres with dead or dying trees and that's something we have been communicating to Montanans back home," said Daines. "These are dead and dying trees, five million acres, you take 6,200… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: VA to open veterans center in Helena

HELENA - Veterans Affairs will establish a veterans center outstation in Helena by this fall to better treat veterans, service members and their families, officials said Tuesday. The facility will be staffed by a readjustment counselor and outreach specialist. The community-based counseling centers provide sociological and psychological services in a confidential setting outside VA Health Care facilities. Services include mental health screenings, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol assistanc… Continue Reading


KRTV Great Falls: Veterans Center will be located in Helena

A new federal Veterans Center, which offers mental health and other counseling to military veterans, will be opening this fall in Helena. The Helena center will be the fifth such facility in Montana, where veterans can visit and talk to professionals and other veterans about problems they're facing adjusting to civilian life. Centers already exist in Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell. "One of the biggest advantage of Veterans Centers is veterans talking to vets, about challenges … Continue Reading


Roll Call: Montana Attorney General Thwarts Robbery of Daines Staffer

The big Montana energy conference organized by Sen. Steve Daines got off to an unexpected start last week, when the Billings hotel was evacuated as the fire alarm went off. A skirmish then broke out in which an unruly drunk apparently attempted to rob Daines' chief of staff Jason Thielman, the Montana Republican confirmed to Heard on the Hill. "Our attorney general, who is the chief law enforcement officer with the state of Montana, Tim Fox, he literally grabbed the guy and restrained him, and… Continue Reading


KULR8: Dr. Joe Medicine Crow Dies at 102

Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian war chief, died at the age of 102 today. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in honor of the Crow War Chief: "Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow leaves an unmatched legacy as the Crow Tribe's historian and storyteller, a decorated World War II veteran and the first member of the Crow Tribe to attain a master's degree," Daines stated. "Medicine Crow's spirit, humility and life achievements leave a lasting imprint on Montana's hi… Continue Reading

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