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Montana Public Radio: Daines: US - China Beef Agreement Nearing Resolution

U.S. Senator Steve Daines says he thinks American beef is almost back on the menu in China. "We're now engaged at the highest levels in their government and telling them this is a very important issue for the United States," Daines says. Last September, China announced it was ending its 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports after a 2003 Mad Cow disease scare in Washington State. Since then, trade reps have been working on an agreement that would get U.S. beef back in Chinese markets. Dai… Continue Reading


KBZK: Sen. Daines sees New Markets Tax Credit Program working at Universal Athletics

BOZEMAN -Senator Steve Daines toured the new Universal Athletics headquarters Monday, a new facility in Midtown Bozeman, that was made possible through the New Markets Tax Credit Program. Universal Athletics is the third business that the New Markets Tax Credit Program, or NMTC along with the Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation has financed in Bozeman. Universal Athletics was originally located on East Main in downtown Bozeman, but as the company expanded they were running ou… Continue Reading


KBZK: Daines asks TSA to approve GPIA X-ray machine request

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is urging the Transportation Security Administration to fulfill Glacier Park International Airport's request for a third X-ray machine. Nearly 500,000 passengers flew in and out of GPIA in 2016 as the airport say a record number of travelers fifth consecutive year. Also, all-time monthly passenger records were set in 10 of the 12 months for the airport last year. Sen. Daines noted the spike in tourism across the region and notable ridership through GPIA in a le… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Zinke halts plan to transfer National Bison Range to tribal control

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reversed course on plans to hand management of the National Bison Range to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His move casts doubt on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' plans to take control of the wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Saying he was committed to not selling or transferring public land, Zinke said Wednesday that the tribes "would play a pivotal role in our discussions about the best path forward." "… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Yellowstone investigation finds inappropriate conduct toward female workers

Federal investigators say there is credible evidence of unwelcome conduct toward female workers in Yellowstone National Park. Alcohol, inappropriate contact and remarks that female employees said made them feel "uncomfortable and degraded" were revealed during a seven-month investigation into Yellowstone's maintenance division. The report was issued Wednesday by Interior's inspector general, who concluded that harassing workplace behavior by male employees had gone on for years because… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines secures national parks week

National parks will get a week of observance this month, a gesture U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said should raise awareness later about needed park maintenance. During last year's centennial of the National Parks Service, roughly 331 million visitors went to national parks. Yellowstone National Park recorded 4.2 million visits. Glacier National Park reported nearly 3 million visits. "They truly are something that sets America apart. It's part of our national heritage, as American… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines bill would make sure those who buy federal buildings can maintain them

Inspired by the bizarre tale of Billings' once-blighted federal courthouse, the U.S. Senate will consider raising the standards for who can bid on abandoned federal buildings. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., wants the government to make sure buyers of federal property have the resources to clean up the buildings and keep them from turning into eyesores or health hazards that communities are eventually stuck with. Daines had Billings' federal courthouse in mind when he introduced his bil… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Tester, Daines say no more Syria bombings without Senate approval

Montana's congressional delegation is cautioning President Donald Trump not to proceed with any more Syrian bombings without Senate approval. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines say they didn't oppose Thursday night's bombings but think it's time Congress update the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which addresses military action in Afghanistan and Iraq but not Syria. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first U.S. assault against the government of President Bashar a… Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Lead versus non-lead bullets: Demonstration to provide insights of the differences between the two

Any hunter worth his salt wants to know the animal he shoots won't suffer. For that reason alone, many sportsmen have been hesitant to change from lead bullets to another alternative. On Sunday, at the MPG Ranch in Florence, hunters will have a chance to see first hand what happens to lead and copper bullets when they strike an animal. The two wildlife biologists offering the demonstration say it will offer a whole other view to what's become a controversial issue in some quarte… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Senate Republicans go 'nuclear,' pave the way for Gorsuch confirmation to Supreme Court

Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, overcoming a historic Democratic blockade by changing the rules of the U.S. Senate - a move that highlighted the fierce partisanship that has seized Congress. The long-anticipated rules change now means that all presidential nominees for executive branch positions and the federal courts need only a simple-majority vote to be confirmed by senators. The GOP decision to ram through the rule… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Grouch a supreme nominee to serve our country

One of the most important votes a U.S. senator casts is a vote for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. An associate justice for the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment. That's why a decision on who to vote for, who to stand behind, and who to stand with is so important - not only to me but to our children and grandchildren. We want a Supreme Court justice who upholds the rule of law and follows the Constitution. We want a Supreme Court justice who doesn't legislate from the bench. … Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: New internet privacy rules won't impact local ISP customers

New rules that allow internet service providers to collect and share their client's information with a third party won't change a thing for customers of smaller ISPs like Stevensville-based Rocky Mountain Internet. "None of our client's information is ever exposed to the outside world," said Martha Weifenberger, who owns the ISP with her husband, Terry. On Monday, President Donald Trump approved a resolution that repealed protections requiring internet service providers to seek permiss… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: Illegal crossings cut 67% under Trump, border wall price set at $5-$8 billion

A top border expert said Tuesday that illegal border crossings since President Trump took office have been cut 67 percent. Former Border Patrol chief David Aguilar revealed the new numbers at a Senate hearing. Previous reports said that the crossings had been cut 40 percent. At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing focused on building the wall, Montana Sen. Steve Daines pointed to a recent Border Patrol press release about the 40 percent drop, when Aguilar noted… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: Big Coal starts hiring, opening plants, 'through the roof'

West Virginia coal industry executive Mike Grose knows fake news when he sees it. And the headlines claiming that President Trump's new executive order to dismantle clean power rules won't revive mining employment were Exhibit A. "It's growing, a lot better than it ever was," said Grose, owner of Superior and Elite Coal Services, a mining employment firm. "Once Trump was elected, I have increased staff 20-fold. Once he was elected, it went through the roof." From his office in central West Vir… Continue Reading


Morning Consult: Coal Plants Near Retirement Age as EPA Reviews Emissions Rules

The 26 states suing over the Obama administration's greenhouse gas-cutting Clean Power Plan may essentially get their wish, as President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency to review the rule last week. But the likely rollback of the plan might not make a big difference for these states, many of which were already on track to shift away from coal-fired electricity. Instead, opponents say they are more concerned about further emissions cuts if the U.S. keeps the promises i… Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Sportsmen's Bill resumes march through Congress

A wide-ranging "Sportsmen's Bill" introduced Thursday in Congress would expand hunting opportunities on federal land but doesn't include a reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., noted the absence of LWCF in his comments at S.B. 733's mark-up before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Daines co-sponsored the measure authored by committee Chairwoman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, along with four other Republicans and three Demo… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Daines: We don't want Washington dictating energy policy

Almost one year ago to the day, I held an energy summit in Billings with over 600 Montanans talking about the future of Montana energy. This week I stood with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Energy Secretary Perry, Interior Secretary Zinke, EPA Administrator Pruitt as well as 20 coal miners to mark the start of a new era in energy production and job creation. On Tuesday, President Trump took decisive action directing the EPA to suspend, revise, or rescind the EPA Power Plan that… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Trump's repeal of Clean Power Plan gets mixed Montana reception

Even before President Donald Trump declared the Clean Power Plan dead, the autopsy in Montana was underway. Coal advocates hailed the repeal as the break coal needs to rebound from several years of bad economic news. Groups concerned about climate change said, unfortunately, the repeal would undo little. Challenged in court by 24 states, including Montana, the plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions was never put to use. The Clean Power Plan, crafted under former President Barack Obama… Continue Reading


Livingston Enterprise: Tester, Daines announce Montana Academy Days

High school students interested in attending a military academy after graduation may attend an upcoming information day. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have announced the dates and times of their annual Academy Days this year. The free events will take place in Missoula, Great Falls and Billings and are open to Montana students interested in attending a military academy or pursuing a career in the military, according to a news release from Tester's office.… Continue Reading


Shelby Promoter: Austin Taylor receives Montana State Degree at State FFA Convention

Austin Taylor is your typical high school senior in many ways. He's a multi-sport athlete, attends school events, rides his dirt bike and contributes to the everyday grind a kid his age experiences. What sets him apart is that fact he takes on a different role when he's at home. Austin is what many would consider a "good old-fashioned farm kid." In the age of unlimited technology and so many distractions an average kid will face from day to day, Austin chooses to help out at his family's farm … Continue Reading

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