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03.10.16

Free Beacon: Senators Push Obama Administration to Detain ISIS Fighters at Guantanamo Bay

A group of Republican senators introduced a resolution Thursday that would express the sense that the United States should detain captured ISIS operatives at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base military prison. The resolution-backed by 15 senators, including two presidential candidates-comes just as President Obama endures criticism from Republicans for his controversial push to close Guantanamo Bay and move current dangerous detainees to prisons in the U.S. Obama sent a plan to close the prison to C… Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: GOP resolution calls for sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo

Over a dozen GOP senators, including presidential candidates Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz(Texas), introduced a resolution Thursday to send detained Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters to Guantánamo Bay. The resolution comes a day after the Pentagon said it captured an ISIS leader on the battlefield, sparking new questions about how to handle such prisoners. The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Gen. Joseph Votel said on Tuesday there was a need to detain some … Continue Reading


03.09.16

KUMV: Culbertson Works to Re-Establish Amtrak Stop

Montana has plenty of open roads, but some people don't want to drive long distances. They'd prefer to fly or ride a train. Gordon Oelkers has been the mayor of Culbertson for 18 years. He has seen the town grow and he know it takes time. "It kind of goes in steps. You don't nothing for six months then you get something going on," Oelkers said. For last four years, Culbertson has been working on re-establishing an Amtrak stop that disappeared 40 years ago. And he's optimistic he'll succeed. … Continue Reading


03.03.16

KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Questions FCC, Advocates For Rural Areas and Small Businesses

On March 2, all five FCC Commissioners testified before the Commerce Committee. During the hearing, Montana Senator Steve Daines asked the commissioners to ensure an equal distribution of Universal Service funds to help close the gap in broadband access between urban and rural areas. "I see the commission awarding money to entities and areas that already have access to fiber, consistently upgrading speed in urban areas while certainly for many of us who are looking and repressing rural areas, w… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Feds recommend delisting Yellowstone grizzlies

Federal wildlife officials recommended lifting protections for the Yellowstone region grizzly bears Thursday, saying the species is recovered and no longer threatened. The long-awaited decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would remove the more than 700 Yellowstone-area grizzlies from the Endangered Species list and could pave the way for state-managed trophy hunting in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. USFWS director Dan Ashe called it a "proud moment" and said that it was the result of th… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Newsmax: Sen. Steve Daines: I'm Worried Obama Will Return Gitmo to Cuba

President Barack Obama could easily return the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay to Cuba when he visits the country later this month, Sen. Steve Daines told Newsmax TV on Thursday."With this president, you remain worried on every front in terms of his executive overreach," the Montana Republican told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "His abuse of power, his complete disregard of the Constitution and the Article II powers that are clearly, clearly laid out in our Constitution are something this pr… Continue Reading


03.02.16

KGVO:Senator Daines Visits Guantanamo Bay, Advocates Againsts Transferring Prisoners

On February 29th, Senator Steve Daines went to Cuba to visit the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Upon Daines' return, he took to the Senate floor to state the importance of maintaining the detention center and not bringing detainees to American communities. "Guantanamo Bay was a humble reminder of the services our military provides overseas to get these terrorists off the battle field and ensure that they don't end up in American's backyards," said Daines. "President Obama has signed mult… Continue Reading


03.02.16

The Hill: GOP pushes Interior head on agency rules

Republicans on a Senate appropriations panel challenged the head of the Interior Department Wednesday on a host of rules and energy assessments the agency is undertaking. During a hearing on the agency's 2017 budget request, members were most concerned about regional issues, including regulations for offshore drilling in the Gulf and a pause in the federal coal leasing program. "The stakes are a lot higher today than they may have been in the past," Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said, arguin… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Glasgow Courier: Connecting The Hi-Line

Traveling around our state, from the wheat fields and rolling hills in the east to the jagged snow-covered peaks almost 500 miles to the west, it is easy to understand why our state really is Big Sky Country. That's why it's so important to ensure that Montanans in rural communities can easily travel not only across our state, but the region and country as well. Amtrak's Empire Builder runs approximately 660 miles across Montana and connects 12 rural communities. For the many Montanans who liv… Continue Reading


02.29.16

MTN News: Sen. Daines calls for changes in the VA

Montana Senator Steve Daines is calling for changes in the Veterans Affairs system. A recent discussion held in Bozeman largely centered around the VA Bonus Accountability Act, which Daines and other senators are working to pass. The measure is designed to hold the VA accountable and keep under performing employees from receiving bonuses. "We're mobilizing forces here and you know veterans know how to mobilize., that we can move forward here with changes in the VA, to move this VA accountabil… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Great Falls Tribune: Culbertson on board for Amtrak stop

After a nearly 40-year absence, Amtrak may resume making Culbertson one of its stops along the Empire Builder route. "It's another service for the community," Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers said, adding it was estimated to generate 7,000 riders, with some of them being Canadians. He said they have the blessing of Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, which owns the line. However, a BNSF official contacted late Friday afternoon was not immediately able to confirm. All that's neede… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Helena Independent Record: McCarvel receives West Point appointment

Capital High senior Robert McCarvel has received an appointment to the U.S. Army's West Point Military Academy. McCarvel's appointment came from Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke, with Daines making the initial call to the school, according to Capital football coach Kyle Mihelish. Pause Current Time0:00 / Duration Time0:00 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Unmute A 6-fo… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Morning Consult: Jewell: Coal-Lease Freeze Could Be Longer Than 3 Years

The Interior Department's three-year moratorium on new coal leases on federal land could be longer than three years, Secretary Sally Jewell told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. The length of the coal-lease freeze will depend on how long it takes the department to conduct its review of the federal coal-lease program, which Jewell estimated would take three years. But she warned that depending on the circumstances, some reviews have taken "six or seven years." Sen. … Continue Reading


02.23.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama’s Guantanamo Bay plan

President Barack Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba slammed into a wall of Republican opposition on Tuesday, stopping cold Obama's hope for a bipartisan effort to "close a chapter" that began in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The long-awaited proposal, which was requested by Congress, is Obama's last attempt to make good on an unfulfilled campaign promise by persuading Congress to change the law that prohibits moving detainees accused of violent extremist… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Washington Examiner: Bill would reduce reach of liberal court

A pair of Republican senators has resurrected an old idea: splitting the Ninth Circuit, the largest and most liberal court of appeals in the country, into two courts. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, aren't the first to try. The Ninth Circuit dominates the western United States, serving about one-fifth of the population of the country, and the resultant caseload has created a bureaucratic logjam that court-watchers of all stripes dislike. Conservative critics derive ex… Continue Reading


02.22.16

Roll Call: Senate Freshmen Aim to Be 'Force' Not 'Faction'

A preacher, a doctor, a historian, a governor, two businessmen, a few veterans and some lawmakers walk into a bar ... and the "bear den" is born. Every other week or so, an email will circulate among the Senate Republicans elected in 2014 with a line like, "Hey, you guys want to have a bear den?" The regular morning meetings take place in one of their offices, and the meeting name derives from the hotel bar in Hershey, Pa., where they gathered during their first joint Republican retreat. "I al… Continue Reading


02.16.16

Roll Call: Daines Snaps His Way Through Alaska

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has HOH covered with intel on what members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are doing in Alaska. On Monday, the committee held a field hearing on energy technology innovation, deployment and opportunities for Alaska's energy future. On the way to the hearing in Bethel, Alaska, Daines showed Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.l; Angus King, I-Maine and Energy Secretary Ernest… Continue Reading


02.16.16

Sidney Herald: Bill originally co-sponsored by Daines to nix Internet taxes is on President’s desk

A bill Montana's senators have both at one time or another promoted is now on the President's desk for signing. The measure prohibits taxing the Internet, even in states that already had it. The Senate recently approved the bill, whose overall purpose was revamping trade law, 75 to 20, sending it on its way. Montana is among states that would have imposed an automatic 3.75 percent tax on Internet access if the moratorium had ever been lifted and nearby North Dakota and South Dakota were amo… Continue Reading


02.12.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines among western Republicans hoping to break up 9th Circuit

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Bozeman, spoke on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., this week, advocating legislation that would split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals because its size has led to a case backlog. Daines said it is a matter of equal access to justice. There are 14,000 cases pending in the Ninth Circuit, three times more than the next largest, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has 4,700 cases pending, he said. "The Ninth Circuit is unable to provide Americ… Continue Reading


02.12.16

The Hill: Lawmakers unnerved by reports of new cyber breaches

Lawmakers in both parties say breaches reported this week at the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service are the latest indication of the government's weak defenses against cyber criminals. While the administration has sought to downplay both incidents, some lawmakers are hitting the White House, arguing the intrusions offer further evidence that the government can't be trusted to protect its highly sensitive networks. "[President Obama] has neglected to take tangible steps to a… Continue Reading

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