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Glasgow Courier: Trump Signs Executive Action on Keystone XL

President Donald Trump signed an executive action to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline on Jan 24. He also indicated movement on the Dakota Access oil pipeline, though timelines and other details remain unclear at press time. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the moves on the pipelines will be subject to the terms and conditions currently being renegotiated by the government. Senator Steve Daines praised Trump: "The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying Montana union a… Continue Reading


BDC: Tester, Daines announce Montana students selected for Senate youth program

Students from Bozeman and Glendive have been chosen to attend the 55th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Allison Reinhardt of Bozeman and Mason Hutchinson of Glendive were among 104 students selected from across the U.S. for the weeklong convention, to be held March 4-11. Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines praised both students in the announcement. The students will learn about the federal government and the political process. Hutchinson, a senior at Dawson County H… Continue Reading


KPAX: Daines, MT business groups back Trump decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Sen. Steve Daines is praising President Donald J. Trump's executive action to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline. "The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying Montana union and tribal jobs," Daines stated. "After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn't be more thrilled that President Trump has heeded my call to move forward construction of this project." Daines sent a letter to Trump on Dec. 6, 2016 urging him to take immediate action in starting the process to build the … Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana farm groups optimistic about agriculture secretary nominee

Montana farm and ranch groups know little about President Donald Trump's pick for agriculture secretary but are being assured former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is a good hire. Perdue, a Republican, was tapped Jan. 19 as the nominees Trump first floated in December were finishing Senate confirmation hearings. He has set to begin one-on-one visits next week with members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which includes U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. "I look forward to meeting w… Continue Reading


ABC Fox Montana: Sen. Daines writes letter in support of child welfare

GREAT FALLS - Sen. Steve Daines released a letter Sunday seeking help for child welfare. Daines' letter shed light on the statistic that 14 Montana children died within a year of abuse reports. 11 of these children were under the age of two, according to the Department of Justice Child Fatality Review Report. The senator urged state leaders such as Gov. Steve Bullock to pursue foster care and welfare reforms during this legislative session. Daines also discussed the increase in recent years… Continue Reading


Missoulian: For these Montanans, it's worth the crowds and protests to see inauguration

Chris Skorupa had worried about immersing a group of 4-H members from Montana in Friday's sometimes-tense inaugural crowds. But the teenagers, who'd spent the week preceding the inauguration touring the nation's capital, said it was worth it to be among the thousands of Americans who swarmed the Capitol grounds Friday morning to watch Donald Trump become the 45th president of the United States. "I've been raising money from my pigs to go on this trip," said 14-year-old Luke Ostberg of Fairfie… Continue Reading


ABC Fox Montana: Daines announces $625,000 in critical health care funding

LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $625,567.00 in critical funding for the County of Lewis & Clark Community Health Center to provide improved continuity of care and increased access to affordable care. "The Lewis & Clark County Community Health Center plays an integral role in providing Montanans access to affordable care and this funding will help them continue to do so," Daines stated. Daines secured funding for Community Health Centers in the bipar… Continue Reading


BDC: Montana senators reintroduce bill for Alex Diekmann Peak

Montana's two U.S. Senators have renewed their efforts to name a mountain in the Madison Range after a prominent conservationist who died in 2016. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Sen. Steve Daines have introduced a bill to name a peak after Alex Diekmann, who worked on land deals and conservation easements for the Trust for Public Land until he died of cancer last year. In a statement, Daines said Diekmann brought people together to "protect our public lands." "I am excite… Continue Reading


Yahoo: Interior Secretary-Designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable

Declaring himself "an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt," Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation's 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke's nomination. Referring to former President Roosevelt, Zinke, who currently serves in the U.S. Congress as a representative fr… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Agriculture leaders applaud Daines’ selection to U.S. Senate committee

Following U.S. Sen. Steve Daines' announcement of committee assignments for the 115th Congress, Montana's top agriculture and forestry leaders praised his new membership on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "Montana's number one economic driver is agriculture and I'm excited to represent their priorities on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture," Daines said. Don Steinbeisser Jr., director, Montana Dakota Beet Growers Association, said, "We are happy… Continue Reading


KGVO: Senator Steve Daines On Repeal of Obamacare And Coal Policy of BLM

Montana Senator Steve Daines took part in a preliminary vote on Wednesday to begin the process of repealing President Obama's signature achievement in office, the Affordable care Act, also known as 'Obamacare'. "Repealing and re[placing this disastrous law is one of the top jobs that citizens elected us to get done," Daines began on the floor of the Senate. "In many ways, it's why Donald J. Trump will be sworn in next week as the 45th President of the United States." Daines went on to list som… Continue Reading


U.S. News: Senate Takes Major Step Forward on Obamacare Repeal

Senate Republicans on Thursday took a major first step toward fulfilling their long-held promise to gut President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers in the upper chamber voted 51-48 early Thursday morning in favor of a budget measure that kick-starts the process to defund parts of the law known as Obamacare. The move allows Republicans to avoid a Democratic filibuster on subsequent repeal legislation and allows final votes to be cast as early as a f… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Obama’s Interior Dept. calls for major changes to ‘modernize’ federal coal program

With just days until President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, the Department of the Interior finalized a report Wednesday calling for major changes to the federal coal program by which the U.S. manages the leasing of land to companies for exploration and production across 570 million publicly owned acres. A year ago, new leases were placed on hold pending this report. Trump, who campaigned as an ally of the coal industry, has pledged to reverse that controversial moratorium. Interior Depar… Continue Reading


The Washington Times: VA Montana Health Care System rating falls to 1 star

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An internal evaluation of the VA Montana Health Care System saw its performance rating downgraded to one star for July, August and September, compared with two stars for the same period in 2015, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced Wednesday. Public affairs officer Mike Garcia said that officials are reviewing the report and looking for areas of improvement, but he notes the star ratings are not equivalent to those one might find for a hotel or restaurant. The nation's VA hospi… Continue Reading


Fairfield Sun Times: Daines Meets with Energy Designee Perry, Invites Texan To Visit Colstrip, Crow Reservation

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Montana, met last week with President-elect Donald J. Trump's designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. "After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama's Energy Department," Daines stated. "Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure." During the meeting, Daines invited Pe… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Daines, Tester Discuss Northern Border Security with Homeland Security Pick

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is undergoing a confirmation hearing in Washington on Tuesday, and ahead of the meeting he sat down with Montana's two Senators to discuss issues relevant to the Treasure State, including northern border security. Republican Sen. Steve Daines met with Kelly on Jan. 9 to discuss national security priorities, including securing the southern and norther borders, as well as refugee vetting … Continue Reading


MTPR: Veterans Choice Still Failing, Montana Senators Say

Both of Montana's U.S. Senators have sent letters chastising the company that runs the Veterans Choice healthcare program in Montana and 36 other states. Veterans Choice is supposed to help vets get appointments with private health care providers if they live far from a VA facility, or have been waiting a long time for a VA appointment. It was created in 2014, and has been plagued with problems since the beginning. "HealthNet isn't doing what they need to do," said Democrat Jon Tester on Satur… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines meets Zinke with long wishlist for next Interior secretary

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is positioned to play a key role in the confirmation of Ryan Zinke to Donald Trump's presidential cabinet. The two Montanans met Thursday. Zinke, Montana's lone congressman, met with Daines to discuss the representative's nomination to be Interior secretary. Daines is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will begin Zinke's confirmation process. "Ryan has a good balance of protecting public land and conservation, and energy … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Zinke vote on federal land comes under fire

HELENA - Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., came under criticism on Wednesday for being among 233 House members who voted Tuesday to change how Congress determines the cost of transferring federal land to states, a move that reportedly would make it easier for Congress to cede federal control of public land. Zinke, of Whitefish, is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Interior. Many Republicans favor handing over large areas of federal land to state and local authorities, sayin… Continue Reading


KGVO: Montana Senator Is Appointed To Serve On The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

Montana has been without a congressional representative on any federal Agriculture Committee since Senator Max Baucus became Ambassador to China, but that is about to change. The Montana Grain Growers Association applauded this week's news that Montana Senator Steve Daines has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Senate Ag Committee. MGGA Executive Vice President Lola Raska says this decision will play a large role in the upcoming farm bill. "We are looking at renegotiating the next farm bill, t… Continue Reading

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