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12.15.15

KMMS: Daines Secures Reforms for Montana Pilots

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the unanimous Senate passage of his bill to protect and expand protections for Montana pilots - the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2). "Today's unanimous vote is a victory for those working to contribute to Montana aviation and make our skies safer," Daines stated. "I am proud to see the Senate prioritize legislation that protects the aviation industry and works to further expands the rights of hardworking pilots nationwide. This bill cuts down unnecessary bu… Continue Reading


12.15.15

KMMS: Daines Protects Consumers From Backlash Over Online Reviews

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the unanimous Senate passage of his legislation to protect consumers who want to write honest online reviews of companies, without fear of financial repercussions from the businesses being reviewed. Daines' bill, the Consumer Review Freedom Act, would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. "The Senate took an important step forward in protecting the First Ame… Continue Reading


12.15.15

Billings Gazette: Secret EPA campaign to promote water law angers Montana ag interests

Montana farm and ranch groups are angry at the Environmental Protection Agency, which was caught running a secret propaganda campaign to sway public opinion about new clean water rules affecting agriculture. But Montana already has laws that protect public water, said Errol Rice, of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Federal regulations on top of those that ranchers already follow will make it hard to tell who has jurisdiction, he said. Fly over the dry Montana plains, and it's easy to see … Continue Reading


12.13.15

Missoulian: Cross-border issues abound in Montana congressional delegation's letters to Canada

Montana's congressional delegation is still waiting for answers to letters they sent regarding cross-border issues with Canada, but that could be because Canadians are waiting for answers themselves. "With the election of (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau, the tone and outlook of the federal government took a pretty big change," said political science assistant professor Greg Anderson of the University of Alberta. "And even though (former Prime Minister Stephen) Harper and his people were sourced… Continue Reading


12.13.15

Billings Gazette: Finally, a measure of highway certainty for Montana

After years of passing patches that lasted only months or weeks, Congress finally delivered a multi-year Highway Bill. That's great news, especially for Montana, because our vast, sparsely populated state depends on federal funding for about 87 percent of our highway construction budget. The other 13 percent comes from the state's 27 cents per gallon fuel tax. Few other states lean so heavily on federal support. H.R.22 passed with strong bipartisan support, garnering the votes of every member … Continue Reading


12.11.15

Fairfield Sun Times: Sen. Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Teton County's Rocky Mountain Rifle Club

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club (RMRC) for their efforts to support the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs. The Rocky Mountain Rifle Club has been a strong supporter of the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs, and is currently raising funds to purchase top-of-the-line air rifles and air pistols, in addition to target equipment, for the 4-H program. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines … Continue Reading


12.10.15

Ravalli Republic: Local ISPs discuss Internet access with Sen. Daines

Last year, Ravalli County's state legislative delegation got an earful from people concerned about low-quality Internet services in the Bitterroot Valley. Local businessmen and the county's economic development coordinator told the politicians that a lack of Internet access and high costs were creating challenges for local entrepreneurs. The delegation tasked Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville, and Rep. Ed Greef, R-Florence, to find out why. "We've come a long way in learning about Internet in … Continue Reading


12.10.15

KPAX: Federal grant to help CSKT public transit, road work projects

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes is receiving a $300,000 grant to upgrade public transit services. Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced a total of more than $700,000 in transit funding for three Montana Tribes on Wednesday. CSKT gets $300,000, the Fort Belknap Indian Community will receive $220,000 while the Crow Tribe has been granted $193,731. Jim Skinner with the Montana Department of Transportation says Flathead hasn't seen this type of funding in over a decade. He also… Continue Reading


12.10.15

News Talk KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Pushes to Protect American Energy Security

Today Sen. Steve Daines spoke out about American energy independence as a key role in winning the war on terrorism. Daines said in addition, we also need to strengthen American security both at home and abroad. "Our national security, protecting our families from terrible acts of terrorism, I can tell you is on the mind of Montanans' minds every day as I travel around the state," Daines said. "It's telling us today how important American energy independence and security is to our safety and pro… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Billings Gazette: Montanans don't want more gun laws, think Obamacare bad for the state, poll finds

Guns, pot, Obamacare, the governor and all of Montana's Congressional delegation. Those were some of the topics covered by the Montana State University Billings' 29th Montana Poll, which was released Monday. Nearly two-thirds of Montanans surveyed said gun laws are about right. Seventeen percent said gun laws were not strict enough, while 13 percent felt they were too strict. Liberals and Democrats were significantly more likely than conservatives and independents to answer that gun laws sho… Continue Reading


12.09.15

KULR8: Montana high school students nominated for military academies

Rep. Ryan Zinke and Sen. Steve Daines collectively nominate 28 Montana high school students to attend America's military service academies. Four students were nominated in our area. Ethan Peterson and Ryan Morgan were nominated from Big Timber. Maren Kirkland from Billings and Ryland Stampfel from Absarokee were also on the list. In order to be accepted to one of the nation's five service academies, high school applicants are required to earn nominations from their congressional delegation. … Continue Reading


12.08.15

KMMS: Daines to Lead Montana Energy 2016

Senator Steve Daines announced that he will be spearheading Montana Energy 2016 in Billings this upcoming spring. The summit, sponsored by Daines, the Montana Contractors' Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Chamber Foundation and KLJ, will take place in Billings, Montana on March 30 and 31, 2016. "Montana holds a vital role in securing our nation's all-of-the-above energy strategy and it's vital that we work together to ensure our state rema… Continue Reading


12.07.15

News Talk KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Pushes to Protect American Energy SecuritySen. Steve Daines Comments on the Importance of a Long-Term Highway Bill for the Missoula Region

Senator Steve Daines commended last week's passage of a long-term highway bill that is providing support for several Montana infrastructure projects. Daines emphasized the importance of this bill, particularly for Missoula. "Some of the projects that will be funded by this bill include the reconstruction and maintenance on I-90, on U.S. 93, on U.S. 12 and Montana 200," Daines said. "It will provide for the reconstruction on the Orange Street interchange as well as the Van Buren interchange. It … Continue Reading


12.05.15

Billings Gazette: Daines, Tester, Zinke oppose reduced hours for Canadian border crossing

Montana's only 24-hour port of entry with Saskatchewan plans to cut its overnight hours, but politicians are urging officials to reconsider. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in November that operations at the Raymond border station would not be continuously open by late December. The new hours will be 8 a.m. to midnight, according to a release from U.S. Customs, reducing the operation by eight hours. Under the plan, the next nearest 24-hour entry point would be at Portal, N.D., wh… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Associated Press: North Dakota, Montana senators make friendly wager on game

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday's playoff football game between North Dakota State and Montana. Hoeven is betting North Dakota-made Dakota Growers pasta, and Daines is putting Montana-made Moose Drool beer on the line. NDSU is the four-time defending Football Championship Subdivision champions. The Bison host Montana in an FCS second-round game Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome. The… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Billings Gazette: House vote stops coastal Indians from blocking port for Montana coal

Plans for a controversial port in Puget Sound for Montana coal will advance under a House rider preventing coastal Indians from stopping the project. House lawmakers lead by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., voted to keep the permitting process going for the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash. The Lummi Nation, which has fishing waters next to Cherry Point, had asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon its review of the port proposal. The Lummi argued that its treaty rights would be… Continue Reading


12.02.15

MTN News: Republicans in Congress pass bill to block clean-power regs; veto likely

HELENA - Montana's two Republican members of Congress are hailing the passage of bills blocking the Obama administration's clean power plan - but the bills face an almost certain veto. "I urge (President Barack Obama) to drop his veto threat and sign into law this common-sense legislation to rein in the unchecked fourth branch of government and protect thousands of good-paying union and tribal jobs," Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement Tuesday. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont, also said he… Continue Reading


12.01.15

KMMS: The Future of Montana Agriculture and FFA is Bright

A little different "blue and gold" descended upon Bozeman, Nov. 12 through the 14, in the form of 1,545 Montana Future Farmers of America (FFA) members, 4-H members, advisers and guests. For the fourth year in a row, the John Deere Agriculture Expo was deemed a success by FFA. Three days were packed with providing students the opportunity to compete in Career Development Events, tour through MSU campus, and participate in elite leadership conferences. The foundation welcomed 40 special guests… Continue Reading


11.29.15

Sidney Herald: Daines, Zinke work to protect Port of Raymond operational hours

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., have urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to reverse plans to reduce operating hours at the Port of Raymond and terminate the northeastern Montana border crossing's 24-hour operating status. In a letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, Daines and Zinke highlighted the important role that the Port of Raymond holds for regional economic activity and the overwhelming local concern surrounding CBP's re… Continue Reading


11.27.15

KMMS: Daines Encourages Montanans to “Shop Small,” Tomorrow

In recognition of Small Business Saturday, Senator Steve Daines is encouraging his fellow Montanans to "shop small" and join him in highlighting the important contributions that Montana's small businesses make to Montana's economy year round. "Small businesses are the backbone of Montana's economy," Daines stated. "When small businesses grow, our economy grows. Our country was founded on hard work and entrepreneurship and I'm proud that Montana small businesses continue to lead the way and ex… Continue Reading

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