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Missoulian: Congress: Lock in full PILT funding by Christmas

Montana's congressional delegation is joining with dozens of other U.S. senators and representatives in urging their leaders to figure out quickly how to fully fund a program that supplied more than $29 million to Montana counties this year. Payments In Lieu of Taxes help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal lands: national forests and parks, as well as Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service lands. The U.S. Department of Interior estimates it'll take $4… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: We Need Innovation, Not Regulation

The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) just released a study that confirms what many of us feared - President Obama's Clean Power Plan is a job killer poised to be the "most significant economic event to occur in Montana in more than 30 years." The full impact of President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency will be felt the hardest by those who can least afford it - Montana families and small business owners. Families will see a $500 million loss in annua… Continue Reading


Bloomberg BNA: GOP Lawmakers Query FCC on Enforcement, Net Neutrality

Congressional Republicans in both chambers peppered the FCC with questions about its Enforcement Bureau and the impact of its net neutrality rules on small businesses, in two letters sent to agency Chairman Tom Wheeler late Nov. 19. GOP senators weighed in on the practices of an Enforcement Bureau that has become more aggressive under its current chief, Travis LeBlanc. Against the backdrop of an ongoing legal dispute over the agency's controversial Open Internet rules, a raft of House Republica… Continue Reading


KYYA: Daines, Zinke Work to Protect Port of Raymond Operational Hours

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today 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 recent decision … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Montana Congressional Delegation Urges Senate Leaders to Fully Fund LWCF

With bipartisan support, proponents are hopeful for revival of expired conservation fund Both of Montana's U.S. Senators and the state's lone U.S. House Representative have joined in a unified front to advance a measure that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Republican Steve Daines stood among 14 senators from both sides of the aisle this week, calling for Senate leaders to permanently reauthorize … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Study: EPA's Clean Power Plan could lead to closure of Colstrip plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, if enacted, could lead to the closure of the four-unit power-generating station in Colstrip, according to a study released last week by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. "If you look at the emissions of Colstrip and the amount of tonnages that Montana has to eliminate, it does not mathematically show that Colstrip has to go. But it clearly indicates that it's going to affect Colstrip in some w… Continue Reading


KULR8: $350,000 in grants for rural Montana mental health services

On National Rural Health Day, Senator Steve Daines announced more than $350,000 in funding for rural Montana telehealth and mental health services. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants have been awarded to Western Montana Mental Health Center and St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. Daines wrote a letter of support for St. Patrick Hospital's plan to build the Western Montana Telepsychiatry Network - a partnership between St. … Continue Reading


KULR8: Sportsmen's Act ready for Senate decision

The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015 passes out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Thursday morning. The "bill promotes and protects access to Montana's public lands and increases recreational opportunities for hunters and anglers" according to a press release from Senator Steve Daines. Additionally the bill creates an online database that lays out recipients and payments from the Equal Access to Justice Act. The goal of this section of the act is to create more transparency … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: New study of EPA rules shows dire results, sparks debate

HELENA - The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan could mean the loss of thousands of jobs, millions in income and cause a population decline, bringing about "the most significant economic event to occur in Montana in more than 30 years," according to a study released Wednesday that was challenged by several audience members. The report commissioned by NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Chamber of Commerce was done by the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Re… Continue Reading


MTN News: Heart Butte and Lodge Grass schools get construction grants

GREAT FALLS - A $2.5 million grant will will be used to help fix what are described as "emergency health and safety conditions" in two Montana tribal schools. On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced that Lodge Grass Elementary School District and Heart Butte School District will receive the money in construction grants for fiscal year 2016. It's estimated that more than 350 students will benefit from the projects. Heart Butte will receive $1.7 million and contribute just over … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines announces $2.5M for tribal schools

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines announced Wednesday that Lodge Grass Elementary and Heart Butte school districts were awarded nearly $2.5 million in construction grants for fiscal year 2016 to be used for emergency health and safety conditions in school facilities. They are among seven educational agencies nationwide to receive Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grants. "This additional support will help students on the Blackfeet and Crow reservations to have the resources they need to learn," D… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: Senators burning for big fixes to wildfire problems

After a wildfire season that burned up 9.4 million acres and cost taxpayers about $4.2 billion, lawmakers want a comprehensive solution to the budget and management problems that are fanning the fires. In the third hearing about the 2015 wildfire season held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said her state and other western states cannot endure many more fire seasons like 2015, which took the lives of three firefighters in Washington stat… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines’ and AG Fox’s Brawl of the Wild Rivalry Continues

Senator Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox have entered into their third annual wager over the upcoming University of Montana/Montana State University football game. If the Bobcats win the Brawl of the Wild, Attorney General Fox will be forced to wear a blue and gold Montana State necktie for a full day of work. Should the Grizzlies prevail, Senator Daines will likewise wear a University of Montana tie for a full workday. As Fox has won this bet in both of the past two years, the pressu… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Montana has no plans to close border to refugees from Syria

Montana does not plan to close its borders to refugees from Syria following last week's attacks in Paris, Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday. "Montana has a process in place for considering refugee settlement requests. We are reviewing those protocols to ensure that if a request comes (that) we take all appropriate steps to ensure that the safety of Montanans will not be jeopardized by their placement." said Bullock, a Democrat. "If there are safety concerns about any refugees that are requesting s… Continue Reading


ABC News Radio: Sen. Steve Daines Talks Obamacare in GOP Address

- In this week's Republican address, Montana Sen. Steve Daines talks repealing Obamacare. According to the senator, the Senate will soon be voting to repeal the health care law, and he hopes Republicans will replace Obamacare with "state-led solutions that put patients back in the center of the health care equation." "When the federal government takes over our health care system and puts the whims of Washington bureaucrats over the needs of hardworking American families, prices go up and the q… Continue Reading


Newsmax: Daines: Senate Republicans Pushing for State-Led Solutions on Healthcare

The Senate will soon be voting to repeal Obamacare, Montana Sen. Steve Daines said in Saturday's GOP address, and he is pushing for Republicans to replace the healthcare law with "state-led solutions that put patients back in the center of the healthcare equation." Obamacare puts the "whims of Washington bureaucrats over the needs of hardworking American families," Daines said Saturday. "After five years of seeing President Obama's experiment with Americans' health care result in failure and emb… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana delegation disappointed, outraged by Keystone Pipeline rejection

Montana officials are expressing disappointment and outrage over the Obama administration's rejection of the Keystone Pipeline construction permit. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said denying the permit was an "affront to the American people." "It has taken more than seven years for President Obama to come clean with the American people and admit his anti-energy and anti-American-jobs agenda," Daines said in a statement Friday. "President Obama had an opportunity to help create good-paying j… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Tribes to receive $500,000 for education

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will receive more than $500,000 in federal funds for educational programs, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Thursday. Salish Kootenai College was awarded $220,000 through the Department of Agriculture's Tribal College Research Grants Program. The program helps tribal colleges build institutional research capacity through applied projects that address student educational needs and solve community, reservation and regional problems. … Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: State gets $2.3 million in additional PILT money

The Department of Interior has allocated nearly $2.3 million in additional Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds to rural Montana counties. Nationwide, nearly $34.5 million in additional PILT funds were issued last week by the department. "These payments are welcome news for numerous Montana communities who have suffered from severe economic challenges due to declining timber harvests and natural resource production," Sen. Steve Daines said in a news release. "The PILT program provides critical suppo… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana peas and lentils flowing into India again

Montana peas and lentils are flowing freely into India again after being bottled up by trade politics. Columbia Grain reports that storage limits imposed by India officials Oct. 18, have been lifted, enabling warehouses to again stockpile peas, lentils and chickpeas, collectively referred to as pulse crops. Montana is the nation's largest producer of pulse crops, with nearly 700,000 acres planted and more than $140 million a year sold. India last month abruptly limited pulse crop storage to 35… Continue Reading

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