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01.26.21

Moran, Daines, Hoeven plan bill to counteract Biden’s order to halt Keystone XL Pipeline project

Following President Joe Biden's decision to revoke the cross-border operation permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), and John Hoeven (R-ND) plan to introduce a GOP-led bill to authorize ongoing construction of the project. "Canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline will cost our country thousands of jobs, raise energy prices, and make us more dependent on foreign countries to supply our energy," Sen. Moran said. "At a time when our economy and communit… Continue Reading


01.26.21

Steve Daines Proposes to Withhold Congress Pay If It Cannot Balance a Budget

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) reintroduced legislation Tuesday that would stipulate that if Congress cannot pass a balanced budget, members of Congress will not get paid. Daines said in a statement on Tuesday: With runaway public debt now exceeding $27 trillion, we face a looming crisis. In fact, since I introduced this bill two years ago, our debt has increased by more than 30 percent. The American people depend on Congress to do its job. Folks at home balance their budgets, Congress should be abl… Continue Reading


01.26.21

Sen. Steve Daines to Newsmax TV: Biden Taking US 'Back to '70s'

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Tuesday said President Joe Biden's executive order on the Keystone XL Pipeline "take(s) us back to the '70s" regarding energy policy, bringing with it higher oil prices, inflation, loss of jobs, and national security implications. Daines ridiculed Biden, and Democrats as a whole, on Newsmax TV for their stance on the pipeline and other energy issues, saying the party is beholden to radical leftists. "Many of us remember what happened back in the 1970s, back when … Continue Reading


01.25.21

Daines: Biden Putting Saudi Arabia First

Revenue for schools. Revenue for infrastructure. Aside from the short-term construction jobs fueled by the Keystone XL pipeline, there is a reason it enjoys such strong support across Montana. When Joe Biden halted the Keystone pipeline his first week in office, he also halted American jobs and at least $60 million in revenue that would flow to counties in Eastern Montana every single year. When I caught up with county commissioners in Dawson County (Glendive) several years ago, they estimated … Continue Reading


01.24.21

Montana GOP officials blast Biden's environmental actions

President Joe Biden's new administration wasted no time taking executive actions aimed at combating climate change and protecting the environment. And Montana's top Republican leaders have wasted no time criticizing those actions, saying they will kill jobs and make the United States more dependent on foreign oil. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale and Gov. Greg Gianforte each have criticized Biden's decision to halt construction of the long-disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, whic… Continue Reading


01.24.21

Oil and gas takes another hit with suspension of federal leases

The oil and gas industry in Montana and North Dakota took another hit Thursday when the Department of the Interior announced it will suspend new oil and gas leases on federal lands for 60 days as part of a broad review of Interior's programs. The move is a first step toward making good on promises that newly sworn in President Joe Biden made on the campaign trail to halt new drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The suspension won't limit activity under already existing leases. C… Continue Reading


01.22.21

GOP Sen. Daines: Biden Going with ‘Saudi Arabia First Plan’ by Ending Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), a member of the Senate Energy Committee, on Friday, slammed President Joe Biden's "radical" agenda that halted the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The move erased 11,000 jobs in the United States. Daines said the immediate decision to nix the Keystone Pipeline is "outrageous" and "all part of President Biden's Saudi Arabia First Plan." "I think it's all part of President Biden's Saudi Arabia First Plan," Daines said on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsro… Continue Reading


01.22.21

Joe Biden putting 'Saudi Arabia first' by halting Keystone XL pipeline: Sen. Daines

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., believes President Biden killing the Keystone XL pipeline shows he's putting "Saudi Arabia first," not American workers. "It looks like he cares more about workers in Saudi Arabia than the workers in America," Daines said on "America's Newsroom." "This is going to have a direct effect [on] the pocketbooks of the American people here in the middle of a pandemic." Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders within minutes of entering the Oval Office for the first tim… Continue Reading


01.22.21

'Demanding this be fixed NOW': Sen. Daines after National Guardsmen told to leave U.S. Capitol, left to take breaks in parking garages

Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the U.S. Capitol Thursday night hours after the U.S. Capitol Police ordered them to leave the facilities, sending them outdoors or to nearby parking garages, POLITICO reported. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is responding to this on Twitter. "This is unacceptable. I'm demanding this be fixed NOW," Daines Tweeted. "I've spoken with [Montana National Guard] soldiers on the ground tonight & will continue to stay in touch. These are American he… Continue Reading


01.22.21

‘Saudi Arabia First Plan’: Sen. Steve Daines Decries Biden’s Cancellation Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines on Friday criticized President Joe Biden's administration over the rejection of TC Energy's concessions offered to keep plans for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in place. Daines appeared on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" and was asked by host Bill Hemmer about the offer from the company that runs the pipeline, which included "10,000 American union construction jobs, steel pipe made in the U.S, $10 million in green job training fund, $500 million fo… Continue Reading


01.21.21

Montana delegation, governor congratulate Biden

All three members of Montana's Congressional delegation attended President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, and Gov. Greg Gianforte joined them in congratulating the new president on social media. The 46th president took the oath of office on Wednesday before a sparse crowd, following coronavirus safety protocols, and a few National Guard members looking on from the national mall. Kamala Harris took the oath of office for the vice president, making her the first woman and first woman of c… Continue Reading


01.21.21

DAINES VISITS MONTANA GUARD TROOPS PROTECTING CAPITAL

Over 150 Montana National Guard soldiers are in our nation's capital for the presidential inauguration. On Tuesday, Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was able to visit the troops, and thank them for their service protecting the U.S. Capitol. "DAINES: A high honor to meet with our Montana soldiers last night in D.C. From Ryegate, to Polson, to Dillon and Miles City, and all across our great state, these men and women are some of our finest. They will ensure we have a peaceful transfer of power… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Sen. Daines tweets: "Biden has already started his attack on American energy projects"

HELENA, Mont. - Senator Steve Daines took to Twitter Wednesday, speaking out on President Joe Biden's actions on day one. Sen. Daines tweeted this thread: On day one, @JoeBiden has already started his attack on American energy projects. - Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 20, 2021 First, his disastrous Paris Climate Agreement action. Now his decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline which will jeopardize American energy security & destroy American JOBS. We must do everything we can … Continue Reading


01.20.21

Western Senators Demand Biden Reverse Course On Keystone Pipeline

A delegation of Republican western senators are warning Joe Biden against his decision to axe the Trump administration's permit for the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office Wednesday. The pipeline, currently running oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to Illinois and Texas, has consistently been a hot political issue since it was proposed more than a decade ago. Its construction was initially blocked by the Obama-Biden White House. Biden, according to CNN, now appears poised to re… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Second round of Paycheck Protection Program funds now available

News from the office of Senator Daines U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that beginning this week, Montana small businesses heavily impacted by the pandemic are able to apply for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans. "This PPP funding is critical for Montana small businesses who have been hit hard due to the pandemic," Daines said. "This funding will help keep Montana small businesses open and their workers employed. I'm glad I was able to help secure it.… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Republicans call for Senate review before U.S. re-enters Paris climate deal

(Reuters) - A group of Republican senators on Wednesday called on newly sworn-in President Joe Biden to submit his plan to re-engage the United States in the Paris climate agreement to lawmakers for "review and consideration," moments after Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the accord. Biden's announcement that he would seek to return the United States to the agreement was the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warmin… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement, the international accord designed to avert catastrophic global warming, and ordered federal agencies to start reviewing and reinstating more than 100 environmental regulations that were weakened or rolled back by former President Donald J. Trump. The moves represent a first step in healing one of the deepest rifts between the United States and the rest of the world after Mr. Trump defiantly … Continue Reading


01.20.21

North Dakota, Montana reaction to Keystone cancellation

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte urged Biden to reconsider. "A symbolic gesture for your fledgling, hours-old administration, this decision has real and devastating consequences in Montana," he said. "With your executive order, gone are the thousands of good-paying American jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to support our local communities and schools, the opportunity to advance America's green energy infrastructure, and America's energy security." Gianforte added that the decisi… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Joseph R. Biden sworn in as the 46th US President

On the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, looked out over a sea of American flags filling the National Mall instead of the usual crowds that traditionally flock to presidential inauguration ceremonies. The 2021 inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris looked different from past years, lacking crowds, featuring heightened security and including attendees all sporting personal protective equipment. The president and… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Senate Republicans urge Biden not to scrap pipeline permit

Five Senate Republicans are calling on President-elect Joe Biden to allow construction on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada into the United States to proceed. Their plea was likely too late, with Biden planning to issue an executive order as soon as this afternoon, following his inauguration, that would halt the controversial project. Still, the lawmakers' letter, sent yesterday, put down an important marker as the GOP seeks to assert itself on energy policy in a narrowly divided government… Continue Reading

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