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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Finalizes Ban on Internet Taxation

Senator Steve Daines finalized a ban on state and local governments from taxing Internet access on Thursday. A press release from Daines's office says the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act would "permanently extend the current moratorium on taxing Internet access. Montana is one of a few states that would automatically impose a 3.75 percent tax on Internet access if the moratorium is lifted." "The Internet is a critical avenue for Montana businesses to compete in the global marketplace and serv… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Tester, Daines question Air Force officials on budget

Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester asked questions during a Senate hearing Wednesday on the Air Force' proposed budget and how it relates to Montana's military missions. Daines, R-Mont., asked Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh about the status of replacing the Vietnam-era UH-1N Huey helicopters that are used by the Air Force's three missile wings, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. "We are working on that in a rather urgent way," … Continue Reading


The Hill: Senator blasts Obama for sweeping IRS hack 'under the rug'

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is slamming President Obama for not alerting Congress to a recent breach of the Internal Revenue Service. "The President has a duty to inform Congress of cyber attacks on federal infrastructure, yet once again has tried to sweep this under the rug," Daines said in a statement. The IRS announced Tuesday that identity thieves had used an automated bot in an attempt to generate phony login information, using almost half a million stolen Social Security numbers to c… Continue Reading


Glasgow Courier: Daines Reaffirms Importance of Splitting the Ninth Circuit

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is joining forces on the Senate floor with Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) in efforts to improve the federal circuit court system as a whole and expedite the justice process for the people within the overburdened Ninth Circuit. An excerpt of Daines' remarks from the presentation are below: "At 64.4 million people served, the current Ninth Circuit is the largest circuit by population, as well as the largest land area. It includes Montana and Alaska, Washington, Oregon, I… Continue Reading


Daily Caller: Republicans Completely Blow Off Obama’s Budget Proposal

Congressional Republicans are completely blowing off President Barack Obama's 2017 budget proposal, refusing to hold hearings on it because they say it would be a waste of time. Now Democrats are calling that snub "disrespectful to all of the hard work that went into producing this expansive document." "President Obama's budget is full of the same failed policies that has led our country down a path of reckless bloated spending, burdensome regulations and higher taxes," Republican Montana Sen.… Continue Reading


Associated Press: Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

(AP) - A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 states, including Montana, and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab." By temporarily freezing the rule the high court's order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against t… Continue Reading


Truck News: Pilot project could reduce operational hours at Port of Raymond

Following a battle with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in early December 2015, the offices of Montana Senator Steve Daines and House Representative Ryan Zinke said they are again attempting to stop an effort to close the Port of Raymond's 24-hour operating status. "Past and present efforts by CBP to reduce operational hours at the Port of Raymond fail to recognize the importance of cross boarder travel to local and regional economic activity," Daines and Zinke wrote in a letter to CBP… Continue Reading


KULR8: Montana lawmakers react to oil tax proposal

BILLINGS - President Barack Obama will propose $10-per-barrel charge on oil to fund clean transportation projects as part of his final budget request next week. While some in Washington are applauding the president's proposal, some Montana lawmakers have a different opinion. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke are slamming the president's proposal, and Senator Jon Tester says the proposal won't go anywhere. Zinke's statement reads, in part, "too many Montana families are living … Continue Reading

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