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06.09.16

Great Falls Tribune: Lawmakers want VA Montana Vacancies Made Top Priority

Following the announcement that the VA Montana director is resigning, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke sent a letter Thursday morning to Secretary Bob McDonald of the Department of Veterans Affairs asking him to prioritize finding a replacement. John Ginnity submitted his resignation to VA officials Tuesday, and the resignation was announced Wednesday. His last day is July 8 and if a replacement isn't found before then, the position will join the vacant associate director and chief of staf… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Sidney Herald: Debate is Drawing a Bullseye on Beets

Efforts are continuing in the United States Senate to develop a compromise on GMO labeling that would circumvent Vermont's GMO labeling law which goes into effect July 1. That law is a trigger for enacting similar laws in two other states, Maine and Connecticut. Roberts brought a bill to the Senate floor in March, dubbed by opponents as the Deny Americans Right to Know act, that attempted to forestall Vermont's legislation. The Kansas Senator is trying again with another bill he says has "w… Continue Reading


06.07.16

KMMS: Daines' Amendment to Provide Security for Nuclear Sites Passes Senate

Senator Steve Daines' amendment should provide additional security for land based intercontinental ballistic missile sites like Malmstrom Air Force Base; Today the amendment unanimously passed the United States Senate and will now be included in the National Defense Authorization Act. "The Department of Defense has failed to recognize the urgency in replacing the Vietnam-era helicopters at Malmstrom, and the increased security is needed until they are replaced," Daines stated. "I am pleased t… Continue Reading


05.29.16

The Daily Interlake: Polson Receives Hospital Grant

St. Joseph Hospital in Polson will receive $99,023 to address health-care needs in rural areas, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. The grant will be used by St. Joseph to engage a network of hospitals serving rural communities through development of a Western Montana Rural Nursing Collaborative. The collaborative provides a unique partnership of hospitals that seek to expand, enhance and improve access to services in rural communities and allow patient… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Sidney Herald: Sidney ARS Wins a Round in the Senate

A successful haymaker has just been thrown in the funding fight for the Sidney ARS unit. The 2017 Ag Appropriations Bill is headed to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a vote with language that ensures the Northern Plains Research Lab in Sidney will remain fully staffed and operational. Senator Jon Tester, who is a member of the subcommittee that authored the bill, said the language should guarantee that the lab in Sidney can continue to research the impact of the wheat stem sawfly, which a… Continue Reading


05.26.16

KPAX: Polson Hospital Picks Up Grant

Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced today a Polson hospital will be awarded nearly $100,000 to address healthcare needs in rural areas. The grant will be used by St. Joseph Hospital to engage a network of hospitals serving rural communities through development of a Western Montana Rural Nursing Collaborative (WMRNC). WMRNC hopes to expand, enhance and improve access to services in rural communities and allow patients to receive high-quality care closer to home. "This is a collabor… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Indian Country Today: Coal Terminal Proponent 'Looking At Options' After Denial of Permit

The proponent of a rejected coal shipping terminal in Lummi Nation's historical territory is "looking at all its options" and "will decide shortly how we plan to proceed," the company's vice president wrote in a letter to ICTMN. Bob Watters of SSA Marine said the Army Corps of Engineers' denial of his company's permit based on the project's potential impacts to Lummi's historical fishing areas is "a political decision rather than a regulatory decision." Col. John Buck, commander of the Army Co… Continue Reading


05.25.16

The Hill: Lawmakers Push to Elevate Cyber Command in Senate Defense Bill


05.24.16

Bloomberg BNA: Senate Commerce Mulls Two-Pronged TCPA Update

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is eyeing a dual-track strategy for moving legislation that would update the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggested during a May 18 panel hearing on the law that the committee consider acting on different bills that would focus on alleged litigation abuses and consumer harms, respectively. "If we could figure out how to divide this discussion into those two categories, we're much more likely to find a soluti… Continue Reading


05.24.16

KMMS: Daines' Water Projects Bill Receives Hearing

Senator Steve Daines' bill that would move Montana water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana recently received its first hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "From the crops and grazing fields of our state's agriculture providers, water is our most valuable resource," Daines stated. "Our farmers, ranchers and families deserve access to a reliable water source." The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act would … Continue Reading


05.22.16

Williston Herald: Bill Includes Language That Would Preserve Sidney's ARS Unit

A successful haymaker has just been thrown in the funding fight for the Sidney ARS unit. The 2017 Ag Appropriations Bill is headed to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a vote with language that ensures the Northern Plains Research Lab in Sidney will remain fully staffed and operational. Senator Jon Tester, who is a member of the subcommittee that authored the bill, said the language should guarantee that the lab in Sidney can continue to research the impact of the wheat stem sawfly, which ann… Continue Reading


05.21.16

KGVO: Senator Steve Daines Offers Hope to Montana Loggers for Future Access to Federal Lands

Montana Senator Steve Daines was in Missoula Saturday morning to speak to a gathering of the Montana Loggers Association at the Holiday Inn, downtown. During his one term as a Montana Congressman and now as the state's junior Senator, Daines has been meeting with representatives of the logging and timber industries on a regular basis. On Saturday, Daines told KGVO News that the federal government continues its dismal performance in managing forest lands in the west. "The federal government is… Continue Reading


05.21.16

Missoulian: Sen. Daines: Management Reform Essential to Bring Montana Forests Back to Life

Forty years after the Montana Logging Association was founded, the group met Saturday morning to look at an industry in limbo and what needs to change so it will thrive. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., addressed the MLA attendees, hopeful that a bill containing forest management reform that passed the U.S. House recently would soon make it through the Senate, into a conference committee and onto President Barack Obama's desk before the end of the year. Either that, he said, or the Senate wou… Continue Reading


05.21.16

Sen. Daines: Management Reform Essential to Bring Montana Forests Back to Life

Forty years after the Montana Logging Association was founded, the group met Saturday morning to look at an industry in limbo and what needs to change so it will thrive. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., addressed the MLA attendees, hopeful that a bill containing forest management reform that passed the U.S. House recently would soon make it through the Senate, into a conference committee and onto President Barack Obama's desk before the end of the year. Either that, he said, or the Senate w… Continue Reading


05.21.16

Independent Record: Delegation Reflects on US Miltary

May is a month to recognize what those who don the uniforms of the country give to their nation. May 8 is the date that marks the Allies' acceptance of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. May 21 is Armed Forces Day, created in 1949 to replace separate patriotic days for individual branches of military service. May 30, Memorial Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service to the nation. These aren't the only significant dates during the month that recognize a… Continue Reading


05.21.16

Tech Times: Female WWII Pilots Can Now Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Female World War II pilots can now be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. On May 20, President Barack Obama signed a law clarifying the eligibility of these women for such honorable burial. In the past, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) were denied the honor of having their remains interred in the said famous cemetery. The White House said the move of the president is necessary to give honor to the survivors of the Greatest Generation, including the first pilots, who were on active dut… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Roll Call: Senate Privacy Advocates Seek to Block Expanded Search Powers

A bipartisan Senate coalition led by Democrat Ron Wyden and Republican Rand Paul wants to block efforts to make it easier for the government to search computers across multiple jurisdictions. The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that would allow it to use a single warrant to search far and wide, a move the government says is designed to deal with technology. But some senators see the change to criminal procedure rules, which has already been blessed by the Supreme Court, as open… Continue Reading


05.19.16

The Hill: Coal war intensifies with Obama review

Miners and Western Republicans are lining up against the Obama administration and environmentalists in what some consider the next front in the "war on coal." Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a three-year moratorium on new coal leases on public lands in January, launching a review that could potentially result in mining companies paying higher rates. "It fits tidily into their overall view of coal," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Res… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Military Times: VA docs to be able to recommend marijuana in some states

Congress on Thursday gave veterans the right to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with their Veterans Affairs doctors in states where it is legal. The House and Senate approved bills that include amendments forcing VA to lift restrictions that prohibit doctors from talking about medical marijuana or recommending it to their veteran patients. The legislation, tacked onto bills funding military construction and VA, prohibit the department from using funds to enforce the VA's policy… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Mineral Independent: Wyatt Zylawy second family member in the Congressional Record

In April, Wyatt Zylawy was recognized by Montana Senator Steve Daines for his outstanding achievements in his recent Coast Guard training. Through Daines "Montanan of the Week" initiatives, the Senator recognizes an individual in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Two weeks ago, Daines was in St. Regis and presented Wyatt's father, Roman, with the Congressional Record. Roman said that he's very proud of Wyatt's accomplishments an… Continue Reading

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