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The Hill: Second Republican joins push to block federal hacking powers

Sen. Steve Daines is signing on to a bill from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) blocking a Justice Department request to expand its remote hacking powers, an aide from the Montana Republican's office tells The Hill. He is the second Republican to join the bill. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will also co-sponsor, according to Paul's office. "Our law enforcement policies need to be updated to reflect 21st century realities with a process that is transparent, effective and protects our civil liberties," Dain… Continue Reading


Choteau Acantha: Snow storm aid sought

Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve the State of Montana's funding request to help rebuild communities across Montana after they were devastated by a mid-April snow storm. "The resulting damage from this storm impacted Montana's rural communities, severely damaged local infrastructure, and left thousands of residents and commercial customers without electricity," Tester, Daines and Zinke wrote in a letter to … Continue Reading


Glasgow Courier: Hinsdale's Delaney Beil Honored by Daines

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Delaney Beil, a fifth-generation Montana rancher and Hinsdale High School senior. Delaney is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and will soon be receiving her state certification. Here is Senator Daines' statement to Congress: "Mr. President, I rise today to recognize a Hinsdale High School senior, Delaney Beil. Delaney is described by her EMT instructor, Dorothy Jensen, as, 'a determined team player, who is committed to her communi… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: Taking care of our veterans

Some in may tell you that the dust is finally settling after over a decade of war. I would say those folks aren't seeing the whole picture - and the 80 servicemembers from Montana's 219th RED HORSE Squadron who recently returned from their deployment to the Middle East might, too. The threats facing our nation are growing - and with it, American servicemembers are more important than ever. Whether it's engaging the enemy, constructing runways for bombers or manning a Missile Alert Faci… Continue Reading


Sens. Daines and Cotton: Shore Up US Nuclear Program

While it may be difficult to imagine given the destructive power they possess, nuclear weapons are a cornerstone of our national security. In fact, our possession of these weapons helps protect the United States and US allies around the world every single day by deterring our enemies. Regrettably, our nuclear capabilities are facing a readiness crisis and we must act to ensure the United States deterrent remains credible. Quite simply, it is imperative that we ensure our nuclear capabilities a… Continue Reading


KXLF: Senator Daines helps family persevere through adoption process

BOZEMAN -Adoptions can be tricky and take a long time, even within the United States. One special little boy was able to meet one of the key players that helped reunite him with his family. Senator Steve Daines played a large role in helping to bring Rocky over from the Congo.… Continue Reading


KXLF: Butte Community Health Center lands $1.8M in federal funding

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Thursday that nearly $7 million in funding will be directed for community health centers in Montana. Butte will receive a big portion of that amount. According to the senator's office, the aim is to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations and increased access to affordable care. Butte Community Health Center will receive $1,819,143.… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Bill would allow female WWII pilots back into Arlington

A bill to make Women Airforce Service Pilots eligible for interment at Arlington National Cemetery is headed to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature. The legislation, co-sponsored by Montana Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Rep. Ryan Zinke, passed both houses of Congress and would fix technicalities in the law that the Army said precluded the WASPs from Arlington burial since Arlington follows Army rules and not those of the Department of Veterans Affairs. "This is a wrong that… Continue Reading


Defense News: US Air Force Will Hold Competition for Huey Replacement

The US Air Force is moving forward with a "full and open" competition to replace the entire fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters, according to the service. The announcement ends months of speculation that the Air Force would bypass a competition altogether, instead buying Sikorsky's UH-60 Black Hawks to replace the Hueys for both the VIP transport mission and the job of guarding the nation's nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. But the rotorcraft industrial base has pushed back on th… Continue Reading


CQ: Members Vow Floor Fights Over Helicopters

Members in both chambers are preparing amendments to defense bills that would force the Air Force to start replacing aging helicopters that can no longer protect U.S. nuclear missiles from a possible terrorist attack. An amendment to the House defense authorization bill (HR 4909) by Montana Republican Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, would put the screws to the Pentagon's new initiative, announced May 11, to hold a competition to replace the Hueys. No more than 75 percent of the Defense secretar… Continue Reading


The Hill: Steve Daines: Not your average lawmaker on Snapchat

As a fifth-generation Montanan, Republican Sen. Steve Daines has spent quite a bit of time outdoors. When he isn't busy pushing legislation in D.C., he's back home working with constituents and spending his free time in nature. Like an increasing number of fellow legislators, Daines uses Snapchat to connect with his constituents when he's on and off the road. His snaps, under the handle @SteveDaines, have garnered acclaim from those inside of the Beltway and out, and he has even earned recognit… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Military considering Army helicopters for temporary ICBM security

Since the Air Force has decided to use the normal open competition acquisition process for replacing the UH-1N Hueys flown at Malmstrom Air Force Base and other intercontinental ballistic missile bases, Sen. Steve Daines has continued to ask the military to activate the National Guard to provide security with its Black Hawk helicopters. Daines told the Tribune that he again suggested the idea to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James during their Wednesday meeting and that she seemed rece… Continue Reading


CQ: EXCLUSIVE: Members Torn Over Proposed Helicopter Competition

The Air Force announced Wednesday evening it is "moving forward with a full and open competition" to replace its aging fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters, including several dozen that are no longer capable of adequately responding if terrorists attack U.S. nuclear missiles. The decision to initiate a contest for more than $2 billion in helicopters was first reported by CQ. The proposal could bring to a boil an already simmering congressional debate over how to obtain new choppers for the mission.… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: AF makes decision on helicopter replacement

The Air Force has decided to go with a normal acquisition process to replace the UH-1N Huey helicopters flown at Malmstrom Air Force Base and other intercontinental ballistic missile bases. In a statement, the Air Force said Wednesday that it is "moving forward with a full and open competition for the replacement of the entire UH-1N fleet, which is consistent with the fiscal year 2017 President's Budget Request." Based on a request from the U.S. Strategic Command commander, the Air Force propo… Continue Reading


E&E: Lawmakers mobilize against corps for rejecting export terminal

Republicans and other pro-coal lawmakers attacked the Army Corps of Engineers yesterday for deciding to kill a proposed export facility in Washington state that proponents hoped would ship the fuel from Western mines to Asian markets. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) accused the administration of ignoring the needs of his state and its mines. And Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) said he filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a trove of documents related to the Army Corps' review of the so-called Ga… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines Introduces Rural Water Projects Legislation

Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would move Montana rural water projects forward and ensure the completion of authorized projects across Montana. The Western Water Supply and Planning Enhancement Act is a bill that would help improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden on new projects and protect water rights that are critical to the prosperity of the western United States. "If I told you that today, over 22,000 Montanan's … Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Army Corps rejects shipping port for Crow coal

A proposed Puget Sound shipping terminal for Montana coal is dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied it a permit Monday. Citing the fishing rights of the nearby Lummi Nation, Corps Col. John Buck determined that as currently proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal could not be permitted. Valued at $700 million, the port was to be located near Ferndale, Wash. The Lummi Nation had cited treaty rights in January 2015 when it asked the Army Corps to reject the project. "Today was… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Army Corps denies permit for Washington coal export terminal

A decision Monday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could spell the end to a controversial coal export terminal proposed near Ferndale, Washington. Colonel John Buck, commander of the Army Corp's Seattle District, announced the decision at a meeting with Lummi Tribal leaders, saying the Gateway Pacific project would impact "treaty protected fishing rights" of Washington's Lummi Nation,. The $700 million dollar Gateway Pacific Terminal was a proposed deep-water port to be located just north… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Tester, Daines Rally Bipartisan Support for Rural County Funding Program

Montana's two U.S. Senators have joined a bipartisan coalition pushing to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program, which aids counties where most of the land is owned by the federal government and therefore does not create any tax revenue. The program, which in 2014 doled out more than $300 million, expired in late 2015 and the last authorized payments were sent to rural counties earlier this spring. The program is especially critical in places like Lincoln County, where the U.S. Forest Se… Continue Reading


KTVH: Montana strikes deal with feds allowing firefighting helicopters on federal land

(HELENA) Montana struck a deal with the feds allowing Montana's five firefighting helicopters to respond to fires on federal land. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says that this agreement allows the helicopters to be used when lives are at risk or when the Governor declares a wildfire emergency. In 2015, state owned helicopters were not allowed to help due to policy issues. The state modified helicopters to comply with U.S. Forest Service regulations, but were still no… Continue Reading

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