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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


01.20.21

Biden signs sweeping climate orders rejoining Paris accord, canceling Keystone XL

Even climate guru Al Gore was impressed with how President Biden wasted no time Wednesday in delivering sweeping executive orders on global warming. pOn his first day in office, Mr. Biden signed orders to rejoin the Paris climate agreement; revoke the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline permit; direct agencies to consider tightening greenhouse gas emissions standards on vehicles and appliances; and reestablish the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases, which former Pres… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Sen. Steve Daines at Biden inauguration

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01.20.21

Daines set on saving Keystone XL Pipeline

On Jan. 19, Sen. Steve Daines wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to support the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Daines states that the project will provide 11,000 direct high-paying jobs and 60,000 indirect jobs, generate tax revenue, increase renewable-energy demand, reduce emissions and strengthen North American energy independence. He says the completion of the pipeline is critical to rural, energy producing states like Montana.… Continue Reading


01.20.21

USFWS to end harmful regulations

News from Senator Daines U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their proposed rule to strike down a burdensome requirement resulting from the Cottonwood decision that yields no conservation benefit and has delayed forest projects while killing Montana timber jobs. The change comes as a result of Daines' work and efforts. "This is a great step in reducing unnecessary red tape that has tied the hands of our land managers and diverted resou… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Daines: New law prevents health insurance price-rigging

Health insurers no longer will be immune from federal antitrust laws that prohibit collusion and price-rigging under a bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who backed the legislation, known as the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act. It removes a 75-year-old exemption for health insurance carriers in federal antitrust laws that apply to nearly all other sectors of the economy. Supporters say … Continue Reading


01.20.21

Congressional delegation weighs in on inauguration, moving forward

MISSOULA, Mont. - All three members of Montana's Congressional delegation attended the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, and Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation's first woman and first person of color elected to that position. "You know, as Joe (Biden) said -- don't tell me things can't change, because things have changed. And hopefully this is the first of many women that will be in the executive branch, whether it's vice president or president,… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Montana delegates react to possible canceling of Keystone XL pipeline

MISSOULA, Mont. - President-elect Joe Biden may be planning to put an end to the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office through an executive order. The proposed pipeline, which would run through eastern Montana, has been met with several obstacles despite support from the Trump administration. Senator Steve Daines is speaking out against any decision to put an end to the pipeline saying it would be detrimental to Montana's job growth. In a statement Monday, Daines said he urges Biden… Continue Reading


01.19.21

An era of public lands cuts, capped by outdoors act

During the battle for the Republican nomination in 2016, President Trump aimed to sway Western voters by praising the nation's "beautiful" sprawling federal estate, while criticizing its lands managers as "draconian." Following his election that same year, Trump vowed to honor the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt in part by protecting public lands for hunters, anglers and other recreational users (E&E Daily, Dec. 7, 2016). As he prepares to exit the White House tomorrow, observers su… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Health And Dental Insurers Subject To Federal Antitrust Laws

Brief Background The new law amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which has long exempted insurers from federal antitrust laws. The McCarran-Ferguson Act was passed in response to a Supreme Court decision in 1944 known as United States v. South-Eastern Underwriters Association. In that case, the Court held that the business of insurance, when conducted across state lines, was interstate commerce and could thus be regulated under the Commerce Clause. As a result, the federal Sherman Act, an… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Yellen Offers Support for Retirement Security Reforms

President-elect Biden's Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen appeared before the Senate Finance Committee Feb. 19, fielding questions on the economy, taxes and debt, as well as her views on various retirement security issues. Yellen is widely expected to be confirmed by the Senate, perhaps as soon as this week, so the hearing was, in large part, more of a formality, but the former Federal Reserve chair and Treasury nominee did share some important insights. Under questioning by Sen. Ben… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Daines, Rosendale asking Biden to support Keystone XL pipeline

A group of western Republican U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Matt Rosendale and Sen. Steve Daines, are urging President-elect Joe Biden to change his mind about blocking the Keystone XL pipeline shortly after he takes office. Daines co-signed a letter with four other senators, John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, asking Biden to support the pipeline, which would run partially through eastern Montana. Biden, a Democrat, is reportedly plan… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Tester, Daines, Rosendale all plan to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration

The U.S. Capitol and the surrounding area is on high alert after the riot that took place just over a week ago. Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, Montana legislators are planning on attending the ceremony in person, despite changes. Senator Jon Tester's (D-MT) office confirmed Monday night that the senator is planning on attending the inauguration in person. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) plans on attending and said it's a long standing tradition. "I will be attendi… Continue Reading


01.18.21

MSUB commemorates MLK Day in virtual ceremony

BILLINGS - Montana State University Billings commemorated the 35th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in a virtual ceremony Monday. Dr. King was a minister and activist who eventually became the face of the civil rights movement. He led the Montgomery bus boycotts, which ultimately led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision to outlaw segregation. King advocated for non-violent protests, and is famously remembered for his 'I Have a Dream' speech he delivered in 1963 in front of the … Continue Reading


01.18.21

Montanans give swift response to Biden plan canceling Keystone XL

Word that President-elect Joe Biden might cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit this week evoked quick a response from Montanans who have fought for years over the Canadian tar sands project. Biden's cancellation of the permit first appeared on a transaction briefing note for Wednesday, Inauguration Day, initially reported by CBC News. The possibility set off a whirl of responses, including in Montana where Native Americans and environmentalists have resisted the pipeline since it was first pr… Continue Reading


01.16.21

Central Montana water project gets boost from Congress

About 6,000 rural Montanans are one step closer to having high-quality well water available to their homes and businesses. Congress has authorized the Clean Water for Rural Communities Act, although the approval came four years later than originally assumed. This gives the Central Montana Regional Water Authority formal consent to seek federal funding to develop its rural water system. The system will service residents in and near nine communities west and south of the Big Snowy Mountains. "We… Continue Reading


01.16.21

Central Montana water project gets boost from Congress

About 6,000 rural Montanans are one step closer to having high-quality well water available to their homes and businesses. Congress has authorized the Clean Water for Rural Communities Act, although the approval came four years later than originally assumed. This gives the Central Montana Regional Water Authority formal consent to seek federal funding to develop its rural water system. The system will service residents in and near nine communities west and south of the Big Snowy Mountains. "We… Continue Reading


01.15.21

Bison range officially transferred to CSKT

Red Sleep Mountain began its official return to the Flathead Indian Reservation on Friday as Interior Secretary David Bernhardt formerly signed papers transferring the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. "The CSKT have strong and deep historical, geographic and cultural ties to the land and the bison, and their environmental professionals have been leaders in natural resources and wildlife management for many decades," Interior Assistant Secretary Tara Katuk Swe… Continue Reading

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