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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


Daily Inter Lake: Sen. Daines honors Osweiler as Montanan of the Week

Sen. Steve Daines has honored former Flathead High School star quarterback Brock Osweiler as one of a pair of Montanans who will be on the roster for Super Bowl 50. Osweiler and Dwan Edwards, formerly of Columbus, were named by Daines as Montanans of the Week. The senator paid tribute to the men in the Congressional Record on Thursday. Osweiler is the backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and started seven games for the team earlier this year while Peyton Manning was injured. Osweiler gra… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Tribes blast Indian Health Services at Senate hearing

Tribal leaders and U.S. senators from across the Great Plains blasted the quality of care provided by Indian Health Services during a U.S. Senate oversight hearing Wednesday. Multiple speakers addressing the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs spoke of a health care system that is underfunded, understaffed, unresponsive and which delivers a substandard quality of health care that frequently results in a compromised quality of life for its patients. Montana mother's lawsuit raises medica… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: Tester, Daines push Blackfeet Water Compact to Senate floor

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines today led the charge to push the Blackfeet Water Compact through the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and onto the Senate floor. This decades-in-the-making agreement will resolve water rights claims on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean water for the communities within the Reservation, as well as farms, ranches, and businesses in the surrounding area. This compact will save taxpayers millions by avoiding costly litigation betwe… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senators threaten to cut aid for Ghana if Gitmo detainees escape

A group of Republican senators is seeking to cut foreign to Ghana in the 2017 State Department funding bill if the country is unable to hold and monitor two Guantanamo detainees it recently accepted from the United States and ensure they do not reengage in terrorism against the U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), James Lankford (Okla.) and Steve Daines (Mont.) -- members of the Senate Appropriations Committee -- are proposing to consider reducing assistance to Ghana by $10 million per… Continue Reading


MTN News: Malmstrom officer chosen to serve on Daines' staff

GREAT FALLS -U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced on Wednesday that Air Force Major Benji L. Johnson has been selected to serve as a Military Fellow in Daines' Washington, D.C. office through 2016. The Air Force Fellowship Program offers participants the opportunity to work in the legislative branch of the federal government for one session of Congress. Johnson most recently served as the assistant director of operations for ICBM codes for the 341st Operations Support Squadron at Malmstrom Ai… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Energy bill debate contains numerous Montana provisions

A legislative package now before the U.S. Senate has a lot of Montana issues woven in, including possible permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 began debate Thursday, and is expected to face amendments well into next week before a final vote. Also known as S. 2012, it affects energy-efficiency standards in buildings and cars, cybersecurity threats, next-generation nuclear plants, recycling and loan programs. Sen. … Continue Reading


Military Times: Lawmakers push VA to let doctors recommend medical marijuana

Twenty-one lawmakers have written Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald urging him to let VA doctors discuss and recommend marijuana as a potential medical treatment in states where it is legal. Under a VA policy that expires on Jan. 31, VA doctors are not allowed to discuss medical marijuana with their patients or recommend it as a treatment. Senators and representatives - 19 Democrats and two Republicans, including Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada, a physician and Army Reserve brigadier general … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Uncle’s story serves as example for senator

HELENA - When Sen. Steve Daines talked in October to a roomful of people at Fort Harrison about the importance of sharing their military history with others, he spoke from personal experience. Daines had a uncle aboard the SS Dorchester who died when the troop ship was sunk by a German submarine Feb. 3, 1943. The ship is famous for its story of the four chaplains who stood on deck, gave their life jackets to others and held hands praying and singing hymns as the Dorchester went down, killing ne… Continue Reading

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