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Billings Gazette: Federal coal lease suspension clips Montana projects

Mining companies say a federal decision to stop leasing coal on public lands has bottled up Montana and Wyoming coal projects. The leasing suspension announced Friday by the Department of the Interior has put expansion plans in doubt at the Spring Creek Mine in Southeast Montana, and Antelope Mine in Wyoming, developer Cloud Peak Energy said. Cloud Peak was trying to determine whether the lease suspension would stop a 1,602-acre lease adjacent to Spring Creek Mine. The lease, involving… Continue Reading


The Hill: Republicans furious over Obama move on coal leases 2.9K6

Congressional Republicans are slamming the Obama administration's decision to halt new coal mining leases on federal land. Administration officials said Friday they would hold off on new lease sales while overhauling the coal leasing program to account for climate change costs. Republicans, who have badgered Obama for energy and environment policies they say constitute a "war on coal," let loose on the decision Friday. "There seems to be no limit to the number of job-crushing regulations, … Continue Reading


Daily Caller: Politicians Remind Congress Religious Freedom Is A Fundamental Right

Politicians in the House and Senate introduced a resolution Friday to remind Congress that religious liberty is a fundamental human right. The resolution affirms "the importance of religious freedom as a fundamental human right that is essential to a free society and is protected for all Americans by the text of the Constitution, and recognizing the 230th anniversary of the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom," the resolution states. The resolution comes the day before Relig… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette American Airlines enters Montana market, offers seasonal service to Bozeman

American Airlines will enter the Montana market this spring with non-stop daily, seasonal flights connecting Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport with Dallas-Fort Worth. Summer service begins June 2, ending in October. Winter service begins Dec. 15 and ends in April. Airport manager Brian Sprenger said Thursday's announcement is the culmination of two decades worth of effort by officials from Gallatin County. "Obviously, it puts us on the map, particularly for the Dallas mark… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: Montana delegates vote against Waters of the U.S. rule

Montana's delegates have voted for a bipartisan bill which would block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule. Congressman Ryan Zinke is calling WOTUS an "unconstitutional abuse of executive power." Although not delving into specific flaws, Zinke fears that WOTUS will harm the economy by negatively impacting farmers, ranchers and builders in the Big Sky state. Senator Steve Daines addressed more specific concerns on WOTUS in November 2015. He cited the hefty bi… Continue Reading


The Hill: Bill filed to overturn TSA driver's license mandate

A trio of Montana lawmakers has filed a bill to overturn a mandate that would prevent airline passengers in several states from using their driver's licenses at Transportation Security Agency (TSA) checkpoints in two years. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which overseas the TSA, said last week it would begin enforcing a post-Sept. 11 law in 2018 that directs federal agencies to only accept state-issued identifications that meet federal security standards that were enacted in 2005. … Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines: It’s Past Time to Audit the Fed

Senator Steve Daines today expressed his disappointment following the Senate's failure to advance to debate on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, widely known as "Audit the Fed." Daines is an original co-sponsor of S. 2232, which eliminates restrictions on Government Accountability Office audits of the Federal Reserve and mandates that the Federal Reserve's credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities be subject to congressional oversight. "We must e… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines impressed with Treatment Court

On Friday in a packed courtroom, Gallatin County District Judge John Brown read what one Treatment Court participant recalled her life was like prior to getting sentenced to the program. In a word, her life was chaotic. "I definitely wasn't capable of staying clean and sober," the woman had told Brown. She was sentenced to participate in Treatment Court after a drug-related crash on Interstate 90 sent her to jail. But after more than two years of sobriety, and 18 mo… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Lawmakers continue battling federal ID law after release of new Montana driver's licenses

HELENA - Montana lawmakers plan to revisit a familiar front in their ongoing battle against federal driver's license requirements. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Thursday said he would reintroduce legislation to repeal the federal Real ID Act, a decade-old law requiring all states to adopt more stringent security and fraud-prevention features on state-issued driver's licenses. On Wednesday, Montana officials announced the release of new driver's licenses and identification cards t… Continue Reading


KULR8: Daines Announces Bill to Repeal "Real ID"

Today Senator Steve Daines was joined by Attorney General Tim Fox to announce his plan to reintroduce the a bill repealing "Real ID." The bill will work to protect Montanans from the Department of Homeland Security's identification requirements. Senator Daines says Montanans have made their opinion loud and clear about being opposed to "Real ID." He says with the federal government having access to citizens private information, the risk increases of that information falling into the wrong hand… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: GOP senator: North Korea bomb the result of Obama 'weakness'

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Wednesday that North Korea's apparent testing of a hydrogen bomb is the direct result of President Obama projecting weakness around the world. "As we look at the failed policies of the Obama administration, I think what we're seeing is the world's response to the weakness that is projected by our current president," Daines said on CNN. "Our enemies no longer fear us, our allies no longer trust us." He said the test also shows that Democrats are wrong to tru… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana leaders seeking meeting with GE to save Billings operation

Montana's congressional delegation and Gov. Steve Bullock are seeking a meeting with officials at GE Capital this month to urge the company to keep its Billings facility. Bullock and fellow Democrat Sen. Jon Tester, and two Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke, jointly sent a letter released Wednesday to Jeffery Bornstein, chief financial officer for parent company General Electric, requesting a meeting in Washington, D.C. The push is in response to the October announceme… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Montana’s GOP leaders criticize president’s action on guns

The two Republican members of Montana's congressional delegation criticized President Barack Obama's executive action on gun control Tuesday, calling it unlawful and an attack on the Second Amendment. "President Obama is jeopardizing the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with his latest efforts to undermine the Second Amendment," Sen. Steve Daines said via email. "It is a gross abuse of executive authority for the president to unilaterally move forward his ineffective, anti-gun age… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines Secures Reforms for Montana Pilots

Senator Steve Daines today hailed the unanimous Senate passage of his bill to protect and expand protections for Montana pilots - the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2). "Today's unanimous vote is a victory for those working to contribute to Montana aviation and make our skies safer," Daines stated. "I am proud to see the Senate prioritize legislation that protects the aviation industry and works to further expands the rights of hardworking pilots nationwide. This bill cuts down unnecessary bu… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines Protects Consumers From Backlash Over Online Reviews

Senator Steve Daines today applauded the unanimous Senate passage of his legislation to protect consumers who want to write honest online reviews of companies, without fear of financial repercussions from the businesses being reviewed. Daines' bill, the Consumer Review Freedom Act, would prohibit the use of non-disparagement clauses referred to as "gag clauses," which are often found in little-read online user agreements. "The Senate took an important step forward in protecting the First Ame… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Secret EPA campaign to promote water law angers Montana ag interests

Montana farm and ranch groups are angry at the Environmental Protection Agency, which was caught running a secret propaganda campaign to sway public opinion about new clean water rules affecting agriculture. But Montana already has laws that protect public water, said Errol Rice, of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Federal regulations on top of those that ranchers already follow will make it hard to tell who has jurisdiction, he said. Fly over the dry Montana plains, and it's easy to see … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Cross-border issues abound in Montana congressional delegation's letters to Canada

Montana's congressional delegation is still waiting for answers to letters they sent regarding cross-border issues with Canada, but that could be because Canadians are waiting for answers themselves. "With the election of (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau, the tone and outlook of the federal government took a pretty big change," said political science assistant professor Greg Anderson of the University of Alberta. "And even though (former Prime Minister Stephen) Harper and his people were sourced… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Finally, a measure of highway certainty for Montana

After years of passing patches that lasted only months or weeks, Congress finally delivered a multi-year Highway Bill. That's great news, especially for Montana, because our vast, sparsely populated state depends on federal funding for about 87 percent of our highway construction budget. The other 13 percent comes from the state's 27 cents per gallon fuel tax. Few other states lean so heavily on federal support. H.R.22 passed with strong bipartisan support, garnering the votes of every member … Continue Reading


Fairfield Sun Times: Sen. Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Teton County's Rocky Mountain Rifle Club

Senator Steve Daines today recognized the Rocky Mountain Rifle Club (RMRC) for their efforts to support the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs. The Rocky Mountain Rifle Club has been a strong supporter of the Teton County 4-H Shooting Sports Air Rifle and Air Pistol clubs, and is currently raising funds to purchase top-of-the-line air rifles and air pistols, in addition to target equipment, for the 4-H program. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines … Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Local ISPs discuss Internet access with Sen. Daines

Last year, Ravalli County's state legislative delegation got an earful from people concerned about low-quality Internet services in the Bitterroot Valley. Local businessmen and the county's economic development coordinator told the politicians that a lack of Internet access and high costs were creating challenges for local entrepreneurs. The delegation tasked Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville, and Rep. Ed Greef, R-Florence, to find out why. "We've come a long way in learning about Internet in … Continue Reading

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