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KPAX: Federal grant to help CSKT public transit, road work projects

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes is receiving a $300,000 grant to upgrade public transit services. Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced a total of more than $700,000 in transit funding for three Montana Tribes on Wednesday. CSKT gets $300,000, the Fort Belknap Indian Community will receive $220,000 while the Crow Tribe has been granted $193,731. Jim Skinner with the Montana Department of Transportation says Flathead hasn't seen this type of funding in over a decade. He also… Continue Reading


News Talk KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Pushes to Protect American Energy Security

Today Sen. Steve Daines spoke out about American energy independence as a key role in winning the war on terrorism. Daines said in addition, we also need to strengthen American security both at home and abroad. "Our national security, protecting our families from terrible acts of terrorism, I can tell you is on the mind of Montanans' minds every day as I travel around the state," Daines said. "It's telling us today how important American energy independence and security is to our safety and pro… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montanans don't want more gun laws, think Obamacare bad for the state, poll finds

Guns, pot, Obamacare, the governor and all of Montana's Congressional delegation. Those were some of the topics covered by the Montana State University Billings' 29th Montana Poll, which was released Monday. Nearly two-thirds of Montanans surveyed said gun laws are about right. Seventeen percent said gun laws were not strict enough, while 13 percent felt they were too strict. Liberals and Democrats were significantly more likely than conservatives and independents to answer that gun laws sho… Continue Reading


KULR8: Montana high school students nominated for military academies

Rep. Ryan Zinke and Sen. Steve Daines collectively nominate 28 Montana high school students to attend America's military service academies. Four students were nominated in our area. Ethan Peterson and Ryan Morgan were nominated from Big Timber. Maren Kirkland from Billings and Ryland Stampfel from Absarokee were also on the list. In order to be accepted to one of the nation's five service academies, high school applicants are required to earn nominations from their congressional delegation. … Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines to Lead Montana Energy 2016

Senator Steve Daines announced that he will be spearheading Montana Energy 2016 in Billings this upcoming spring. The summit, sponsored by Daines, the Montana Contractors' Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Chamber Foundation and KLJ, will take place in Billings, Montana on March 30 and 31, 2016. "Montana holds a vital role in securing our nation's all-of-the-above energy strategy and it's vital that we work together to ensure our state rema… Continue Reading


News Talk KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Pushes to Protect American Energy SecuritySen. Steve Daines Comments on the Importance of a Long-Term Highway Bill for the Missoula Region

Senator Steve Daines commended last week's passage of a long-term highway bill that is providing support for several Montana infrastructure projects. Daines emphasized the importance of this bill, particularly for Missoula. "Some of the projects that will be funded by this bill include the reconstruction and maintenance on I-90, on U.S. 93, on U.S. 12 and Montana 200," Daines said. "It will provide for the reconstruction on the Orange Street interchange as well as the Van Buren interchange. It … Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines, Tester, Zinke oppose reduced hours for Canadian border crossing

Montana's only 24-hour port of entry with Saskatchewan plans to cut its overnight hours, but politicians are urging officials to reconsider. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in November that operations at the Raymond border station would not be continuously open by late December. The new hours will be 8 a.m. to midnight, according to a release from U.S. Customs, reducing the operation by eight hours. Under the plan, the next nearest 24-hour entry point would be at Portal, N.D., wh… Continue Reading


Associated Press: North Dakota, Montana senators make friendly wager on game

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday's playoff football game between North Dakota State and Montana. Hoeven is betting North Dakota-made Dakota Growers pasta, and Daines is putting Montana-made Moose Drool beer on the line. NDSU is the four-time defending Football Championship Subdivision champions. The Bison host Montana in an FCS second-round game Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome. The… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: House vote stops coastal Indians from blocking port for Montana coal

Plans for a controversial port in Puget Sound for Montana coal will advance under a House rider preventing coastal Indians from stopping the project. House lawmakers lead by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., voted to keep the permitting process going for the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash. The Lummi Nation, which has fishing waters next to Cherry Point, had asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon its review of the port proposal. The Lummi argued that its treaty rights would be… Continue Reading


MTN News: Republicans in Congress pass bill to block clean-power regs; veto likely

HELENA - Montana's two Republican members of Congress are hailing the passage of bills blocking the Obama administration's clean power plan - but the bills face an almost certain veto. "I urge (President Barack Obama) to drop his veto threat and sign into law this common-sense legislation to rein in the unchecked fourth branch of government and protect thousands of good-paying union and tribal jobs," Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement Tuesday. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont, also said he… Continue Reading


KMMS: The Future of Montana Agriculture and FFA is Bright

A little different "blue and gold" descended upon Bozeman, Nov. 12 through the 14, in the form of 1,545 Montana Future Farmers of America (FFA) members, 4-H members, advisers and guests. For the fourth year in a row, the John Deere Agriculture Expo was deemed a success by FFA. Three days were packed with providing students the opportunity to compete in Career Development Events, tour through MSU campus, and participate in elite leadership conferences. The foundation welcomed 40 special guests… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Daines, Zinke work to protect Port of Raymond operational hours

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., have urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to reverse plans to reduce operating hours at the Port of Raymond and terminate the northeastern Montana border crossing's 24-hour operating status. In a letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, Daines and Zinke highlighted the important role that the Port of Raymond holds for regional economic activity and the overwhelming local concern surrounding CBP's re… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines Encourages Montanans to “Shop Small,” Tomorrow

In recognition of Small Business Saturday, Senator Steve Daines is encouraging his fellow Montanans to "shop small" and join him in highlighting the important contributions that Montana's small businesses make to Montana's economy year round. "Small businesses are the backbone of Montana's economy," Daines stated. "When small businesses grow, our economy grows. Our country was founded on hard work and entrepreneurship and I'm proud that Montana small businesses continue to lead the way and ex… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Congress: Lock in full PILT funding by Christmas

Montana's congressional delegation is joining with dozens of other U.S. senators and representatives in urging their leaders to figure out quickly how to fully fund a program that supplied more than $29 million to Montana counties this year. Payments In Lieu of Taxes help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal lands: national forests and parks, as well as Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service lands. The U.S. Department of Interior estimates it'll take $4… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: We Need Innovation, Not Regulation

The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) just released a study that confirms what many of us feared - President Obama's Clean Power Plan is a job killer poised to be the "most significant economic event to occur in Montana in more than 30 years." The full impact of President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency will be felt the hardest by those who can least afford it - Montana families and small business owners. Families will see a $500 million loss in annua… Continue Reading


Bloomberg BNA: GOP Lawmakers Query FCC on Enforcement, Net Neutrality

Congressional Republicans in both chambers peppered the FCC with questions about its Enforcement Bureau and the impact of its net neutrality rules on small businesses, in two letters sent to agency Chairman Tom Wheeler late Nov. 19. GOP senators weighed in on the practices of an Enforcement Bureau that has become more aggressive under its current chief, Travis LeBlanc. Against the backdrop of an ongoing legal dispute over the agency's controversial Open Internet rules, a raft of House Republica… Continue Reading


KYYA: Daines, Zinke Work to Protect Port of Raymond Operational Hours

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to reverse plans to reduce operating hours at the Port of Raymond and terminate the northeastern Montana border crossing's 24-hour operating status. In a letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, Daines and Zinke highlighted the important role that the Port of Raymond holds for regional economic activity and the overwhelming local concern surrounding CBP's recent decision … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Montana Congressional Delegation Urges Senate Leaders to Fully Fund LWCF

With bipartisan support, proponents are hopeful for revival of expired conservation fund Both of Montana's U.S. Senators and the state's lone U.S. House Representative have joined in a unified front to advance a measure that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Republican Steve Daines stood among 14 senators from both sides of the aisle this week, calling for Senate leaders to permanently reauthorize … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Study: EPA's Clean Power Plan could lead to closure of Colstrip plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, if enacted, could lead to the closure of the four-unit power-generating station in Colstrip, according to a study released last week by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. "If you look at the emissions of Colstrip and the amount of tonnages that Montana has to eliminate, it does not mathematically show that Colstrip has to go. But it clearly indicates that it's going to affect Colstrip in some w… Continue Reading


KULR8: $350,000 in grants for rural Montana mental health services

On National Rural Health Day, Senator Steve Daines announced more than $350,000 in funding for rural Montana telehealth and mental health services. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants have been awarded to Western Montana Mental Health Center and St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. Daines wrote a letter of support for St. Patrick Hospital's plan to build the Western Montana Telepsychiatry Network - a partnership between St. … Continue Reading

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