Jon Tester

St. Mary River.
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A vote on a water compact for the Blackfeet tribe was delayed Wednesday, as Montana’s U.S. Senators requested more time to finalize the bill’s language.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement today about the clean-up of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement today about the clean-up of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant. 

Governor Steve Bullock today wrote Weyerhaeuser Corporation, urging it to maintain jobs in Montana and the legacy of public access that Plum Creek Timber established.

Senator Jon Tester was in Missoula on Veterans day. He released a report he calls the “State of Veterans in Montana,” that looks at vets’ ability to access Veterans Administration health care. Tester says there are now some more VA clinics in Montana.

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline
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Montana politicians of both parties found something to unite over today: their outrage over the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama rejected the permit application for the pipeline citing the need for America to lead the fight against climate change.

Sen. Steve Daines
Courtesy photo

If you’re a U.S. Senator from Montana, the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that the White House is calling for is either a misguided war on working Montanans, or a reasonable starting point for a discussion of fighting climate change.

Montana Senators Split On Budget Deal

Oct 30, 2015
U.S. Capitol
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Montana’s two U.S. Senators split over the merits of an $80 billion spending bill that was passed in the early morning hours Friday. But they both pointed to the budget deal as a symptom of Washington dysfunction.

Coal with the town of Colstrip in the background
Amy Martin

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today joined the state to a lawsuit to stop President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

"It does not really have anything to do with whether this is wise policy, it has to do with whether it violates the rule of law, the individual states’ sovereignty," Fox said.

Columbia Falls Aluminum Company
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

An open house on the process of cleaning up the shutdown Columbia Falls Aluminum plant happens Thursday evening.

The Columba Falls Aluminum Company, or CFAC, permanently closed this spring after the plant hadn’t fully operated since 2009. CFAC is in talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about how to begin cleanup.

LWCF.org

The Land and Water Conservation Fund which uses fees paid by offshore oil and gas drilling companies for conservation programs, has suffered a significant defeat in Congress.

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