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Jon Tester

Time is running out. Congress still needs to approve a must-pass budget bill tonight or else the government shuts down. The Senate version doesn’t include a fix for the DACA program. This has one recipient in Montana feeling anxious.


A U.S. Senate committee heard bills from both of Montana’s senators today. One would add wilderness protection to about 79,000 acres of land here, the other would remove Wilderness Study Area designation for around half a million acres.

Federal funding for community health centers expired September 30, 2017 and unless Congress acts soon this medical safety net for thousands of Montanans could lose access to basic health care.

Federal lawmakers face another budget deadline Thursday.


U.S. Senator Jon Tester, facing a tough re-election campaign this year, is hoping women voters will give him the push he needs to be elected to a third term in this increasingly Republican-leaning state.

The Democrat says history will determine whether the Women’s March was a moment or a movement still, “It certainly has the feel of a movement at this moment in time.”


A bird's eye view of the southern reaches of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham

Two Montana wilderness bills are getting hearings Wednesday in an important U.S. Senate committee. There’s disagreement over whether they should be linked.

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is sponsoring one of the bills it will hear Wednesday. It would remove wilderness study area designations in five Montana places encompassing nearly half-a-million acres.

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