Steve Daines

Syrian refugee center on the Turkish border 50 miles from Aleppo, Syria (3 August 2012).

Republican lawmakers are taking steps to keep Syrian refugees out of Montana, and the rest of the country as well. Meanwhile the governor says it’s a moot point, for the time being.

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
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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’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.

On Monday night Missoula’s city council takes up a proposed ordinance that would require criminal background checks on nearly all gun sales in the city, including those between private parties.

Today, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said he believe such an ordinance, “is prohibited by state law and likely violates our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

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.

Greater sage grouse. The Department of Interior announced it's decision today not to recommend endangered species protections for the bird.

Governor Steve Bullock says Tuesday’s decision to not recommend endangered species protection for the greater sage grouse is good for both industry and conservationists.

Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Pipeline Safety In Billings

Sep 18, 2015
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a field hearing at Montana State University Billings on pipeline safety as part of the reauthorization of the federal agency that oversees pipelines and hazardous materials.
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Last winter’s oil pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive prompted Montana Senator Steve Daines to call a field hearing on pipeline safety in Billings, which happened today.

The Senate is working on a bill reauthorizing the federal agency that oversees pipelines and hazardous materials. Senator Jon Tester also participated in the hearing.

A "High Tech Jobs Summit" brought technology leaders from across the country to Bozeman to talk about ways to create more Montana tech jobs.

Hundreds of people gathered at Montana State University Sunday and Monday for a “High Tech Jobs Summit” organized by Senator Steve Daines. His goal was to bring technology leaders from across the country to Bozeman to talk about ways to create more good-paying Montana jobs.

Eric Whitney

About a hundred people came to Missoula’s Har Shalom synagogue this morning to be part of a protest against a new shipping terminal on the coast of Washington. Opponents say the terminal will cause environmental problems.