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Steve Daines

U.S. Capitol
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Both of Montana’s senators voted against the omnibus federal spending bill that passed Congress today, but its lone congressman voted for it.

Montanans Say Terrorism Is The Biggest Problem In The U.S.

Dec 7, 2015

Montanans say terrorism is the biggest problem in the U.S. In a new statewide poll of 435 Montanans, 24 percent offered terrorism as the country's top problem. Joshua Poulette conducted the poll for MSU Billings.

U.S. Capitol
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Montana’s senators split on yesterday’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the first time the Senate has voted to repeal the law since it passed five years ago. The House has voted to repeal it dozens of times, and is expected to confirm the Senate vote soon. The bill faces certain veto by President Obama, a veto Republicans don’t have the votes to override.

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

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.”

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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.
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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.

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