Jon Tester

This week on Campaign Beat: Sen. Tester has some qualms about Bernie Sanders topping the Democratic ticket for president. Sen. Daines has no qualms about whether President Trump should stay in office. Former Montana congressman and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke resurfaces. And Montana lawmakers revisit annual sessions.

Listen now with MTPR's Sally Mauk, Lee Newspapers Capitol Reporter Holly Michaels and University of Montana Political Science Professor and Mansfield Center Fellow Rob Saldin.

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines signs the oath book as he's sworn in for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Jan. 16, 2020.
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U.S. Senators Jan. 16 were sworn in as jurors in the upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Montana’s Senators are split along party lines heading into the trial, which is expected to begin next week.

Posters with handwritten names and the message "Hope for Sal" blow in the wind at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was last seen.
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Multiple agencies are continuing to search for a missing girl from south-central Montana through frigid weather.

A cow looks up on a farm near Bridger, Montana.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

Some Montana lawmakers are applauding the U.S.-China trade agreement signed Jan. 15, saying it’s a big win for the state’s agricultural producers. Critics say a trade war with the world’s second largest economy should not have happened in the first place.

A panel of people in a room.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

 

Edit December 19, 2019: A former version of this article misstated the date of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources considered the bill on full and permanent LWCF funding. The commitee heard the bill November 19.

Some businesses in Billings are calling for Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. They say access to the outdoors helps them recruit and keep employees in eastern Montana.

The House of Representatives Wednesday will debate and vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump; one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of justice. Where do Montana's 2020 House candidates stand?

The tribal seal for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the $738 billion national defense spending bill and with it, federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio News

Correction December 12, 2019: This article has been updated to include that Sen. Jon Tester is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Environmental advocates and political leaders across Montana are pushing for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million, an amount the country hasn’t been close to since 1998.

Every member of The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs pictured together during the legislative hearing.
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The U.S. Senate will consider expanding access to healthcare for Native American veterans and streamline the hiring process for tribal law enforcement. That’s after two bills passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday.

A photo of Lawrence VanDyke taken in 2015.
Jessie Mazur

The Senate has confirmed a top Justice Department lawyer with ties to Montana as a federal appeals court judge, despite a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association and sharp opposition from his home-state senator.

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