Steve Daines

Senator Steve Daines says he wants to hear from Montanans before deciding how he’ll vote on the Republican health care proposal currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

And hear from them, Daines did Wednesday night during his 17th live healthcare tele-town hall meeting.

Daines faced an earnest and sometimes feisty series of questions from Montanans trying to make sense of the complicated healthcare debate:

Jackie Yamanaka

A coal mine on the Crow Reservation was the first stop for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Montana.

After Air Force Two landed, Pence climbed into a waiting vehicle and went directly to the Crow Reservation.


Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines
Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines

U.S. Justice Department data shows Native women are 10 times as likely to be murdered as other Americans. They’re four times as likely to be raped or sexually assaulted. Yellowstone Public Radio's Brie Ripley and Montana Public Radio's Edward O'Brien report. 

China Elicits Another Discussion On Importing U.S. Beef

Apr 17, 2017
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U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently returned from a trip to Asia, where he discussed trade, in particular—beef. Daines is hopeful China will soon resume U.S. beef imports the Republican announced during a press call with reporters.

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT, held a Town Hall over the phone for 25,000 Montanans last night. 

According to a spokesperson, a telecommunication system dialed 200,000 subscribers at 6:15 p.m. yesterday evening.

The tele-Town Hall comes just days after about 3 dozen constituents confronted Daines at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport demanding to speak to him face-to-face. Daines declined at that time.

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT, has the following details for those who are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

Washington, DC Office Open House: Daines will host an Open House at 320 Hart Senate Office Building the day before the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017. He's inviting Montanans to stop by his office, snap a picture in the Senator for a Day! photo booth, and enjoy light refreshments and snacks from Montana. The office will host visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Jackie Yamanaka

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Montana voters to return Congressman Ryan Zinke for a second term in the U.S. House. The Wisconsin Republican spoke briefly at a rally and fundraiser for Zinke at a private hangar the Billings airport Sunday morning.

The campaign stop was part of Ryan’s campaign swing on behalf of Republican Representatives.

Ryan said the U.S. House runs differently than the U.S. Senate.  He called it a meritocracy, “If you’re good, you get the ball and run with it.”

In the Senate, seniority matters. Ryan said that’s not the case in the House.

Jackie Yamanaka

Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke, say they need a partner in Montana’s statehouse.

That is why the two Republican members of the state’s Congressional delegation endorsed Greg Gianforte’s campaign for governor.

But the campaign manger for Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock scoffed at the “news.” Eric Hyers charges this event was called to distract attention away Gianforte’s support of discriminatory laws passed in states like North Carolina.

Gianforte says his focus is on jobs, especially on keeping coal jobs in Montana.

Jackie Yamanaka

A wet, spring snowstorm did not deter about 60 people to a rally on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn to tout renewable energy.

The event, sponsored by the Northern Plains Resource Council, was scheduled to coincide with Senator Steve Daines’ Montana Energy Conference.

“We’re very unique in that we truly do have an all-of-the-above energy portfolio,” said Daines in remarks to employees at the CHS Refinery in Laurel.

CHS Refinery Depends on Colstrip For Electricity

Mar 21, 2016
Jackie Yamanaka

CHS Refinery Manager Pat Kimmet told U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT,  the facility’s electricity bill is $18 million a year. He says to put it into perspective, the refinery spends $15 million a year in wages and benefits for its employees. He says the average salary is just over $120,000.

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