While Montana's congressional delegation disagrees on who did or did not support a bill to remove public land north of Yellowstone National Park from potential mining, all three lawmakers said Wednesday they support the measure. Still, it didn't make it into the 2018 federal spending bill despite the urging of Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte. The reasons why depend … [Read more...] about Tester, Daines disagree on why Yellowstone protection effort failed to make omnibus bill
Montana's Republican delegation to Congress on Wednesday praised provisions included in the 2018 federal spending bill that address forest management, including a partial overturning of the Cottonwood decision and efforts to streamline timber projects. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte said the reforms, which will also fund the U.S. Forest Service's firefighting … [Read more...] about Daines, Gianforte say forest reforms will “blunt” lawsuits, streamline timber projects
Provisions included in a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill making its way through Congress would restore payments to timbered counties across Montana and establish a separate account from which the U.S. Forest Service can fund costs of fighting wildfires, according to Sen. Jon Tester. It did not, however, include the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act sought by Tester and … [Read more...] about Tester: Federal spending bill expected to fund firefighting costs, restore payments to counties
The 2018 midterm cycle is still in its early stages during a highly polarized period in American politics, but shifts in demographics regarding partisan affiliations were decades in the making for women, minorities and educated voters, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. In a survey of tens of thousands of registered voters from 1994 to 2017, Pew researchers found that … [Read more...] about Decades-long study shows changing American electorate, hints of midterm wins for Democrats
The nation’s opioid epidemic has been called today’s version of the 1980s AIDS crisis. In a speech Monday, President Donald Trump pushed for a tougher federal response, emphasizing a tough-on-crime approach for drug dealers and more funding for treatment. And Congress is upping the ante, via a series of hearings — including one scheduled to last Wednesday through Thursday — … [Read more...] about Congress set to tackle nation’s opioid epidemic, but will it help?