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Daines gets Senate committee assignments

Daines gets Senate committee assignments

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines says he'll serve on four committees when he moves to the U.S. Senate next month.

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Daines lays out ambitious GOP agenda for Congress – but says he’s a `pragmatic conservative’

Daines lays out ambitious GOP agenda for Congress – but says he’s a `pragmatic conservative’

HELENA — Montana’s next U.S. senator, Republican Steve Daines, says the new GOP-controlled Congress will have an active agenda next year, such as taking on “Obamacare,” passing a balanced budget, blocking costly federal regulations and approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Death and taxes are the certain things in life, or so goes the adage. Tax breaks, hung up in an unproductive Congress, haven’t been a sure bet for Montanans depending on them.

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House passes bill containing Montana wilderness, public lands package

HELENA — The U.S. House Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for Montana, including new wilderness on the Rocky Mountain Front, bans on mining near Glacier National Park and changes supporting oil exploration and grazing on federal land.

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Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

Will lame duck Congress pass Montana wilderness, logging bills?

MISSOULA — In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress before the end of the year.

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Enzi, Barrasso look to committee assignments

Enzi, Barrasso look to committee assignments

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are looking ahead to their committee assignments now that Republicans have regained the majority in the Senate.

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Enzi, Lummis face obscure opposition to 4th terms representing Wyoming

Enzi, Lummis face obscure opposition to 4th terms representing Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming voters were asked to decide whether little-known candidates with no political experience were alternatives to sending Republican Sen. Mike Enzi and Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis back to Washington for fourth terms.

November 04, 2014 6:20 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Daines will bring business sense to U.S. Senate

Gazette opinion: Daines will bring business sense to U.S. Senate

Two years ago, Montanans chose Steve Daines to be their sole representative in the U.S. House. On Nov. 4, they have the opportunity to capitalize on that decision by sending Daines to the U.S. Senate.

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Gazette opinion: Lewis best prepared for Montana's House job

Gazette opinion: Lewis best prepared for Montana's House job

Both John Lewis and Ryan Zinke are Montana natives with careers in government service. Zinke served overseas in the U.S. Navy. Lewis worked for former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in Washington and in Montana. He learned how Congress works and how to navigate myriad federal agencies to serve Montana…

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Guest view: Of course we want to know where our food comes from

Guest view: Of course we want to know where our food comes from

Just more than 100 years ago, our family farm was homesteaded by Laura Etta Smalley Bangs, my husband Jeff’s great-grandmother. It’s hard to imagine setting up a homestead out on the rugged northern plains of Montana. The constant fight with the elements and the distance from town made it a …

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Gazette opinion: Making the debate worth it

When the news came out Friday afternoon that Montana congressional candidate Ryan Zinke would indeed participate in a Billings debate scheduled for tonight, it was a really good thing.

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Guest opinion: Founders would be proud of wilderness legacy

I was pleased to see the Gazette celebrate the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act on its 50th Anniversary earlier this month. I well remember the momentous days leading up to the vote in the House on July 30, 1964, in the conciliatory period just seven months after President Kennedy’s assass…

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Guest opinion: Time to push made-in-Montana public land legislation

I recently got to hike with some fellow Montanans 2,000 feet up to Headquarters Pass on the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Guest opinion: Lawmakers must support continued funding to curb domestic violence

September marks the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Guest opinion: Cost of prescription meds grows more outrageous

In a Billings Gazette guest opinion in September 2003, I compared the prices of a three-month supply of the 30 most popular patented prescription drugs from the Billings Costco pharmacy with a Canadian pharmacy. The Canadian prices were 48 percent lower.

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Guest opinion: Congress can restore freedom of information in FOIA

Over time, federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records …

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Guest opinion: Bipartisan land-exchange bill awaits action in Congress

Grand Teton National Park is an extraordinary place. Its mountains are breathtaking, its lakes and rivers pristine. Wildlife is abundant and the majesty of nature reigns supreme. It is one of the crown jewels of the national park system.

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U.S. House heavyweights to campaign for Lewis, Zinke next week

HELENA — Some top leaders of the U.S. House will be in Montana next week to appear at fundraisers for U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis.

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On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

Frustrated farmers told Congressman Steve Daines on Monday in Huntley that clogged rail lines, increasing federal regulations and cheap imports are hurting their business.

August 04, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Politics leave Highway Trust Fund running on empty

The highways America needs can’t be built in five months. Major projects may take years of planning and multiple years for construction.

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