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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Montana Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 24 items )  

At Town Hall in Missoula, Tester Talk Job Corps Victory, Public Lands
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator fields questions from more than 100 Montanans at in-person public forum * * * U.S. Senator Jon Tester spent an hour fielding questions and soliciting input from more than 100 Montanans at an in-person town hall in Missoula today. "I think democracy still works, even though sometimes it doesn't feel like it can. And I think it works best when you get public input. It's the reason I do these   more

Doubling Down on Effort to Save Montana Job Corps, Tester Pushes to Attach Closure Prevention Bill to Must-Pass Defense Legislation
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator pushes for vote on his bill to stop transfer & closure of Civilization Conservations Centers in Darby & Anaconda * * * After introducing legislation to stop the closure or transfer of Montana's Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is doubling down on his effort to save these critical job training programs by pushing to include his legislation in the Senate's must-  more

Little Shell Federal Recognition Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law After Push by Daines, Tester
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators successfully include legislation in Senate's must-pass annual defense bill * * * Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced further than ever before after a push by U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester to successfully include their bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act--the Senate's must-pass annual defense legislation. T  more

Little Shell Federal Recognition Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law After Push by Tester, Daines
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators successfully include legislation in Senate's must-pass annual defense bill * * * Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has advanced further than ever before after a push by U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines to successfully include their bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act-the Senate's must-pass annual defense legislation. The   more

On 75th Anniversary of the G.I. Bill, Tester Continues Work for Next Generation of Veterans
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Ranking Member introduces resolution to commemorate 75th anniversary of G.I. Bill * * * Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the G.I. Bill, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester introduced a resolution to designate the week of June 17, 2019, as "National G.I. Bill Commemoration Week" and mark the 75th anniversary of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. "After they serve   more

On 75th Anniversary of the G.I. Bill, Tester Continues Work for Next Generation of Veterans
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. John Tester, D-Montana, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Ranking Member introduces resolution to commemorate 75th anniversary of G.I. Bill * * * Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the G.I. Bill, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester introduced a resolution to designate the week of June 17, 2019, as "National G.I. Bill Commemoration Week" and mark the 75th anniver  more

Rep. Gianforte Applauds Announcement of Affordable Clean Energy Rule
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Montana, issued the following news release: Congressman Greg Gianforte today joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney at the EPA's signing of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. The rule replaces the Obama administration's overreaching Clean Power Plan (CPP) which was halted from implementation by the U.S. Supreme Court. "I appreciate the work of EPA Administrator Wh  more

Rep. Gianforte Issues Statement on Reversal of Plans for Closures, Transfers of Civilian Conservation Centers
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Montana, issued the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement to reverse its decision calling for closures and agency transfers in the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center program: "This is a welcomed decision by the administration and good news for Montana. "Thousands of young Montanans learn valuable skills through the Civilian Conservation Corps programs at Anaconda and Trapper Creek. "Many of those are at-risk youth and   more

Rep. Gianforte Recognizes Importance of Mental Health Care During Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Montana, issued the following news release: During Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, Congressman Greg Gianforte stressed the need to ensure quality health care for veterans and military members who may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). "Montana is home to thousands of men and women who have served our country. When they come home, they deserve the highest quality of care and support," Gianforte said. During a s  more

Rep. Gianforte Recognizes Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy of Dillon With Spirit of Montana Commendation
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Montana, issued the following news release: Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized the staff, instructors, and mentors of the Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy of Dillon for twenty years of helping Montana's at-risk youth overcome challenges and turn their lives around. The Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA) provides young Montanans from 16 to 18 years old the opportunity to develop academically and hone workforce and social skills in a secure, st  more

Sen. Daines Announces $34 Million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes Funding for Montana
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $34 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties. "This is good news for our rural communities in Montana," Daines said. "These payments ensure critical services are delivered so all Montanans, including those in our rural communities, receive the quality of life they deserve." Under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, Monta  more

Sen. Daines Celebrates New Affordable Clean Energy Rule
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Repeals and Replaces Obama Era Job Killing Power Plan * * * U.S. Senator Steve Daines today praised the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal and replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. "The new ACE plan is great news for Montana's rural communities," Daines said. "The Obama EPA Power Plan would have wiped out Colstrip immediately,   more

Sen. Daines Issues Statement on Job Corps Announcement
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following statement on the news that all Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, including Montana's Anaconda and Trapper Creek Centers, will remain open and operated by the Department of Agriculture: "This is a big win for Montana and our country. I'm glad that President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and Secretary Acosta listened, and are keeping these critical centers open and under the Department of Agriculture. "Our job corps cen  more

Sen. Daines Launches Bills to Mitigate MMIW Crisis in Indian Country
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Rolls out legislation at U.S. Senate Hearing, Highlights Importance of Solving Crisis * * * U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing continued his fight to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis occurring across Montana's Tribal communities and the West. In conjunction with the hearing, Daines introduced two pieces of legislation, the Fi  more

Sen. Tester Amendment Limits Efforts by President to Raid Defense Budget for Border Wall
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator pushing to include amendment in annual defense legislation: 'Instead of bringing our most powerful means of defense into the 21st Century, the President wants to build a Medieval border wall' * * * In response to President Donald Trump's decision to raid existing military budgets in order to pay for a wall on the southern border, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced an amendment to hold th  more

Sen. Tester Highlights Need for Bipartisan Veterans Suicide Prevention Bills at Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. John Tester, D-Montana, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator doubles down with push to advance veteran and National Guard mental health care provisions in must-pass defense bill * * * At a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee oversight hearing, Ranking Member Jon Tester highlighted his innovative, bipartisan veterans suicide prevention bills aimed at addressing the alarming number of   more

Sen. Tester Issues Statement on Administration's Job Corps Reversal
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement applauding USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that--after significant push-back from Tester and other members of Congress--the Administration is reversing its reckless, short-sighted decision to close or privatize all 25 Forest Service-run Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers. These job training centers operate in 17 national forests and grassla  more

Sen. Tester Issues Statement on Trump Administration Job Corps Reversal
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following statement applauding Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that - after significant pushback from Tester and other members of Congress - the Trump administration is reversing its decision to close or privatize all 25 Forest Service-run Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers: These job training centers operate in 17 national forests and grasslands across 16 states--including Montana--and train over 4,000 young a  more

Senate Committee Moves Forward With Five Tester-Backed Bills Aimed At Curbing The MMIW Crisis
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: During this week's Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials gave feedback on five bipartisan bills backed by U.S. Senator Jon Tester to help tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies confront the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis. "From the feds to the states to the Tribes, we need to make sure folks are worki  more

Senate Health Committee Issues Testimony From Montana State Employee Group Health Plan
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee issued the following testimony by Marilyn Bartlett, administrator of the Montana State Employee Group Health Plan, at a hearing on the Lower Health Care Costs Act: "I am honored to speak to you today about my success in lowering health care costs for Montanans. As Administrator of the Montana State Employee Group Health Plan, I turned the Plan from pending bankruptcy to a large surplus in less than 3 years. I then  more

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Sets Hearing on Harnessing Power of Community
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee issued the following hearing information: Harnessing the Power of Community: Leveraging Veteran Networks to Tackle Suicide at 418 Russell Senate Office Building at 2:30 on June 19: Witnesses Robert L. Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs Col. Miguel Howe, April and Jay Graham Fellow, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute * J. Michael Haynie, Executive Director, Institute for Veteran  more

Tester Spearheading Push to Boost Access to Mental Health Care for Montana Kids
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's legislation would help bring more mental health professionals to rural schools & pediatric hospitals * * * As part of his ongoing effort to help Montana's next generation thrive, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced two new bills to expand support services for children in rural areas by bringing more mental health care professionals to rural schools and pediatric hospitals. "In rural Am  more

Tester, Blackburn, Klobuchar Toxic Exposure Bill Successfully Included in Must-Pass Defense Legislation
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health Act clears key hurdle, heads to Senate floor * * * U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health Act (OATH) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - a must-pass annual defen  more

Tester, Blackburn, Klobuchar Toxic Exposure Bill Successfully Included in Must-Pass Defense Legislation
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. John Tester, D-Montana, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health Act clears key hurdle, heads to Senate floor * * * U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health Act (OATH) in th  more