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Eric Whitney

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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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Unlike in April, there were few fireworks Wednesday over President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In April, Democratic Senator Jon Tester endured a tweet-storm from Trump after Tester released a list of anonymous accusations that Trump's previous nominee was unfit for the job. That nominee, Admiral Ronny Jackson, subsequently withdrew his nomination. The President then tweeted that Tester should resign from the Senate, and said he'd come to Montana to campaign against his re-election this year.

The Senate has started debating its version of the Farm Bill, and both of Montana’s Senators, Jon Tester and Steve Daines, say their chamber’s version of the Farm Bill is good news for Montana farmers and ranchers. But they disagree on at least one important aspect of it.

First, Yellowstone Public Radio's Jackie Yamanaka reports on what they agree on.

Representative Greg Gianforte in his Washington, DC office
Eric Whitney

Now that Montana's primary elections are over, we're profiling the candidates voters will choose in November to represent Montana in Congress. Today, Greg Gianforte, the Republican who won the special election last year earlier to replace Ryan Zinke, who was appointed Secretary of Interior. 

The percentages of Americans and Montanans without health insurance 2009-2016
Montana Healthcare Foundation

A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance.

And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion.

US Capitol, May, 2018
Eric Whitney

Senator Jon Tester today slammed a decision by the U.S. Justice Department to not defend the provision of the Affordable Care Act that guarantees health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Democrat called it a, “reckless decision,” and said President Trump’s administration "should be working to lower the price of insurance instead of playing political games."

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