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Greg Gianforte

Before it passed, all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation praised at least some aspects of the federal omnibus spending bill. But in the end, only Democrat Jon Tester voted for the bill, which President Trump signed into law earlier today.

Live and beetle killed trees in the Helena National Forest.
Steve Jess

Today the U.S. House passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill with strong bipartisan support. It funds the federal government through September. The bill now heads to the Senate where NPR says it is also likely to pass with bipartisan support.

Wednesday, Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines said there's good news for the Treasure State in the spending bill.

Montana Republican Party
Montana Republican Party

Republican candidates running to challenge Democratic Senator Jon Tester are holding their first primary debate of the year this Thursday at Montana State University. The debate will be hosted by the College Republicans at MSU and will run from 6 - 9 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building.

Democrats have so far held four debates with their candidates seeking to run against Republican incumbent Greg Gianforte, for Montana’s seat in the U.S House.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss The Green Party's possible role as election spoiler; dissect the new campaign ads; and weigh in on press censorship in the Flathead, Sheriff Clarke's urgent call to anger, and Joe Biden's lament of the degradation of the Oval office. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat."

A new ad by the League of Conservation Voters launched on Wednesday against Congressman Greg Gianforte is the first significant outside spending in the race for Montana's U.S. House seat. 

A video ad repeatedly criticizes the Republican for "attacking" and "assaulting" public lands since he's been in office, a veiled reference to Gianforte's attack on a reporter last year. 

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