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Jon Tester

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester found a new place for a bill that federally recognizes the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Last night, they placed it within the National Defense Authorization Act.

Greeting on the road into the Anaconda Job Corps
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Congressional action on the closure and transfer of 25 Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the country, including two in Montana, could come by the end of the week. 

Democratic Senator Jon Tester announced today that he filed a bill that would stop the Job Corps rollbacks as an amendment to a larger national defense act Senate members will begin debating as soon as Wednesday and vote on by Friday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly connected an appropriations bill procedural delay to the Job Corps amendment. The two are unrelated. Also, the original story correctly noted Gianforte did not vote on the Job Corps amendment, but failed to mention that was because he was flying to Montana with Vice President Pence to participate in a meth roundtable. Edward O'Brien is responsible for the mistakes, not reporter Nick Mott. O'Brien regrets the errors.  

An amendment that would stop the Trump Administration from closing or transferring 25 job training facilities for at-risk youth — including two in Montana — passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to extend health care benefits to offshore Vietnam veterans who had contact with Agent Orange.

The current law only offers the benefits to veterans who served within the borders of Vietnam.

Power plant at Colstrip, MT.
Beth Saboe / MontanaPBS

Units 1 and 2 of the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip will permanently close at the end of this year. Plant operator Talen Energy made that announcement in a press release Tuesday, saying the company has been unsuccessful in making the units economically viable. Talen says the plant’s newer units, 3 and 4, will remain open.

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