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After more than a decade of negotiation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact passed through Congress late Monday evening. 


The Montana Water Rights Protection Act passed on the coattails of the larger COVID relief and federal omnibus spending bill. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. 




A syringe in a container labeled COVID-19 vaccine.

Republican Sen. Steve Daines is encouraging Montanans to get a COVID-19 vaccine when doses become available. This follows federal emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for persons aged 16 years and older. Ten Montana hospitals received their first shipments of the vaccine this week.

Joe Biden, official portrait, 2013.
White House Photo by David Lienemann (PD)

The Electoral College formally certified the election results Monday, affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Montana’s Republican Congressional delegates have acknowledged the vote. 

Montana’s Republican congressmen have stood behind President Donald Trump over the last month as he challenged the election results in court.

U.S. Army Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over agricultural land during the Vietnam War
Huey Defoliation National Archives - Public domain

Congress Friday overwhelmingly passed the nation’s immense annual defense policy bill, which President Donald Trump has threatened to veto.

This year’s version of the defense bill expands health benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Concept image of cables and connections for internet data transfer

Rural internet providers across the country are waiting on the federal government to finish giving directions on what to do with recently banned Chinese equipment. The delay is adding uncertainty and costs to efforts to narrow Montana’s digital divide.

After a months-long impasse, Montana senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both say Congress should broker a deal on a new coronavirus relief package, but it’s not yet clear if they’ll agree on what a final package should look like. Renewed calls for a deal come as Montana assigns its final dollars from the last federal aid package. 

A woman stands in a stream fly fishing

Critics say a U.S. Department of Interior order issued earlier this week guts a federal program that uses money from oil and gas drilling to buy land for recreation and conservation.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) received full funding of $900 million per year for the first time in its half-century history when the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law in early August.

Editor's note: This story was updated Nov. 9, 2020 at 7 P.M. to include comments following several news organizations calling the 2020 presidential race for Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Montana’s Republican U.S. senator says the presidential election isn’t settled, despite major news outlets calling the race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden over the weekend.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Daines addresses a crowd of more than 100 supporters in an open-air tent outside the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Nov. 03, 2020.
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Republican Steve Daines clinched a second term in the U.S. Senate yesterday, defeating Democratic Governor Steve Bullock.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate

This week we’re running profiles on both the Democratic and Republican candidates in the race. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan brings us this look at Steve Daines and his bid for reelection.