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July is the second month in a row that two federal agencies have failed to provide input on five bills that address missing and murdered indigenous people, effectively stalling the bills.

Advocates say peoples’ lives hang in the balance.

Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Steve Daines this week spoke out about the border wall and the government shutdown.
Montana Public Radio

As the partial federal government shutdown continues, Montana's U.S. Senators are speaking out about it, and the border wall that's at the heart of the shutdown.

A bill that would have granted federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe in Montana failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, objected to fast-tracking the bill’s passage in the Senate.

Land and Water Conservation Fund.
LWCF.org

In Missoula Friday, Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, said Senate leadership has committed to, “Put some kind of a package together of bills, public lands bills and conservation bills that we hope to move during the lame duck session. We’ll be back in session in the U.S. Senate on November 13 and we’ll have between then and the end of the year — which will be really the end of this Congress — to put something together.”

Corin Cates-Carney

U.S. Senator Jon Tester walked up to the union picket line in Three Folks Saturday for the second time since the local Boilermakers #239 were locked out of the Imerys talc plant in early August, amid a bitter labor contract dispute.

Daines Among U.S. Senators Asking To Skip August Recess

May 16, 2018

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is among a group of just over a dozen of Republican colleagues asking their Majority leader to continue working through the traditional August recess. Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester said he also didn't have a problem staying in August.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Courtesy Montana DOJ

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today confirmed reports that he will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018. Despite courtship from national Republican leaders, Fox says he will not campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Jon Tester.

Rep. Ryan Zinke at his Interior Secretary confirmation hearing Tuesday
CSPAN

A Senate committee is expected to vote tomorrow on Representative Ryan Zinke’s nomination to be Interior Secretary in the Trump administration. It will be the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the same one Zinke testified in front of for nearly four hours last Tuesday.

Today marks the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.
Michael-Vadon (CC-BY-SA-2)

Montana’s senators offered their reactions to the inauguration of President Donald Trump today. Here’s the complete statement Republican Steve Daines sent to the media.

CSPAN

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Interior, had a four-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on Tuesday.

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