Joe Biden

Haaland faces rocky confirmation process for Interior secretary

BY: - February 19, 2021

U.S. Senate Republicans may use next week’s Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states. GOP Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Steve Daines of Montana sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will […]

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the federal government

BY: - February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is directing $1.6 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing nationally, including money to expand testing in schools and homeless shelters, boost supplies needed for testing, and analyze results to more quickly identify new strains of the virus. Roughly $650 million would go toward creating regional coordinating centers, which will partner with labs […]

15 Montana groups add their name to Haaland support letter

BY: - February 17, 2021

More than a dozen Montana organizations and groups have added their name to a letter started by The Wilderness Society which is urging the Senate to confirm former Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to become the next Secretary of the Department of The Interior. Montana Sen. Steve Daines has said he will opposed Haaland’s […]

White House guidance contradicts Gianforte’s decision

BY: - February 12, 2021

In a news release Friday, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said he called on President Joe Biden to provide more COVID-19 vaccines, the same day he rescinded a statewide mask order. At the daily White House briefing, Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki was asked about Gianforte’s lifting of the mask mandate on the day when the Centers […]

$12 minimum wage proposal gets Senate hearing

BY: - February 12, 2021

In 2006, voters in Montana approved a ballot initiative that set the state minimum wage at $6.15 an hour, pegged to the rising cost of living. Fifteen years later, it now sits at $8.75 an hour, a buck fifty higher than the federal minimum and not even 40 percent of the state hourly median wage. […]

Biden’s nominees for labor and education move forward

BY: - February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON—Miguel Cardona was one step closer to leading the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee moved his nomination to the full Senate for a vote. The panel voted 17-5. Senators also voted 18-4 to advance the nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as secretary of […]

Biden administration may reconsider BLM’s move to Colorado

BY: - February 11, 2021

The Biden administration is reviewing the Bureau of Land Management headquarters’ recent move from Washington, D.C., to western Colorado, even as the state’s congressional delegation has united in a bipartisan pushback to any attempt to reverse the decision. An Interior Department spokesperson said this week that the department’s “new leadership will work with BLM career […]

COMMENTARY

The End of the ‘American Century’

BY: - February 9, 2021

Commenting in the midst of Europe’s corona crisis, Austria’s major daily, “Der Standard,” captured at least one European attitude toward the United States:  “No one on the planet expects any help from the U.S.A.  Working together with Donald Trump, the coronavirus has ended the American century.” The American Century began decades ago when the U.S. […]

Daines vows to block Interior nominee’s quest for top spot

BY: - February 8, 2021

Montana’s junior Senator, Republican Steve Daines, announced during the weekend that he would seek to block President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland of New Mexico. Daines said he would block Haaland if his concerns were not addressed. Among his concerns were the Keystone XL Pipeline and her stance on the […]

Outlook for a $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by government report

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a gradual federal minimum wage […]

When 100 million doses is not enough

BY: - February 8, 2021

April 30 will mark the end of the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s tenure. That’s a benchmark presidents often set for making good on high-priority campaign promises. In early December, Biden announced that one promise would be to get 100 million covid-19 vaccines into the arms of Americans in the first 100 days, […]

Biden sticks with massive $1.9 trillion bill

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who had […]