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Chuck Hagel Confirmed as Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel, whose confirmation hearing in the Senate was highly contentious, was finally confirmed today as the next secretary of defense by a vote of 58-41.

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Possible Impacts of Sequestration on Missoula City – County [AUDIO]

If the Obama administration and Congressional leaders can't agree on a budget compromise, cuts commonly referred to as 'sequestration' will automatically be triggered by March 1.

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Obama Asks Lawmakers for Short-Term Sequester Fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in short-term spending cuts and tax revenue to delay automatic spending cuts scheduled to kick in March 1

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US Forest Firefighting Funds Not Fully Funded

Friday, a legislative admendment to restore over $600 million to the Disaster Assistance fund was rejected by the U.S. Congress.

In an Associated Press report, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado criticized the Senate's rejection of his amendment, which was co-sponsored by Montana Senator Jon Tester

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Food Security a Problem in Montana [AUDIO]

America has a 90 day emergency supply of oil, but most Americans have only a 3-day supply of food.

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President Obama Signs The Middle-Class Tax Cut Bill
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Your Taxes Will Almost Certainly Go Up in January, and Congress Won’t Stop It — Dollars and Sense

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, starting January 2013 some 163 million workers across the United States will be slapped with a significant tax increase.

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New Bill Helps Hamilton Veteran Service Center

The "Honoring America's Veterans Act" which was recently signed into law helps reimburse veterans travelling to Vet Center from highly rural areas.

Montana Senator Jon Tester said that the bill includes a waiver to ensure veterans using telehealth facilities are not required to make copayments

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At What Grade Level Does Congress Talk? The Answer May Surprise You

If you’ve ever listened to a member of Congress speak and felt like you were being addressed as a child, it’s not your imagination. A new study shows congresspeople now talk at a 10th grade level — a full grade lower than they did just seven years ago.

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STOCK Act to Recieve a Vote Next Week.

Next week, the United States senate will vote on a bill that, if enacted, would ban the trading of corporate stocks by members of congress based on non-public information. The bill, known as the STOCK Act (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act) was authored by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R).

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Rehberg Coming To Hamilton

Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg will have another of his Listening Sessions in Hamilton April 28th.
Rehberg, who recently announced his candidacy for the US Senate, will meet with the public at the Hamilton Middle school at 209 South 5th Street, beginning at 4pm Thursday April 28

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