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The closer: Biden in familiar role, to unite party on $3.5T

Sep. 24, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The time has come for President Joe Biden to close the deal — bring progressive and centrist Democratic coalitions together in Congress — if he has any hope of delivering on his domestic policy ambitions. As the House and Senate chase endless...

Blackfeet continue work to defend Badger-Two Medicine

Sep. 18, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

Heart Butte, Mont. (AP) — The fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine defends not so much a place as a way of living. On a map, this jumble of mountains, rivers, hunting grounds and petroleum deposits is surrounded by the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National...

Interior Secretary signs Montana tribes water rights compact

Sep. 17, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights compact on Friday, settling a decades-long battle over thousands of individual water rights in Montana and on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The deal also created a $1.9...

US: Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting

Sep. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initial...

For Biden and senators, a sense that 'world was watching'

Aug. 11, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden first announced the framework he'd reached with a bipartisan group of senators for a big infrastructure bill, he said it meant more than building roads and bridges. Agreement, he said two months ago, would send a signal “to...

Infrastructure bill gives Sen. Sinema bipartisan victory

Aug. 10, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has faced unrelenting tension with activists in her party over her insistence that bipartisan deal-making is still the way to do big things during a hyper-partisan era in Washington. She got a measure of tentative...

Infrastructure push slowed by Tennessee senator's objection

Aug. 09, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, Democrats and Republicans trekked to the Senate floor on Sunday touting a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal and argued that, after months of haggling, it was time for a final vote on the measure. Standing in their way: Republican Sen....

Senators behind $1T infrastructure plan show off their work

Aug. 03, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senators who spent months stitching together a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package are now trying to sell it to the American people before a key vote expected this week that would push a long recognized national priority much closer to the finish line, after...

Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Jul. 26, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Monday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority. Despite weeks of...

Democrats back Biden US lands pick assailed by Republicans

Jul. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A bitterly divided U.S. Senate panel deadlocked Thursday on President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, as Democrats united behind a nominee whose credibility was assailed by Republicans over her links to a 1989 environmental...