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House Holds Hearing On Nomination Of Max Baucus To Be Ambassador To China
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U.S. Senate Vacancies Should be Filled by Special Election, Says Montana Secretary of State

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is asking for the Montana Legislature to change the way the state fills vacancies when a U.S. Senator representing Montana leaves office before a term ends. Right now, such a vacancy would be filled by a gubernatorial appointment.

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FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama concentrated his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'It�s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama concentrated his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'It�s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About The State of the Union

Three Media Darlings – Calvin Coolidge did the first radio address in 1923, Harry Truman the first TV version in 1947, and George W. Bush did the first webcast in 2002.

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Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
Credit: Philip Lange • Source: ThinkStock
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Sorry, I Don’t Feel Your Pain

Look around you. Do you feel the pain? What pain you might ask? Why the pain of government of course.Don’t worry I don’t feel it either.

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President Obama Speaks At Southern Site Of The Keystone Oil Pipeline
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Daines Urges Obama to Approve Keystone XL – Discourages Delayed Construction

Today Montana Senator Steve Daines condemned "the partisanship and political games," including President Barack Obama’s recent veto threat, that "have delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for more than six years."

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Tester – Walsh – Daines Announce Montana Lands Bill Agreement [AUDIO]

In a joint press conference on Wednesday, Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh and Senator-elect Steve Daines announced a landmark legislative package that includes eight Montana-based lands and resources bills.

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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 28: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation member, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), holds up a Government Accounting Office report during his opening statement on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 28: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation member, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), holds up a Government Accounting Office report during his opening statement on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Is It Time For A Government Accounting?

Whenever something happens in government the Senate and House waste no time is appointing committees or the famous “blue ribbon panels.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Pentagon Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez testifies about military equipment given to local law enforcement departments by the federal government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Pentagon Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez testifies about military equipment given to local law enforcement departments by the federal government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the wake of the Ferguson, MO, police response to peaceful protests, senators on the committee were critical of the federal grant programs that allow local and state law enforcement agencies to buy armored vehicles, assult rifles, body armor and other military equipment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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How Much Government Is TOO Much Government?

We pay for a lot of government. Over $3 trillion each year just the run the basic stuff — then we borrow billions more to fill in the gaps.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 during an East Room event February 12, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on 'on the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for all workers' at the event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 during an East Room event February 12, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on 'on the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for all workers' at the event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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What’s An Executive Order Anyway?

The president keeps going on TV talking about bypassing congress. “I have a pen and a phone,” is one to the many sound bites we hear on the nightly news

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John Walsh Reminds President, Congress the “Costs of War” – Says Iraq Needs to Defend Themselves

Senator John Walsh, the only Iraq War combat veteran serving in the U.S. Senate, said Wednesday it was time for Iraq to secure and defend its own nation.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13:  (L to R) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak to reporters about meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama over the deficit debate at the U.S. Capitol on April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to make a major budget address this afternoon.   (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: (L to R) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak to reporters about meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama over the deficit debate at the U.S. Capitol on April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to make a major budget address this afternoon. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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Does Congress Deserve A Raise?

Congressional leaders make $174,000 annually. About 3-4 times what the average American receives for his or her daily labors.

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