Washington Briefs

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines cosponsored legislation encouraging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to work with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to recruit medical personnel and professionals currently employed across military medical departments to work for the VA, providing jobs for Montana veterans. The VA reportedly has over 45,000 open positions. “Veterans serving veterans makes sense. My bill will help ensure Montanans making the transition from warrior to veteran have a job available where they can support their fellow veterans,” said Daines.

U.S. Sen. Daines announced that President Trump signed his bipartisan legislation that would guarantee benefits for families of any first responder who tragically dies from contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. “This bipartisan effort was about protecting those and their families who keep us all safe during these challenging times. I’m grateful to President Trump for signing this important bill into law,” said Daines.
U.S. Sen. Daines hosted a roundtable discussion with local Montana conservation groups, timber industry leaders and fire officials on his bipartisan forest management reform bill to reduce health risks and respiratory illnesses. “This is about workers. This is about wildfires. It’s about wildlife. It’s about watersheds. It’s about protecting our jobs, our way of life here in Montana…. Either we’re going to manage our forests or our forests are going to manage us,” said Daines.

U.S. Sen. Daines announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will direct $710,000 for the Montana State Fire Chiefs’ Association to recruit and retain fire personnel. “I’m glad to have worked to secure this funding and I will continue working to ensure our brave firefighters have the support they need,” said Daines.