Daines' Work on Coronavirus

Daines has been leading the efforts in Congress to respond to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country.    

At the beginning of March, Daines brought his proposal and ideas to President Trump at a meeting in the White House.   

  • On July 6th, 2020, introduced the Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020 to support the health and safety of Montana seniors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and extend funding for vital Elder Justice Act programs.
  • On June 23rd, 2020, Daines introduced a bipartisan bill that will provide economic opportunities for Montana’s outfitters and guides impacted by COVID-19 and related travel restrictions. The bipartisan “Trail Stewardship for Economic Recovery Act” will provide funding for outfitters & guides to conduct trail maintenance projects on Forest Service lands.
  • On June 9th, 2020 Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is distributing additional relief funds to assist our most vulnerable Montanans.
  • On June 5th, 2020 President Trump signed Senator Daines’ bipartisan bill giving greater flexibility under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to support and provide more relief for Montana’s small businesses and workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • On June 5th, 2020 Daines sent a bipartisan letter to Senate Leadership to provide additional funding for Community Health Centers in the next COVID-19 funding package. 
  • On June 4th, 2020 Daines announced Montana will receive $360,187 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prepare for the upcoming flu season, given the increased risk of COVID-19.
  • On June 3rd, 2020 Daines secured Senate passage of his bipartisan bill giving greater flexibility for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to support and provide more relief for Montana’s small businesses and workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • On June 3rd, 2020 Daines announced today that Montana will be receiving an additional $1,215,034 from the CARES Act to support hospitals and other health care entities to train workforces, expand telemedicine, obtain supplies and equipment, and assist in the coordination of local health care facilities across Montana in response to COVID-19.
  • On June 2nd, 2020 at a U.S. Senate Finance Hearing with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Senator Steve Daines stressed the need to end the nation’s reliance on China and other nations and bring critical life-saving drugs and medical supply equipment jobs back to the U.S.
  • On May 29th, 2020 Daines announced the U.S. Department of Treasury stated that states should distribute 45% of coronavirus relief funds it received to local governments including counties, cities, and towns.
  • On May 28th, 2020 Daines announced that he successfully secured extended orders for National Guard members to protect their benefits while serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On May 22nd, 2020 Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be directing $15,615,000 to 60 Montana nursing facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • On May 21st, 2020, Daines introduced two bipartisan proposals to provide greater flexibility for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to support and provide more relief for Montana’s small businesses and workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.    
  • On May 21st, 2020, Daines urged the Trump administration to prioritize and expedite direct checks to eligible Montanans receiving Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, or Social Security benefits during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Daines urged the Administration to take action after hearing from Montanans on these programs who have not received their checks.
  • On May 20th, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $2,868,762 to 58 rural health clinics in Montana for COVID-19 testing.
  • On May 19th, 2020, Daines introduced a bill requiring that 45% of coronavirus relief funds directed to state governments are distributed to local governments including counties, cities, and towns.
  • On May 19th, 2020, Daines issued the following statement following President Trump’s announcement on new guidelines to implement the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for farmers and ranchers impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • On May 18th, 2020, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to create a Small Business Local Relief Fund to provide economic relief for very small businesses with fewer than 20 workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On May 14th, 2020, Daines sent a letter urging Senate leadership to temporarily lower the minimum requirement for a satisfactory year of service to accommodate National Guard personnel who are unable to drill and acquire points towards retirement because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  
  • On May 13th, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be directing $264,641 to the University of Montana System and Montana State University to support increased telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On May 13th, 2020, Daines sent a letter urging the Trump administration to allow qualifying veteran service organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • On May 13th, 2020, Daines announced that Montana will be receiving $49,914,794 to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, scale-up laboratory capacity, trace contacts, and support employer testing.
  • On May 11th, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $1,258,912 to Montana through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program.
  • On May 7th, 2020, Daines announced he will be introducing legislation to temporarily extend President Trump’s 60-day ban on immigration to support American workers and jobs as the nation begins to safely reopen the economy. Currently, President Trump’s 60-day ban expires on June 23rd, 2020.
  • On May 6th, 2020, Daines led a call to include $700 million in funding for financial counseling to help families and small businesses avoid bankruptcy in the next coronavirus relief bill.
  • On May 6th, 2020, Daines announced that $3,325,357 will be directed to Montana through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to support housing needs and infrastructure development for Montana communities during the coronavirus outbreak
  • On May 6th, 2020, Daines introduced legislation that would authorize the president to sanction foreign officials who suppress or distort information about international public health crises, including China for the cover up of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • On May 5th, 2020, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation that would guarantee benefits for families of any first responder who tragically dies from COVID-19 in the line of duty.
  • On May 4th, 2020, Daines sent a letter urging the Administration to provide relief for the Opportunity Zones Program to support low-income communities during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On May 4th, 2020, Daines he is pushing legislation to end the United States’ reliance on China for drug and medical equipment manufacturing and bring those jobs back to the United States.
  • On May 1st, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $199,485,740 to support 121 rural healthcare providers in Montana during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On May 1st, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $300,000 to support older Montanans and those with disabilities connect with community resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • On April 30th, 2020, Daines  announced that the U.S. Department of Education will be directing $8,417,240 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund to support Montana tribal colleges, community colleges and low-income students amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Additional funds of $715,380 will be directed to eligible Montana colleges. 
  • On April 30th, 2020, Daines shared updated numbers from the White House on the amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and testing supplies Montana has received during the coronavirus pandemic. Daines specifically worked with the Trump administration to ensure Montana received this support.
  • On April 29th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Verma urging them to ensure access to audio-only telephone-based services during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is vital for Medicare patients who live in communities that lack sufficient broadband and internet connectivity.
  • On April 29th, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $13,193,537 to support 69 healthcare providers in Montana in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This distribution includes the over $600,000 in funding secured for Shodair Children’s Hospital.
  • On April 28th, 2020, Daines announced that $1,820,929 will be directed towards supporting disabled adults and Montana public housing during the Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • On April 27th, 2020, Daines announced he successfully had the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guidelines expanded to offer fair relief for Montana seasonal businesses and workers.
  • On April 24th, 2020, Daines issued the following statement after President Trump signed a bipartisan deal into law that provides $480 billion in additional relief for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) for small businesses, testing and hospitals in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • On April 24th, 2020, Daines announced that Montana’s 2,400 bars and taverns which employ 40,000 Montanans are now eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides $350 billion in 100 percent forgivable loans (grants) to small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic if they maintain or rehire their employees.
  • On April 23rd, 2020, Daines sent a bipartisan letter urging support for Montana’s radio and televisions broadcasters and local newspapers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April 23rd, 2020, Daines announced U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $2.5 million will be directed to the University of Montana to begin COVID-19 vaccine development.
  • On April 23rd, 2020, Daines announced $5,075,000 will be directed to Montana through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand the state’s capacity for testing, contact tracing, and containment to strengthen Montana’s transition to safely reopen.
  • On April 22nd, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be directing $4,047,216 to Montana State University to support small rural hospitals in Montana through expansions of telehealth, more purchases of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and boosting testing capacity. 
  • On April 22nd, 2020announced that $5,524,715 will be directed to Montana to fund programs that provide home-delivered meals, care services in the home, respite care and other support services to help meet the needs of older Montanans and individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 emergency. 
  • On April 21st, 2020, Daines announced that Montana’s farmers, ranchers and ag businesses will be eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Today’s announcement follows Daines’ request to the Small Business Association urging them to grant farms, ranches and ag businesses the opportunity to apply for the EIDL program 
  • On April 21st, 2020, Daines secured over $480 billion boost in funding for testing, hospitals, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) to provide more relief for Montana small businesses, workers, families and healthcare professionals in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.  
  • On April 20th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar urging the next round of hospital and provider funding under the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package to target the needs of Montana’s rural providers and children’s hospitals, including Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.
  • On April 18th, 2020, Daines announced that $3,457,033 will be directed to the Montana Board of Crime Control and $47,182 to Lewis and Clark County to help law enforcement respond to a potential increase of crime that may occur following the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • On April 17th, 2020, Daines announced that USDA will be providing $19 billion in assistance for farmers and ranchers hruting from challenging market conditions due to the Coronavirus pandemic through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).
  • On April 17th, 2020, Daines announced that Montana veterans and their beneficiaries who recieve VA benefits will be receiving their direct checks automatically without having to do anything extra from the Department of Treasury. 
  • On April 16th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar urgin the department to direct funding from the Coronavirus economic relief package to support nursing homes, skillled nursing centers, and senior living communitites during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • On April 16th, 2020, Daines announced he was chosen by President Trump to join a bipartisan White House Task Force to provide counsel to President Trump to safely reopen America in the wake of COVID-19. 
  • On April 16th, 2020, Daines issued a statement after Senate Democrats refused to come to the table and continued to block new funding to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which would keep Montana small businesses open and workers employed during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 
  • On April 16th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to Vice President Pence urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to continue prioritizing the deployment of widespread diagnostic tests and accelerating the approval and production of antibody tests, which can help play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19.
  • On April 15th, 2020, Daines announced a proposal to direct funding for new trail maintenance projects to be carried out by guides and outfitters to provide economic relief amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Outfitters and guides face great uncertainty going into what is typically their peak season and some estimate as many as 70% will be forced to close down.
  • On April 15th, 2020, Daines announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be providing all timber sale contract holders with a two-year extension. This follows Daines’ direct request to USDA Secretary Perdue for relief for the wood products industry, including the two-year extension for those with timber sale contracts to provide stability during the pandemic.
  • On April 14th, 2020, Daines announced $73.8 million to be directed to 71 Montana airports to handle the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • On April 14th, 2020, Daines joined a group of bipartisan senators and sent a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs urging the agencies work together to get the nation’s veterans their direct checks in response to Coronavirus.
  • On April 14th, 2020, Daines brought lunch from Bozeman’s Chalet Market to MT National guard troops serving at the Bozeman airport to thank them for protecting Montana communities during the Coronavirus outbreak and to share two big National Guard announcements.
  • On April 14th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to grant Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay to Montana National Guard who have been activated to support the nation’s response to COVID-19.
  • On April 14th, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be directing $10,113,887 to support Montana child care providers during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April 13th, 2020, Daines joined a group of bipartisan senators and sent a letter to Senate Leadership requesting that any future legislation to address COVID-19 includes support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 
  • On April 10th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to President Trump urging him to end the U.S. government’s reliance on medical supplies and equipment from China and bring back drug manufacturing jobs to America in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On April 10th, 2020, Daines announced that $411,135 will go to the Montana Health Research and Education Foundation to improve the capacity of Montana’s health care system to plan for and respond to medical surge events during the coronavirus public health emergency.
  • On April 10th, 2020, Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be providing $111,503,248 for Montana hospitals and providers during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, a portion of this funding would go towards covering costs of uninsured patients for coronavirus related care.
  • On April 8th, 2020, Daines announced that Montana’s farmers and ranchers will be eligible for the Paycheck Protections Program (PPP), which provides $350 billion in loans and grants to small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic if they maintain or rehire their employees. This announcement follows Daines’ push to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure ag businesses are eligible for Coronavirus relief loans.
  • On April 8th, 2020, Daines announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) will be expanding telehealth services across IHS federal facilities for tribal members. This follows Daines’ request to President Trump to include funding for IHS, including for telehealth, so that Montana tribes have the same treatment as their non-tribal entities during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April, 7th, 2020, Daines announced that $12,181,409 will be directed to various health centers across Montana to help the state respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, including $616,070 to Marias Healthcare Services in Shelby, one of the hardest hit Coronavirus spots in Montana.
  • On April, 6th, 2020, Daines announced that Montanans will be eligible, as soon as this week to receive expanded unemployment benefits made possible through the Coronavirus Economic Recovery package. Daines led the fight in the U.S. Senate to expand federal unemployment insurance for Montana workers who lost their job due to COVID-19.  
  • On April 3rd, 2020, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to work with our allies around the world and fully investigate China's response to the emergence of the virus causing COVID-19.
  • On April 3rd, 2020, Daines sent a letter to Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma encouraging both the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to consider solutions to protect Medicare beneficiaries and ensure they receive the care they need in the safest possible setting during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • On April 3rd, 2020, Daines urged U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to provide immediate relief to folks in the outdoor recreation industry amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • On April 3rd, 2020, Daines urged the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan to consider the impact of the proposed temporary reduction of hours at a number of Montana Ports of Entry on Montana ag and Montana’s rural communities.
  • On April 3rd, 2020, Daines announced that SNAP benefits will be increased for Montana families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April 2nd, 2020, Daines urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that agricultural businesses are eligible for Coronavirus relief programs.'
  • On April 2nd, 2020, Daines announced that $48,935,981 will be made available for Montana transit during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • On April 2nd, 2020, Daines announced that $7,976,265 will be made available for critical housing assistance for Montana during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines urged President Trump to permit National Guard members responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in our communities to be eligible for TRICARE coverage.
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. This news follows Daines’ request to the Department of the Treasury to ensure Social Security beneficiaries automatically receive direct checks.
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to provide tribal communities with flexible funding, that Daines secured in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package signed into law last week, to protect tribal economies. 
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines announced that $4,759,829 will be made available to Montana law enforcement for grants to assist in responding to Coronavirus.
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines announced that preliminary estimates of $10,039,330 will be made available for child care and development for Montana families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting immediate assistance to cattle producers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On April 1st, 2020, Daines announced that the State of Montana was approved for major disaster declaration funding to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. This decision follows Daines’ request to President Trump for immediate action.
  • On March 31st, 2020, Daines announced that the State of Montana was approved for major disaster declaration funding to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. 
  • On March 31st, 2020, Daines announced that preliminary estimates of over $50,000,000 will be made available for Montana schools during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • On March 30th, 2020, Daines urged President Trump to support the State of Montana’s major disaster declaration request and urge its immediate approval.  
  • On March 25th, 2020, Daines voted and advanced a Coronavirus economic relief package that would provide Montana workers, small business, hospitals, and state and local governments more than one billion dollars in emergency relief to handle the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 25th, 2020, Daines announced that he was able to successfully secure stronger provisions and critical funding for tribal communities in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package.
  • On March 25th, 2020, Daines announced that the final Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package will have an additional $23.5 billion for agriculture assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • On March 24th, 2020, Senator Daines took to the floor of the United States Senate with Senator Lindsey Graham to urge an immediate Senate vote to pass the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package that would provide relief for Montana workers, families, small businesses and healthcare professionals.
  • On March 23rd, 2020, Daines announced that President Trump announced he will be extending the REAL ID requirements during the coronavirus outbreak, a top priority of Daines.
  • On March 23rd, 2020, Senator Daines sent a bipartisan letter with Senate colleagues to Vice President Pence asking the administration to create two temporary Coronavirus task forces.
  • On March 23rd, 2020, Daines issued a statement after the Senate voted a second time against the CARES Act, a Coronavirus economic recovery package that would deliver major relief for millions of workers, working families and small businesses in Montana and across the country.
  • On March 23rd, 2020, Daines sponsored the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, to address the impending crisis facing our health care system as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) increasingly strains hospitals and providers across the country. 
  • On March 22nd, 2020, Daines announced a plan and over $10 billion in funding for accelerated drug development and manufacturing to treat and prevent the Coronavirus.
  • On March 21st, 2020, Daines announced that President Trump signed his bipartisan bill, the Emergency GI Fix for Coronavirus School Closures, into law. This legislation will stop veterans, and those who depend on them, from losing GI Bill education benefits during the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 21st, 2020, Daines sent a letter to Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging inclusion of expanded and robust federal unemployment insurance in the Coronavirus economic relief package in negotiations today. 
  • On March 20th, 2020, Daines urged President Trump to prioritize the shipment of essential goods such as medical supplies, agricultural commodities, and energy, which will help local Montana businesses and border communities, during ongoing negotiations with Canada over travel restrictions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • On March 20th, 2020, Daines cosponsored a bipartisan bill that provides relief to Montana ranchers during the Coronavirus outbreak. 
  • On March 20th, 2020, President Trump extended the tax filing deadline three months, from April 15th 2020 to July 15th, 2020. Earlier this week, Daines introduced a bipartisan bill urging the administration do so.
  • On March 20th, 2020, Daines cosponsored a bipartisan bill that provides relief to Montana ranchers during the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 19th, 2020, Daines sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie stressing the need to care for veterans in Montana who struggle with mental health and who may be found to have increased stress during the coronavirus outbreak. 
  • On March 19th, 2020, Daines introduced legislation to extend the tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020 to provide additional relief to Montanans during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 19th, 2020, Daines cosponsored a bill to appropriate $17 billion for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make payments on all 7a, 504, and microloans for the next six months.
  • On March 18th, 2020, Daines voted for a Coronavirus relief bill which requires free testing for the Coronavirus, ensures paid and sick family leave for Montana’s families and workers and provides emergency nutritional assistance for seniors, women, children and low income families. This bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, is Phase Two of Congress’ response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 18th, 2020, Daines sponsored legislation to delay the impact of the recent accounting rule change for current expected credit losses (CECL) during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 17th, 2020, Daines introduced legislation to require private health insurance plans to cover treatments or vaccines for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with no cost sharing.
  • On March 17th, 2020, Daines announced the Trump administration will be expanding access to Medicare telehealth services during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 17th, 2020, Daines called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to enable thousands of federal civil servants, who have experience with rapid emergency response, to assist rural communities that are increasingly overwhelmed by the challenge of responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.   
  • On March 17th, 2020, Daines announced the Small Business Administration (SBA) declared that Flathead, Gallatin, Missoula, Sheridan, Silver Bow, Wheatland, Beaverhead, Broadwater, Daniels, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Glacier,  Golden Valley, Granite, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Madison, Meagher, Mineral, Park, Pondera, Powell, Ravalli, Roosevelt, Sanders, Sweet Grass, and Teton counties will be eligible to apply for additional funding under the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Declaration.
  • On March 17th, 2020, Daines introduced a bipartisan bill that directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to delay enforcement of REAL ID for at least one year in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Daines has been proactively working with the Trump administration on a delay of REAL ID for Montana.
  • On March 17th, 2020, Daines unveiled three more major proposals that will help protect Montana’s workers, families, first responders and small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 16th, 2020, Daines announced that the Senate passed his bipartisan bill that protects veterans and their dependents from losing GI Bill education benefits during the Coronavirus outbreak while they take part in online classes.
  • On March 16th, 2020, Daines announced $4.5 million awarded to Montana to help support the coronavirus response and protect public health. 
  • On March 16th, 2020, Daines urged President Trump to ensure Montana tribal communities have access to federal assistance during coronavirus outbreak.
  • On March 14th, 2020, Daines urged Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Gaynor to ensure Indian Health Service (IHS) has the resources needed to provide coronavirus testing for tribal communities.
  • On March 13th, 2020, Daines issued a statement yesterday on President Trump declaring a national emergency for coronavirus.
  • On March 12th, 2020, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Assistance would be available to individuals, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors, who are sick, quarantined, furloughed, or whose family circumstances keep them from working or reduce their pay as a result of the coronavirus outbreak or government containment efforts.
  • On March 9th, 2020, Daines unveiled a slate of proposals and priorities he’s working to advance that will help protect Montana families and their finances during the Coronavirus outbreak including paid leave, temporarily waiving payroll taxes, providing relief from tariffs, and ensuring access to affordable testing.
  • On March 9th, 2020, Daines sent a letter urging the Trump administration to take swift action to make testing for the Coronavirus affordable.
  • The following day the IRS immediately announced it would adopt Daines’ proposal to remove financial barriers to testing and treatment for the Coronavirus by allowing high deductible health plans to cover Coronavirus-related testing and treatment before a patient has met their deductible.   
  • Congress passed the Coronavirus emergency supplemental earlier this month which included $8.3 billion to combat this crisis, including nearly $1 billion for state and local preparedness and response.