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03.30.20

Thanks to Sen. Daines

For years, the Older Americans Act has helped the 21,000 Montanans living with Alzheimer's disease by giving them access to nutritional programs, respite services for their family caregivers, and other services to enhance quality of life. Unfortunately, people under age 60 living with this disease were locked out of these critical supports - until now. Congress just passed a bill to renew the Older Americans Act, and included key elements of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act in it. … Continue Reading


03.28.20

CARES Act provides critical assistance for tribal governments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $500 million in direct appropriations to Indian Affairs and an unprecedented $8 billion for Tribes. The $8 billion will be allocated to Tribal governments with eligible expenses through the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of the Interior and Tribal governmen… Continue Reading


03.28.20

15 girls from Bozeman's Traveling School stranded in Peru due to COVID-19 now headed home

According to the Office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), 15 girls who are a part of Bozeman's The Traveling School are back in the U.S. and heading home for Montana after being stranded in Peru due to the coronavirus. Two of the girls are Bozeman residents. A press release from Daines' office said the girls were stranded about 10 hours from the nearest airport. Sen. Daines reportedly assisted in getting an escort to the airport and getting the girls on a flight back to America. On Friday, Se… Continue Reading


03.27.20

COVID-19 stimulus package offers $10 billion for tribes, including funds for Montana tribes

Responding to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump on Friday signed the biggest economic stimulus package in American history, which allocates $10 billion for Native American tribes. Many people have heard that the $2 trillion package includes direct payments to individuals, loans for industries and an expansion of unemployment benefits, but not many people know how the package supports Native American tribes, which must navigate additional challenges in combating t… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Sen. Steve Daines, State Dept facilitate last-minute escapes for citizens trapped abroad amid coronavirus pandemic

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and his staff have facilitated numerous emergency repatriation flights for U.S. citizens trapped abroad amid the growing coronavirus pandemic -- including a last-minute escape from Africa that highlights the risks for the thousands of Americans still stuck away from home, Fox News has learned. The pandemic has infected more than 400,000 people around the world and killed over 20,000. International lockdowns have led stranded travelers to reach out to lawmakers to c… Continue Reading


03.26.20

PENCE PRAISES DAINES’ CORONAVIRUS FUNDING EFFORTS

Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has been pressing fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill to provide economic stimulus relief to the American people. He's also been front and center in efforts to help develop coronavirus treatments, drawing praise from Vice President Mike Pence and a leading health official. On Tuesday, Daines said, "once the Senate acts, we'll be able to accelerate drug development to treat and prevent COVID-19." Here's VP Pence's exact remarks, according to the White House t… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Daines proposes $10 billion to pay for early manufacture of coronavirus drugs

The federal government could soon be paying for the early manufacturing of potential coronavirus drugs while those drugs are still being researched, under a $10 billion proposal by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The proposal, which received mention on the Sunday news program "Face The Nation" and in the Wall Street Journal, would have the federal government paying for early drug manufacturing so that drugs tested for effectiveness treating coronavirus would be immediately available once determined to … Continue Reading


03.21.20

Officials working to bringing home Montanans stuck abroad

After Isacc Sturgeon was able to return to the U.S. from being stuck in Morocco, officials are now working to get Butte Pastor Mark Arbaugh and three Montana Tech students out of Peru along with Necia Erickson of Bozeman out of Cusco. A release from Senator Steve Daines' office says Sturgeon was stuck in Morocco and trying to get back home to his family when Daines was able to secure his return to the U.S. "I'm so glad to have helped Isaac return to the U.S. from being stuck abroad during this… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Montana senators pushing bill to support cattle prices

Ranch state senators are pushing to prop up cattle prices in response to an expected crash in the beef economy. A bill emerging Friday morning sets minimum pricing for cattle sold in 2020. The response comes as restaurants around the country close under local and state government orders in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. It's the restaurant industry that buys the majority of U.S. beef graded "prime" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When those top-end sales d… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Lawmakers push to extend tax filing season to July 15

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed giving taxpayers until July 15 to submit their 2019 income tax returns - 90 days from the original April 15 due date. The Tax Filing Relief for America Act, which Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Angus King, I-Maine, are joining Thune in introducing, aims to have the filing deadline coincide with the new July 15 deadline for taxpayers to pay the IRS taxes owed for 2019. Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are co-sponsors. Earlier… Continue Reading


03.18.20

DAINES TALKS STIMULUS, CORONAVIRUS FUNDING

The House didn't even send a bill to the Senate until early Tuesday morning. Nonetheless, Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says he's ready to stay and get the job done when it comes to addressing the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Daines joined us on Wednesday's Montana Talks statewide radio show with Aaron Flint from Capitol Hill. He's been working closely with the White House over the past several days to deliver economic assistance. Daines says the lodging industry is particularl… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Announces Economic Proposals and $4.5 Million in Funding to Fight Outbreak

US Senator Steve Daines announced on March 16 that Montana has received $4.5 million in funds from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The funds will be used in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Montana. "This critical funding helps protect Montanans and ensures that our communities have the resources necessary to handle the coronavirus outbreak," Daines said. "I voted for this funding which is vitally important to those on the front lines responsible for coronavirus preventio… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Young, Daines propose bipartisan, bicameral Coronavirus Worker Relief Act

U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on March 12 introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the current federal disaster unemployment assistance program to more workers. "If workers are ill, or caring for sick loved ones, they should have the ability to take time off from work without the threat of financial harm," Sen. Young said. "This is what our bipartisan legislation aims to accomplish by providing disaster unemployment assistance for individuals impacted by cor… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Montana's senators, representative prioritize coronavirus precautions as state sees first cases

As Congress waited to vote on its second multibillion-dollar coronavirus bill in less than three weeks, Montana's delegation called for bipartisanship and cautioned constituents not to panic and be smart about public exposure. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester returned to Montana on Thursday as the state was shutting down on several fronts. State universities were shifting to online-only classes, and public events across Montana were being rescheduled or canceled to minimize the spread of … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Daines says he's seeking relief for people in wake of coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday he offered several proposals in the congressional pipeline he said will help the country during the coronavirus outbreak and said the Senate needs to remain in session next week despite some scheduled time off to deal with the pandemic. The Montana Republican said via telephone that his proposals are to ensure impacted families and businesses have paid leave, temporarily waive payroll taxes, provide relief from tariffs and guarantee access to affordable test… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Gardner, Daines propose bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on March 9 introduced a bipartisan bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and decrease the multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog plaguing America's national parks and forests. "Yesterday I introduced the Great American Outdoors Act to fully and permanently #FundLWCF," tweeted Sen. Gardner on March 10. "This bipartisan legislation will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our public lands for many ye… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Pulse Growers Hopeful Trade Resumes with India

An ongoing trade war with India has caused market prices for peas, lentils and chickpeas to crash. But, pulse growers remain hopeful that recent efforts with India will help secure this important export market again. India is the world's largest consumer of pulse crops, contributing to approximately 27 percent of the world's consumption. And for Montana pulse growers like Jillien Streit from Chester losing this important export market as hurt their bottom line. "The U.S. market value to India … Continue Reading


03.03.20

Daines asks Trump for delay on Real ID in Montana

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has asked President Donald Trump to delay requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for one year for Montanans, saying the state was having difficulty meeting the October deadline for compliance. "While the state of Montana continues working to implement Real ID in a timely fashion, large numbers of Montanans will not have Real ID compliant identification by the October 2020 deadline," the Montana Republican wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to the president. "I ask that you grant… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Daines: Maintain United States' trade winning streak

America is on a trade winning streak. Over the past five months, President Trump closed the deal on major trade agreements with our four largest trading partners: Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. These four countries alone make up half of America's total trade, at nearly $2 trillion. Since last fall, I've had the privilege of standing with President Trump at the White House on three separate occasions to celebrate these historic trade victories. Through my membership on the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading


02.26.20

Montana Ag Network report for February 26

Lane Nordlund has the Montana Ag Network report for Wednesday, February 26, 2020: #1: This week potato growers from all over the nation, including Montana, are advocating for the potato industry for the National Potato Councils 2020 Fly-In taking place in Washington D.C. The event gives potato farmers and industry leaders the opportunity to share their story on Capitol Hill. "It's the one time of year where we can gather whether we're producers, seed growers, commercial, chippers, all aspects … Continue Reading

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