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Early rush for small business relief lowered demand in Montana as funds ran out

There are Montana businesses socked by the pandemic who are waiting on help from the now-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program, but the demand is thinning after a crush of early borrowing. There's a need for more than $100 million in loans to help Montana businesses keep workers on payroll, said Cary Hegreberg, Montana Bankers Association CEO. That estimate of remaining demand is a fraction compared to the $1.47 billion awarded to Montana businesses in the past two weeks. "These community bank… Continue Reading


WATCH: U.S. Senator Steve Daines live on Wake Up Montana

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Wake Up Montana Weekend live Saturday morning after being named to President Trump's bipartisan task force on safely reopening America.… Continue Reading


Montana COVID deaths climb to 8; Daines seeks funding for senior living facilities

Coronavirus claimed another Toole County resident on Thursday, bringing the number of deaths in Montana to eight while the number of cases across the state surpassed 415, including 35 in Missoula County. Toole County has a population of less than 5,000 people, though it accounts for half of the state's COVID-19 deaths. Missoula County has a population of 120,000 residents and has reported one death. "As we learn of the loss of another Montanan due to COVID-19, my heart aches for the community,… Continue Reading


Daines pleased to see business help from first round of stimulus funds

Sen. Steve Daines says it's been "nice for a change to see government move at the speed of business", with more than $1.4 billion flowing to Montana businesses to help with COVID-19 impacts. And he's confident Congress can reach agreement to provide another round of assistance, now that the original pot of money has been expended. New numbers from the Small Business Administration today show more than 13,456 loans have been approved for Montana businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program.… Continue Reading


Tavern's now qualify for COVID-19 aid

The members of Montana's congressional delegation have announced that most taverns have been added to businesses eligible for federal assistance in the COVID-19 pandemic. Several Montana taverns were not eligible because of the income they received from gaming machines, but the U.S. Small Business Administration has expanded eligibility for aid like the Paycheck Protection Program to include taverns that make one-third of their income from gambling will now qualify as long as the profit is less… Continue Reading


Daines chosen for White House Task Force on reopening country

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "I am honored to be selected by President Trump to serve on this historic task force to safely reopen America," Daines said. "We can prioritize our public health and our workers, families and small businesses. Let's get this done for Montana and America." One of Daines' top priorities durin… Continue Reading


Senators Seek Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses That Were Shut Out of Loan Program

As Congress stands at an impasse over how to replenish funds for a now-depleted small business loan program, Sens. Steve Daines and Cory Booker are pushing for the next round of coronavirus aid to allocate money that would enable local communities to assist very small firms. Mr. Daines (R., Mont.) and Mr. Booker (D., N.J.) are working to finalize a measure, outlined broadly in a letter they sent Thursday to Senate leadership, that would give $50 billion to cities, counties and states for crea… Continue Reading


Daines announces $31,412,577 in coronavirus care packages for Montana colleges and students

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that the U.S. Department of Education will be directing $31,412,577 to Montana colleges and universities. $15,518,482 will go to providing direct emergency cash grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. "Montana college students have seen their lives and education disrupted bec… Continue Reading


Montana businesses receive $1.29 billion for payroll relief

In less than two weeks, Montana small businesses have received nearly $1.3 billion in federal aid to keep employees on payroll and out of unemployment. The U.S. Small Business Administration issued state-level numbers Tuesday, revealing that 10,372 Montana business had been approved for loans totaling $1.293 billion though Monday. All told, the SBA has spent $247.5 billion since the Paycheck Protection Program launched April 3. Congress had approved $349 billion at the end of March. It is now … Continue Reading


Unemployment escalation has been extraordinary in Montana

March in Montana: In like a lion, out like a dude in the unemployment line. There were more than 31,000 Montanans with unemployment payment requests on Sunday, April 12, the highest single-day number since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers tend to spike every seven days, but the weekly high point before the arrival of the pandemic was rarely higher than 5,500. Since all but essential businesses shut down and people began staying home under order Montana's governor, the number of … Continue Reading


Daines visits National Guard at airport as delegation works to support troops

BELGRADE - The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport sat largely empty when Sen. Steve Daines and his wife, Cindy, arrived on Tuesday to give lunch to the National Guard members stationed there. The National Guard has been screening and checking the temperatures of passengers at Montana airports and rail stations for the past few weeks. They have been working without the benefits many other federal employees receive. Daines, along with Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte, is hoping to c… Continue Reading


Senator Daines surprises service members at airport with lunch

BOZEMAN - The Montana National Guard is at the Bozeman International Airport making sure nobody is coming through who is sick, but today they got an unexpected visitor. "We're screening passengers who are incoming making sure they're not bringing home any symptoms of COVID-19," said Drew Wajer, a technical sergeant with the Montana Air National Guard Keeping COVID-19 out of Montana is no easy task. The Montana National Guard has been hard at work since the beginning of April and today they had… Continue Reading


Lawmaker serves good eats, good news amid COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has been bringing good news to Montanans every chance he gets. Amid disheartening stories surrounding the coronavirus across Montana, Sen. Daines brought catered lunch to the state's National Guard troops serving at the Bozeman airport. The meals, he stated, were an expression of appreciation for protecting Montana communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Montana's U.S. senator also shared two big National Guard announcements. "It's an honor to be here today to deliver… Continue Reading


Republican Senators Demand Answers From WHO For Its Role In China’s Coronavirus Coverup

Seven Republican senators are demanding answers from the World Health Organization surrounding its "role in helping the Chinese Communist Party cover up information regarding the threat of the Coronavirus." "Ahead of an anticipated congressional hearing, we write today to request information regarding the WHO's failed and delayed response to the Coronavirus," the senators wrote in a letter Tuesday addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Information demanded from the senat… Continue Reading


Steve Daines: Relying on China for Medicine ‘Detrimental’ to Public Health

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, urging him to take executive action to strengthen America's medical and pharmaceutical supply chain. "The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how relying upon China for medicine, or essential medical equipment and components is detrimental to our national security and endangers public health," Daines wrote in his letter to President Trump. "It is critically important to ensure that legislation is fully implemented as quic… Continue Reading


Steve Daines Urges Trump to Use ‘Executive Powers’ to End U.S. Reliance on Chinese Drugs

Senator Steve Daines (R., Mont.) asked President Trump to use "executive powers and existing authorities" as part of an effort to reinforce domestic pharmaceutical supply chains in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus. "Moving forward, it is important that we incentivize innovation and the development of essential medical supplies and equipment in the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," Daines wrote in the Friday letter, adding that "ceding this position of global leadership to China" woul… Continue Reading


As travel shut down, Bozeman brothers raced home to say goodbye

Julian and Nicholas MacKay needed to get home to Bozeman. The brothers grew up here, but have lived on and off in Russia for more than a decade, studying ballet and now working there. They usually make trips to Montana in the summer when they get time off to see their parents, Gregory and Teresa. Last year, Gregory was diagnosed with cancer. A few weeks ago, his condition began to worsen. Julian, 22, said he and Nicholas knew they needed to see their dad "to say goodbye and to say thank you." … Continue Reading


Despite challenges, local small businesses seeing relief money

By Wednesday, Montana banks had made about $500 million in loans to about 5,300 small businesses as part of a new federal program that began April 3. The federal government no longer releases state-level data on the initiative - called the paycheck protection program - which provides loans to businesses to help them remain open and avoid layoffs as they grapple with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. "We have been asked not to provide local data yet," said Brent Donnelly, depu… Continue Reading


Montana delegation secures over $100 million for Montana hospitals, providers

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester have announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be providing $111,503,248 million for Montana hospitals and providers during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, a portion of this funding will go towards covering costs of uninsured patients for coronavirus related care. "This is about ensuring we have the critical resources needed to provide our hospitals and healthcare professionals on the front lines the tools they… Continue Reading


Daines calls for more payroll protection funding

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said during a telephone town hall Thursday that he's heard concerns from small business owners that the Payroll Protection Program will run out of money. He said the program still has money for now, but he shares this concern given that the program has given out 5,300 loans to Montana businesses since Tuesday. "We need to get ahead of that… this is really critical to our small businesses," he said. Daines touted the accomplishments of Montana's smaller … Continue Reading

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