08.07.20

Daines Urges President Trump to Provide Support for Montana National Guard Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday sent a letter urging President Trump to provide the State of Montana the same consideration as states like Texas and Florida regarding cost sharing for ongoing National Guard operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During this time of uncertainty it is important that the men and women fighting this healthcare crisis have access to the resources they need,” Daines said. “With that in mind, I strongly urge you to support the Montana National Guard and extend Title 32 authorization to maintain full reimbursement for its ongoing efforts to fight this pandemic.”  

To read the full letter, click HERE.

Background:

Daines has been strong advocate in supporting the Montana National Guard as they respond to COVID-19. 

On May 28th, 2020, Daines successfully secured extended orders for National Guard members to protect their benefits while serving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement follows Daines’ request to President Trump to extend the orders.

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 April 14th, 2020, Daines brought lunch from Bozeman’s Chalet Market to Montana National Guard troops serving at the Bozeman airport to thank them for protecting Montana communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shared news that following his request to President Trump, Montana National Guard members responding to the Coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for healthcare benefits (TRICARE coverage) and housing benefits and that he would sending a letter to President Trump urging the administration to give hazard pay to National Guard troops serving during COVID-19.

On April 2nd, 2020, Daines sent a letter yesterday to President Trump urging him to permit National Guard members responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in our communities to be eligible for TRICARE coverage.

Daines has also been leading the efforts in Congress to respond to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country. To read about Daines’ COVID-19 related efforts, click HERE

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