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05.29.20

Daines Successfully Secures Recommendation from Treasury: States Should Send Coronavirus Relief to Local, Rural Communities

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today 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. This announcement follows Daines introducing a bill requiring this of the state. "Our local communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak need the resources and support necessary from the state to protect the health and safety of Montanans," Daines said. "I'm glad the a… Continue Reading


05.29.20

Daines Now Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is now accepting applications from young Montanans for a nomination to be appointed to one of the United States Service Academies. "It's an honor to nominate Montana's best and brightest high school seniors to be appointed to one of our nation's service academies," Daines said. "The application process is critical to selecting well-qualified nominees, and I look forward to reviewing the applications of Montana's youth." Applications are being accepted thr… Continue Reading


05.28.20

Daines Successfully Protects Benefits for the National Guard During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he 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. "Our brave guardsmen and women working on the frontlines of this pandemic every day to protect the health and safety of our communities need the assurance their benefits will be protected as they serve," Daines said. "… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend VA Health Benefits to WWII Veterans

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bipartisan bill that would ensure all World War II (WWII) veterans are eligible for health care services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "The fighting men and women of our nation's greatest generation deserve the utmost respect and care for their service in World War II," Daines said. "This bipartisan bill is about ensuring that all World War II veterans have access to VA services. It important our veterans who serve… Continue Reading


05.22.20

Daines Secures Over $15 Million For Montana Nursing Homes During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $15,615,000 to 60 Montana nursing facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic. "This critical funding will support Montana nursing homes and care providers as they work to keep our seniors safe and healthy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic," Daines said. "I'm glad to have fought to secure this funding to support Montana's most vulnerable and I will continue working … Continue Reading


05.21.20

Daines Pushes for Greater PPP Flexibility to Support Montana Small Businesses, Workers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve 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. To download the full statement, click HERE. "Montana small businesses need more flexibility under the Paycheck Protection Program to keep their doors open, support their workers and protect Montana jobs as we work to safely reope… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Daines Secures Historic Senate Vote on Bipartisan Bill for Full, Mandatory Funding of LWCF, National Parks Backlog Fix Set for June

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Senate will be voting on his bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, when the Senate returns from the state working period in June. Daines' bill requires full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the national park maintenance backlog. "This vote will be one of the most historic conservation wins in Montana and the nation in decades," Daines said. "I've made it one of my top… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Daines Urges Administration to Prioritize Coronavirus Direct Checks for Montana Seniors, Disabled

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "Americans on fixed incomes, who often already struggle to make ends meet, are als… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Daines Announces Passage of Consent Decree for Superfund Cleanup of Butte Priority Soils

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines applauded last night's passage of the historic Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU) Consent Decree. This historic agreement presents a clear path forward to the final delisting of this Superfund site, closing this chapter of Butte's history and spurring future economic growth. "The Butte Superfund Site has languished for decades while the people of Butte have waited for comprehensive cleanup. It is due time this restoration gets done," Daines said.… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Daines Secures Over $2 Million for Montana’s Rural Health Clinics to Expand Coronavirus Testing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "This critical funding is about getting Montanans in our rural communities greater access to testing for COVID-19 as we work to safely reopen the economy," Daines said. "I'm glad to have fought to secure this funding to support our rural health clinics and will continue working to ensure the needs o… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Daines Fights to Support Rural and Local Communities During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill requiring that 45% of coronavirus relief funds directed to state governments are distributed to local governments including counties, cities, and towns. "This bill is about supporting local communities and ensuring they get the relief they need as they work to fight the coronavirus pandemic," Daines said. "With public health and emergency services supported by local governments, it's important that they have the resources needed t… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Daines: Montana Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Coronavirus Need Relief Now

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "Montana's hardworking farmers and ranchers whose operations have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic need relief now," Daines said. "I'm grateful to President Trump for announcing these new guidelines that… Continue Reading


05.18.20

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Montana Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve 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. "This bipartisan legislation is about taking the decision making powers out of the hands of Washington D.C. and putting it in the hands of our local communities who know their own needs best," Daines said. "We need more targeted action that strengthens local res… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Daines Pushes to Protect National Guard Members Retirement During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "Many guardsmen and women who have dedicated a life of service, face the very real possibility of being a couple points short of retiring with 30 years due to no fault of their own. This is a retire… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines Secures Over $200,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Montana During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today 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. "In Montana, telehealth is a powerful tool for our providers to expand access to care, especially in vulnerable communities during this public health crisis," Daines said. "I am glad to have secured these fun… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines: We Must Prioritize Made in Montana Beef, Support Montana Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a resolution that would urge the President and U.S. Trade Representative to prioritize mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for beef in trade negotiations. "During these unprecedented and challenging times, Montana producers and ranchers are struggling to keep their operations going," Daines said. "That's why it is important we pursue negotiations with our trading partners to include country of origin labeling. We must support ranc… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines Pushes for PPP Relief Eligibility for Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) perform services to veterans and their families in states across our nation, and this is certainly the case in Montana," Daines wrote. "When times get tough, the Montana VFW is … Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines Secures Nearly $50 Million to Expand Testing for Coronavirus in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "I am glad to have secured this critical funding to boost testing for the coronavirus in Montana," Daines said. "As we work to safely reopen the economy, it is critical that Montana's testing needs are met. I will continue to working to ensure our commu… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Lead Bipartisan Letter to Trump in Support of State Funeral for Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient

U.S. CONGRESS-U.S. Senators Steve Daines, Jon Tester, and U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte sent a bipartisan letter today calling on President Donald Trump to designate a state funeral in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, and to recognize millions of Americans for their service and sacrifice during the war. "The 'Greatest Generation' represents the character and strength of Montana and the United States of America," the delegation wrote. "For example, Mont… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Daines Secures Over $1 Million for Community Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "This critical funding will support Montana's most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic including low-income individuals and families and Montana seniors," Daines said. "I'm glad to have worked to secure these resources for our communities and I will continue working to ens… Continue Reading

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