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03.30.20

Daines Urges President Trump to Immediately Approve Disaster Relief Funding For Montana During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged President Trump to support the State of Montana's major disaster declaration request and urge its immediate approval. "Montana has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and immediate federal assistance is needed to continue mitigating this disaster," Daines wrote. "Approval of the disaster declaration will open up much needed funding through programs such as the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program, which will provide much n… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Daines Secures Over $1 Billion in Aid for Montana During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted and advanced a Coronavirus economic relief package that will provide Montana workers, small business, hospitals, and state and local governments more than one billion dollars in emergency relief to handle the Coronavirus outbreak. The aid package puts Montana workers first, expands unemployment insurance, helps Montana small businesses keep and stay open, supports healthcare workers and hospitals on the front lines fighting the virus, prioritiz… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Daines Secures Critical Funding, Stronger Provisions for Tribal Communities in Coronavirus Economic

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he was able to successfully secure stronger provisions and critical funding for tribal communities in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package. Earlier this month, Daines urged President Trump to ensure Montana tribal communities have access to federal assistance during coronavirus outbreak. "As the Coronavirus pandemic impacts millions of Americans across the country, we cannot ignore one of our most vulnerable populations, Native Am… Continue Reading


03.23.20

Daines: Senate Must Come Together and Pass Critical Coronavirus Economic Relief Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following 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. To download a clip of the quote, click HERE. "This is a time we must get this done for the good of our country... The senate bill before us provides relief for workers, for families, for s… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Daines: We Must Work and Stand Together to Provide Relief to Workers, Families, Small Businesses and Healthcare Professionals Now

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Senate voted against 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. "The health and livelihoods of the American people are in danger and I'm disappointed the Senate didn't move forward to support crucial legislation to respond to the health crisis and rescue workers and small businesses a… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Daines Leading Charge on Accelerated Drug Development, Manufacturing for Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced a plan and over $10 billion in funding for accelerated drug development and manufacturing to treat and prevent the Coronavirus. Daines has been working with top healthcare and medical leaders including National Institute of Health Director Dr. Collins, Federal Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Hahn, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Director Dr. Bright, Former Federal Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Gottlieb, and… Continue Reading


03.21.20

President Trump Signs Daines’ Bill Protecting GI Education Benefits During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "During these times of uncertainty, veterans shouldn't have to worry about losing their GI benefits. I'm glad that Congress came together to pass this important bill," Daines said. This law … Continue Reading


03.20.20

Daines Urges President Trump to Prioritize Public Health, Montana Businesses During Northern Border Travel Restrictions

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. Daines also emphasized the importance of ensuring that local communities and businesses are kept informed when exemptions are granted or restrictions c… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Daines Secures Meritorious Unit Commendation for Montana Army National Guard Unit

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Montana Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for actions in 2014. "I am glad to have finally secured this long overdue recognition for the over 200 Montanans serving in the 189th Aviation Regiment of the Montana Army National Guard," Daines said. "The 189th Aviation Regiment was recommended for this commendation for actions in 2014 while serving in Kuwait. I am hon… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend the Tax Filing Deadline, Provide Additional Relief For Montanans

U.S. Senate - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the bipartisan Tax Filing Relief for America Act to extend the tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Daines' bill would provide additional relief to Montanans during the Coronavirus outbreak. "Hardworking Montanans shouldn't have to worry about meeting a deadline for filing their taxes when we're in the middle of a public health and economic crisis. This will give some extra time so Montanans can focus on what they n… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Daines Calls On DOJ to Investigate Price-Fixing, Market Manipulation Within Cattle Market and Meatpacking Industry

U.S. SENATE - Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the ongoing allegations of price-fixing and market manipulation within the cattle market and the beef meatpacking industry. "At a time when cattle producers are seeing record losses and bankruptcies, now exacerbated by the COVID-19, compared to the shelf price of meat at record highs - these margins fail to make sense. We ask that the Department of Justice Antitrust Division e… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Daines Votes for Coronavirus Relief Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "My top priority is protecting the health and finances for Montanans during th… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Introduces Bill to Require Insurance Companies to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to require private health insurance plans to cover treatments or vaccines for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with no cost sharing. Once a vaccine is available for coronavirus, this critical legislation will ensure it is available to Montanans and Americans across the country as soon as possible. "This bipartisan bill mitigates the coronavirus outbreak by ensuring that folks have access to testing and vaccines without cost… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines: Trump Admin Expanding Medicare Telehealth Services During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the Trump administration will be expanding access to Medicare telehealth services during the coronavirus outbreak. Daines has been vocal in advocating for the expansion of telehealth services to serve Montana seniors and folks across the state, including those in rural communities. "This decisions is about ensuring Montana's most vulnerable, our senior citizens, are able to visit with their doctor without leaving their homes and risking ex… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Calls on FEMA to Coordinate with USDA, DOI on Emergency Response in Rural Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "We write to request your immediate assistance in mobilizing your agenci… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Announces Montana Counties Eligible for Economic Disaster Relief Funding During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Doubles Down on Push For REAL ID Extension During Coronavirus Outbreak for Montana, America

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "Montanans need to put their health and safety priorities first. Delaying the REAL ID requirements for one year will remove any additional burdens on Montanans while we work to ove… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Unveils Major Plan to Protect Montana Small Businesses, Working Families, First Responders During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Daines today unveiled three more major proposals that will help protect Montana's workers, families, first responders, healthcare professionals and small businesses during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Daines' plan includes: a tax relief payment of 7.65% for workers and small businesses, $1,000 payment for all first responders and healthcare professionals and to suspend SBA loan payments for three months. "We are in the midst of a massive public health and economic challe… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Daines’ Bill Passes Senate Ensuring GI Bill Benefits Aren’t Impacted During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today 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. "I am proud to fight to protect veteran's education benefits during the coronavirus outbreak," Daines said. "Veterans should not be punished for practicing good public health and transitioning to online classes during this pandemic. My bipartisan… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Daines Announces $4.5 Million to Montana in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $4.5 million will be awarded to Montana from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help support the coronavirus response and protect public health. "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

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