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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


03.16.20

Daines: MT Tribal Communities Must Have Access to Federal Assistance During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged President Trump to ensure Montana tribal communities have access to federal assistance during coronavirus outbreak. Daines has been very engaged and working with the Trump administration and Congress to provide relief and protect Montanans during the Coronavirus outbreak. "As the Federal government goes about this important work, I respectfully urge additional steps to specifically include one of our most vulnerable populations, Native America… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Daines Secures Montana Air National Guard on Short List for Upgrade to C-130J Aircraft

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Montana Air National Guard base has made the short list to receive an upgrade to C-130J military aircrafts. "This is great news for our men and women serving in the Montana Air National Guard and Great Falls," Daines said. "Modernizing our aging fleet will strengthen our national security and ensure our men and women have the resources necessary to keep America safe. That's why I fought to highlight the work of the 120th Airlift … Continue Reading


03.14.20

Daines Pushes to Expand Access for Coronavirus Testing in Tribal Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Gaynor to ensure Indian Health Service (IHS) has the resources needed to provide coronavirus testing for tribal communities. "I want to ensure IHS has the ability to provide the necessary healthcare to combat this virus as this remains a high priority to the administration and my office," Daines wrote. "I hope the Department will ta… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Daines Statement on Public Health Emergency at Malmstrom Due to Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on Malmstrom Air Force Base declaring a public health emergency due to coronavirus. "Cindy's and my prayers are with all of those at Malmstrom and handling this situation. We've overcome many challenges and difficult times in our nation before, just like we will overcome this one. I've been in contact with several personnel on the ground including Colonel Reeves and understand they are taking all the right precautions.… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Daines Statement on President Trump Declaring a National Emergency for Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after President Trump declared a national emergency on the coronavirus outbreak. "President Trump's national emergency declaration is critical during the coronavirus outbreak and will open up federal dollars and resources to help combat this pandemic. I will continue working closely with state and local officials to monitor the situation on the ground and ensure we have the resources we need to stay safe and protect th… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Unemployment Assistance To People Unable To Work Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the Coronavirus Worker Relief Act. The new bipartisan, bicameral legislation will provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Assistance will be available to individuals, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors, who are sick, quarantined, furloughed, or whose family circumstances keep them from working or reduce their pay as a result of the coron… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Daines Secures Action from Trump Administration to Remove Barriers, Lower Costs of Coronavirus Testing and Treatment

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the Trump administration adopted his proposal to remove barriers and lower the costs of testing and treatment for the Coronavirus. Today's announcement is a direct response to Daines' letter sent to the Administration yesterday urging this action. "Montanans shouldn't be faced with barriers and high costs for Coronavirus testing and treatment," Daines said. "That's why I urged the Trump administration to take this action that will help low… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Daines Secures Over $15 Million for Malmstrom Infrastructure Project in Great Falls

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $15,077,162 will go to the renovation of an existing 3-Bay hangar at Malmstrom Air Force Base to facilitate the storage of the new MH-139 helicopter. "This is good news for Montana and will help modernize our defense infrastructure at Malmstrom," Daines said. "We must ensure that our men and women serving in uniform have access to the best equipment available for our national security. I'm proud to have helped secure resources and pus… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Daines Urges Mnuchin to Lift Financial Barriers to Coronavirus Testing

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to take swift action to eliminate monetary barriers to testing for the Coronavirus disease. This follows Daines' rollout yesterday of several proposals he's working on with the Trump administration to protect Montana families and their finances during the Coronavirus outbreak. "I write to you today regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to encourage the Treasury De… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Daines Introduces Historic Bipartisan Bill to Fully and Permanently Fund LWCF, Address National Park Backlog

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog in our national parks and forests. The introduction of the legislation follows a meeting Daines held with President Trump and Leader McConnell to secure their support for the historic conservation effort. "As Montana's voice in the U.S. Senate, I've made it one of… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Daines Unveils Proposals to Protect Montana Families, Improve Economic Stability During Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today unveiled a slate of proposals and priorities he's working to advance that will help protect Montana families and their finances during the Coronavirus outbreak. Daines is working to ensure impacted families and businesses have paid leave, temporarily waive payroll taxes, provide relief from tariffs, and ensure access to affordable testing. "Montanans and Americans shouldn't have to choose between their paycheck, their personal health and the health a… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Daines Secures Action on Grizzly Bear Management

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) responded to his frequent pleas for better management surrounding grizzly bears and human conflict in Montana. This comes after Daines discussed concerns with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt during a U.S. Senate Appropriations hearing to respond to new rulemakings concerning the Endangered Species Act. "Until we can retain full state management of the grizzly bear, we need common sen… Continue Reading

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