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04.03.20

Daines Urges Forest Service to Provide Relief to Outdoor Recreation Industry Impacted by Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to provide immediate relief to folks in the outdoor recreation industry amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. "As the Forest Service continues enacting measures in response to the COVID-19 National Emergency, I request you also exercise appropriate authorities to provide immediate relief to guides, outfitters, and the outdoor industry, that now face uncertainty and economic hardship due to a shortened se… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Daines: Keep Montana Ports of Entry Open During Coronavirus Pandemic for Montana Ag, Trade

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan to consider the impact of the proposed temporary reduction of hours at a number of Montana Ports of Entry on Montana ag and Montana's rural communities. "While reducing non-essential travel is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting public health, a reduction in hours at these critical ports would harm our farmers and ranchers and disrupt essential serv… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Daines Announces Expanded SNAP Benefits for Montana Families During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that SNAP benefits will be increased for Montana families during the Coronavirus pandemic. "This is about delivering relief for families struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic and I will continue working to ensure that Montanans have access to the resources they need during this crisis," Daines said. Montana being eligible for SNAP Emergency Allotments means that all SNAP recipients in Montana would now be eligible to receive the maxi… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Daines Urges SBA to Ensure That Ag Businesses Receive Coronavirus Relief Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that agricultural businesses are eligible for Coronavirus relief programs. "Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses in Montana and across the country are facing substantial market challenges due to the pandemic," Daines wrote. "Small businesses, whether they are involved in agriculture or otherwise, need assistance in these unprecedented times and SBA can play an integral role in mitigat… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Daines Secures Over $48 Million for Montana Transit During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $48,935,981 will be made available for Montana transit during the Coronavirus pandemic. "This critical funding helps Montana transit and transportation during this pandemic," Daines said. "This is about ensuring our transportation industry has the resources and relief they need to get through the Coronavirus outbreak. I will continue working to ensure Montana's vital industries are protected during this crisis." Daines fought to secu… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Daines Urges President Trump To Expedite Coronavirus Resources for Tribal Communities

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to President Trump yesterday urging that he expedite federal resources for tribal communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. "Implementation of the CARES Act will require many federal agencies within DOI, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Treasury, the Small Business Administration and other to work directly with Indian Country on implementation of complicated new authorities and deployment of critical funding,… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Daines Secures Over $7.9 Million for Montana Housing Assistance During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $7,976,265 will be made available for critical housing assistance for Montana during the Coronavirus pandemic. "This critical funding helps Montana's low income families and our most vulnerable citizens during this pandemic," Daines said. "This is about getting struggling families and folks who have nowhere to go the security of a roof over their heads during this Coronavirus outbreak." Daines fought to secure this funding in the Cor… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Daines Urges President Trump to Expand Healthcare Coverage for National Guard Members Serving During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve 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. "Day by day, increasing numbers of our National Guard are asked to support the national effort to address this crisis. Many of our guardsmen and women have lost their jobs during this unprecedented situation," Daines wrote. "During this time, we should do all we can to support… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Daines Ensures Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Direct Checks

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. This news follows Daines' request to the Department of the Treasury to ensure Social Security beneficiaries automatically receive direct checks. "Montana seniors, those with disabilities and low income Montanans don't need any more hurdles to overcome during this Corona… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Daines Urges Treasury, DOI to Provide Tribal Communities Flexibility with Coronavirus Funding

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to provide tribal communities with flexible funding, that Daines secured in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package signed into law last week, to protect tribal economies. "Indian country faces among the nation's most dire of circumstances," Daines wrote. "As the Administration works to implement the CARES Act, we request that the tribal relie… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Daines Secures Over $4 Million for Montana Law Enforcement During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $4,759,829 will be made available to Montana law enforcement for grants to assist in responding to Coronavirus. "We need to ensure that Montana law enforcement have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe during the Coronavirus pandemic," Daines said. "This critical funding will ensure our officers have access to protective equipment while they are serving our communities and helping Montana families during this… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Daines Secures Over $10 Million for Montana Child Care During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that preliminary estimates of $10,039,330 will be made available for child care and development for Montana families during the Coronavirus pandemic. "This critical funding ensures we provide immediate assistance to child care providers to prevent them from going out of business and support child care for Montana families during the Coronavirus pandemic," Daines said. "Protecting care for our children is one of my highest priorities as we … Continue Reading


04.01.20

Daines Urges USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting immediate assistance to cattle producers during the Coronavirus pandemic. "The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the need for domestic food security," Daines wrote. "All farmers and ranchers are vital to our country's ability to keep food on the table in a future pandemic or related crisis, and many producers, including young producers, are often highly leverag… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Daines Secures Coronavirus Major Disaster Declaration Relief Funding for Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the State of Montana was approved for major disaster declaration funding to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. This decision follows Daines' request to President Trump for immediate action. "This critical funding ensures the resources necessary for Montana to respond to the economic and health needs of folks across the state impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic," Daines said. "I will continue to fight for the resources needed to help Mo… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Daines Secures Over $50 Million for Montana Schools During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that preliminary estimates of over $50,000,000 will be made available for Montana schools during the Coronavirus pandemic. Daines secured this critical funding in the Coronavirus Economic Rescue Package signed into law last week. "Montana schools need critical resources to keep strong and prepared as they deal with the Coronavirus outbreak," Daines said. "I'm glad to have secured this funding and will continue working to ensure Montana stu… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Daines Pushes for MT Bars and Taverns to be Eligible for Coronavirus Small Business Loans

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) urging the agency to allow the over 2,400 Montana bars and taverns to be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides $350 billion in 100 percent forgivable loans (grants) to small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic if they maintain or rehire their employees. "These small mom and pop establishments are an integral part of the local tourism economy in my state and are amon… Continue Reading


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

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