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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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