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07.30.20

Daines Fights for Greater Financial Support for Montana Families in COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the "Coronavirus Assistance for American Families Act" to provide a second round of COVID-19 relief direct checks to Montanans, doubling the amount Montanans with dependents, including children and individuals with disabilities, receive. Under Daines' proposal, a Montana family of four would receive an additional $600 more than under the "CARES Act." "This is about putting more money in the hands of Montana families who are struggling to … Continue Reading


07.30.20

Daines, Gianforte Call on DOJ to Investigate JBS Acquisition of Lamb Processing Facility

U.S. CONGRESS - U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to open an investigation on JBS USA Holdings' acquisition of a Mountain States Rosen ("MSR") lamb processing facility in Greeley, CO. This acquisition could have a major impact on sheep ranchers in Montana and their ability to get lamb to market, as well as result in an increase in lamb imports. "We urge you to immediately open an investigation into this acquisition and deman… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Daines Secures $50,000 for Firefighters in Butte

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program will be directing $50,000 to the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow to support the fire departments ability to respond to fires and other public safety hazards. "This critical funding will provide the resources needed to help our firefighters in Butte respond to any fires or public safety emergencies," Daines said. "I'm glad to have helped secure thi… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Daines Secures $7 Million to Support Montana Infrastructure Needs in Powder River County

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be directing $7 million to Powder River County to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to support economic growth in the face of natural disasters. "This funding will update the critical infrastructure needs of Powder River County and help sustain jobs in the local community," Daines said. "I'm glad to have partnered with the Administration to secure the funding needed for… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Daines Secures Senate Passage of Bill to Designate Areas for Nursing Mothers at Small Hub Airports

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured Senate passage of his bipartisan bill that would require small hub airports maintain areas for nursing mothers. "It is important that Montana moms have a private, clean, and safe place to nurse their newborn babies when they are traveling," Daines said. "I'm glad to see this bipartisan effort clear the Senate today and I will continue working to support Montana mothers." Background: Daines has been a leading voice in the Senate pushing for… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Daines' Bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection Act Passes Senate Committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured passage of his bipartisan bill, the "Montana Water Rights Protection Act," out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, clearing the way for a Senate vote on the bill. "For decades, the CSKT water dispute has gone unresolved in Montana, leading to uncertainty for thousands of Montanans across our state. That's why I introduced the bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection Act which permanently settles the CSKT water dispute, protects the … Continue Reading


07.28.20

Daines Introduces Bill to Help Montanans Keep Their Health Care Plan If They Lose Their Jobs Due to COVID-19

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bill to help thousands of working Montanans who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to retain their healthcare coverage. Daines' bill would ensure Montanans are able to afford to keep their employee sponsored healthcare insurance by covering up to 85% of the cost of the plan. "Working Montanans and their families are facing serious hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic including losing their jobs and their health insurance," Daines said… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Daines Statement on Helena City Commission Vote to Defund Helena Police, Remove School Officers

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Helena City Commission's voted not to cut $300,000 from the Helena Police Department's personnel budget and remove School Resource Officers (SROs) from all school campuses. This statement follows Daines' statement earlier today urging the Helena City Commission to vote against cutting funding to the Helena Police Department. "I'm glad the Helena City Commission decided to stand by our law enforcement today and… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Daines Secures Major Montana Priorities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the following Montana priorities that are included in the initial Phase Four Coronavirus Relief Package in the Senate. Daines fought for funding for a COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic drugs, Montana jobs and workers, and support for Montana child care providers and working parents. "As Montana experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, I will continue fighting for the health and economic livelihoods of Montana families. This latest COVID-19 re… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Daines’ Bill to Support Montana Child Care Providers, Families Included in Phase Four COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bill to help Montana families and provide assistance for Montana child care providers to offer critical, affordable services for working moms and dads during the pandemic has been included in the initial Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. "It is critical that Montana's working parents have access to child care services so they can work and put food on the table during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," Daines said. "I'm glad my bill… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Daines Secures $26 Billion for COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that he secured $26 billion in the initial Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This follows Daines' direct request to Senate leadership for more robust funding for the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs in any upcoming COVID-19 relief package in Congress. This is in addition to the $10 billion for vaccine manufacturing Daines secured in the CARES Act, which was signed into law in March. "To get back to no… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Daines’ Bill to Help Montanans Get Back to Work, Support Job Training Included in Phase Four COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today that his bill to help Montanans and Americans get back to work and prepare them for the post-COVID-19 economy, has been included in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This follows Daines' introduction of the bill, announced the "Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act," last week. "Montana has been hit very hard economically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing over 100,000 Montanans to file for unemployment. That's why I introd… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Daines to Helena City Commission: Support our Law Enforcement

U.S. SENATE- U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement ahead of the Helena City Commission's vote to cut $300,000 from the Helena Police Department's personnel budget and remove School Resource Officers (SROs) from all school campuses. "Later today, the Helena City Commission will vote on whether to cut $300,000 from the Helena Police," Daines said. "This wouldn't just be short-sighted, it would be absolutely reckless. I will always back the blue and I am urging the Helen… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Daines Brings EPA Administrator Wheeler to Montana, Tour Kalispell Brownfield Sites

KALISPELL, MT - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today brought U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Kalispell to visit multiple Brownfield sites including Glacier Rail Park, the former CHS Country Store, the CHS Agronomy Center, and SunRift Restaurant. Daines secured funding for cleanup of the contaminated sites which allowed for redevelopment of the areas boosting the local economy and supporting jobs. To download the Senator's full statement, click HERE "It… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Daines Fighting to Help Montana Families, Expand Access to Affordable Child Care

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines this week cosponsored a bill to provide assistance for Montana child care providers to help them offer critical, affordable services for working parents during the COVID-19 outbreak. "During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Montana's working moms and dads need access to affordable child care services so they can work to put food on the table," Daines said. "My bill provides the critical support needed for Montana child care providers to ensure that their es… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Daines Working to Improve PPP Program to Help Montana Restaurants, Food Supply Chains

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged Senate leadership to increase flexibility for restaurant owners and food supply chain workers under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). "By matching PPP forgiveness to the needs of restaurants, Congress will ensure that these cornerstones of our communities are ready to welcome us back when we all can be together again," Daines wrote. "Additionally, PPP forgiveness for material costs will support the people who work hard to grow and raise t… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Daines Secures Nearly $6 Million for Public Transportation in Missoula

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be directing $5,941,992 for public transportation in Missoula in response to the impacts of COVID-19. "This critical funding will support the transportation needs of Montanans in Missoula during the COVID-19 pandemic," Daines said. "I will continue working to ensure we support public transportation routes for Montanans." The funding will be for operations associated with providing fixed … Continue Reading


07.23.20

Senate Democrats Block Daines' Bill to Protect Montana Veterans from Scam Artists

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to advance his bipartisan bill to protect Montana veterans and their families from scam artists known as pension poachers. Unfortunately, it was Senate Democrat opposition that blocked Daines' bill from moving forward. To download Daines full remarks, click HERE. On the floor, Daines said: "...right now, we can take an important step to do everything in our power to ensure our veterans and their fa… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Daines Secures Senate Passage of Critical Montana Priorities in Defense Bill

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for and secured Senate passage of critical Montana priorities in the Senate defense bill called the "National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA). Daines secured a 3% pay raise for the military, relief for service members impacted by COVID-19 and support for the Montana Army and Air National Guard and Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. To download full video, click HERE. "This bipartisan bill strengthens Montana's defense priorities… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Daines Pushes to Expand Benefits for Service Members Who Pass Away or Become Disabled Due to COVID-19

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored a bipartisan bill that ensures military personnel and their families will be adequately compensated should they pass away or become disabled from COVID-19 during the pandemic. "Our men and women in uniform who are putting their lives on the lines to keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic deserve to know their families will be taken care of if they pass away or are severely disabled as a result of contracting COVID-19," Dain… Continue Reading

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