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05.19.20

Daines: Montana Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Coronavirus Need Relief Now

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement following President Trump's announcement on new guidelines to implement the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for farmers and ranchers impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Montana's hardworking farmers and ranchers whose operations have been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic need relief now," Daines said. "I'm grateful to President Trump for announcing these new guidelines that… Continue Reading


05.18.20

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Montana Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to create a Small Business Local Relief Fund to provide economic relief for very small businesses with fewer than 20 workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "This bipartisan legislation is about taking the decision making powers out of the hands of Washington D.C. and putting it in the hands of our local communities who know their own needs best," Daines said. "We need more targeted action that strengthens local res… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Daines Pushes to Protect National Guard Members Retirement During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging Senate leadership to temporarily lower the minimum requirement for a satisfactory year of service to accommodate National Guard personnel who are unable to drill and acquire points towards retirement because of the COVID-19 outbreak. "Many guardsmen and women who have dedicated a life of service, face the very real possibility of being a couple points short of retiring with 30 years due to no fault of their own. This is a retire… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines Secures Over $200,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Montana During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be directing $264,641 to the University of Montana System and Montana State University to support increased telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "In Montana, telehealth is a powerful tool for our providers to expand access to care, especially in vulnerable communities during this public health crisis," Daines said. "I am glad to have secured these fun… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines: We Must Prioritize Made in Montana Beef, Support Montana Ranchers

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a resolution that would urge the President and U.S. Trade Representative to prioritize mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for beef in trade negotiations. "During these unprecedented and challenging times, Montana producers and ranchers are struggling to keep their operations going," Daines said. "That's why it is important we pursue negotiations with our trading partners to include country of origin labeling. We must support ranc… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines Pushes for PPP Relief Eligibility for Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging the Trump administration to allow qualifying veteran service organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) perform services to veterans and their families in states across our nation, and this is certainly the case in Montana," Daines wrote. "When times get tough, the Montana VFW is … Continue Reading


05.13.20

Daines Secures Nearly $50 Million to Expand Testing for Coronavirus in Montana

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana will be receiving $49,914,794 to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, scale-up laboratory capacity, trace contacts, and support employer testing. "I am glad to have secured this critical funding to boost testing for the coronavirus in Montana," Daines said. "As we work to safely reopen the economy, it is critical that Montana's testing needs are met. I will continue to working to ensure our commu… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Daines, Tester, Gianforte Lead Bipartisan Letter to Trump in Support of State Funeral for Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient

U.S. CONGRESS-U.S. Senators Steve Daines, Jon Tester, and U.S. Congressman Greg Gianforte sent a bipartisan letter today calling on President Donald Trump to designate a state funeral in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, and to recognize millions of Americans for their service and sacrifice during the war. "The 'Greatest Generation' represents the character and strength of Montana and the United States of America," the delegation wrote. "For example, Mont… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Daines Secures Over $1 Million for Community Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $1,258,912 to Montana through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. "This critical funding will support Montana's most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic including low-income individuals and families and Montana seniors," Daines said. "I'm glad to have worked to secure these resources for our communities and I will continue working to ens… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Daines: We Must Support the Postal Service, Protect Rural Montana Communities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Senate leadership urging emergency funding, additional borrowing authority, and debt forgiveness to support the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and help it survive the current national pandemic. "The Postal Service plays a critical role in American society, and its services are needed now more than ever, especially in our rural communities where local access to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other vital services is often limited or non… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Daines Secures Over $3 Million for Montana’s Health Centers to Expand Coronavirus Testing in Montana

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be directing $3,004,376 to 14 health centers across Montana to expand testing for COVID-19. "As we work to safely reopen the economy, it's critical that Montana has the ability to conduct widespread testing, and health centers are essential to make testing more accessible," Daines said. "I will continue working with our health care professionals on the front lines of this pandemic to ge… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Daines Introduces Bill to Extend President Trump’s 60-Day Immigration Ban to Support American Workers

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is introducing legislation to temporarily extend President Trump's 60-day ban on immigration to support American workers and jobs as the nation begins to safely reopen the economy. Currently, President Trump's 60-day ban expires on June 23rd, 2020. "I'm proud to back President Trump and his efforts to put the American worker first as we begin to safely reopen the economy and support those who lost their jobs because of the Coronavirus pandemic." Daines sai… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Daines, Tester Lead Bipartisan Call to Help Montana Families and Businesses Avoid Bankruptcy

U.S. SENATE-U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester are leading a call to include $700 million in funding for financial counseling to help families and small businesses avoid bankruptcy in the next coronavirus relief bill. In a letter to Senate leadership, Daines and Tester, along with a group of their Senate colleagues, urged an expansion of the funding for non-profit credit counseling services to help consumers and small businesses taking on loads of unsecured debt to keep the lights on dur… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Daines Secures Over $3 Million to Strengthen Montana Infrastructure, Community Development During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $3,325,357 will be directed to Montana through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to support housing needs and infrastructure development for Montana communities during the coronavirus outbreak "This critical funding is about strengthening Montana's infrastructure and building our communities during the coronavirus pandemic," Daines said. "I'm glad to have worked to secure these critical resources for our local and r… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Daines Calls for Sanctions Against China in Response to Coronavirus Cover Up

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation that would authorize the president to sanction foreign officials who suppress or distort information about international public health crises, including China for the cover up of the coronavirus pandemic. "China must be held accountable for its cover up of the coronavirus outbreak which led to American lives lost and the devastation of our booming economy," Daines said. "The Chinese Communist regime withheld information and put… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Daines: We Must Support our First Responders, Families on the Front Lines

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced bipartisan legislation that would guarantee benefits for families of any first responder who tragically dies from COVID-19 in the line of duty. To download the full video, click HERE. "Our first responder heroes need to know that when they are putting their lives on the line during this Coronavirus pandemic, their families will be supported," Daines said. "This is about protecting those and their families who keep us all safe. I will c… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Daines, Tester Work to Shed a Light on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution designating May 5th, 2020 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. "This is about honoring the memories of the young women whose lives were cut short because of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis plaguing our tribal communities," Daines said. "I will continue working to raise awareness on what is happening in Indian country and fight to put an… Continue Reading


05.04.20

Daines Urges Relief for Montana Low Income Communities During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging the Administration to provide relief for the Opportunity Zones Program to support low-income communities during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. "As we work together to ensure the American economy recovers to the historic growth levels it was experiencing just months ago, we must also ensure that our low-income communities are not left behind as we return to business as usual," Daines wrote. "Relief focused on giving stakeholder… Continue Reading


05.04.20

Daines: We Must Bring Drug Manufacturing Back to America, Reduce Dependency on China

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines is pushing legislation to end the United States' reliance on China for drug and medical equipment manufacturing and bring those jobs back to the United States. "America cannot continue to rely on foreign countries like China to manufacture our PPE and critical drugs," Daines said. "China's lack of transparency and cover up of the virus made this global pandemic much worse-it costs lives and devastated our booming economy. The coronavirus has made it clear … Continue Reading


05.01.20

Daines Secures Almost $200 Million to Support Montana’s Rural Healthcare Providers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be directing $199,485,740 to support 121 rural healthcare providers in Montana during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. "These resources are vital for Montana's critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, and community health centers that have been in desperate need of relief during these challenging times," Daines said. "I will continue working to ensure that Montana's hospita… Continue Reading

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