Tag: Daines’ Work on Coronavirus

Daines: Second Round of Paycheck Protection Program Funds Now Available

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that beginning this week, Montana small businesses heavily impacted by the pandemic are able to apply for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. “This PPP funding is critical for Montana small businesses who have been hit hard due to the pandemic,” Daines said. “This funding will help keep Montana small businesses open and their workers employed. I’m glad I was able to help secure it.” Beginning today, some of Montana’s hardest hit businesses can begin applying for their first draw PPP loans, and beginning January 13th, harder hit businesses can

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, 2nd shot in arsenal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day. Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an emergency rollout of the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The move marks the world’s first authorization for Moderna’s shots. The vaccine is very similar to one from Pfizer Inc. and Germany’s BioNTech that’s now being dispensed to millions of health care workers and nursing home

Daines Attends White House COVID-19 Vaccine Summit

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was at the White House for the COVID-19 Vaccine Summit. Daines was asked to join because of his work on COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutic drugs under Operation Warp Speed (OWS). The Summit highlighted the success of OWS, which has been critical in the accelerated development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.  To download Daines’ statement, click HERE. “Just finished up a great meeting with President Trump and his Operation Warp Speed team, this truly is remarkable that were going to have these vaccines available for Montanans and the American people before the end of the year. A job well done,” Daines said. Daines

Daines Leads Bipartisan Call for Congress to Address Looming Medicare Cuts

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines called on Senate leadership to ensure that any year-end legislative package address the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to severely cut physician payments beginning January 1, 2021. Senator Daines, along with 49 Senate colleagues, stressed that these payment cuts would further strain our nation’s health care system and cripple health care providers as we continue to face the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  “Health care professionals across the spectrum are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 emergency as they continue to serve patients during this global pandemic,” Daines wrote. “The payment

Daines Urges CDC to Ensure all Montana Communities Get Access to COVID-19 Vaccines Once Approved

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure Montanans across the state, including those in rural communities, get access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. This follows Daines’ announcement that he participated in Pfizer’s vaccine trial to build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine.  “As states across the country work to develop their vaccine distribution plans in consultation with the federal government, I encourage the CDC to consider the unique challenges facing those in remote and

Daines to Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Montana Jobs, Small Businesses, Community Banks Impacted by Pandemic

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced plans to introduce bipartisan legislation that will protect Montana jobs and provide critical relief to Montana small businesses, community banks and credit unions.  “Montana small businesses and our local community banks have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They need relief to help protect jobs and workers, not unnecessary loans and payments during these hard times. That’s why I’ll be introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure small dollar loans are forgiven,” Daines said.  Daines’ legislation will end the requirement that Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance grants be subtracted from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Daines Announces Participation in Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial, Positive Test For Antibodies

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his participation in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. The trial is a blind trial, however, Daines has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. This follows Pfizer’s announcement of the vaccine being 95% effective and plans to seek FDA emergency use authorization in the coming days. “Back in August, I got a call from my mom telling me how Pfizer was looking for people to enroll in their COVID-19 vaccine trial right in my hometown of Bozeman. Thanks to that call, my sweet wife Cindy and I decided to go online and enroll in the trial – joining

Daines Calls on Senate Leadership to Prevent Cuts to Medicare Payments, Protect Montana Patients

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines yesterday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to prevent Medicare payment cuts and protect patients in Montana in legislation before the end of the year.   “I have heard from Montanans that these payment cuts will further strain our state’s health care system and practitioners already stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and could also jeopardize patient access to medically necessary services over the long-term,” Daines wrote. “I stand ready to work with you to prevent these harmful cuts and support Montana’s physicians and other health care

Daines Urges Deadline Flexibility for Tribal COVID Relief Fund

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to give Montana Tribes more flexibility to utilize funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The letter asks Mnuchin and Meadows to expand the definition of allowable CRF incurred expenses to include projects that will be substantially completed by 2021. “…while tribes will be able to purchase masks and other short-term life goods before the end of 2020, the requirement that ‘performance or delivery must occur during the covered period’ severely handicaps tribes’ ability to use these funds for some

Daines to CDC: Yellowstone County in Urgent Need of Personnel for Contact Tracing Assistance, Send Additional Resources ASAP

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield to deploy medical personnel in Yellowstone County to provide contact tracing assistance as the county sees a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases. ‘I write to you today to bring to your attention a request from Yellowstone County, Montana, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to deploy personnel to provide contact tracing assistance. I respectfully request that the CDC consider Montana’s needs during this public health crisis and promptly accommodate Yellowstone County’s request for assistance,” Daines wrote. “While our local public health