FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Helena, MT – With the Senate returning after a two week recess, battle lines are being drawn over funding for state and local governments. While the coronavirus crisis rages on, these governments “whose budgets have been decimated by falling tax revenue and rising costs” are pleading with Congress for much-needed relief to cover “public-health costs related to the pandemic.” Even though additional aid for state and local governments cleared the Democratic-controlled House in May, Mitch McConnell has failed to act.
While communities implore for critical relief, Senator Steve Daines remains in lockstep behind McConnell in his unwillingness to act.
Throughout the pandemic, Daines stayed focused on his big-monied allies, supporting a corporate slush fund without strong protections, and helping his Republican colleagues slip a huge tax giveaway for the wealthy into a relief package, while voting to cap unemployment benefits for those who’ve lost their jobs due to the economic downturn.
“Even during a catastrophic crisis, Steve Daines is unwilling to cross Mitch McConnell to help struggling state and local governments that are facing cuts to essential services,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Daines kow-tows to party leaders instead of standing up for hurting communities – that’s not the Montana way.”
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