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Friday, May 8, 2020
All Eyes on Daines as Congress Debates Next Pandemic Response Bill
Will Daines Again Vote to Cap Unemployment Insurance?
After Taking Credit, Senator Indicated Benefits Were Too “Generous”
Helena, MT – As Congress debates the next pandemic response package, battle lines are being drawn over calls to renew the $600-a-week boost to unemployment insurance secured by Senate Democrats over opposition from Steve Daines and Senate Republicans. Daines voted to cap unemployment insurance for Montanans laid off due to the pandemic — but after Democrats succeeded in expanding benefits, Daines was repeatedly caught dishonestly bragging about the increased benefits, before abruptly changing his tune and calling them too “generous.”
As working Montana families continue to weather the economic shocks brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Daines and Senate Republicans have been more focused on securing massive tax giveaways for millionaires, and pushing for corporate slush funds without strong protections to prevent corporations from using federal aid funds to boost CEO bonuses or buy back stocks. As it comes time to renew crucial benefits for out-of-work Montanans, Daines’ constituents will be watching his actions closely.
“Daines’ priorities have been clear throughout this pandemic. As thousands of Montanans are losing their jobs, Daines has been preoccupied with securing massive giveaways for his corporate backers, while calling unemployment assistance for his constituents ‘generous,’” said MDP Executive Director. “Will Daines again vote to cap unemployment insurance for Montanans laid off as a result of this crisis? We’ll all be watching closely.”
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