As Congress Discusses Next Relief Bill, Will Daines Again Vote to Limit Unemployment Insurance For Montanans?

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As Congress Discusses Next Relief Bill, Will Daines Again Vote to Limit Unemployment Insurance For Montanans?
Helena, MT – As the Senate discusses the next coronavirus relief bill, battle lines are being drawn over calls to renew the $600-a-week boost to unemployment insurance set to expire in July. Senator Steve Daines and his Republican colleagues still oppose these expanded unemployment benefits despite the fact that millions of Americans — and thousands of Montanans — are losing their jobs during this crisis. 

Daines previously voted to cap unemployment insurance benefits 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.”

Throughout this crisis, Daines has fought for his big-business backers, pushing for a corporate slush fund without strong protections to prevent corporations from using  funds to boost CEO bonuses or buy back stocks and slipping a massive tax giveaway for the wealthy into a relief package. But when it comes to everyday Montanans, Daines has turned his back.

“Senator Daines didn’t fight for Montanans when they needed relief at the onset of this crisis. Instead, he voted to cap unemployment benefits and opposed paid leave,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Montanans have seen Daines’ true colors and are not holding out hope that he will ever do what’s right.”

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