Daines Gives Lip Service to Montana Producers After Voting Against Them In Washington

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Daines Gives Lip Service to Montana Producers After Voting Against Them In Washington
Daines Turned His Back on Montana Farmers, Voted Against $1.5 Billion in Disaster Relief
Helena, MT – Today, Senator Steve Daines hosted a U.S. Department of Agriculture official in Great Falls for a closed-door roundtable with hand-picked participants. While Daines offered lip service to his “support” of Montana’s producers, he was nowhere to be found when farmers and ranchers needed him the most in Washington, D.C.
After a devastating 2019 crop year that featured heavy spring rains and early snowfall, Senator Jon Tester championed a legislative fix that expanded the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) to include quality loss, excessive moisture and drought as eligible for disaster relief funding from USDA. This critical fix gave Montana producers in 17 counties — including Cascade County, where Daines held his private roundtable — much-needed relief as they worked to stay on their feet despite heavy losses.
Senator Daines, on the other hand, voted against the bill that expanded the WHIP+ program and the accompanying $1.5 billion in relief for Montana’s farmers and ranchers. Then, keeping with his pattern of taking credit in Montana for things others got done in Washington, Daines touted the very funding he voted against.
“Senator Daines may pretend to be a friend to Montana farmers and ranchers now that it’s election season, but they know he has failed to stand up for them in Washington,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Montana’s producers deserve a Senator who is willing to fight for for them, not a showboat touting work he didn’t do.”

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