During National Crisis, Daines Continues Putting Wealthy and Well-Connected First 

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During National Crisis, Daines Continues Putting Wealthy and Well-Connected First 
 
Helena, MT – As millions across the country lose their jobs as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, many have turned to unemployment benefits to help them cover basic expenses. A new Washington Post-ABC poll found that 58 percent of Americans support extending the $600-a-week boost to unemployment insurance beyond July.

When the pandemic first hit, Senator Steve Daines voted against expanded unemployment insurance, then had the audacity to repeatedly tout the benefits he opposed – rightfully earning him condemnation for his dishonesty. Daines then backtracked by calling the benefits too “generous” and has remained silent since Mitch McConnell deemed expanding benefits “crazy.”

Daines thinks Montanans losing their jobs during a national crisis are getting off easy – but his big-business friends? He’s been looking out for them at every turn. Daines has pushed for a corporate slush fund without strong protections to prevent companies from using funds to boost CEO bonuses or buy back stocks, and slipped a huge tax giveaway for the wealthy into a relief package.

“During this national emergency, Daines’ priorities have been clear: look out for the wealthy few and leave hard-working Montanans behind,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Montanans deserve a Senator who is fighting for them, and they know Daines is a lost cause.”

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