FACT CHECK: Dishonest Daines Tries to Rewrite Abysmal Record of Cozying Up to China and Cutting Taxes for Ultra-Wealthy 

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FACT CHECK: Dishonest Daines Tries to Rewrite Abysmal Record of Cozying Up to China and Cutting Taxes for Ultra-Wealthy 

Helena, MT –  Today, Senator Steve Daines released a new ad that papers over his abysmal record in Congress, including his extensive history of cozying up to China and his support for the reckless trade war that has hurt Montana’s farmers. 

Daines’ Ad: “I spent 28 years in the private sector building businesses, and creating jobs.” 
 
FACT CHECK: For years, Daines worked in China building factories for an American corporation, at the same time the company laid off 4,000 American workers.  
 
Daines’ Ad: “As your senator, I fought every day to strengthen Montana’s economy, standing up for our farmers and our ranchers.” 

FACT CHECK: Daines wholeheartedly supported the Administration’s irresponsible tariffs even though he knew they would hurt Big Sky Country – with the Chamber of Commerce warning they would cause significant damage to the state. True to form, Daines also voted against a bipartisan expansion of the WHIP+ program and the accompanying $1.5 billion in relief for Montana’s family farmers and ranchers, then turned around and took a victory lap on the very funding he voted against.
 
Daines’ Ad: “Cutting taxes for Montana families and small businesses.” 
 
FACT CHECK: In 2017, Steve Daines championed the Republican tax bill which disproportionately benefits the ultra-wealthy and big corporations, while hard-working Montanans and small businesses got the short end of the stick. 
 
Daines’ Ad: “Now I’m taking on China to hold them accountable for the coronavirus. It’s time to bring our jobs home.” 
 
FACT CHECK: As the coronavirus was spreading throughout the globe, Daines praised the Chinese government’s response, saying it “aggressively worked to contain” the virus despite intelligence officials warning that China appeared to be minimizing the severity of the pandemic. While Daines pays lip service to bringing jobs back home, he supported the tax bill that “could actually make it more attractive” for companies to ship jobs overseas, and voted against a Bring Jobs Home measure that sought to end tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs.

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