Gianforte Votes Against Extending Unemployment Benefits For Montanans In Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Package

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Gianforte Votes Against Extending Unemployment Benefits For Montanans In Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Package
Bill Also Included Funding For Local and Tribal Governments, Public Health Agencies, and Broadband
 
Helena, MT – This evening, the House of Representatives voted on a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package for American frontline workers and families. Over 100,000 Montanans have been laid off since late March, and Montana’s tribal and local governments are facing serious budgetary shortfalls. Montanans are looking to the federal government for assistance, but Greg Gianforte voted against this critical piece of legislation.
 

As Montanans are struggling to pay their bills and provide for their families amid a global pandemic, Greg Gianforte voted no on extending weekly unemployment payments for Montanans, claiming that, “extending those benefits further encourages people not to work,” and would “become problematic for employers.”

Our nation’s public health agencies need adequate funding now more than ever. On $2.1 billion for CDC and $4.7 billion for NIH, Gianforte voted no. 

Local and tribal governments, whose tax bases have shrunk dramatically, need funding to pay for essential services and front line workers. On $20 billion for tribal governments and $375 billion for local governments, Gianforte voted no. 

The United States still lacks a comprehensive national testing strategy. On $75 billion more for testing, tracting, and treatment, Gianforte voted no.

The pandemic has forced Montanans to rely upon steady internet connections for remote learning and telemedicine. On $5.5 billion for extended broadband coverage, Gianforte voted no.

“Tonight, Greg Gianforte voted against working Montana families. Montanans sent him to Congress to serve them, but Gianforte is too busy looking out for himself,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Greg Gianforte may be keeping busy counting his money, but Montanans are hurting. Greg Gianforte’s vote tonight is a slap in the face to all of us.”

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