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Monday, July 27, 2020
Helena, MT – Expanded unemployment benefits for thousands of Montanans are set to expire this week, but Greg Gianforte isn’t too concerned. After earning $184 million over the last 10 years, Gianforte said that extending the $600 a week emergency benefits – in the midst of a pandemic – “encourages people not to work” and is “problematic for employers.”
In May, Gianforte voted against a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that would extend unemployment benefits beyond this week’s July 31 deadline. Some Republicans have even signaled a willingness to extend benefits, albeit in a dramatically reduced amount. Still, Gianforte has said that beyond Friday, struggling Montanans are on their own, and should receive $0 in extended unemployment benefits from the federal government.
“It’s hard to get more out-of-touch than a multi-millionaire seeking to cut off emergency benefits for unemployed Montanans – in a pandemic,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “But that’s Gianforte, always looking out for himself, never Montanans.”
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