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A Message from Greg:

“We continue to learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19), including how we can do our part to slow the spread and protect our families and communities. We must all come together to slow the spread, particularly since there is no treatment or vaccine available. I encourage you to take necessary steps such as washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and following the guidance of the CDC. While the situation continues to evolve, I’ll remain vigilant, continue to receive updates, and share information with you.” – Congressman Greg Gianforte

Resources

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For information from specific federal agencies and departments: 

 

Prevention and Information

To protect you and your family, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

 

Recent Federal Government Activity

On April 23, I voted for the Payment Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which builds upon the success of the CARES Act. President Trump signed the bill into law on April 24. The bill provides:

  • An additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program,
  • $60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s economic injury disaster loans and grants,
  • $75 billion to support health care providers and hospitals, and
  • $25 billion to expand COVID-19 testing.

 

At the end of March, I voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. President Trump signed the legislation soon after. This legislation is the third phase of Congress’s efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Provides direct cash payments to families and workers, expands unemployment, and provides relief for student loan payments.
  • Assists small businesses with federally guaranteed loans for eight weeks of cash-flow assistance.
  • Provides $340 billion to the front lines of coronavirus fight, with more than 80% of funding going to state and local government.
  • Takes care of providers and patients with increased access to care, testing, and supplies.

 

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed and I voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This legislation, which is the second phase of Congress’s efforts to address the outbreak and its consequences:

  • Waives the testing fee for COVID-19,
  • Provides emergency paid sick and family leave for workers impacted by COVID-19, for which small business will be reimbursed,
  • Provides $1.25 billion to provide emergency nutritional assistance for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families, and
    Expands unemployment insurance benefits.

The first phase was the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Signed into law on March 6, 2020, the measure provides nearly $8 billion for our nation’s response, including:

  • More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available,
  • $2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) response efforts, and
  • $20 million for disaster assistance loans.

Additionally, the law opens the door for telehealth to help avoid potentially overcrowding health care facilities, especially in rural areas. 

 

Recent e-newsletters about COVID-19

May 26 - Attention: Support for farmers and ranchers

May 6 - COVID-19 Update and survey

April 29 - IMPORTANT: Info for veterans - get your full rebate check

April 9 - Answers to your COVID-19 questions

April 8 - INFO FOR YOU -- unemployment benefits

April 7 - FAQs: small business loans and grants

April 6 - FAQs: rebate checks, unemployment, students loans

April 3 - How the CARES Act helps you

April 1 - SCAM ALERT: Protect yourself from COVID-19 related scams

March 23 - COVID-19 Resources

March 19 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE

March 1  - UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

News

May 8 - Reps. Gianforte, Bustos and Sens. Carper, Kennedy Lead Bipartisan Inquiry: Why are the Deceased Recieving Coronavirus Releif Checks?

May 6 - Gianforte Urges Relief "Funding for County Governments of All Sizes"

April 24 - Gianforte, Daines: All MT Bars and Taverns Now Eligible for PPP Loans

April 23 - Gianforte to Vote for Emergency Relief for Workers, Small Businesses, Health Care Providers

April 14 - SBA Provides Relief to Montana Taverns Following Request From Gianforte and Daines

April 3 - Gianforte to CBP: Reverse Cuts to Service at Port of Raymond, Support Montana Ag 

April 1 - Montana’s Congressional Delegation Urges President to Approve Montana National Guard Funding Request Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

April 1 - Gianforte to USDA: Expedite Relief to Montana Beef Producers

March 31 - Gianforte Urges President to Support Montana Small Businesses, Taverns Confronting COVID-19

March 31 - Gianforte Supports Montanans, Telecommunications Providers Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

March 27 - Gianforte Floor Statement on CARES Act

March 25 - Gianforte Statement on Senate Consideration of CARES Act to Confront COVID-19 Outbreak

March 24 - Gianforte Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities Access to Strategic National Stockpile

March 23 - Gianforte Secures Release of COVID-19 Aid to Indian Country

March 20 - Gianforte Demands Immediate Release of Congressionally Approved COVID-19 Aid to Indian Country

March 20 - Treasury Extends Tax Filing Deadline for All Americans Following Gianforte’s Request

March 19 - Gianforte Urges Leaders to Include Montana Priorities in Coronavirus Legislation

March 17 - Gianforte Announces Telehealth Expansion During Coronavirus Outbreak

March 17 - Treasury Adopts Gianforte’s Request to Extend Federal Tax Deadlines

March 11 - Gianforte Statement on Montana’s First Confirmed Case of Coronavirus