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Pushes for Montana families to receive more money in COVID-19 relief direct checks

U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the “Coronavirus Assistance for American Families Act” to provide a second round of COVID-19 relief direct checks to Montanans, doubling the amount Montanans with dependents, including children and individuals with disabilities, receive. Under Daines’ proposal, a Montana family of four would receive an additional $600 more than under the “CARES Act.”

“This is about putting more money in the hands of Montana families who are struggling to get by because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Daines said. “This will increase the amount of money Montana moms and dads can receive in their direct checks for each child and other dependents including those with disabilities. Montana families are dealing with extraordinary challenges as a result of the pandemic. This will give them an extra boost during these tough times.”

The Coronavirus Assistance for American Families Act would:

•Disburse direct payments of $1,000 for both Montana parents ($2,000 if filed jointly) and their children with social security numbers (SSNs)

•A family of four would receive $4,000. Under the CARES Act the same family of four would only receive $3,400.

•Includes eligibility for adult dependents, including those with disabilities or college students.

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Daines was outspoken against enhanced unemployment benefits. He said those who lost their jobs did not deserve any extra money. Only corporations deserve extra money. Montanans have to get new jobs when the jobs they have are stolen from them, companies get billions in bailouts. One more stimulus check is not enough when the last one was gone paying one month's bills.

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