The U.S. Senate has passed the largest rescue bill in American history.
The $2 trillion rescue package will send funds to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Montana Senator Steve Daines outlined the package during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ve been speaking with many Montanans who have lost their jobs,” said Daines. “I believe that the current unemployment claim count in Montana is approaching 15,000 today. It was at 14,300 last night and that’s just the claims that have been submitted in the last eight days.”
Daines said that $350 billion has been given to American small businesses.
“These are grants, not loans and they are forgivable as long as small business continue to make their payroll, pay their rent and maintain their workforce,” he said. “There’s also $250 billion for unemployment insurance. This is to provide immediate relief to our workers who have lost their jobs, In fact, this will be about $600 more per week than they would normally receive from the state of Montana and in fact, it would more than double their unemployment check.”
Daines addressed the funding for healthcare.
“I’ve been on the phone with our hospitals,