Federal Relief Package

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Child care is a critical part of Montana’s economic recovery from COVID-19 as more parents return to work. But some providers have closed permanently and others are struggling, adding to an already dire shortage. Recently released federal funding may only provide short term relief as the state faces a child care crisis.

Some people receiving unemployment in Montana will start seeing an additional $600 in weekly benefits from the state labor department. The $600 bump was approved by Congress as part of the federal CARES Act.

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Over 10,000 loans totaling nearly $1.3 billion have been approved for small businesses in Montana as part of the federal coronavirus relief package.

Out of the $350 billion allocated to small businesses nationwide through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), nearly $250 billion in loans had been approved as of Apr. 13.

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Update 10 A.M. 03/26/20: This story has been updated to reflect that Sen. Daines and Sen. Tester voted in favor of the CARES Act.

Both of Montana’s U.S. senators voted in favor of the third federal relief package that they say is aimed at supporting rural communities and small businesses hurting amid the coronavirus pandemic.