NBC Montana: Tester praises American Rescue Plan Act

by Emma Wulfhorst

HELENA, Mont. – Sen. Jon Tester praised the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act.

On a press call Thursday morning, Tester said the bill provides targeted relief for Montanans hurting from the COVID-19 crisis.

Tester said the package includes support for health care and housing as well as small businesses, farmers and ranchers.

He also touched on the importance of vaccinating people as soon as possible.

“The bottom line is that we need to be getting vaccine in people’s arms in Montana and communities across the state as quickly and as safely as possible,” Tester said. “And that’s exactly what the targeted COVID relief package that the President signed into law earlier this month does.”

Montana is expected to receive about $2.7 billion in ARPA money, and the legislature is responsible for figuring out how to spend about $910 million of that.

NBC Montana asked U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for his reaction. He opposed the measure, calling it a liberal wish list disguised as COVID-19 relief.