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By Tim Leeds 

Senators: Montana benefits included in COVID relief, omnibus spending bill

Montana Water Rights Protection Act ratifies CKST water compact, Amtrak receives emergency funding


Last updated 12/22/2020 at 11:04am

Montana’s U.S. senators Monday touted provisions in a COVID-19 relief bill and an omnibus spending bill that includes the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact.

The bills passed also include funding for Amtrak.

The $900 billion COVID-19 bill is a scaled-down version of proposals that have been in the works since spring but stalled in Congress. Democrats wanted a larger bill that provided more relief to groups like consumers and people who had lost their jobs as well as state and local governments, while Republicans pushed for a smaller bill, warning of rising federal def...

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