On Monday afternoon, Montana’s lone Congressman Matt Rosendale held a statewide tele-town meeting, answering questions from callers around the state.

Rosendale opened with a new forest protection bill that he has sponsored in the U.S. House.

“This past month has been a busy one legislation wise,” began Rosendale. “I introduced the Forest Litigation Reform Act which aims to prevent frivolous lawsuits from stopping responsible forest management practices needed to conserve our forest and reduce wildfire risk, which we have seen in our smoke filled air as complete evidence that this isn't taking place right now.”

In addition, Rosendale issued a warning to Congress should David Chipman be confirmed as head of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

“Considering David Chipman to head the ATF,” he said. “Chipman has shown that he is not committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America and has made countless comments about limiting Americans’ ability to keep and bear arms. If they end up confirming his appointment, I have already announced that I will introduce articles of impeachment in an effort to have him removed.”

Rosendale took a question about his views on the federal government issuing another mask mandate due to rising numbers of COVID 19 cases.

“I think that the obligation of government is to provide citizens with as much accurate information as they possibly can, and then to let citizens make decisions for themselves,” he said. “I think businesses also need to be able to make decisions for themselves, and that we're all responsible adults and we live in a free society. We should be able to take that information and utilize it to the best of our ability.”

Another question for Rosendale asked for his opinion on the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Montana’s public schools.

“Now I think that we should throw it right in the waste can where it came from is what I think,” he said. “I think we should be celebrating the greatness of our nation. I think we should recognize our failures, and I think we should always strive to improve. The United States of America is a great country and we have lifted more people out of poverty and oppression than any other nation on earth and we have asked for nothing in return and while we are not perfect, we are exceptional.”

For now, Rosendale is Montana’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives, however in 2022 Montana will elect its second House member for the first time in over 30 years, thanks to increased population counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.


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