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In Final Senate Speech, Walsh Highlights Veteran Suicides, Money In Politics, Public Lands

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Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

In August, Walsh dropped out of his Senate reelection bid amid a plagiarism scandal.

Walsh said 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"If this country were losing 22 service members a day on the battlefield, Americans would be in the streets protesting."

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to reduce vet suicides, it’s now before the Senate.

Walsh also reaffirmed his support of a public lands rider attached to a $585 billion Defense Bill also awaiting Senate approval.

He says the rider would expand the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas in Montana, and expand protections for areas in the Flathead and Glacier.

"Congress is protecting the Flathead and Glacier National Park forever from efforts to mine it or drill it."

Walsh last day in office is January 3rd, 2015, the start of the 114th Congress.

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