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Matt Rosendale

Health care worker holding a clipboard.

The Montana House of Representatives advanced a bill Wednesday that outlines how patients could pay for medical care directly without health insurance.

Business owners and community members in northeastern Montana say they were looking forward to the added tax dollars and customer base the Keystone XL pipeline would have brought into the area before President Joe Biden cancelled a vital permit for the development.

Last week Montana’s governor visited Glasgow in Valley County and held a roundtable with local officials and business people there.

Capitol Talk: Guns, Voting And An Executive Power-Up

Feb 5, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte wants to increase the power of Montana's executive branch. Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Matt Rosendale loses a battle with the national Republican leadership. And state Legislature moves toward making it harder to vote and easier to carry concealed guns.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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Members of Montana’s congressional delegation are pushing-back on President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Tuesday, Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would authorize construction of the pipeline. 

Rep. Matt Rosendale
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Montana’s U.S. Representative, Republican Matt Rosendale, will serve on two congressional committees of relevance to Montanans.

Montana’s lone U.S. House Representative Matt Rosendale attended President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration Wednesday, two weeks after objecting to two states’ election results in their favor on the basis of unidentified allegations of voter fraud. Rosendale spoke with Yellowstone Public Radio about the inauguration and who needs to be held accountable for the Jan. 6 seizure of the U.S. Capitol.

Montana Lawmaker Introduces Direct Patient Care Bill

Jan 21, 2021

A Montana state lawmaker today introduced a bill that would formalize a patient’s ability to directly pay a doctor for care without insurance. Similar bills have been vetoed in the past.

Republican Sen. Cary Smith of Billings told the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee that direct patient care lowers provider overhead costs and simplifies the health care experience by sidestepping insurance companies, and state and federal regulations.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes the presidential oath of office at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2021. Once the oath was completed, Biden became the 46th President of the United States of America.
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Montana’s entire congressional delegation attended President Joe Biden’s inaugural celebration in Washington D.C., and all of them issued statements about the new administration.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation will attend Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president.

Montana’s Republican U.S. Rep., Matt Rosendale, who earlier this month voted to reject certain electoral votes that helped secure Biden’s victory, confirmed his plans this week on Fox News contributor Sara Carter’s podcast. 

Montana's congressman votes as expected against impeachment, and Montana's two senators are having a very public spat. Gov. Gianforte has a rocky rollout of new orders lifting some pandemic restrictions. Attorney General Knudsen gets into a legal fight with a county attorney over local COVID-19 regulations. And university administrators keep a wary eye on a bill headed to the State Senate that would allow guns on campus.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.