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Montana’s congressional delegation split directly along party lines over passage of the $1.9-trillion COVID relief bill.

Montana Sen. Steve Daines followed through on his promise to vote against Rep. Deb Haaland’s nomination as Secretary of the Interior today but the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources advanced her nomination despite GOP opposition.

In an 11 to 9 vote, the committee voted to favorably report Congresswoman Haaland’s nomination as Secretary of the Interior.

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.

Montana's two senators are expected to split their votes on impeachment. The governor has lifted the state's mandatory mask mandate, and Attorney General Austin Knudsen joins the effort to reverse a Biden administration decision to halt the Keystone pipeline.

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

Montana’s U.S. Senators cast votes along party lines Tuesday, as a divided Senate determined that it is within its constitutional powers to move forward with the impeachment trial of former-President Donald Trump.

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. 

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.

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Following last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists, there have been unsubstantiated claims that those who stormed the building were anti-fascist groups.

Montana’s junior U.S. Senator said Tuesday there’s no evidence those groups took part in the mob. 

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