Congressman Matt Rosendale visits the KGVO Studios in Missoula
Montana’s (for now) lone U.S. House of Representatives member Matt Rosendale dropped by the KGVO studios in Missoula on Monday morning to discuss various issues and take calls from listeners.
The first question for Rosendale dealt with the possibility that President Biden might send U.S. troops to the Ukraine due to the threat of a Russian invasion.
“I don't think it's a wise decision to be sending our troops out again to a conflict that we really don't have a true interest in,” said Congressman Rosendale. “Our United States military is charged with protecting our nation and our interests at home and our citizens at home and abroad, and we do not have that. That's why the Ukraine at this point has not become a partner in NATO and that we don't have any interest there. I think it would be a bad decision to engage the United States military in any kind of a conflict out there.”
Rosendale was also asked about the hyper-partisanship he now sees in Congress. He said part of the problem is procedural.
“What I believe is causing this fierce divide is the fact that we have so much of the power right now consolidated into the hands of so few,” he said. “We are not going through regular order on the House floor. All of the decisions get made by a small team of individuals and then they're brought out to the floor, and you either vote yes or no, so there's where we have the problem.”
KGVO mentioned the fact that two Democratic senators were able to derail the voting rights bill, but that Montana’s Jon Tester was not among them.
“It was Joe Manchin (from West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona that kept that filibuster in place,” he said. “No one in Washington D.C. ever mentions the name of Jon Tester when they when they talk about a moderate Democrat. He's just not there on the list, and the people of Montana need to understand that.”
Rosendale said now that Montana qualifies for two Congressional districts, that he is running for reelection for the eastern district, but hopes that both of Montana’s representatives will be Republicans.
“I have represented the whole state, but I've certainly represented the eastern side of the state when I was in the (state) legislature,” he said. “I believe as I said earlier, that the Republicans will prevail and that we will get the majority back after the 2022 election. I just want to make sure that we get a Republican on the western side of the state as well so that we don't have someone representing the western side that will basically cancel out my vote every day as I'm trying to do good work for the people all across Montana.”
Rosendale will be running for his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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