Montana Congressman Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling
Montana’s lone Congressman, at least till January 2023, Matt Rosendale called into the KGVO Newsmakers line to talk about issues in Montana and in Washington, D.C.
Rosendale commented on the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday to overturn the Roe v Wade decision and what the possible consequences will be in the states.
“What you're going to see now are states that severely restrict abortion, and states that tried to strike down abortions in their respective states,” said Congressman Rosendale. “That legislation will move through the process and either be signed or vetoed by their respective governors, but you're also going to see states that will go to the other end of the spectrum, and they will allow abortion up until the moment and quite frankly, the moments after a birth.”
Rosendale vehemently disagreed with protesters that claimed the decision means ‘the end of democracy’.
“That’s a fallacy,” he said. “As a matter of fact, this decision reinforces our Constitutional Republic and federalism. It says that the court was itself heading down the path of ending democracy by making a decision on something that was not a law that was being contested. It was simply a procedure, or so they have said, No, the court does not legislate. You've got the legislative body, you've got the executive and you've got the judicial and each of these branches needs to stay in their lane.”
Rosendale took the Biden Administration to task for its failed energy policies.
"Because this administration shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline, they've stopped the leasing for about 20 months on our public lands so that the oil and gas leases cannot be obtained," he said. "They stopped permitting the drilling for new wells. Our domestic production has decreased by about 2 million barrels a day."
Rosendale looked ahead at the rest of the summer leading up to the mid-term election in November.
“Oh, I think that you're going to see them (Democrats in Congress) try and pass additional abortion legislation,” he said. “I think that you're going to see them try to pass additional spending as if inflation isn't out of control enough yet. I think they'll still try to pass some additional spending. And I think that they're probably going to go back in and make another run at the federalization of the election so that they can try and control the outcomes of our elections because it's the only way that they're going to be able to try and retain any kind of power.”
Rosendale is running for reelection to represent the eastern district of Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives.