Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - Montana Senator Steve Daines took President Joe Biden to task this week on two topics, first addressing the President’s upcoming first visit to the troubled southern border of his presidency, and then as the Biden administration acknowledged the severe damage to the U.S. economy by killing the Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office.

“President Biden ignored the crisis at our nation's southern border for more than two years, and it will take more than just one presidential visit to turn things around,” began Senator Daines. “The president needs to acknowledge there's a crisis, that the current policy is not working and commit to changing course. If he does not and continues the same failed policies of the past two years, it will continue to encourage illegal immigration and only make the crisis worse.”

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Daines also referenced the massive flow of drugs such as methamphetamine and fentanyl that are coming across the southern border and making their way to Montana.

“Over 3,000 pounds of fentanyl were seized in November alone, up from 1900 pounds just the previous month,” he said. “Left unchecked, these illegal drugs will continue to devastate our Montana communities. It is past time for the administration to get serious about the southern border, and I hope President Biden will do so when he visits the border this weekend.”

On Biden's First Day in Office he Killed the Keystone XL Pipeline

In addition, Daines took satisfaction in the Biden administration’s acknowledgement on the impact of killing the Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office.

“The Biden administration finally owned up to what we've known all along, and that is that killing the Keystone XL Pipeline cost good paying jobs.” He said. “It hurt Montana's economy, and was the first step in the Biden administration's war on oil and gas production in the United States.”

Daines said despite this admission, the administration refuses to pursue American made energy.

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“Unfortunately, the administration continues to pursue energy production anywhere but the United States,” he said. “These policies may appeal to the ‘woke’ left, but they hurt Montana's working families. I'm going to keep fighting back against Biden's anti energy agenda, and I will be supporting Montana energy projects and Montana energy jobs.”

President Biden announced he plans to visit El Paso, Texas on Sunday, January 8.

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