Montana Senator Steve Daines appeared on the Montana Morning News show on Thursday and spoke of the lawsuit filed by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and 20 other states to block President Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which he called ‘virtue signaling’.

“This is pure we virtue signaling,” said Daines. “This is all about trying to let the far left environmental groups celebrate, when it has nothing to do with protecting the environment. The Keystone XL Pipeline actually reduces carbon emissions, because if you don't transport that oil in a pipeline, it'll be on rail, or it'll be on trucks that actually emit more carbon than a pipeline does.”

Daines also pointed out the damage that he believes the Democratic majority is inflicting on the United States and its people.

“We're seeing an explosion right now in spending in Washington DC., and that is debt that's going to be placed on the shoulders of our kids and our grand kids,” said Daines. “So there's a pretty clear contrast. Despite the terrible things that come from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the future is bright, because I think the contrast could not be greater between the two sides.”

Daines was also was asked since the Democratic Party now controls the White House and both houses of Congress, what the future of the Republican Party might be.

“I think it has a very bright future, because we stand for the positions where most American people are,” said Daines. “We believe in a secure southern border. Think about what President Biden did and the contrast with President Trump. President Biden stopped construction on the wall by changing Trump's policies that had actually calmed things down on the southern border.”

Daines outlined more of the views held by most conservatives.

“If you believe in a secure southern border, a strong military; if you believe in common sense energy policy, the ‘all-of-the-above’ for low energy prices and economic growth. If you believe in America first, then you stand with Republicans.”

Daines was recently elected to his second six year term in the U.S. Senate.

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