Montana Senator Steve Daines laid the energy woes of the United States squarely at the feet of President Joe Biden when he appeared on the KGVO Montana Morning News show on Wednesday.

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“Just think about this for a moment Peter,” began Senator Daines. “In one year, Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline just hours after getting sworn in. He bans new oil and gas leases in federal lands; he nominates anti-energy ideologues and then he gave the Russians the green light to build that Nord Stream Two pipeline.”

Daines recalled a ZOOM meeting he had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy where he appealed to the U.S. for help against the Russian invasion.

“He was just talking from the heart, Peter,” he said. “He didn't have any prepared notes. He wasn't reading off a teleprompter. He just looked straight at the computer and just spoke from the heart and talked about how they're yearning for peace and to let the children grow up in peace in here they have the horrors of war. They thought that Zelenskyy would flee the country, but I'll tell you what, Putin is taking him seriously now. This guy is a braveheart warrior.”

Daines then spoke of his efforts to end travel mask mandates.

“We're working now on trying to stop the travel mask mandate,” he said. We’re making progress here and getting rid of these mask mandates. But, if you if you go to an airport and jump on an airplane, you have to wear that mask. It doesn't make any sense that they make you social distance when you're standing in line to check in or go through TSA, they want you to be six feet apart, and when yet we jump on an airplane you're four inches apart, shoulder to shoulder with the passengers, and then you have to wear a mask, so I don't get it, and I think it's time to lift that mask mandate for airports and air travel as well.”

Finally, Daines explained his successful effort to help the U.S. Postal Service return to liquidity by ending the pre funding of retirement accounts.

“I'm glad to see it,” he said. My bipartisan bill with Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii that was included in the final passage was called the USPS Fairness Act, and it repeals a burdensome mandate that somebody in Washington decided to put in place years ago that required the Postal Service to pre fund employers retirement health benefits. It was the only federal agencies singled out to do that. I got that fixed and I have the accounting standardized now. The USPS was unfairly targeted in terms of the way the accounting works.”

Senator Daines appears on the Montana Morning News show approximately once a month.

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