Walsh Builds on Record of Fighting for Montana in First 45 Days in Senate
(Helena, MT) – After just 45 days in the Senate, Senator John Walsh has built on his record of protecting and defending Montanans and is leading the charge on the most pressing issues facing Montana and our country.
In his first floor speech in February, Walsh outlined his priorities to protect veterans, defend our civil liberties and conserve Montana’s outdoor heritage. Here’s the action he’s taken since:
Yesterday, Walsh, a former Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard and the only Iraq War veteran in the Senate, introduced a comprehensive plan to prevent veteran suicide.
Walsh joined the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in Washington today to announce his proposal – the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act. The IAVA placed more than 1,800 flags on the Washington Mall to commemorate each veteran who has committed suicide in 2014 alone.
For Walsh, not only is this legislation good policy, it’s personal. According to the Veterans Administration, 22 veterans commit suicide each day including a service member who Senator Walsh served alongside with in Iraq.
Walsh is also leading the fight for Montana’s public lands and outdoor heritage. He co-sponsored the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and Senator Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act – all made-in-Montana legislation that protect Montana’s outdoor heritage and world-renowned hunting, fishing and recreation opportunities for future generations.
Walsh has also fought for funding to ensure Montana sportsmen have access to public lands and expanded outdoor recreation. He's co-sponsored the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as restored funding for the Sportsman Trust Funds.
The first bill Walsh introduced as Senator protects constitutional rights and shuts down the surveillance of innocent Americans. Walsh’s Civil Liberties Protection Act reforms National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) surveillance programs to protect Americans from warrantless surveillance and end mass collections of private data.
“Senator Walsh has fought alongside Montanans on the battlefield and now he continues that fight in the U.S. Senate. This is a man who has the courage to stand up to Washington special interests and do right by Montanans. In just 45 days, Senator Walsh has shown that he has the leadership, commitment, integrity, and courage to represent Montana in the footsteps of Mike Mansfield and Lee Metcalf,” said Andrea Marcoccio, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party.
While Senator Walsh has fought for Montana priorities, Congressman Daines has fought for his special interest friends and voted against Montana seniors, veterans, public lands and families.
- He demanded the government shutdown, which continues to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the American economy.
- He supported a plan that would hit Montana with a $250 million middle-class tax hike, while protecting tax cuts for the wealthy.
- He voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program that would have put seniors at risk.
- He voted against funding for veterans health and benefit programs though Montana’s veteran population is among the highest in the country.
- Daines voted to sell public lands and pushed a land-grab bill, receiving a 4% rating from Montana Conservation Voters.
- Daines sponsored legislation that could ban some forms of birth control and would overturn Roe v Wade, while also voting to ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.
“When you are elected to represent Montanans, votes matter. Congressman Daines has voted time and again to cut funding for veteran programs, deny women their right to critical health care access, and turn Medicare into a voucher program. All the while, Congressman Daines has voted for tax cuts for millionaires. Who does Congressman Daines represent: his fellow millionaires and special interest cronies or hard working Montana families?” said Marcoccio.