Unfortunately for Rosendale, MT Voters Will Soon See His Talk Is Cheap

Matt Rosendale, the back-up, back-up choice of the establishment to run for Senate in Montana in 2018, apparently held a telephone town hall Monday, where he pronounced on social media that he discussed “fixing our broken health care system, improving public access to public lands, and getting real results for Montana’s veterans.”

Talk is cheap, he added. We agree, which is why, even though we didn’t get the invite to his tele-town hall, we do have the facts. Let’s review quickly:

  • On healthcare: Rosendale said he supported a straight repeal, which independent analysts have said would jack up health care costs and lead to thousands of Montanans losing their insurance.
  • On public lands: He has repeatedly called for the transfer of federal public lands to the state, which could lead to the sale of lands to private owners. But don’t take it from us, take it from this headline in the Helena Independent Record: “Rosendale calls for transferring federal lands to state”
  • On veterans: And the health care bill Rosendale supports could cost 7,000 Montana veterans their Medicaid coverage. Rosendale only has to look to the state’s senior Senator to figure out how to get real results for Montana’s veterans – Jon Tester has had two bipartisan veterans bills signed into law by President Trump this year alone. His work has also led to a much-needed VA clinic expansion in Billings and numerous Veterans Centers around the state.

So Rosendale is right. Talk is cheap. Especially when what he talks about would do nothing to actually help Montanans.

Tester Secures Emergency Funding to Help Montana Producers Devastated by Wildfires

 U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted his request for additional assistance for Montana producers ravaged by recent wildfires. 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is releasing up to 3 million for a special two-week signup period for Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funds that help Montana farmers and ranchers.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service will accept applications starting today, August 1, through August 15, 2017.  The additional EQIP funds can assist with livestock grazing deferment, damaged fence and post removal, livestock fencing, water facility development, critical area plantings, and cover crops.

“Family farms and ranches are the backbone of this country and in their time of need it is important for USDA and the federal government to step up,”Tester said.  “These emergency funds will help Montana producers get back on their feet after this devastating drought and fire season.”

Last week, Tester penned a letter to Secretary Perdue asking the Department to tap into disaster assistance initiatives, which Tester secured in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Montana farmers and ranchers interested in signing up for EQIP should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office for additional information.

This week, Tester launched an online portal where Montanans who are impacted by fire and drought can contact his office and receive help.

Tester helped secure additional staffing at USDA offices to help Montana farmers and ranchers facing extreme drought. 

Tester has urged Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon to prioritize assisting Montana small businesses that apply for Disaster Loan Assistance because of business downturns due to devastating drought and wildfires. 

Tester called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Congress to help first responders across Montana who are fighting wildfires throughout the state.  Last week, Tester secured critical life-saving resources to help fight the Lodgepole Complex Fire in eastern Montana.