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Congressman Zinke’s Statement on the State of the Union

“This cycle of inaction, arrogance and incompetence from the Senate and White House must end if we are to save our country.”

Congressman Zinke’s Statement on the State of the Union under President Biden

“This cycle of inaction, arrogance and incompetence from the Senate and White House must end if we are to save our country.”

 

(WASHINGTON, DC) Congressman Ryan Zinke released the following statement on the State of the Union under President Joe Biden.

 

“The state of the union is in peril. Under President Biden, cartels are targeting Indian country, the world is at war all around us, criminal illegal aliens fill our jails from Kalispell to Billings, inflation remains through the roof, and the American Dream is just a dream to many young people hoping to own a home and build a life. Why? Because the arrogance of the Biden administration, and the fact they believe they know better than you how you should live your life or run your business.

 

“While the Democrat-controlled Senate enables Biden’s agenda, the Republican House has been the only firewall to stop the worst of the worst. I’ve proudly voted for H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, to end the border crisis, which the Senate has failed to even vote on. I voted to cut billions of dollars in wasteful spending that the Senate ignored. And, I proudly voted for and the House passed permitting reform and the Lower Energy Costs Act. Again inaction in the Senate. This cycle of inaction, arrogance and incompetence from the Senate and White House must end if we are to save our country.”

 

Zinke welcomed Marvin Weatherwax as his SOTU guest. Weatherwax is a former Chairman of and member of the Blackfeet Nation Tribal Business Council, current chairman of the Coalition of Large Tribes, and is a Democrat in the Montana State House.

 

Zinke said, “I am honored to have Chairman Marvin Weatherwax of the great Blackfeet Nation as my guest. He and I know the truth that Biden refuses to acknowledge. Because of Biden’s policies, the crisis he created at the Southwest Border has turned into a crisis in Indian Country. Montanans are dying, overdosing and disappearing at the hands of Mexican cartels. Our next generation is left without parents and direction. And all of it is preventable if Biden would just fix the crisis he created. I’m proudly working with the Chairman and the Blackfeet Nation to address the fentanyl crisis in Indian Country and provide a safe and drugfree space for tribal kids to spend time after school.”

 

“As a member of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council and Chairman of the Coalition of Large Tribes, I share Rep. Zinke’s concerns about the border and fentanyl that is devastating my home on the Blackfeet Nation and Tribes across the country,” Chairman Weatherwax said. “The Blackfeet share 70 miles of border with Canada where our border patrol is completely understaffed and underfunded. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Border Patrol have blocked resources for us to be able to take care of the issue, and meanwhile the DOJ is nowhere to be found. Zinke has been a fighter in Congress for the Blackfeet Nation during our struggle against the Fentanyl coming through Biden’s open borders.”

 

Zinke was able to secure $20 million in funding for a new Tribal Youth Center for the Blackfeet in this week’s Consolidated Appropriations Act. As Secretary of the Interior overseeing the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he established the Joint Task Force on Opioids in Indian Country

which resulted in successful sting operations on reservations nationwide, and he laid the groundwork for the first ever federal task force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Both the Opioid Task Force and the MMIW taskforce, Operation Lady Justice, were discontinued by the Biden Administration and the Biden Administration has failed to allocate more than $20 million in congressionally appropriated funding dedicated to MMIW cold cases.

Press release provided Congressman Ryan Zinke

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