Putting Montana first, 2019
Looking ahead for 2019
Happy New Year! I was recently sworn in for a second term after a busy 2018 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I look forward to a productive 2019 working with you to advance Montana’s interests.
I’ll continue putting Montana first and focusing on our priorities, including protecting public access to our public lands, taking care of our veterans, cleaning up Washington, securing our border, and making sure Montanans can thrive and prosper
My door is always open, and I encourage you to reach out to me anytime to let me know how I can help you and your community.
No pay during the government shutdown
On the day I was sworn in, I requested that House officials withhold my pay until the partial government shutdown ends.
Agents who protect our borders and other security personnel are working without pay, and other federal workers have been furloughed.
I asked officials to withhold my salary, because I believe it’s inappropriate for members of Congress to be paid while portions of the federal government remain shut down and federal government workers go without pay.
You can read the full text of my letter HERE.
Greg’s letter requesting his pay be withheld until the shutdown ends
Addressing Montana’s public lands priorities
In November, I asked Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to include Montana priorities in a year-end public lands bill.
Unfortunately, little progress was made on such an important piece of legislation. Disappointed at where our priorities stood, I took to the floor and blasted the lack of progress on a public lands package as well as on a border security measure. Watch the video of the speech HERE.
I’ll continue working in 2019 and throughout the new Congress to move Montana’s public lands priorities forward, including protecting the gateway to Yellowstone, permanently reauthorizing LWCF, resolving the maintenance backlog in our national parks, providing clean water throughout Montana, and reforming how our forests are managed.
Should members of Congress be paid while portions of the federal government are shut down?
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Spirit of Montana
I had the honor of recognizing Katie Dasinger of Sidney in the U.S. House of Representatives for her leadership, commitment to promoting community service, and efforts to develop young professionals in her community.
Katie is founder and president of Sidney Young Professionals, a group focused on engaging young people in their communities as well as encouraging their personal and professional development.
Learn more about the Spirit of Montana recognition on my website. Anyone may nominate Montanans for the award by contacting my office at 202-225-3211 or by email at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.