As Montana’s Congresswoman, I will advocate and support environmental policies grounded in the Montana Constitution, our Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution. I will support environmental policies that are based on solid research, support local economies and preserve important natural resources for future generations.
Montanans know when government isn’t doing enough to where we live and live and work. While Washington D.C. continues to rollback regulations to ensure our water, air, and land is preserved for future generations, we know when to roll up our sleeves and say, “enough is enough.”
In 1972, Montana’s Constitutional Convention gave the state a breath of fresh air. It was called by the people, fed up with corruption, corporate greed and extreme exploitation of our resources. In 1971, Eastern Montana and the Yellowstone River were identified as resources to be used to enact a federal recommendation to construct several coal-fired electrical plants fueled by coal mines to meet the country’s energy needs. The proposal called for the Yellowstone River, the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, to be damned south of Livingston. Montanans were appalled and stopped the harmful proposals.
Today, the preamble of Montana’s 1972 Constitution reflects our values and way of life. It is an enduring document that eloquently states our reverence to the quiet beauty of Montana, “the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations …” I will take these Montana values to Washington, D.C.