Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Matt Rosendale (Montana)
Washington, DC—Today, Representative Matt Rosendale voted against H.R. 6119 – Further Extending Government Funding Act, a continuing resolution (CR) which provides continuing appropriations to fund the government through February 18, 2022.
Representative Rosendale joined Representative Biggs to offer an amendment to H.R. 6119 to prevent all of Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates from going into effect, including the mandates on federal employees (including the military), federal contractors, businesses with 100 or more employees, and for healthcare workers. Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled House Committee on Rules did not allow this amendment to receive a vote on the House floor. Representative Rosendale publicly vowed well in advance of the vote on H.R. 6119 that he would not support any government funding vehicle, including a CR, that allows Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates to stand. Unfortunately, that is exactly what this bill would do.
In addition to funding the government through mid-February, a provision was inserted into H.R. 6119 at the last minute to provide approximately $7 billion to fund the further evacuation and resettlement of unvetted Afghan nationals. Representative Rosendale has long opposed the resettlement of unvetted Afghan evacuees in America, and there have already been several instances of violence perpetrated by Afghan evacuees, including the recent rape of an 18-year-old girl by an Afghan evacuee in Missoula, Montana.
“I gave Montanans my word that I would not vote to fund a government that is imposing tyrannical COVID-19 vaccine mandates on tens of millions of Americans. I was proud to vote against the CR and will use every tool at my disposal to ensure that the freedom of Americans to make their own medical decisions is protected,” said Representative Rosendale. “It is extremely disturbing that despite many instances of violence perpetrated by Afghan evacuees resettled in America, this bill would also provide billions of dollars to fund the additional evacuation and resettlement of unvetted Afghan nationals, with no vetting requirements or safeguards. This bill is an absolute disgrace and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to defeat it.”