DEVELOPING: Facing near-unanimous opposition from Montana conservatives, and bipartisan opposition from his Senate colleagues, US Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) proved why people do not trust politicians and hate their government. At the last minute, Daines slipped the CSKT Water Compact into the coronavirus relief package.
On page 2,323 of the nearly 5,600 page bill is the fraudulently-named Montana Water Rights Protection Act. Despite senior staff in the White House and Vice President’s office stating that President Trump and Vice President Pence would not support the illegal compact on its own, “emergency” and omnibus packages such as this (especially during a lame duck period) rarely get vetoed.
With a $2 billion price tag, red flags went up when DC congressional staffers began to look at the bill, prompting them to reach out to their Montana contacts. Sources report that Daines’ office told both the Trump Administration, and congressional staff that the CSKT Water Compact was a “non controversial” bill. This prompted the Chairman of the Montana State Senate Judiciary Committee to draft a letter stating that the bill was controversial and should be sent back to the legislature.
Planning to contact Daines’ office about why this $2 billion slice of pork is in a coronavirus relief package? You will have someone literally read a script to you.