Montana’s congressional delegation on Wednesday welcomed the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
They were joined in offering well-wishes from other Montana political leaders and organizations.
Here is an excerpt from the comments issued on Wednesday, a historic day in American history.
Sen. Jon Tester
“The peaceful transfer of power is the hallmark of our democracy, and it was a privilege to represent Montana at the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. Now it’s time for Congress to come together and get things done for folks in Montana and across rural America. I will work closely with the new Administration—and I will hold them accountable—to make sure we quickly get this pandemic under control so we can reopen our economy and get Montanans back to work.”
Sen. Steve Daines
“Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. I look forward to working with the Biden administration when we can find common ground for the good of Montanans, but I will also vigorously work against their agenda when I think it will harm our great state.”
Rep. Matt Rosendale
“I was honored to attend the Inauguration today and represent the great state of Montana. The inauguration is one of our most sacred institutions of the United States government, and it has been an event that has happened every four years since our constitutional government began. I will continue to hold President Biden and Vice President Harris in my thoughts and prayers as they begin to lead our nation.”
Montana House Minority Leader Kim Abbot
“Today, we welcome the Biden-Harris Administration with optimism and determination, and an earnest recognition of the special significance that the inauguration of Kamala Harris holds for thousands of Montanans who will for the first time see someone who looks like them in the White House. Montana Democrats are looking forward to working with the new Administration to create jobs and opportunity for all Montanans.”
Montana Conservation Voters Executive Director Whitney Tawney
“We welcome courageous new leaders in Washington whose priorities honor the future, our communities, our environment and our public lands. We will work with any and all who are committed to fighting the crisis of climate breakdown and racial injustice, and we’ll do it with renewed faith in our fragile democracy.”