Washington, D.C. – Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) spoke with Townhall Friday just prior to his speech at the March for Life rally. He explained why he’s optimistic about pro-life efforts in the Senate and why he considers President Trump to be the most pro-life president in our country’s history.
“We have the most pro-life president that we have seen in the history of our country,” he told Townhall, “when you look at both the administrative actions he’s taken as president within the White House but also moving through thirty, thirty circuit court judges, conservative judges, the most circuit court judges moved through Congress in the first two years of the presidency, in the history of the presidency and of course two new Supreme Court justices.”
Sen. Daines added that pro-life senators will be going on offense in the new Congress.
“We’re going to keep fighting, be on the offense with judges as well as with policies, we recognize we’re going to need sixty votes in this current Senate, the current Senate rules to move these policies forward but we now have more pro-life senators now than we had in the last congress,” he pointed out.
Asked about the failure of his colleague Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R-MS) attempt to pass legislation permanently prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion, he emphasized that “we’re not going to give up the fight.”
Sen. Daines added that Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Bob Casey (PA) voted in support of the bill, saying “it’s wonderful to see bipartisan support recognizing we need more of that but I just have great respect for my colleagues, it was nice to see Joe and Bob join us yesterday.”
In his speech at the March for Life rally, Daines announced that he was founding the first-ever pro-life caucus in the U.S. Senate.
“This pro-life caucus and our new expanded pro-life majority – thank God in November we sent more pro-life senators to the United States Senate, and that’s thanks to you,” he told those gathered. “That will allow us to accelerate the momentum of the last two years protecting and defending life.”
Daines also told Townhall that he was “very pleased” to see 48 of his colleagues sign the letter he led to President Trump asking him to veto “any policies coming out of the U.S. House under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi that would undermine any of our pro-life protections, Hyde protections, Mexico City and so forth.”
Later, in a pre-recorded message to the March, President Trump announced he had signed a letter vowing to veto legislation that undermines pro-life policies.