Plain Talk: Armstrong talks Marjorie Taylor Greene controversy and Keystone XL pipeline bill

"There's no defending the things she's said," U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong told me on this episode of Plain Talk, referring to the controversy surrounding his fellow Republican, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, but argued that it's up to the voters in Georgia, not the majority party in the U.S. House, to hold her accountable.

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Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., speaks to his legislative director during a meeting of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, which has overseen the investigation into top Silicon Valley companies. Photo from the Office of Congressman Kelly Armstrong / Special to The Forum
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"She didn't violate a rule in Congress," Congressman Kelly Armstrong said, referring to Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene .

Greene has come under fire for numerous comments she's made on social media and elsewhere supporting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks and school shootings. The House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments, severely limiting her influence in Congress, but Armstrong and most Republicans voted against the move.

"There's no defending the things she's said," Armstrong told me on this episode of Plain Talk, but argued that it's up to the voters in Georgia, not the majority party in the U.S. House, to hold her accountable.


Armstrong, North Dakota's U.S. representative, says he's worried that the actions against Greene are another example of "escalating issues" that have the majority party imposing its will on the minority.

The congressman also discussed legislation he's introduced to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward. President Joe Biden has littered his first days in office with a flurry of executive orders, many of them aimed at the oil, gas, and coal industries. One of the most notorious has been the canceling of a permit for the Keystone line to cross the U.S./Canadian border.

Armstrong said his bill would remove the necessity for that presidential permit, and he also said our nation needs to create more regulatory certainty around these projects.

It's not fair, or good for the nation, he argued, for an already-issued permit to be suddenly rescinded when the political winds blow in a different direction.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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