Ahead of the House Vote, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act

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Friday, July 17, 2020

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Ahead of the House Vote, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act
Despite the Bill Attracting Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Gianforte Still Won’t Put His Name On It
Helena, MT – The Great American Outdoors Act seems poised to pass the House of Representatives next week with overwhelming bipartisan support. 236 members of Congress – including 32 House Republicans – have attached their names to the Great American Outdoors Act, and the list is growing every day. Yet Montana’s lone Congressman, Rep. Greg Gianforte, still refuses to co-sponsor the bill, just days ahead of the vote. 

Gianforte has faced calls from both sides of the aisle to push the Great American Outdoors Act across the finish line. Last month, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney called  Gianforte, urging him to co-sponsor the bill. Senator Steve Daines, Gianforte’s former employee, assured constituents that Gianforte “will be working hard to get this passed.” Still, Gianforte has not budged. 

Gianforte’s refusal to sign on to the Great American Outdoors Act is no surprise, given his vocal opposition to full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (supported by 76% of Montanans). Gianforte also supports the transfer of management of federal land, apparently opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites, and wrote legislation to remove protections for nearly 700,000 acres of public lands – without public input – a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.” 

Not to mention, Gianforte infamously sued the state of Montana to block stream access nearby one of his several properties.

“Co-sponsoring the Great American Outdoors Act should be a slam dunk for Gianforte,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Still, Montanans shouldn’t be too shocked that the guy who sued Montana to block stream access refuses to sign on to such a clear win for public lands access. Talk is cheap – once again, Gianforte has proven incapable of standing up for Montana’s public lands when it counts. 


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