Almost Two Weeks After Cooney’s Call, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act

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Almost Two Weeks After Cooney’s Call, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act
 
Gianforte Continues to Withhold Co-Sponsorship From Bill Supported by 76% of Montanans
 
Helena, MT – In mid-June, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark conservation bill championed for years by Sen. Jon Tester. After the bill was sent to the House, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney called (literally) upon Rep. Greg Gianforte to co-sponsor the legislation, supported by an overwhelming majority of Montana Democrats and Republicans. Greg Gianforte – Montana’s lone representative in the U.S. House – has so far refused .

Turns out, Greg Gianforte is having a tough time co-sponsoring a bill that he’s opposed for so long – after all, Gianforte has been an outspoken opponent of full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund for years. Gianforte’s anti-public lands record is well known – he sued the state of Montana to block access to a stream adjacent to one of his several properties, and he supports the transfer of management of federal land. On one of the few occasions he actually showed up to work, No Show Gianforte fought against public lands access in Congress too, like when he wrote legislation to remove protections for nearly 700,000 acres of public lands – without public input – a move described by conservation advocates as “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.” 

“Greg Gianforte has proven to Montanans that he is no supporter of public lands access,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Montanans have to wonder – if Greg Gianforte can’t be trusted to stand up for public lands in D.C., how can Montanans rely on him to fight for public lands access as Governor? This much is clear – Montanans simply can’t trust a multimillionaire from New Jersey to stand up for public lands when it counts.”
 

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