As Cooney Scores Big Public Lands Endorsement, Gianforte STILL Refuses to Support Full, Permanent Funding for LWCF

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As Cooney Scores Big Public Lands Endorsement, Gianforte STILL Refuses to Support Full, Permanent Funding for LWCF
Gianforte Opposes Critical Public Lands Funding Supported by 76% of Montanans
 
Helena, MT – As the Great American Outdoors Act begins to move through the U.S. Senate, Montana’s lone representative in the U.S. House, Rep. Greg Gianforte, still refuses to support full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). 76% of Montanans support full and permanent funding for the LWCF, which increases recreation and sportsmen’s access, protects our national parks, and supports Montana trail networks. Despite Montanans’ overwhelming support for this crucial program, Greg Gianforte continues to oppose it. No wonder he lost out on an endorsement from the Montana Conservation Voters.

New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte has been an enemy of Montana’s public lands for years, most infamously suing Montana to block access to a local fishing hole near one of his several properties. Gianforte also supports transferring management of federal land and opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites. In Congress, Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from 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.”

“Greg Gianforte refuses to support fully and permanently funding the LWCF, because he believes in privatizing and selling off our state’s pristine public lands. It’s that simple,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “More than 3 out 4 Montanans – including majorities of Republicans and Democrats – support this bill, but Gianforte is so opposed to public lands that he can’t bring himself to get behind it. Montanans can expect a continuation of this out-of-touch, anti-public lands attitude from Gianforte. He should never be allowed near the Governor’s mansion.”

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