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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Despite Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Gianforte Has Refused to Co-Sponsor the Bill
In a letter written on behalf of the Montana chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA), the author says that “Montana hunters and anglers are counting on” the passage of this bill, which “took decades of hard work and relentless advocacy by outdoorsmen and women” to get this far. The Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 7092) has picked up 247 co-sponsors – including 35 Republicans. Still, Montana’s lone Congressman refuses to sign onto the bill.
This isn’t the first time that Greg Gianforte has let Montana’s hunters and anglers down. He infamously sued Montana to block access to a local fishing hole on the East Gallatin River near one of his several properties, he supports transferring management of federal land, and he 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.”
“Montana’s hunters and anglers deserve elected officials who are proud to stand up for our public lands. Instead, Gianforte has abandoned them – again,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Montanans are united in support of the GAOA, yet Gianforte refuses to sign on. If he’s too embarrassed to represent Montana in Washington, he should just throw in the towel. This November, Montanans will elect an unequivocal, lifelong public lands champion – Mike Cooney.”
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