Daines Has Opposed Essential Resources to Fight Wildfires 

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Daines Has Opposed Essential Resources to Fight Wildfires 
Helena, MT – This week, Governor Steve Bullock held an annual fire briefing, where he spoke with agency heads about Montana’s fire season readiness. While the Governor has taken proactive steps to confront potential wildfires during his time in office, Senator Steve Daines has played politics in Washington, DC with critical resources for Montana’s firefighters. 

While serving in the House, Daines voted against a measure that sought to provide resources to help fight forest fires. Then in August of that year, the Forest Service ran out of money and was forced to transfer funds. 

As a senator, Daines voted against a bill that allowed the Forest Service to fund fighting catastrophic wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, calling the legislation a “fiscal disaster that will take us deeper into debt and threaten our economy.” But after it passed, he turned around and touted securing wildfire protections in the very bill he voted against – yet again saying one thing to Montanans and doing another in Washington DC. 

“Senator Daines may pay lip service to caring about Montana’s firefighters and keeping communities safe, but he has repeatedly opposed measures to provide necessary resources to our first responders,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “While Governor Bullock takes meaningful action, Daines has opposed critical measures to help wildland firefighters protect Montanans and the state we call home.” 
  

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