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Friday, September 4, 2020
However, during Senator Steve Daines’ time in Washington D.C., he has played politics with critical resources for Montana’s firefighters.
While serving in the House of Representatives, Daines voted against a measure 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 pivoted and touted securing wildfire protections in the very bill he voted against – yet another example of Daines taking credit for measures he voted against.
“While Governor Bullock takes meaningful steps to confront wildfires, Senator Steve Daines only pays lip service to caring about Montana’s firefighters and keeping communities safe,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “When push comes to shove, Daines opposes key measures to provide necessary resources to help our first responders and protect Montanans and our way of life.”
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