FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 22, 2020
Helena, MT – Following the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act in the U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney called (literally) upon Rep. Greg Gianforte to co-sponsor the legislation in the House of Representatives. Greg Gianforte – Montana’s lone representative in the U.S. House – has so far refused.
Gianforte has vocally opposed full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (supported by 76% of Montanans) for years, so it’s no surprise that he’s resisting co-sponsorship of such a critical bill for Montana’s public lands. After all, it was not too long ago that Gianforte took the extraordinary step of suing the state of Montana to block stream access nearby one of his several properties, and he supports the transfer of management of federal land. Gianforte has long fought against public lands access in Congress, 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 needs to stop playing political games with Montana’s public lands and immediately co-sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “The fact that Gianforte can’t bring himself to co-sponsor a bill supported by more than 3 out of 4 Montanans tells us everything we need to know – folks from New Jersey just don’t value public lands like Montanans do.”
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