Friendly Fire: Called Out By Daines, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Friendly Fire: Called Out By Daines, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act

Gianforte Continues to Withhold Co-Sponsorship, While Daines Assures Montanans That Gianforte Will “Be Working Hard to Get This Passed”

Helena, MT – While doing his election-year victory lap for passing the Great American Outdoors Act in the Senate, Senator Steve Daines assured constituents that Rep. Greg Gianforte “will be working hard to get this passed.” That’s news to Greg Gianforte, who has so far refused to heed Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney’s call to co-sponsor the bill in the House of Representatives.

25 House Republicans – on top of 173 Democrats – have attached their names to the Great American Outdoors Act, and the list is growing by the day. Now Steve Daines is calling out his old boss and joining the chorus of voices urging Gianforte to carry the legislation in the House. Still, Greg Gianforte refuses to sign on.

Greg 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.” 

“You know it’s bad when Gianforte’s closest allies (and former employees) like Steve Daines are calling out his refusal to co-sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act.” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Supporting public lands legislation backed by 76% of Montanans shouldn’t be that hard. This November, Montanans will reject Gianforte, who refuses to stand up for our public lands when it matters most.”


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