For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2019
Contact: Nick Lockridge; 406.546.8211, [email protected]
Gianforte Attacks Tribal Colleges, Votes Against Funding for Montana’s Tribal Colleges in Bipartisan Congressional bill
HELENA – As the richest member of Congress, Greg Gianforte has never hidden his disdain for public education — or education for anyone without a seven-figure bank account — but this week he took his attacks on students, teachers and tribal communities to a new low by voting against millions of dollars in critical funding for Montana’s tribal colleges.
“Greg Gianforte’s vote against funding for our tribal colleges proves he has zero interest in serving Montanans and is a shameful attack on our tribal and rural communities,” said Robyn Driscoll, Chair of the Montana Democrats. “Access to education is a cornerstone of our country and our economic well-being. As the richest member of Congress, Greg Gianforte only believes your kids deserve an education if your bank account looks like his.”
The FUTURE Act passed the U.S. House by a wide bipartisan margin of 319 – 96 on Tuesday, with the multimillionaire congressman voting ‘No.’ It also passed the Senate this week on a voice vote. Passage of the legislation supports the seven tribal colleges in Montana and provides $250 million in funding every year for important educational programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs) and other minority serving institutions across the country.
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