Helena, Mont. — Just a few months after voting against legislation to protect survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, Rep. Greg Gianforte met with non-profit leaders in Helena yesterday, including organizations that work with survivors of sexual assault.
In a roundtable with non-profit leaders, candidate-for-governor Gianforte claimed to support organizations like Helena’s Friendship Center, which works with survivors of dating violence and sexual assault.
But in April, Gianforte voted against bipartisan legislation the House of Representatives passed to better protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse – the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.
“Greg Gianforte can’t claim to support survivors and vote against commonsense, bipartisan efforts to better protect them,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen. “Montanans don’t want someone in our Capitol who fails to do what’s right in Congress and hopes no one will notice when he shows up for a photo-op.”
Gianforte previously supported the longest government shutdown in history, which caused the Violence Against Women Act to lapse.
Discontinuing the law, as Gianforte voted, would end grant funding to address domestic violence in Montana, including more than $9 million provided to more than a dozen communities across the state last year.
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