One Day Before the House Vote, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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One Day Before the House Vote, Gianforte Still Refuses to Co-Sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act
Landmark Conservation Bill is Set to Pass Without Montana’s Lone Congressman’s Co-sponsorship
 
Helena, MT – The House of Representatives is scheduled to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) tomorrow, but Greg Gianforte has yet to sign onto the bill. The GAOA has attracted 247 co-sponsors – with 35 Republicans total including 3 just yesterday (!) – in a testament to its bipartisan appeal. Still, Greg Gianforte refuses to co-sponsor the bill to provide full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), just hours before the vote is set to take place. 

While New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte’s most recent public lands betrayal may leave some scratching their heads – given the fact that 76% of Montanans support the LWCF – Gianforte has been an enemy of Montana’s public lands for years. Most infamously, Gianforte sued Montana to block access to a local fishing hole near one of his several properties, and he supports transferring management of federal land. In Congress, Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”

“Greg Gianforte’s refusal to sign onto the Great American Outdoors Act is shocking, even for an avowed anti-public lands activist like him,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Montanans deserve leaders who will proudly stand up for access to our public lands, not multi-millionaires who sue to block access to them. Gianforte’s shameful absence of leadership on the GAOA is just the latest example of why he’s unfit to lead Montana.”
 

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