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Friday, October 9, 2020
This laughable statement stands in stark contrast with Daines’ extensive history of playing politics with Montana’s public lands:
- Daines spearheaded an effort to strip protections from hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands, which conservationists said would have constituted the “single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”
- Daines only supported the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act once it “was virtually certain to become law” – then tried to take credit for its passage, despite it being “almost entirely the work of others.”
- Daines released an ad touting his support for the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, a common-sense proposal with overwhelming public support, despite refusing to co-sponsor this key legislation for more than a year and a half – the real champions of the legislation slammed Daines, saying “that bill didn’t pass because of Steve Daines; it passed in spite of him.”
- Daines voted for an amendment that risked the sale of our public lands to the highest bidder.
- Throughout his time in the Senate, Daines has done the bidding of his anti-public lands donors including the Wilks Brothers, who have fought to block public access.
- To this day, Daines refuses to sign onto the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a critical piece of legislation that would protect tens of thousands of acres of public land and has overwhelming support from Montanans.
Don’t take it from us, Montana’s public lands advocates have said, “Daines claims to be a public lands champion, but he’s really the ultimate public lands cynic.”
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