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“Join Me Today in Voting for the Great American Outdoors Act,” Gianforte Urges Lawmakers

July 22, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte today urged lawmakers to join him in voting for the Great American Outdoor Act.

“[The Great American Outdoors Act is] a fitting complement to our successful efforts to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It provides dedicated funding to increase public access to public lands across Montana. I know how important LWCF is to Montana, and I’ll continue working to keep public lands in public hands and increase access to them,” Gianforte said.

Great American Outdoors Act Speech

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In addition to LWCF, Gianforte promoted how the bill will fix the severe maintenance backlog of America’s national parks.

“People from around the world come to tour our outstanding national parks, including millions of visitors every year to Yellowstone and Glacier,” Gianforte said. “Unfortunately, too many of our parks have fallen into disrepair. This bill begins to rebuild and repair our parks.”  

Gianforte also praised Senator Steve Daines for his leadership in introducing the Great American Outdoors Act and for securing a commitment from President Trump to sign the bill into law.

“My friend, Senator Daines, deserves a lot of credit. He has successfully advanced this historic legislation -- historic because of its long-term dedication to our public lands,” Gianforte said.

Gianforte concluded his speech before the House, saying, “I urge my colleagues to join me today in voting for the Great American Outdoors Act.”

Background:

On June 16, 2020, Gianforte announced his support of the Great American Outdoors Act.

In the 115th Congress, Gianforte sponsored and voted for legislation to permanently reauthorize LWCF and address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education.

According to the National Park Service, the maintenance backlog for national parks totals nearly $12 billion. Deferred maintenance for national parks in Montana totals nearly $190 million, including more than $130 million for Glacier National Park and more than $22 million for Yellowstone National Park.

In August 2018, President Trump signed into law Gianforte’s bill to protect the East Rosebud Creek as part of the Wild and Scenic River System, making it the first waterway in Montana since 1976 to receive the classification. It was Gianforte’s first bill to be signed into law.

In March 2019, President Trump signed into law Gianforte’s bill to protect 30,000 acres of public land in the Paradise Valley. Gianforte joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the bill signing.