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Tester Opposes Bernhardt for Dept of Interior Head – Daines Doubles Down on Destroying Public Lands

Thank Goodness for Montana’s Senator Jon Tester for opposing swamp creature professional dirty energy lobbyist David Bernhardt and shame, shame, shame on Steve Daines for rubber-stamping this dangerous choice who has a record of attacking our public lands.

Senator Tester stated about Bernhardt:

“Mr. Bernhardt is pushing policies that threaten Montana’s clean air, clean water, and our booming outdoor economy—and as Acting Secretary, he has failed to show understanding of the federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Country.  He remains too closely tied to the industry that he will be responsible for regulating.  It is clear to me that Mr. Bernhardt does not share our Montana values.”

Senator Daines is again, caught on record, saying one thing and supporting another. He claims to want to fund the LWCF and protect our public lands, but time and time again he sides with dirty energy and non-Montanans to gut protections for our beloved public lands and attack our Montana way of life as he takes marching orders from Mitch McConnell and the DC swamp crowd.

The Montana Wilderness Association stated it very clearly:

Today, Senator Steve Daines put the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in serious peril, not one month after giving himself credit for saving this bipartisan, hugely popular recreation and conservation program that Montanans rely on for our outdoor way of life.

He put LWCF in jeopardy by voting to confirm David Bernhardt as our next Interior secretary. Bernhardt has all but assured the American public that he intends on crippling this program by completely defunding it.

Bernhardt’s confirmation now moves to a full Senate floor vote, giving Daines one last opportunity to vote against Bernhardt in support of LWCF.

Call Sen. Daines now at 202-224-2651 and tell him to vote against Bernhardt’s nomination on the Senate floor. 

The budget that the Department of the Interior recently proposed under Bernhardt would slash funding to LWCF by105 percent compared to last year, pulling back about $23 million of what was appropriated this year.

Say no to David Bernhardt, Senator Daines, listen to Montanans, for once, not your campaign donors or Mitch McConnell, now is the time to break ranks and do right by Montanans and our sacred public lands.

The clock is ticking, Senator Daines, and Montanans patience is wearing out. You are up for re-election in 2020 and our democracy will shine bright on your actions at the ballot box.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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