Governor Steve Bullock’s Statement on the Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act in the Senate

June 17, 2020

Helena, Mont. –– Today, Governor Steve Bullock released the following statement after the Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate:

“For over fifty years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has supported our outdoor economy in Montana. Though long overdue, I am glad that the Senate finally followed through on permanent, full-funding for the LWCF and addressed the backlog of maintenance for our public lands. I especially want to applaud Senator Jon Tester who has been unwavering in his fight for this legislation for over a decade.”

“Seeing the Great American Outdoors Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support is a great reminder that Republicans and Democrats can actually come together to get things done for the American people. Heck, we do it all the time here in Montana. But too often important issues that have broad support –– from investing in infrastructure to passing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act –– get put on hold because of political games in Washington.”

“Call me crazy, but I believe it shouldn’t take Congress this long to follow through on its commitments to the American people. Our political system has been trapped in gridlock caused by party leaders and special interests. While I also applaud Steve Daines efforts in helping get this across the finish line, Montanans deserve leadership that stands up for public lands and the best interests of the people of our state every day — not just in election years.”