ICYMI: Daines blasted for vote on federal land transfer amendment
From the Helena Independent Record: “Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines came under fire from conservation groups and outdoor-related business interests Friday after his vote for an amendment critics say is a first step to federal land transfer or sale.”
Brian Solan, president of the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation, hit Daines the hardest, saying, “Unfortunately, Senator Daines ignored the sportsmen of Montana in his decision to sell off America's birthright, our public lands.”
But let’s not forget this isn’t the first time Daines has supported selling off public lands and voted against conservation efforts.
While in the House of Representatives, Daines voted for the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act, which would mandate 3.3 million acres of public lands in the West, including in Montana, be sold off to the highest bidder.
Daines voted twice for a budget that championed selling off public lands.
Daines also voted against the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides greater access to Montana’s fishing sites and improves recreation areas.
Despite his rhetoric during his campaign for U.S. Senate, Daines has shown he will not stand up for our public lands or outdoor heritage. Conservation groups across Montana have said they feel “punched in the gut” by Senator Daines' anti-conservation votes.