Montana’s Congressmen Applaud Public Lands Bill Signing
A public lands package that includes permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund was signed by President Donald Trump Tuesday, March 12. Montana's Congressional delegation all supported the bill, which passed through both the Senate and the House of Representatives by large margins.
Congressman Greg Gianforte said, "Communities throughout Montana came together in support of conserving our public lands, and they deserve a lot of credit in getting this across the finish line." Senator Steve Daines said, "Today was a day to celebrate probably one of the biggest conservation and public lands wins in a decade." Senator Jon Tester said, "Today marks a victory for all of the Montanans who value our public lands and the businesses that rely on our growing outdoor economy. This bill - which is now the law of the land - is further proof that when folks speak up and work together, we can change our state for the better." The bill included permanent withdrawal of mineral rights on public land north of Yellowstone National Park, "the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act," again supported by all three Montana Congressmen.