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Tester expresses thanks for passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Posted at 10:34 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 00:34:01-04

WASHINGTON D.C. — Montana Senator Jon Tester is praising the final signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, saying it culminates decades of efforts by a lot of people to try and pin down the permanent allocation for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Tester, who had introduced a bill for full funding of LWCF 11 years ago, released a statement calling the bill a "big deal for the Treasure State's great treasure, our public lands…"

"It is truly a great day and I am very, very thankful that after my tenure here, both in the state Legislature and at the federal level, that this bill is finally becoming law," said Tester. "It's the right thing to do for our kids and our grandkids. It's the right thing to do for us today. And certainly, the right thing to do for the ecosystems across this great country."

Tester has said the amazing support by dozens of conservation and user groups is what made a difference in getting this Act passed.