LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today slammed efforts to cut critical resources from the U.S. Forest Service and undermine Montana's growing outdoor economy.
Tester grilled U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell during an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing over the White House's proposed cuts to wildfire suppression, road and trail maintenance, outdoor recreation, outfitter and guide permitting, and the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Tester told Tidwell that these damaging cuts will make it easier to transfer management of federally-owned public lands to individual states, making it easier to sell them to millionaires and billionaires.
"There is a movement in this country to sell our public lands," Tester told Tidwell. "This budget gives more ammunition to the short-sighted people out there who want to sell our public land. They want to do away with our outdoor economy, and they want to make Montana into a different place."
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