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Rehberg votes hurts recreation

2011-03-06T00:00:00Z 2011-03-07T11:21:16Z Rehberg votes hurts recreation The Billings Gazette
March 06, 2011 12:00 am

Rep. Denny Rehberg really outdid himself with his recent vote to cut funding for outdoor recreation projects in Montana.

The purpose of the continuing resolution approved by the House was to procure funding to keep the federal government running for the rest of the year. But Republicans decided to slash funding all over the board for some of the most beneficial federal programs in Montana, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund. At one point in his career, Rehberg was supportive of the LWCF.

The LWCF used royalties from offshore oil and gas exploration (not tax dollars) to create recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing access sites, wildlife refuges, parks, trails and open spaces. Thanks in part to Rehberg's recent vote, LWCF funding will be cut by 82 percent. Even worse, Rehberg voted for an amendment that would have eliminated LWCF funding altogether.

The people of Billings have benefited directly from LWCF funding. Across Montana, more than 60 projects have been funded in part by the LWCF, including the Billings Skate Park, Riverfront Park, Rose Park and Par 3 Golf Course, and the list goes on and on.

Rehberg must be held accountable for voting away opportunities that we as Montanans value.

Sharli Kiner


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