Vet Voice Foundation Statement Following Senator Tester's Announcement of Bill to end wasteful non-competitive oil and gas leasing

The Vet Voice Foundation’s Kate Hoit, a U.S. Army veteran, released the following statement today:

“Many veterans turn to the beauty and serenity of our nation’s public lands to help ease the transition from the military to civilian life. Like so many Americans, veterans have a strong connection to our public lands and believe protecting them is our patriotic duty. Unfortunately, the Trump administration fails to recognize the importance of these special places and is allowing oil and gas companies to lease our most precious landscapes through backroom deals. This is why we support U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Leasing Market Efficiency Act, a good government bill that will protect the public’s access to our public lands and stop oil and gas CEOs from getting sweetheart deals to drill on the lands our nation’s veterans fought to protect.”