(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Montana’s Republican Governor Greg Gianforte plans to prohibit the sale or lease of agricultural land, essential infrastructure, or homes near military assets to foreign adversaries within the state, according to the Daily Caller.
Gianforte is expected to sign Senate Bill 203 on Thursday afternoon, and the ban will take effect on October 1, 2023. Lawmakers across the U.S. have expressed concerns about this issue as Chinese real estate buyers started purchasing land close to U.S. military bases. In 2021, the Chinese became the largest foreign land buyers in the U.S., with around $6.1 billion worth of real estate purchases.
“Montana will not stand idly by as foreign adversaries buy up our farmland, harvest private data, and spy on Americans,” Gianforte said. “Today, we’re doing what the Biden administration won’t to defend our economic security, food security, and national security assets.”
Gianforte emphasized the need for decisive action, saying, “From the spy balloon to CCP-linked companies buying American farmland to the Chinese Communist Party spying on Americans through TikTok, now is the time for bold, decisive action to defend our national interests. If the federal government won’t protect America from Communist China and hostile adversaries, Montana will.”
This is just one of Gianforte’s recent efforts to crack down on foreign adversaries. In December 2022, the Montana governor banned the use of TikTok on state equipment and for state business. In late April, he also proposed amendments to a bill that would ban TikTok in Montana and extend the ban to all apps that provide data to foreign adversaries.
In a September press conference, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby avoided a reporter’s question about foreign buyers purchasing land around military installations.
The reporter asked, “I’m wondering, given the fact that known adversaries — in [this] case China — foreign buyers are buying out U.S. real estate, in some cases farms around military installations, is this on the [Biden] administration’s radar and what is being done, perhaps to study this, or to protect Americans from making sure that homes are made affordable and so on?”
Kirby responded, “I’m probably not the right person to ask about homeownership here in the United States.”
The reporter continued, “This isn’t about homeownership. This is about buying up land around military installations. Is that a concern to this administration?” and added, “I sent this to your office last week. You’ve had a week to look at this, including the article.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Montana Gov. Gianforte To Ban Sale Of Agricultural Land, Critical Infrastructure To Foreign Adversaries
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