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Recent press releases can be found below. 

Montana’s Millionaire Congressman Rehberg says he’s ‘cash poor’

Congressman Rehberg’s millions contradict his claim that he's 'struggling to get by'

Helena, MT -- Montana’s millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg is trying to convince Montanans that he’s “cash poor,” but his millions of dollars say otherwise.
Rehberg told a crowd in Missoula Thursday that he is “struggling like everyone else”. Here is a link to the video of Rehberg’s comments.
“Congressman Rehberg 's biggest struggle is understanding the reality that regular Montanans face every day,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “His belief that inheriting millions amounts to 'struggling' explains why he's so out of touch with Montana that he wants to cut access to cancer screenings, and why he thinks Pell Grants are welfare. Congressman Rehberg has obviously been rubbing elbows with DC lobbyists for far too long.”

Democrats Look to Future as Legislative Session Ends

Helena, MT - Jim Elliott, the Chair of the Montana Democratic Party, today released the following statement in response to the end of the disastrous 62nd legislative session:

    “Across the state, Montanans are relieved that the Republican-led legislature in Helena has ended. The Republican leaders wasted Montana's time and money by pushing an irresponsible, partisan agenda that didn't create jobs. Montanans are already aiming to clean up their mess by electing a different brand of lawmaker in November 2012.”

Where does Dennis Rehberg stand on debit card swipe fee issue?

Despite political attack, millionaire Congressman has yet to explain his position to Montanans

Helena, MT - Ted Dick, the executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, today released the following statement in response to the Montana Republican Party’s so-called “report” about debit card swipe fees and Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan leadership in protecting Montana small businesses and consumers:

    “Now that Dennis Rehberg has finally jumped into this important issue, it’s time for him to explain to Montanans whose side he is on.  Either he’s with Jon Tester on the side of rural America and its small business, or he’s with big corporations and the secret ad campaign that’s smearing Jon Tester over the radio waves.  For now, his vote is for sale to the highest bidder.

Montana Democratic Party Statement on Second Republican Spring Break

Helena, MT – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick released the following statement in response to the Republican majority's decision to call another legislative recess:

    "If the Republican leadership was serious about their responsibility to Montana, they would stop playing political games. Instead, they're using legislative tricks to avoid working on Montana's top priorities -- creating jobs and moving our economy forward."

    "Montana deserves better, and the Republican leadership doesn't deserve another recess."

Millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg greets Tax Day with no fear

Millionaires, Big Business come out ahead on Tax Day thanks to a decade of giveaways from Congressman Rehberg

Helena, MT – Thousands of middle class Montanans today are scrambling to file their taxes under a code that lets big corporations and the super-rich off the hook, thanks to a decade of irresponsible giveaways from Montana’s millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg.

“Congressman Rehberg might be the only person in Montana who doesn’t dread Tax Day,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “For ten years in Washington D.C., Congressman Rehberg has used his office to give himself big tax breaks and pay off his benefactors with huge giveaways. For Montana’s millionaire Congressman, Tax Day is a just another day off from his responsibility to the people of Montana.”

One of the richest members of Congress, Rehberg has voted for a number of big tax breaks for his fellow millionaires, creating a net gain for Congressman Rehberg’s bottom line.

Rehberg claims 'not enough time' to read budget after admitting he never read it

Helena, MT -- After ten days of praising and not reading the budget proposal by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI, millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted against it today. This vote follows Congressman Rehberg’s vote yesterday against a bi-partisan compromise budget.

Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick released this statement in response to Congressman Rehberg's vote:

    "Congressman Rehberg says he's wants budget solutions, but his 'none of the above' strategy won't fix the problem.  Montanans deserve responsible, clear-headed leadership in Washington DC, not career politicians who change their minds to suit their interests. Congressman Rehberg needs to stop playing DC games with the Montana seniors who expect their leaders to put them first."

April 5 - Rehberg praises the Ryan budget: "A fresh set of ideas were brought to the table today." [Rehberg Press Release, 4/5/11]

Rehberg Votes Against Bipartisan Plan to Delist Wolves

Millionaire Congressman rejects responsible solution to Montana’s wolf challenges, federal budget

Helena, MT -- Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick released the following statement today in response to Congressman’s vote against a bipartisan budget agreement, which included a provision pushed by Montana Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List and return their management to the State of Montana:

    “Today Congressman Rehberg showed us yet again that he is more interested in saving his own skin than voting to do what's best for Montana.  Instead of making responsible decisions and working together to get things done, he would rather be a part of the partisan political insanity that has consumed his ability to do anything effective.  Montanans don't need another extremist politician screwing things up for them.  We all deserve better."

Link to Congressman Rehberg’s roll call vote:

A look back at recent Rehberg budget decisions

Before the discussion about the controversial Rehberg/Ryan budget moves forward, it’s helpful to take a look back at some of Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s missteps during the ongoing budget debate.

Congressman Rehberg's recent budget history reveals a clear set of priorities -- side with Congressional extremists to score cheap political points, while refusing to accept responsibility for the impacts of his DC decisions in Montana.

Job Cuts, Job Tour – Right after supporting a Continuing Resolution that put jobs for weather, seniors services, and community health center workers at risk, Congressman Rehberg came to Montana on a jobs tour, but he couldn't face the music.

Montana Democratic Party Response to Rehberg Transparency Rhetoric

Millionaire Congressman talks transparency, but won’t disclose schedule, earmark history

Helena, MT -- Congress will vote on a budget in the light of day this week, but that isn't stopping Congressman Dennis Rehberg from grandstanding about a lack of transparency in the budget process.

“If Congressman Rehberg is worried about transparency in government, he should disclose his schedule and every earmark he’s ever requested,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “A lack of transparency has been the hallmark of Congressman Rehberg's political career. Now he's trying to trick Montanans into thinking he's for open government, but his record says otherwise.”

Over the course of his political career in Washington DC, Congressman Rehberg has made 186 known earmark requests worth $302 million. Congressman Rehberg has failed to disclose earmark requests that he made before 2008. [Legistorm]


There is no question that shutting down the federal government is more than just a “slowdown” and, contrary to the behavior of millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg and his party bosses in Congress, absolutely nothing to cheer about.   If Congressman Rehberg continues refusing to compromise on a budget to keep the government running, a shutdown would be devastating to American families and businesses and slow our economic recovery.  Recent independent analysis shows that a shutdown could cost the economy $8 billion per week, which would equate to 0.2% of GDP per week.


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