Helena, Mont. – Two years after handing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, Rep. Greg Gianforte voted against legislation to phase in a minimum wage increase for Montanans yesterday.
Gianforte, who is now running for the Montana governor’s office, is the richest member of Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to gradually increase the minimum wage for the first time in over a decade – legislation the Congressional Budget Office estimated would raise wages for millions of Americans and lift more than one million Americans out of poverty. Gianforte voted against the bill.
On the campaign trail for his current seat in Congress, Gianforte expressed concern about Montana’s wages.
“Greg Gianforte again failed hardworking Montanans,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen. “In the past he’s voted to put more money in his own pocketbook and the pocketbooks of his wealthy friends, but voted no to allowing hardworking Montanans to earn a better wage.”
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