Home Health Care Workers Union: Gianforte’s Actions Show He Doesn’t Value Caregivers

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Home Health Care Workers Union: Gianforte’s Actions Show He Doesn’t Value Caregivers
“‘No Show’ Greg Gianforte couldn’t be bothered to show up for Montanans when it counted – this November, Montanans will return the favor.”
 
Helena, MT – In a Missoula Current op-ed, SEIU 775 State Director Jacquie Helt slammed Greg Gianforte’s voting record in Washington, citing the fact that Gianforte has blown off more votes than 93% of Congress. She also blasted Gianforte for skipping critical votes to fund the CDC and walking out of hearings on COVID-19, even as it became clear that a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was imminent.

Highlights from her op-ed below: 

“…Montanans depend on our elected officials to protect our health care, especially during a public health emergency. So when Greg Gianforte neglects his congressional duties, skipping key testimony and blowing off critical votes on health care, Greg Gianforte proves how little he values caregivers and the Montanans for whom we care.”

“In 2017, Montanans sent Greg Gianforte to Washington D.C. for one reason – to represent the interests of Montanans in Congress. How can Greg Gianforte represent us when he’s missed more votes than 93% of Congress? Simply put, he’s abandoned our state.”

“Instead of looking out for Montanans, Greg Gianforte spent his time in D.C. looking out for no one except himself. Last year, Congress held a crucial vote to fund the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), our nation’s foremost public health agency upon which all Americans now rely. But Greg Gianforte had other plans – he skipped the vote so he could fly to Montana on Air Force 2 and announce his campaign for governor.”

“Gianforte’s truant tendencies remained during the pandemic. On February 26 – just one day after the CDC warned of an almost certain COVID-19 outbreak  – Gianforte got up and left an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about coronavirus after just 20 minutes, right as Dr. Anthony Fauci, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and other top public health officials were set to begin testifying.”

“…Home health care workers and other Caregivers don’t have the luxury of blowing off work whenever they feel like it, and neither should our elected leaders. “No Show” Greg Gianforte couldn’t be bothered to show up for Montanans when it counted – this November, Montanans will return the favor.”

Read the full Missoula Current Op-Ed: Gianforte’s Actions Show He Doesn’t Value Caregivers

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