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Friday, September 25, 2020
Time and time again, Daines shows that he’ll always put himself and his political career over the interests of hard-working Montanans.
The Montana Post: Steve Daines: Taking Credit for Vital Programs and Facilities He Voted Against
By Don Pogreba
“There’s no surer sign than it’s election season than Senator Steve Daines running around the state taking credit for bills he has not only failed to support but even those he has actively voted against. While perhaps every politician takes undue credit from time to time, it’s hard to imagine anyone else quite as shameless as Daines, who has spent his political career taking credit for measures ranging from wildfire funding reform to support for Montana veterans despite voting against them.
As wildfires rage across the west, it’s essential to know that in 2018, Daines took credit for a bill he opposed, claiming that he had secured funding for forest management reform to protect Montanans. What the Daines press release fails to note, however, is that he voted against the omnibus funding bill that provided the actual money.
Even though Daines voted no, he couldn’t stop talking about how important the funding reform measure was. Daines and Congressman Gianforte told the Independent Record in April of 2018 that the measure would finally “modernize the way we pay for the most catastrophic wildfires” and that it would cut the “red tape to accelerate the removal of hazardous fuels and implement fire breaks, lessening the threat of wildfire and making it easier for firefighters to put fires out.”
Hard to square the rhetoric with the reality that Daines voted against the very measures he called critical to containing the threat of devastating fires.
The Daines vote against reforming wildfire funding is just one example of a pattern he’s followed in Washington. He pulled the same stunt with the Butte Veterans Home, sending an e-mail to constituents and demanding to be included in press coverage when funding for the home was finally approved, even though he voted against its funding, calling the bill that did so a “disaster.”
Daines even went as far as to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Butte facility despite telling the Montana press that he voted against its funding because he “believes the budget process is broken and needs to be fixed to avoid these billion-dollar bills that take us deeper into debt and threaten our economy.”
You don’t have to take my word for it that Daines behaved dishonorably when he took credit for the Butte home. Air Force veteran Conrad Caron blasted him for it in a letter to the editor:
Daines’ appalling behavior didn’t stop there. He actually took credit for the vets’ home that he voted against, touting it as a win. Last year, Daines voted for a massive tax cut for the rich, like himself, that blew an additional 1-1/2 trillion dollar hole in the deficit. He voted to saddle future generations with additional debt. So much for fiscal responsibility!
Daines and Gianforte also took credit for Secure Rural Schools funding that they ultimately voted against, even though their press statement said that it meant $25 million for Montana schools.
Over the next few days, we’ll continue to explore this cynical game Senator Daines plays when it comes to representing the people of Montana. In the past few months, as Covid-19 has swept the country and our state, it’s been a matter of life and death.”
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