Helena – Last week, when wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale was asked to explain his bad voting record on veterans, Rosendale “refused to discuss any votes he took in the Legislature” and said when asked specifically about several of his anti-veterans votes, “I’m not going to go through bill by bill all of my legislation…Without having the complete language of each bill before me and the arguments that were there, there’s no way I’m going to be able to.”
Since Rosendale refused to discuss any of the veterans bills he voted on while a state legislator without the bills in front of him, we decided to help him out by sending him copies of the legislation.
Here are the bills we sent Rosendale that he was asked about but didn’t want to address:
- HB 296: Fund the State Match for the Butte Veterans Home. This bill would have secured funding for a state match to build the Butte veterans home. Rosendale voted AGAINST securing this key match.
- HB 439: $5 Million to Help Build the Butte Veterans Home. This legislation would have provided $5 million for the Butte veterans home. Rosendale voted AGAINST funding for the home, but not to worry, Jon Tester secured the crucial funding for the veterans home, which will serve the roughly 33,000 veterans in Southwest Montana, despite Rosendale’s failure to support funding it.
- HB 2: $3 Million for the Columbia Falls Veterans Home. An amendment to the state budget restored more than $3 million in funding for the Columbia Falls veterans home. Rosendale voted AGAINST restoring these crucial funds, and instead supported the drastic cuts criticized heavily by Montana veterans, area residents, and Rosendale’s fellow GOP lawmakers.
- SB 326: Montana Veterans’ Home Loan Program. This legislation created a home loan program for veteran and Montana Gold Star families looking to purchase their first home. Rosendale voted AGAINST
- HB 447: Purple Heart Scholarship Program. This legislation created a scholarship for Montana Purple Heart recipients to help them find a path to pursue higher education. On this, too, Rosendale was a “NO” vote.
Rosendale has yet to come clean with Montanans about why he voted against funding for veterans homes, scholarships for Purple Heart recipients, and a home loan program for veterans and Gold Star families. Now that he has the complete language of each bill before him, the very least Rosendale can do is explain to Montana’s veterans why he voted against them.
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