Debate: Tester Hammers Rehberg on Women's Health Failures
Lobbyist-turned-Congressman Dennis Rehberg failed to account for his record of irresponsible decisions that hurt women's health at tonight's U.S. Senate debate in Kalispell.
Montana farmer Jon Tester drew a sharp contrast with Congressman Rehberg's 35 years of failure to protect women's health care and equal pay for equal work.
In Congress, Rehberg has led the charge to end Title X, an initiative that operates 26 clinics across the state and provides life-saving cancer screening and other health services to 25,000 Montana women every year. Rehberg twice voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which aims to ensure women are paid equally with men for equal work. As a state legislator in the 1980's, Rehberg voted to overturn Montana's unisex insurance law that guarantees women don't pay more for health insurance than men.
"After 35 years in politics, Congressman Rehberg has become too out-of-touch to understand women's health care priorities," said Stacey Otterstrom, Political Director of the Montana Democratic Party. "Jon Tester's priorities are Montana's priorities -- that's why he's fought to protect women's health and to make sure they're paid equally with all Montanans."
Tester has been a strong advocate for Title X resources, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.