Rehberg Fails to Discuss Medicare-gutting Plan With Montanans As Promised
Multimillionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg said earlier this month that he needed to "talk to Montanans" before making a decision on his party boss's latest attack on Medicare.
That was one week ago. The House is expected to vote today on its plan to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare while giving tax breaks to millionaires.
And despite his promise, Congressman Rehberg still has not met with Montanans about Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to attack Medicare.
"No matter how Congressman Rehberg votes on this bill, there can be no doubt that he's serving his own interests, not Montana's best interests," said Dick. “Congressman Rehberg can't erase his record of voting against Medicare. And let’s be clear: Congressman Rehberg’s own political career is the only thing that will influence his vote on this bill.”
Congressman Rehberg has consistently supported the Ryan budget’s basic goals: Giving huge tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, while gutting health care and education. Last July, Rehberg voted for the House's "Cap, Cut and Balance" bill which, like the current proposal, would have forced huge cuts to Medicare in order to protect tax loopholes for millionaires.
The last time Rep. Ryan's plan to attack Medicare came before Congress, Rehberg admitted he hadn't read the bill just days before it came up for a vote [Rehberg conference call, 4/8/11; The Hill, 4/6/11].