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Rehberg Refuses to Explain Votes Against Veterans

Multimillionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg still hasn't explained why he voted against Montana’s veterans twice this summer, and Montanans are demanding answers.

Rehberg just days ago voted against a bipartisan, deficit-cutting measure that would have improved support for homeless veterans.

In late May, he voted against a similar measure to boost research for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury and prosthetics.

“Montana’s veterans still don’t have answers from Congressman Rehberg, because after 12 years in Washington, Dennis Rehberg has forgotten who he works for,” said state Sen. Cliff Larsen, a Vietnam veteran.  “Congressman Rehberg refuses to hold himself accountable to Montana veterans, and this is just the latest reason why we can’t afford his irresponsible decisions in the U.S. Senate.“

While Congressman Rehberg has opposed helping veterans, he has a long record of protecting special tax loopholes and subsidies for corporate special interests and multimillionaires like himself.

“Voting against those who served while protecting tax loopholes for multimillionaires is completely out-of-touch, but that’s what Montanans expect from Dennis Rehberg after his decades in politics,” added Larsen.

Jon Tester has consistently supported the measures to better serve homeless veterans and those suffering from the wounds of war.

REHBERG VOTES AGAINST SUPPORT FOR VETERANS’ PTSD
In late June, Congressman Rehberg voted against a measure to improve funding for veterans coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and prosthetics research by $28 million.  The plan would have reduced the deficit by $28 million. Montana's second lady Karen Bollinger said of the vote in a guest editorial, “I find it unconscionable to make a decision that affects soldiers and veterans, like my son, who defended our country and whose lives are now forever change.”  

REHBERG VOTES AGAINST HOMELESS VETERANS
Earlier in June, Rehberg voted to reject a plan supported by both parties that would have increased funding to help homeless veterans by $75 million. By cutting excess bureaucracy and spending in the Housing Management and Administration Program, the bill would have reduced the deficit by $11 million.

REHBERG VOTES TO PROTECT TAX LOOPHOLES FOR MILLIONAIRES LIKE HIMSELF
Congressman Rehberg voted for the controversial “Cut, Cap, Balance” plan that would have made it nearly impossible to end tax loopholes for multimillionaires, despite forcing huge cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and programs for veterans. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/27/11].

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