Rehberg Tax Day Priorities: Tax Favors for Special Interests, Tax Hikes for the Middle Class


If multimillionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg had his way, thousands of middle class Montanans would pay higher taxes when they submit returns tomorrow, while powerful special interests would continue to enjoy irresponsible loopholes and subsidies.

"After 11 years in Washington, Congressman Rehberg no longer believes he's accountable to middle class Montana taxpayers," said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party.  "If you're a special interest with a super PAC, he will be happy to protect your loopholes and subsidies, but Congressman Rehberg has become too out of touch to protect tax relief and Medicare for Montana families."

Congressman Rehberg has a history of irresponsible decisions that would leave middle class Montanans paying higher taxes:

  • Congressman Rehberg voted against a bipartisan plan that extended tax breaks for thousands of Montanans in December 2010 [Helena IR, 12/16/10].  
  • Just last year, Congressman Rehberg voted with the House Republican majority against extending a payroll tax relief plan [Billings Gazette, 12/20/11].

But Congressman Rehberg has given Big Oil companies and multimillionaires like himself everything they want, while trying to gut Medicare and Social Security for Montanans:

  • Congressman Rehberg voted for the controversial "Cut, Cap, Balance" plan that would have made it nearly impossible to end tax loopholes for multimillionaires, while making huge cuts to Medicare and Social Security  [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/27/11, Roll Call Vote #690, 8/1/11].
  • Congressman Rehberg voted to protect subsidies for Big Oil companies in March 2011  [CQ Today, 3/01/11; HJR 44, Vote #153, 3/01/11].


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