Congressman Zinke's only jobs plan is working for Trump

HELENA -- Congressman Ryan Zinke continues to spend time talking about himself at the Republican National Convention and dodging discussion about the real needs of families back home in Montana.

“The only jobs plan the Congressman has is his own plan – working for Donald Trump while ignoring his responsibility to serve Montanans,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “We need elected officials who care about the future of Montana. Congressman Zinke and the Republican Party have nothing to offer working Montana families.”

Take a look at Congressman Zinke’s record – or lack thereof – on the economy:

  • Congressman Zinke Opposed Raising the Federal and State Minimum Wages: During his 2014 campaign for the U.S. House, Congressman Zinke stated his opposition to raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. In 2008, Zinke also indicated that he opposed increasing the state minimum wage. [Helena Independent Record, 4/25/14; Project VoteSmart, 2008 Political Courage Test]
  • Congressman Zinke Voted Twice to Block Consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act: Zinke voted twice to block the U.S. House from considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that sought to end the pay gap between men and women and ensure equal pay for equal work. [H. Res. 189, Vote #148, 4/14/15; Bloomberg, 4/14/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/14/15; H. Res. 200, Vote #154, 4/15/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/16/15]

  • Congressman Zinke Supported Raising Taxes on Working Families, Giving Tax Breaks to Millionaires and Companies that Outsource:  Zinke supported Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget that would lower the top tax rate to 25 percent for the wealthiest taxpayers and raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000. The plan would also include exemptions on profits that companies make overseas. [Billings Gazette, 4/25/14; New York Times, 4/01/14; Center for American Progress, 4/1/14; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 1/31/13; Bipartisan Policy Center, 4/1/14]

  • Zinke Opposed Expanding Child Care Tax Credits: Zinke opposed expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and creating tax incentives to encourage low-income students to attend college. [CQ, 3/25/15, H. Con Res 27, Vote 139, 3/25/15

 “As a country and as a state, we simply can’t afford Congressman Ryan Zinke and Donald Trump,” Keenan said. “Montanans deserve better.”


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