Millionaire Congressman chooses DC spending project over access to public land for Montana sportsmen
Helena, MT -- On the same day millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg told Montana sportsmen "tough luck" in their fight for public access, clean water and healthy wildlife, he voted for $300 million dollars in deficit spending for the city of Washington DC.
Today's Missoulian quotes Rehberg telling Montana sportsmen, “There isn't enough money to fund many of the things that we could previously have afforded."
But his statement came on the same day Rehberg voted for an expensive and unpaid for Washington DC school voucher program.
“If Congressman Rehberg wants to do something about federal spending, he should stop spending federal money,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “But as usual, he's doing one thing while saying another. And this time he's prioritizing Washington DC over Montana's hunters and anglers. Montanans deserve an honest explanation.”
Meantime, Montana sportsmen are speaking out against Rehberg’s plan to gut the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a move that could shut them out of land for hunting and fishing.
More on Rehberg’s irresponsible decision to put Washington DC ahead of Montana:
DC School Voucher Program Costs $60 Million Per Year and INCREASES Deficit By $300 Million Over Five Years. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, “H.R. 471 would authorize the appropriation of $20 million for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 for the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for private-school tuition to parents of students who reside in the District of Columbia and meet certain criteria. In addition, it would authorize the appropriation of $40 million for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 to improve Washington, D.C., public schools and to improve and expand public charter schools, provided that the mayor of the District of Columbia agrees to certain requirements. Based on historical spending patterns for similar programs, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $300 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, as shown in the following table,” [Congressional Budget Office, HR 471].
Rehberg Cuts Target Montana Sportsmen. Congressman Rehberg’s latest budget plan would slash the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which “could derail projects like a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's effort to buy private land in Meagher County's Tenderfoot Creek that blocks access to public land. The sportsmen's group has provided the bridge loans to buy the land until an LWCF grant can transfer it to the U.S. Forest Service.” [Missoulian, 3/30/11].