Montana's millionaire Congressman is clueless about life for Montana working families
Helena, MT – What does Montana's millionaire Congressman know about life for Montanans who work for a living? Not much. Congressman Dennis Rehberg doesn't even know the minimum wage!
You can watch a video of Rehberg admitting he doesn't know here.
During his 10 long years in Congress, Rehberg has voted to give himself a pay raise five times. In fact Rehberg, the 14th wealthiest member of Congress, gets paid $30,000 more per year now than when he first took office. And while he's been giving himself pay raises, he has voted repeatedly against modest increases in the federal minimum wage.
Thanks to leaders like Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, the federal minimum wage is now $7.25 per hour. In Montana, it's $7.35 per hour.
Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick had this to say about Rehberg's stunning lack of knowledge about the minimum wage:
"It's not surprising that Montana's millionaire Congressman doesn't know the minimum wage. Congressman Rehberg opposes minimum wage increases, but he has voted himself a pay raise five times since he got to Congress. Apparently, Rehberg is more interested in serving himself than serving Montanans who work for a living."
Here is more background on Rehberg’s votes against increasing the minimum wage:
In 2007, Rehberg voted against increasing the minimum wage from by $2.10 an hour to $7.25 an hour. [CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-3, 3/20/07] The measure passed 218-212. [HR 1591, Vote #186, 3/23/07]. In 2006, Rehberg voted four times against Democratic attempts to offer an increase in the minimum wage.
Yet as Montana's only member of Congress, Rehberg voted to give himself pay raises five times in his time as Montana's only member of Congress:
By $3,300 in 2006. (H RES 865, Vote #261, 6/13/06; Congressional Research Service, Salaries for Members of Congress: Congressional Votes). This pay raise was later blocked by the Democratic Congress in 2007.
By $3,100 in 2005. HR 342, Vote #327, 6/28/05)
By $4,000 in 2004. (H Res 770, Vote #451, 9/14/04)
By $3,400 in 2003. (H. Res. 351, Vote #463, 9/4/03)
By $4,700 in 2002. (H. Res. 488, Vote #322, 7/18/02)