As Montanans move beyond the 11th anniversary of 9/11, they're reminded that Lobbyist Dennis Rehberg sided with special interests at the expense of America's heroes who risked their lives to respond to that tragedy.
In 2010, against the wishes of Montana firefighters and officers, Rehberg voted three times against the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act--in July, September and December. The bill was named for an NYPD police officer who died from dust exposure following the World Trade Center Attack. The bill would have closed a special corporate tax loophole in order to fund medical treatment for firefighters and police officers who got sick from exposure to toxic debris after the Twin Towers fell. [HR 847, Vote 491, 7/29/10; HR 847, Vote 550, 9/29/10; HR 847, Vote 664, 12/22/10]\
Congressman Rehberg's votes against the Zadroga bill reflected the same priorities he's had for 12 years in Washington -- siding with powerful special interests while voting to wipe out health care for those who need it most.
And Lobbyist Rehberg's record of honoring the service of first responders in Montana is no better.
In 2010 Congressman Rehberg also filed a lawsuit against the City of Billings, because he wrongly believed firefighters failed to put out a fire on his subdivision. The lawsuit cost Billings taxpayers more than $20,000.
Soon after the attacks of 9/11, Rehberg turned his back on Montana by voting for the controversial Patriot Act and REAL ID--laws that trample privacy rights of law-abiding American citizens.
Earlier this year, Rehberg also voted for his own unpopular H.R.1505--legislation giving federal agents top-down authority to seize and block access to public land.