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Recent press releases can be found below. 

Sen. Priest Should Answer Questions About Financial Stake in Health Care Repeal Efforts

Helena, Mont.-- Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, released the following statement on Sen. Jason Priest's potential financial windfall on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act:

"There are a lot of questions about Sen. Jason Priest's financial stake in the attempted repeal of the health insurance reform law and his likelihood of financial gain from the medical debt that would follow if the law is repealed.

For years Sen. Priest was the CEO of a company that specialized in collecting unpaid medical debts owed to hospitals. Sen. Priest likely profited from this business and presumably still has ties to the industry. It's disingenuous that Sen. Priest failed to disclose these business interests to Montanans and the Legislature.

MDP Executive Director Challenges GOP Lawmakers to Give Up Taxpayer Funded Health Care

Helena, Mont.-- Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, released the following statement on the GOP attempts to dismantle the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, which improves health insurance for every Montanan, and provides thousands of previously uninsured in Montana with the ability to get coverage:

"If the GOP wants to get rid of insurance for thousands of Montanans, then they should lead by example and give up their state-paid health insurance. After all, Montanans shouldn't have to hold elected office in order to receive health care.

Repealing health care reform immediately adds a quarter of a trillion dollars to the national deficit, denies health insurance to 32 million Americans, and takes away $450 billion dollars in tax breaks to businesses to help them offer health insurance to their employees. That's not progress, that's taking huge steps backwards.

MDP Statement on Rehberg's Appointment

Helena, Mont.-- Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, released the following statement in response to Congressman Dennis Rehberg's appointment to lead the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee:

"Our congratulations to Congressman Rehberg on his appointment. He has a long, well-known history of requesting earmarks through this subcommittee. But we do hope that he doesn't use his new position to try and privatize Social Security or destroy Medicare as he has done in the past."

Rehberg Thinks He Isn't "Business as Usual"? Think Again!

Helena, Mont.-- Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, released the following statement in response to Congressman Dennis Rehberg's attempt today to tell Montanans that he is not part of the "business-as-usual mentality of Congress":

"Let's get this straight: Congressman Dennis Rehberg squandered a $130 billion budget surplus the first year after he was elected to the House. He voted to give himself a pay raise every year he was in the majority. He thought it was okay to vote for two wars without paying for them. Just weeks ago he voted for the largest tax increase in American history. And he earned the title of the top earmarker just before his party bosses told him he had to be against earmarks. Congressman Rehberg pretending he's not part of the "business-as-usual mentality" is as ridiculous as calling a drunk-driving crash an 'accident.'"

Democrats Focused Squarely on Jobs & Economy

Helena, Mont.-- Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding the start of the state's 62nd legislative session.

"We applaud the Democrats in the Montana Legislature for their focused commitement to boosting the economy and bringing new jobs to our state. Because of Democrats' leadership, Montana is operating in the black with an attractive business climate. But we still have work to do. Montana Democrats are on the right path to creating good-paying jobs by focusing on our values: building a strong economy with strong small businesses, access to good public education and health care, living within our means, and creating new opportunities for middle-class families."

Rehberg Votes Against 9/11 Heroes...Again

Helena, Mont.-- Doug Neil, political director of the Montana State Fireman's Association, released the following statement after Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted against legislation to provide health care for the heroes who responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001:

"Congressman Rehberg has lost touch with the real danger that firefighters and emergency responders face every day across Montana and our country. Word can't even begin to describe how disappointed we are, and we hope he won't continue to put politics above doing what's right for the folks who put their lives on the line as emergency responders."

 Rehebrg also voted against this legislation on July 29, only days after suing Billings firefighters for trying to put out his wildfire on his subdivision in 2008. Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party added:

Rehberg Votes Against Common Sense Food Safety Bill Again

Montanans Deserve to Know Congressman's Alternative

Helena, Mont.-- Montana Democratic Party Chairman spokesman Mike Wessler released the following statement after Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted against the Food Safety Modernization Act yesterday:

"Thanks to Senator Tester, this bill makes America's food safer while protecting Montana jobs, and it'll be interesting to hear Congressman Rehberg's excuse for once again voting against Montana. This measure passed with bipartisan support. It's too bad Congressman Rehberg is still taking order from his party bosses in Washington D.C. rather than standing up for Montanans and Montana jobs."

 This measure, which passed the Senate unanimously this weekend, is now expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

The House vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act can be found at: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/ 2010/roll661.xml

Rehberg to Vote Against Common Sense Food Safety Bill Again

Montanans Deserve to Know Congressman's Alternative

Helena, Mont.-- Montana Democratic Party Chairman spokesman Mike Wessler released the following statement regarding Congressman Dennis Rehberg's upcoming vote against the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was amended by Senator Jon Tester to keep family fams and food produces from federal regulations they can't afford and don't need:.

"Now that Senator Tester has made sure the popular Food Safety Act won't hurt Montana's family farms and food producers, we'd like to know exactly why Congressman Dennis Rehberg doesn't think safe food is a priority for this country. Unfortunately for Montanans, Congressman Rehberg votes how his party bosses tell him--even if it means voting against safe food and Montana's family farmers and food producers. Montanans deserve to know Congressman Rehebrg's alternative to this common sense, bipartisan measure that is so popular, the Senate unanimously voted for it."

Rehberg Votes to Raise Taxes on All Montanans

MDP Chairman Encourages Rehberg to Put His Money Where His Vote Is

Helena, Mont.-- Montana Democratic Party Chairman Jim Elliott released the following statement after Congressman Dennis Rehberg's vote against the tax cut compromise that sailed through Congress with bipartisan support:.

"Yesterday Dennis Rehberg voted for raising taxes and against jobs for Montana. We look forward to hearing him explain his vote to hard-working Montanans who count on these tax cuts. If Congressman Rehberg wants to pay his taxes at the higher rate he voted for, he should. He is, after all the 14th richest member of congress and can afford it. But most Montanans can't. In addition, Congressman Rehberg also voted against the largest business incentive in history--a 100-percent write-off of capital investment. He voted against helping Montana businesses expand and create quality jobs in the state"

Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon tester joined 79 other senators in voting for the bipartisan tax cut bill in the Senate earlier this week.

Rehberg Plans Vote Against Tax Cuts for All Montanans

MDP: Rehberg Has 'Forgotten What's Best for Montana'

Helena, Mont.-- Bowing to pressure from the extreme right wing, Montana Congressman Dennis Rehberg indicated he will vote against the bipartisan compromise to cut taxes for all Montanans.

This measure, overwhelmingly supported by Democrats and Republicans, cuts taxes for everyone, provides tax credits to businesses, and significantly protects Montana farms and ranches from the estate tax.

This bill even includes a 2 percent payroll tax cut for workers--a plan that Rehberg himself has publicly supported not just once, but on at least two separate occasions. In fact, he said he supports cutting taxes in an op-ed published just today.

Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party, released the following statement:

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