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Dennis Rehberg: Man of Principle

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Dennis Rehberg is a man of principle, especially when it comes to votes about
agriculture
. Yesterday, Rehberg issued a statement critical of
the farm bill. He said:

“Speaker Pelosi’s new version of the farm bill thumbs
its nose at the real needs of rural America and it’s time to stand
up and say ‘no.”

Time to stand up and say no! What bold political leadership,
taking on the Speaker of the House. Dennis is one tough-talking
dude. Where I get confused is what happened next. After speaking
out against the bill, Rehberg meekly voted for it.

On Friday, he said he decided to vote for the bill to “continue to
move the process forward.”

Rehberg, however, did not support the bill until he
knew his vote would not make a difference. Along with some other
Republicans from farm states, Rehberg waited to cast his vote until
Democrats had reached the threshold for passage.

Maybe politics is a little too complicated for me, but it seems
like Rehberg should explain why he voted for a bill that “thumbs
its nose at the real needs of rural America.” Maybe he can also
explain why his vote was dictated by the Republican leadership:

After the vote, Rehberg said he waited at the behest of
his party’s leadership to force Democrats to find the votes needed
to pass the bill.

Maybe it’s time for Montana to have a representative who acts on
his principles and protects the interests of Montana farmers.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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