It makes sense that Representative Rehberg hasn’t had the time to pass any meaningful legislation while he’s been in Congress—he’s simply too busy jumping on whatever the latest ideological stunt the brain trust at the Republican Party dreams up happens to be. The latest (albeit recycled from 2008)? Rehberg’s decided not to seek earmarks for Montana next year:
Honoring a House Republican ban on funding requests for pet projects, Rep. Denny Rehberg has notified Montanans that he will not seek earmarks this year.
For the moment, let’s ignore that Rehberg has been running around the state for the past year, taking credit for earmarks he voted against. Let’s ignore the fact that earmark reform is just political grandstanding, without real impact on the budget. What concerns me is that if Rehberg doesn’t request earmarks, Montanans will pay for pet projects in other states.
Who says so? Representative Rehberg:
The fact is not one of my earmarks added a single dollar to these spending bills that wouldn’t have otherwise been spent in states like California.”
No, really. Consider what his staff told the Flathead Beacon:
“It’s easy to think that 323 paved itself or that water projects spring up naturally on the Hi-line when you’re heckling from the sidelines,” Tyler Matthews, Rehberg’s campaign manager, said. “But the folks who roll up their sleeves to work in the trenches with Denny know what he’s done for Montana.
It seems that Representative Rehberg would rather play political games than work to fund programs he has called essential, while letting Montanans pick up the tab for projects in other states.