Dennis Rehberg Really Hates Firefighters

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I have a feeling we won’t be reading any tweets or seeing any clumsy YouTube videos about Representative Rehberg’s latest embarrassing vote—a vote to protect the interests of foreign companies at the expense of first responders from 9/11:

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009, sponsored by  Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), would provide medical monitoring to those exposed to toxins at ground zero, bolster treatment at specialized centers for those afflicted by toxins on Sept. 11 and reopen a compensation fund to provide for the economic loss of victims.

And it’s all paid for by closing a tax loophole on foreign companies with U.S. subsidiaries, Democrats said.

What did the bill do? Just provide health care expenses for those who were exposed to toxic materials after 9/11:

The bill would have provided $3.2 billion over 10 years for health care costs for those who became sick after being exposed to toxic materials at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It also would have provided an additional $4.2 billion in compensation for victims during the same period.

This is who Representative Rehberg is, someone who cares more about the interests of foreign multinationals than American working men and women who risked (and lost) their lives helping their neighbors in a crisis.

If he were capable of it, he’d be ashamed. If we vote him back into office, we should be.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-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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