For someone who spent as much time as he did making political hay about whether or not Senator Baucus had read the health care reform bill, Representative Rehberg seems not to have much time reading proposals he champions. Today, on the Flint Report (substitute host), Representative Rehberg made it clear that he just hadn’t gotten around to reading Representative Ryan’s budget proposal-the one that will devastate seniors and the entire retirement system.
If you’ll excuse my 7 minute iMove construction, you can listen to Representative Rehberg’s remarks here.
Of course, this is nothing new for Representative Rehberg, who seems much more interested in posting Facebook updates than doing the work of a member of Congress. It’s hard to forget that he told the Independent Record that he hadn’t even bothered to read the debt commission report, which could well be a roadmap for future budgets:
The person who really should read it is Rep. Denny Rehberg. Rehberg, who was just named chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds Medicare, among other programs, told Independent Record reporter Sanjay Talwani last week that he hasn’t read the report, which was released on Dec. 1.
That’s an astonishing admission from a representative who trots out to great fanfare a balanced budget bill every time Congress meets and who now chairs a panel responsible for almost a quarter of all federal outlays. And it’s not like we’re braying about a 2,100-page piece of dense legislation that “He didn’t even read the bill!” This is a comparatively modest document, written in easy-to-understand language, that would make good reading for anyone concerned with the state of the country’s finances.
Perhaps Representative Rehberg might give some thought to campaigning just a bit less and governing just a bit more.