Today, Representative Rehberg put his commitment to the TEA Party ahead of the interests of workers and their families, voting against a common sense compromise to continue payroll tax deductions for Montana workers.
This was no radical proposal he rejected. The Senate voted 89-10 to support the measure. House Speaker Boehner (hardly a progressive thinker) supported the measure before caving to the far right of his party.
What did Rehberg’s vote do? It
- increases taxes on workers, hurting the economy.
- means some Montanans relying on unemployment insurance will no longer receive assistance, hurting both their families and the economy.
- prevents fixing a 27% pay cut for Medicare doctors, meaning seniors in Montana will have to wait longer for doctor visits.
- slows the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, something Rehberg claims is critical for Montana jobs.
The only economic stimulus Rehberg accomplished today was his decision to presumably increase the salary of his spokesman, Jed Link, who issued a press release perhaps unmatched in its Orwellian doublespeak.
Rehberg, who voted against the bipartisan proposal, said in a press release that “We simply cannot let congressional gridlock cause more hardship for the overburdened taxpayer."
Rehberg, who voted against the proposal, despite it containing his language supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, said, “Even while important differences remain in the underlying legislation, one thing most in Congress seem to agree on is that we must move my Keystone XL language forward.”
Ignorance is Strength.