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Rehberg Votes Against Montana Families, For Increased Taxes

Today, Representative Rehberg put his commitment to the TEA Party ahead of the interestsignoranceisstrength 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.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • “In a news conference this morning, Boehner said that a two-month extension is only “punting the problem into next year,” and he pointed out that even President Obama had continually advocated for a full year-long extension. “Congress needs to extend the payroll tax cut for working Americans for another year,” the president said Dec. 2.”

    Obama wanted a year and Boehner wanted a year. Reid is the obstructionist.

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    Washington, DC was thrown for a loop yesterday when House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he and his caucus would reject a bipartisan payroll tax extension bill that had already passed the Senate with 89 votes. The deal, negotiated largely between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democrats, and the White House would have extended payroll tax cuts that have been in place already for several years as well as forcing the Obama administration to accelerate its decision-making process on the Keystone XL pipeline. Boehner had, by most accounts, given McConnell his proxy to negotiate on behalf of all Senate Republicans, but after the deal was finalized House backbenchers started complaining and Boehner flip-flopped.

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