Yesterday, the TEA Party/Koch Brothers front group Americans for Prosperity released this laughable ad lauding Congressman Steve Daines for “protecting us from Obamacare.” Today, Congressman Daines returned the love, voting against a compromise budget bill—and against Montana workers, veterans, retirees, and students on their behalf.
In the ad, AFP thanks Daines for fighting against “rising healthcare costs,” an especially absurd claim, given that Daines has neither sponsored, passed, nor implemented any legislation that would do anything of the sort.
Instead, along with his Republican colleagues, he has remained unconcerned about the most expensive health care system in the developed world, the scourge of families who cannot afford insurance despite working full-time, and the plight of those with pre-existing conditions who could not any coverage, much less affordable coverage.
Daines has had the “courage to lead,” alright. He’s leading the fight for corporate interests entirely unwilling to reform our health care system to provide access to health care for every American. He’s leading from the rear guard of a Republican Party being driven by TEA Party extremists.
Today, Daines demonstrated his priorities quite clearly, voting against a compromise budget bill that only 67 members of the Republican-controlled House voted against. With his vote, Daines voted for the wealthiest Americans bankrolling Americas for Prosperity and against increased funding for veterans, active duty soldiers, disabled veterans, Head Start funding, Indian Health Services, child nutrition, Agricultural research, victims of domestic abuse, and Social Security recipients.
Most of those programs received senseless, even cruel cuts under the budget sequestration—and all but the most radical members of the Republican caucus realized it was time to stop currying favor from the TEA Party and doing what is right for the country.
A candidate with the full support of Americans for Prosperity can’t be a Senator who will support Montanans. Don’t let Daines fool you with his occasional feints towards moderation; his vote today and the people who are supporting his candidacy make clear that he will prioritize the 1% over the rest of us.