Day 1: July 30, 2012
As a former gymnast, Congressman Rehberg knows how to flip, flop, somersault and straddle. After 35 years in politics, Congressman Rehberg’s priorities are out of touch and wrong for Montana. Today we begin the Rehberg Games, a special series designed to hold Congressman Rehberg accountable for his 35-years of political gymnastics.
WARM-UP: Dennis Rehberg said raising the debt ceiling was a “reckless Action”
On February 4, 2010, Congressman Rehberg said of a statutory increase in the federal debt limit: “This reckless action is a down payment by Congress which is trying to spend our way to prosperity.” [Office of Rep. Denny Rehberg, 2/04/10]
DISMOUNT: Dennis Rehberg voted to raise the debt ceiling TEN times
Earlier this year, Rep. Rehberg told KUFM Radio “I didn’t vote to increase the debt ceiling.” But Congressman Rehberg did vote to raise the debt ceiling 10 times—twice just last year! And he did it while protecting tax breaks for fellow millionaires.
Here are details of Rehberg’s “Perfect 10” debt ceiling votes:
10. Rehberg Voted to Increase Debt Limit by $2.5 Trillion in Short-Term Partisan Plan. [S. 627, Vote #677, 7/29/2011]
9. Rehberg Voted to Increase Debt Limit With Restrictions That Would Force Deep Cuts in Medicare and Social Security. [HR 2560, Vote #606, 7/19/2011]
8. Rehberg Voted for Budget That Increased Debt Limit to $9.6 Trillion. [HCR376, Vote #158, 5/18/06]
7. Rehberg Voted Against Avoiding Debt Limit Hike. [HR 4297, Vote #67, 3/16/06; CQ, 3/16/06]
6. Rehberg Voted To Deem & Pass Debt Limit Increase Of $781 Billion. [CRS, The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases, 1/10; HCR95, Vote #149, 4/28/05]
5. Rehberg Voted To Increase The National Debt Limit By $700 Billion. [HRS 683, Vote #280, 6/22/04; CQ Today, 6/23/04; AP, 6/22/04]
4. Rehberg Voted for Budget That Increased Debt Limit By $690 Billion. [SCR 95, Vote #198, 5/19/04]
3. Rehberg Voted To Increase The National Debt Limit By $800 Billion. [S 2986, Vote #536, 11/18/04; Washington Post, 11/19/04]
2. Rehberg Voted To Deem & Pass $984 Billion Increase In Debt Limit. [CRS, The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases, 1/10; HCR95, Vote #141, 4/11/03]
1. Rehberg Was Deciding Vote to Increase Debt Limit By $450 Billion After Spending Government From Surplus Into Deficits. [Congressional Research Service; S 2578, Vote #279, 6/27/02]
LANDING: Dennis Rehberg stuck it… to Montana.