Cancer survivor criticizes Congressman for eliminating screenings while protecting millionaires
BILLINGS, Mont. – A Montana cancer survivor is taking Congressman Dennis Rehberg to task for his “wrong priorities” in a new TV ad now airing across Montana.
The 30-second spot features Lisa Jones, a breast cancer survivor from Whitefish.
“It’s very personal to me that Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted to eliminate funding for breast cancer screenings, even from the clinic that saved my life—while protecting tax breaks for multi-millionaires.” Jones says in the ad. “Talk about wrong priorities.”
In February of 2011, Rehberg voted for the controversial HR 1, which would have eliminated federal funding for more than 20 clinics in Montana [HR 1, Vote 147, 2/19/11].
One of those clinics was the Flathead City-County Family Planning Clinic, where Jones was diagnosed with breast cancer during an annual cancer screening.
Rehberg later proposed his own delayed plan to torpedo “additional money for community health clinics across Montana; ax federal money for two dozen family planning clinics in the state; reduce funds for Pell grants that help low-income students pay college tuition; and scale back money for home-heating assistance.” [Missoulian, 10/9/2011]
During his 12 years in Congress, Rehberg has repeatedly voted to give tax breaks to millionaires and corporations that ship American jobs overseas.
Full documentation of the ad is online HERE.
“Congressman Rehberg’s been back in Washington for a long time,” Jones says. “But if he got his way, I don’t want to think about what I would have missed.”
LISA JONES/Breast Cancer Survivor: It’s been nearly a year since they found the cancer.
So it’s very personal to me that Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted to eliminate funding for breast cancer screenings.
Even from the clinic that saved my life.
While protecting tax breaks for multi-millionaires.
Talk about wrong priorities.
Congressman Rehberg’s been back in Washington for a long time.
But if he got his way, I don’t want to think about what I would have missed.