Rehberg to Patriot Act: Happy 11th Anniversary

A decade later Rehberg still supports government power-grabbing bills

BILLINGS, Mont. – Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s unpopular Patriot Act celebrates a milestone today.

It was 11 years ago today, on October 24, 2001, that Rehberg supported the law allowing the federal government to violate the Constitution and trample on the rights of law-abiding Montanans.

It was the first of Rehberg’s five votes in support of the Patriot Act—a law that gives the government power to spy on citizens and authorize warrantless searches of homes and businesses.

Despite Montanans’ strong opposition to the law, Rehberg supported the controversial Patriot Act for nearly a decade, only changing his position in February of 2011—days after announcing his run against Montana farmer Jon Tester.

Unlike Rehberg, Tester has always opposed the Patriot Act.

That Patriot Act wasn’t the first time Rehberg tried to expand federal authority and diminish Constitutional rights.

Rehberg’s federal land-grab bill, H.R. 1505, is described by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Dan Cox as a “police state bill.”  Rehberg cosponsored the unpopular measure, which gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security “unprecedented power” to seize control of and make top-down decisions about public lands in Montana.

Rehberg also supported the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Tester opposed. Rehberg’s vote would allow government agents to listen in on private phone conversations and read emails—without a warrant.

Rehberg also supported the failed REAL ID Act and No Child Left Behind.

“Dennis Rehberg’s support for unconstitutional power-grabbing government bills is the equivalent of taking a bulldozer to the foundation of Montana’s values,” said Montanans for Tester spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff. “Montana just can’t afford six more years of Dennis Rehberg’s wrong priorities and irresponsible decisions.”

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