Rehberg Games – Five-Time Patriot Act Champion

Day 6: August 6, 2012

A disturbing routine

For Day 6 of these games, we draw attention to Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s familiar support of the controversial Patriot Act. The Congressman’s relationship with the Patriot Act is a routine of twists, turns, and spins that reminds Montanans just how out of touch the Congressman is with Big Sky values.

TWIST: Rehberg turns his back on Montana for five repeat performances–shocking his state by trampling constitutional rights with his support of the unpopular Patriot Act.

  • Rehberg even voted for the original Patriot Act, which allowed warrantless searches of homes and businesses. [AP, 10/25/01; HR 3162, Vote 398, 10/24/01]
  • Rehberg voted for the Patriot Act four more times. Congressman Rehberg then voted for the Patriot Act an additional three times: twice in 2005 and in 2006. He also voted for its precursor, the Uniting and Strengthening America Act, which was incorporated into the final Patriot Act. [HR 2975, Vote 386, 10/12/01; HR 3162, Vote 398, 10/24/01; HR 3199, Vote 414, 07/21/05; HR 3199, Vote 627, 12/14/05; S 2271, Vote 20, 03/07/06]

TURN: After supporting the unpopular Patriot Act for nearly a decade, Congressman Rehberg performed an incredible turn and voted against the law just two days after announcing his U.S. Senate bid. [HR 514, House Roll Call Vote #26, 2/8/11, HR 514, House Roll Call Vote #36, 2/14/11]. Could it be because Jon Tester, like most Montanans, has consistently opposed the Patriot Act?

SPIN: In a spectator dizzying final spin, Congressman Regberg tells radio listeners during a 2012 interview that the Patriot Act is a “necessary piece of legislation.”

SCORE: Rehberg’s performance makes for a routine of irresponsible decisions and out-of-touch priorities.