Mar 16, 2009
Memo to Rehberg: Tell the whole truth
Last Friday, Representative Denny Rehberg delivered an address to a joint session of the Montana legislature in which he railed against the recently passed Omnibus Appropriations bill. He touted his vote against the legislation. And he called for "bipartisan restraint" in allocating taxpayer dollars.
But he forgot to mention one thing. He sought nearly $42 million in earmarks in the very appropriations measure he stood at the rostrum to criticize.
"There's just one word for bragging about bringing federal money home for projects while simultaneously voting against the legislation that funded them - hypocrisy," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Unfortunately for Rehberg, his constituents can see right through his attempt to have his cake and eat it too."
- According to the publicly-available Taxpayers' for Common Sense database, Rehberg secured nearly $42 million in earmarks for Montana.
- On his official House web site, Representative Rehberg in fact took credit for and announced several of those earmarks, available here and here.
- Rehberg voted against the Omnibus Appropriations Act when it was considered in the House. [Roll Call Vote, 2/25/09]
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