Dennis 'Denny' Rehberg's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Dennis 'Denny' Rehberg
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jan; 3 Children: A.J., Katie, Elsie
Birth Date: 10/05/1955
Birth Place: Billings, MT
Home City: Billings, MT
Religion: Episcopalian
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Denny Rehberg refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dennis Rehberg. Issue Position: Respect for Life. 18 January 2012. "I believe that abortion is the unjustified taking of a human life. I feel the entire abortion debate is a very sensitive issue that hinges on the question of when life begins. Unfortunately, some people in our country today doubt the full humanity of an unborn child. I am against abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother. I support efforts in Congress to prohibit federal funding of abortions and family planning, experimentation on aborted fetuses, partial-birth abortions, and federal funding for so-called family planning groups that promote abortion." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Denny Rehberg a rating of 31 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. "
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Exceptions only for Rape, Incest, & LIFE OF THE MOTHER"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Exceptions only for Rape, Incest, & LIFE OF THE MOTHER"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "EXCEPTIONS ONLY FOR RAPE, INCEST, AND THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Responds To Obama's Afghanistan Strategy. 1 December 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy. "The war in Afghanistan is extremely important to keeping Americans safe after 9/11. Failure there is not an option. It's essential that we provide the brave men and women serving abroad the resources they need to be successful. Politicians in Washington, D.C. shouldn't second-guess the commanders on the ground or try to micromanage military strategy. It's our job to ensure that the soldiers we charge with defending our freedom have all the resources and manpower they need to do the job and return home as quickly as possible."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Comments on Osama Bin Laden's Recent Audio Tape. 19 January 2006. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, released the following statement regarding Osama Bin Laden's audio tape which aired today: "Osama Bin Laden can't be trusted and Americans know that. He's a murderer, pure and simple, both on our soil and abroad. I've visited Afghanistan and most recently, Iraq, and we are making significant progress on the ground in rooting out Bin Laden's terrorist network. His threats today further demonstrate why we must win the war on terror."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement on Obama's Selection of General Petraeus to Run War in Afghanistan. 23 June 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today issued the following statement regarding the leadership changes for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. "As Commander-in-Chief, the president has the authority to make changes in command. No matter who is in charge on the ground, the mission in Afghanistan must continue to focus on winning the war and bringing our troops home. I have full faith that our brave men and women in uniform will succeed in the liberation of Afghanistan. It's now time for Congress to do its job and pass the overdue troop-funding bill providing our men and women in uniform with the necessary tools and resources they need."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader. 1 August 2012. "If sequestration takes effect in January, the defense budget would be cut an additional $55 billion per year from the levels established in Budget Control Act. That would mean an additional $492 billion in cuts on top of the $487 billion already being implemented. In total, over $1 trillion would be cut over the next ten years with disastrous consequences for soldiers, veterans, national security, and the economy. Although these cuts will not be implemented until January 2013, their effects will be felt almost immediately--by units preparing to fight in Afghanistan and operate elsewhere in the world [¦] The defense cuts could threaten the readiness of already extended U.S. forces, which should be of deep concern to the commander in chief." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement on Obama's Selection of General Petraeus to Run War in Afghanistan. 23 June 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today issued the following statement regarding the leadership changes for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. 'As Commander-in-Chief, the president has the authority to make changes in command. No matter who is in charge on the ground, the mission in Afghanistan must continue to focus on winning the war and bringing our troops home. I have full faith that our brave men and women in uniform will succeed in the liberation of Afghanistan. It's now time for Congress to do its job and pass the overdue troop-funding bill providing our men and women in uniform with the necessary tools and resources they need.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Responds To Obama's Afghanistan Strategy. 1 December 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy. 'The war in Afghanistan is extremely important to keeping Americans safe after 9/11. Failure there is not an option. It's essential that we provide the brave men and women serving abroad the resources they need to be successful. Politicians in Washington, D.C. shouldn't second-guess the commanders on the ground or try to micromanage military strategy. It's our job to ensure that the soldiers we charge with defending our freedom have all the resources and manpower they need to do the job and return home as quickly as possible.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Lauds House Passage of G.I. Bill, Troop Funding. 20 June 2008. "Rehberg Lauds House Passage of G.I. Bill, Troop Funding Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week joined House colleagues in passing a House funding bill which would provide troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with the resources they need to succeed as well as expand educational benefits to America's service men and women. 'It's critical Congress continues to meet the needs of those who served our country,' said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 'This legislation provides those fighting overseas with the necessary tools to be successful while ensuring they have every opportunity to receive continued education once they return to civilian life. In other words, it covers all the bases and I'm glad to see we got it passed.' The Supplemental Appropriations Bill provides $165.4 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "First and foremost, we must ensure that our troops in the field are receiving the funding they need to to do their job and return home safely. Having noted that, reports I have seen as a member of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee dealing with corruption and misuse of U.S. taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan deeply concern me."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Lauds House Passage of G.I. Bill, Troop Funding. 20 June 2008. "Rehberg Lauds House Passage of G.I. Bill, Troop Funding Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week joined House colleagues in passing a House funding bill which would provide troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with the resources they need to succeed as well as expand educational benefits to America's service men and women. "It's critical Congress continues to meet the needs of those who served our country," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "This legislation provides those fighting overseas with the necessary tools to be successful while ensuring they have every opportunity to receive continued education once they return to civilian life. In other words, it covers all the bases and I'm glad to see we got it passed." The Supplemental Appropriations Bill provides $165.4 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. [¦]" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Pledges to Fight National Guard Cuts. 18 January 2006. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today said he'll fight federal plans to cut the Army National Guard's payroll. Rehberg's comments came in reaction to a Pentagon news conference today, in which Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey said the U.S. may reduce the number of Army National Guard brigade combat teams to 28 from 34. [¦] "The Montana Army National Guard has operated in theaters around the world, and is valiantly serving in the War on Terror," Rehberg said in his letter to Rumsfeld. "At this point, more than 40 percent of the Montana National Guard Force have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have serious concerns that further troop reductions would negatively impact both military and homeland security missions, as well as regional deployments such as fighting wildfires in states like Montana."' (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Denny Rehberg. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader. 1 August 2012. "If sequestration takes effect in January, the defense budget would be cut an additional $55 billion per year from the levels established in Budget Control Act. That would mean an additional $492 billion in cuts on top of the $487 billion already being implemented. In total, over $1 trillion would be cut over the next ten years with disastrous consequences for soldiers, veterans, national security, and the economy. Although these cuts will not be implemented until January 2013, their effects will be felt almost immediately--by units preparing to fight in Afghanistan and operate elsewhere in the world [¦] The defense cuts could threaten the readiness of already extended U.S. forces, which should be of deep concern to the commander in chief. Both the Pentagon and the myriad defense contractors with which it works are already feeling the threat of these spending cuts, which loom in the not-so-distant future. The cuts could easily lead to widespread layoffs, facilities closing, and infrastructure depletion." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Highest Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "Balanced budget - no deficit spending"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "BALANCED BUDGET- NO DEFICIT SPENDING WHENEVER POSSIBLE"
  • Libertarians are for individual freedom - and this includes the freedom of people to do some things that we and other people may disapprove of. A person should be free (from coercive interference) to do what he pleases with his own life and property, as long as he does not violate (through coercive interference) the same right of other peaceful persons to do what they want with their lives and properties. (The second clause is logically implied in the first.) Libertarians do not oppose non-coercive persuasion, educational efforts, private advertising campaigns, organized boycotts, or even social ostracism as means of trying to effect changes in the private behavior of others. (Many people have stopped smoking tobacco in recent years partly as a result of education and persuasion by friends and family members.) What libertarians do oppose is the attempt by anyone (individuals or government officials) to impose their own views of "fairness" or personal morality on others through the initiation of the use of coercion, by either personal violence or political legislation and governmental action. This principled position sets libertarians apart from conservatives as well as other non-libertarians.
  • Dennis Rehberg. Issue Position: National Security. 19 January 2012. "When terrorists struck America they wanted to create an atmosphere of fear - and they have failed. America will not surrender our freedom to travel or our way of life. A strong, capable and modern military is the foundation of the peace we enjoy today and hope to extend for future generations. The military of the present must be better supported and respected. The right choices must be made to renew the bond of trust between the President and the military, protect America with an effective national missile defense, and create a military capable of meeting the challenges of the21st Century." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Troop Pay Raise. 5 May 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, cosponsored legislation to increase military pay by 1.9%. The increase would help bridge the 2.4% gap between military pay raises and pay increases in the private sector. [¦] Congress has been successfully chipping away at the military-civilian pay gap over the past decade, reducing it from a height of 13.5% in 1999. The proposed 1.9% increase is a half-percent higher than the Department of Defense's proposed increase of 1.4%, the lowest pay raise since the creation of the volunteer army. [¦] "Those serving in our armed forces deserve better pay," said Rehberg. "This pay raise is a way of thanking America's heroes for their sacrifice and ensuring they have the resources they need to provide for themselves and their families."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Marnee Banks. www.KXLH.com: Baucus, Tester & Rehberg respond to defense cuts. 5 January 2012. "On Thursday President Obama announced a plan to cut $450 billion from the U.S. Department of Defense. The cuts would take place over 10 years. Obama says the United States will invest in intelligence, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. According to CBS News, the plan reduces the size of the Army and Marine Corps and invests in the Navy and Air Force. It also shifts the focus from ground operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to air support in the Pacific. Congressman Denny Rehberg (R - Montana) says he needs to take a look at the specifics of the proposal but he is opposed to automatic spending cuts and ideas like the START Treaty. "No budget should be off limits in terms of making sure taxpayers get value for their hard-earned tax dollars. That said, our national defense is too important for political games," Rehberg says." (www.kxlh.com)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 80 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Bill To Stop Record Size Tax Increase. 5 April 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today cosponsored The Taxpayer Certainty Act, which would make permanent the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003. The legislation would prevent the largest tax increase in American history, which goes into effect automatically at the end of the year unless Congress acts to stop it. 'Raising taxes during an economic crisis is like looting a burning house,' said Rehberg, a member of the House Liberty Caucus. 'I've heard from countless Montana small business owners who could create new jobs, but instead are paralyzed by the uncertainty of new regulations combined with a higher tax liability in the future. By preserving this tax relief, we can create the economic stability that promotes job growth.' Without this bill, much of the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003 will expire at the end of the year, generating the largest single tax increase in American history. All Americans, rich and poor, will owe more. First, the 10 and 15 percent tax brackets will be combined into a 15 percent bracket. The 25 percent rate will increase to 28 percent, the 28 percent rate will increase to 31 percent, the 33 percent rate will increase to 36 percent and the 35 percent rate will increase to 39.6 percent. All taxpayers, from the lowest to the highest incomes, will pay more in taxes.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Bill to Protect Tip Income from Federal Taxes. 6 September 2006. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is sponsoring legislation to provide a significant tax break to the thousands of Montana workers relying on tips to supplement their hourly wages. The Rehberg-sponsored legislation would exempt the first $10,000 of tip income earned from federal taxes. Tip income would be exempt from both income and FICA taxes under the Rehberg-sponsored bill, known as the 'Tip Tax Bill.' [¦] Under current law, service employees earning tips are assumed by the IRS to have made at least 8 percent of their gross sales in tips. The 8 percent tax is applied regardless of the level of the actual tip. Additionally, the IRS requires any tips above 8 percent be reported for tax purposes. 'This is a bill that just makes sense for tens of thousands of Americans' added Rehberg. 'It protects workers from being taxed on income they may not even earn and that's good news.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Will Continue to Hold the Line on Taxes, Federal Spending in New Year. 11 January 2006. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), today said he's looking forward to again focusing on controlling federal spending as the second session of the 109th Congress convenes later this month. 'It is absolutely time for Washington D.C. to get a handle on spending, I believe we can eliminate the deficit, and meet our responsibilities without raising taxes,' said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 'It's about focusing on priorities, and we need to make sure the taxpayers' dollars are well spent.' According to Rehberg, with the President set to lay out his agenda for the country in his upcoming State of the Union Address, and with Congress set to reconvene soon, now is the time to be developing plans to control spending. 'As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I scrutinize every dollar we spend to make sure taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for the buck, and I'll continue to make that a priority,' Rehberg said." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg: "President's Plan Is More of the Same -- There's a Better Path Forward." 19 September 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's call for higher taxes to pay for his second stimulus plan. 'The President's economic stimulus plan is just more of the same tax-and-spend policy that has hurt families, small businesses and contributed to record spending deficits. There's a better path forward. I support a fundamentally new approach to economic recovery. My plan looks to the hardworking American entrepreneur, instead of government, for new jobs. By reducing the burden of government regulations and simplifying the onerous tax code, we can empower small businesses, which are the engine of our economy. It's not that America doesn't have enough taxes, rather it's that we don't have enough taxpayers. The best way to increase government revenues is to create more jobs. My plan will do that.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses. 25 March 2004. "Mr. Speaker, this spring as we complete another tax season, families and small businesses have reason to celebrate. Thanks to our $350 billion tax relief bill which the President signed into law last year, working taxpayers are getting back more of their hard-earned money. Families now have more money to put food on the table, pay their mortgages, and pick up school supplies for their kids. These families know the truth about taxes, that it is their money, not Washington's money. Letting them keep their money has helped put the economy back on track. This relief has given families and working taxpayers a smaller tax bite, an increase in the child credit to $1,000, and yet another reduction in the marriage penalty. No wonder families this year have reason to celebrate. I am happy to report for the first time in a long while unemployment is down in my home State of Montana. Montana's jobless rate is now just 4.6 percent. Why? Because government does not create an economy, businesses do, one job at a time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg: "President's Plan Is More of the Same -- There's a Better Path Forward." 19 September 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's call for higher taxes to pay for his second stimulus plan. "The President's economic stimulus plan is just more of the same tax-and-spend policy that has hurt families, small businesses and contributed to record spending deficits. There's a better path forward. I support a fundamentally new approach to economic recovery. My plan looks to the hardworking American entrepreneur, instead of government, for new jobs. By reducing the burden of government regulations and simplifying the onerous tax code, we can empower small businesses, which are the engine of our economy. It's not that America doesn't have enough taxes, rather it's that we don't have enough taxpayers. The best way to increase government revenues is to create more jobs. My plan will do that."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Will Continue to Hold the Line on Taxes, Federal Spending in New Year. 11 January 2006. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), today said he's looking forward to again focusing on controlling federal spending as the second session of the 109th Congress convenes later this month. "It is absolutely time for Washington D.C. to get a handle on spending, I believe we can eliminate the deficit, and meet our responsibilities without raising taxes, " said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "It's about focusing on priorities, and we need to make sure the taxpayers' dollars are well spent." According to Rehberg, with the President set to lay out his agenda for the country in his upcoming State of the Union Address, and with Congress set to reconvene soon, now is the time to be developing plans to control spending. "As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I scrutinize every dollar we spend to make sure taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for the buck, and I'll continue to make that a priority," Rehberg said." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Bill to Protect Tip Income from Federal Taxes. 6 September 2006. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is sponsoring legislation to provide a significant tax break to the thousands of Montana workers relying on tips to supplement their hourly wages. The Rehberg-sponsored legislation would exempt the first $10,000 of tip income earned from federal taxes. Tip income would be exempt from both income and FICA taxes under the Rehberg-sponsored bill, known as the "Tip Tax Bill." [¦] Under current law, service employees earning tips are assumed by the IRS to have made at least 8 percent of their gross sales in tips. The 8 percent tax is applied regardless of the level of the actual tip. Additionally, the IRS requires any tips above 8 percent be reported for tax purposes. "This is a bill that just makes sense for tens of thousands of Americans" added Rehberg. "It protects workers from being taxed on income they may not even earn and that's good news."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Bill To Stop Record Size Tax Increase. 5 April 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today cosponsored The Taxpayer Certainty Act, which would make permanent the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003. The legislation would prevent the largest tax increase in American history, which goes into effect automatically at the end of the year unless Congress acts to stop it. "Raising taxes during an economic crisis is like looting a burning house," said Rehberg, a member of the House Liberty Caucus. "I've heard from countless Montana small business owners who could create new jobs, but instead are paralyzed by the uncertainty of new regulations combined with a higher tax liability in the future. By preserving this tax relief, we can create the economic stability that promotes job growth." Without this bill, much of the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003 will expire at the end of the year, generating the largest single tax increase in American history. All Americans, rich and poor, will owe more. First, the 10 and 15 percent tax brackets will be combined into a 15 percent bracket. The 25 percent rate will increase to 28 percent, the 28 percent rate will increase to 31 percent, the 33 percent rate will increase to 36 percent and the 35 percent rate will increase to 39.6 percent. All taxpayers, from the lowest to the highest incomes, will pay more in taxes." [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

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  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Balanced Budget - no deficit spending"
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Blasts Failed Policies For 10.2 Percent Unemployment. 6 November 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today reacted strongly to the release of federal unemployment figures that, for the first time since 1983, breached 10 percent. Last month alone, the economy lost 190,000 jobs bringing the total job losses since the February passage of the "so-called" stimulus to more than 2.8 million. "These numbers let us cut through the carefully constructed spin of those who want to continue to spend and spend," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "For almost a year, I have warned that the San Francisco policies coming out of Washington, D.C. would hurt the economy and cost jobs. At the same time some have claimed that bigger government and higher taxes would somehow create jobs. Well, the results have been tallied and the numbers are in. Montanans can judge for themselves what was truth and what was spin." [¦] The "so-called" Stimulus that was ironically sold to the American people as a "Jobs Bill." The $1 trillion "stimulus" legislation promised 3 to 4 million jobs--90 percent of which would be new private sector jobs--and keep unemployment below 8 percent. Since then, the country has lost nearly three million jobs and more than half of the "saved and created" jobs reported by the White House were government jobs that already existed. [¦] "It's well past time for better economic solutions in Washington," said Rehberg. "From the start, I've said to follow the models that worked for John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan -- smaller government and lower taxes that empower individuals and small businesses." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Opinion: Government Stimulus Falling Short. 6 October 2009. "In February, Congress passed a so-called stimulus bill that was designed to take credit for any economic recovery occurring over the next decade. That's why the stimulus is spread out over ten long years. [¦] What some in Congress fail to realize is that economic recovery will not come from the government, but from the sweat and hard work of individuals. Government can best help stimulate that process by empowering Americans to get the gears of commerce spinning again. The stimulus has effectively taken money out of the economy at a time when we need it most. In fact, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that each dollar of stimulus spending has generated less than a dollar of economic growth. Simply stated, the only thing that has grown is the government. If a rapid recovery had been the goal, the stimulus would have followed the successful policies of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan who cut taxes and empowered consumers and small businesses. That's the sort of stimulus I supported -- one that was timely, targeted, temporary and transparent. Instead, the goal of this stimulus was to merely claim credit for any economic recovery while enabling more government spending. If it didn't go toward improving the economy, it's worth asking where the nearly $1 trillion went -- especially since our kids and grandkids are on the hook to repay it. [¦] It's time to ask for our money back. It's time to put our country on a true path to economic recovery." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Rob Chaney. www.Missoulian.com: Rehberg looks to small businesses, natural resources to boost economy. 6 January 2012. "Getting America's economy back on track comes through small-business success, Rep. Denny Rehberg said during a Missoula visit on Thursday. "Every politician will tell you now that jobs are the top priority," Rehberg said during a Missoulian interview. "The big difference is in how you approach that." Spending $1 trillion on an economic stimulus, as President Barack Obama did in 2009, was the wrong way, according to the four-term Republican congressman. Rehberg said just 12 cents of every dollar actually went to stimulus projects, while the rest went to government spending. "That's one reason the House majority changed (in the 2010 elections)," he said. "You can't spend your way into prosperity. The economy didn't turn around." Rehberg said his preferred economic fix would be to get government out of the way of small businesses. He supported suspending payroll taxes on all employers and employees for a year instead of the stimulus. [¦]." (missoulian.com)
  • Michael Stafford. Philipsburg Mail: Senate hopeful opposes new regs. 16 August 2012. "But Rehberg did have contentions with a number of decisions of Democrats. He began by explaining his view on the Stimulus Act and said that while it provided money for construction it did no provide money to other sectors of the economy nor to small businesses. 'The stimulus was a government attempt to turn the economy around,' he said 'you may have gotten some of it in Granite County but it was just spending.' According to Rehberg the program resulted in 12 cents per dollar spent on construction with the remaining 88 cents going to costs and administration. He said that instead of the government creating jobs he would rather have seen efforts made to reduce the amount of money the government collects from businesses in hopes that they would be more motivated to hire more employees."
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Denny Rehberg a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rob Chaney. www.Missoulian.com: Rehberg looks to small businesses, natural resources to boost economy. 6 January 2012. "Getting America's economy back on track comes through small-business success, Rep. Denny Rehberg said during a Missoula visit on Thursday. 'Every politician will tell you now that jobs are the top priority,' Rehberg said during a Missoulian interview. 'The big difference is in how you approach that.' Spending $1 trillion on an economic stimulus, as President Barack Obama did in 2009, was the wrong way, according to the four-term Republican congressman. Rehberg said just 12 cents of every dollar actually went to stimulus projects, while the rest went to government spending. 'That's one reason the House majority changed (in the 2010 elections),' he said. 'You can't spend your way into prosperity. The economy didn't turn around.' Rehberg said his preferred economic fix would be to get government out of the way of small businesses. He supported suspending payroll taxes on all employers and employees for a year instead of the stimulus." (missoulian.com)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Blasts Failed Policies For 10.2 Percent Unemployment. 6 November 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today reacted strongly to the release of federal unemployment figures that, for the first time since 1983, breached 10 percent. Last month alone, the economy lost 190,000 jobs bringing the total job losses since the February passage of the "so-called" stimulus to more than 2.8 million. 'These numbers let us cut through the carefully constructed spin of those who want to continue to spend and spend,' said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "For almost a year, I have warned that the San Francisco policies coming out of Washington, D.C. would hurt the economy and cost jobs. At the same time some have claimed that bigger government and higher taxes would somehow create jobs. Well, the results have been tallied and the numbers are in. Montanans can judge for themselves what was truth and what was spin." [¦] The "so-called" Stimulus that was ironically sold to the American people as a "Jobs Bill." The $1 trillion "stimulus" legislation promised 3 to 4 million jobs--90 percent of which would be new private sector jobs--and keep unemployment below 8 percent. Since then, the country has lost nearly three million jobs and more than half of the "saved and created" jobs reported by the White House were government jobs that already existed. [¦] 'It's well past time for better economic solutions in Washington,' said Rehberg. 'From the start, I've said to follow the models that worked for John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan -- smaller government and lower taxes that empower individuals and small businesses.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Lays Out Principles for Real Economic Stimulus Package. 26 January 2009. "Montana's Congressman Denny Rehberg today outlined the principles he believes need to be at the core of the economic stimulus package [¦] Rehberg is working with colleagues in offering workable alternatives to the current House stimulus plan [¦] The plan should favor tax incentives and reductions, not only for consumers to encourage spending, but also for businesses, both small and large, to increase their ability to innovate, expand and create new jobs. Tax incentives and reductions are proven to be more effective than spending stimulus, and have an immediate effect in that money for consumer spending and business expansion become available immediately through lower withholding or estimated tax payments." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement On National Unemployment Of 9.8 Percent, A 26-year High. 9 October 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement following news from the U.S. Department of Labor that the country lost 263,000 jobs in the month of September and the unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent to 9.8 percent." "For more than a quarter of a million Americans, last month's continued job losses underscore the failure of the so-called ‘stimulus' that was sold to us as a jobs bill. It's time for those who backed this failed government spending program to return to the negotiating table and work in a bipartisan way on a new plan. Small business is the engine that drives America's economy. We need to pass a real jobs bill that empowers small business owners with tax incentives and less onerous federal regulations. I'll continue working with Republicans and Democrats to do just that." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Warns: No Level of SPF Will Protect Montana Tanning Businesses and Consumers From Getting Burned. 30 June 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's ten-percent tax on indoor tanning businesses, which was passed as a part of the Democrat's health care bill that passed despite bipartisan opposition. [¦] "With the stroke of a pen, these Montana small businesses will see their operating costs increase by ten-percent overnight. The result of the increase in cost will be passed onto the consumers, which will reduce their consumption and cost jobs. Higher costs and fewer jobs are not a good prescription in an economy like this one, and especially when all we get for it is a health care bill that does nothing to reign in the cost of health care." [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses. 25 March 2004. "Mr. Speaker, this spring as we complete another tax season, families and small businesses have reason to celebrate. Thanks to our $350 billion tax relief bill which the President signed into law last year, working taxpayers are getting back more of their hard-earned money. Families now have more money to put food on the table, pay their mortgages, and pick up school supplies for their kids. These families know the truth about taxes, that it is their money, not Washington's money. Letting them keep their money has helped put the economy back on track. This relief has given families and working taxpayers a smaller tax bite, an increase in the child credit to $1,000, and yet another reduction in the marriage penalty. No wonder families this year have reason to celebrate. I am happy to report for the first time in a long while unemployment is down in my home State of Montana. Montana's jobless rate is now just 4.6 percent. Why? Because government does not create an economy, businesses do, one job at a time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Lays Out Principles for Real Economic Stimulus Package. 26 January 2009. "Montana's Congressman Denny Rehberg today outlined the principles he believes need to be at the core of the economic stimulus package. [¦] Rehberg is working with colleagues in offering workable alternatives to the current House stimulus plan. [¦] The plan should favor tax incentives and reductions, not only for consumers to encourage spending, but also for businesses, both small and large, to increase their ability to innovate, expand and create new jobs. Tax incentives and reductions are proven to be more effective than spending stimulus, and have an immediate effect in that money for consumer spending and business expansion become available immediately through lower withholding or estimated tax payments." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Michael Stafford. Philipsburg Mail: Senate hopeful opposes new regs. 16 August 2012. "He [Rehberg] said that instead of the government creating jobs he would rather have seen efforts made to reduce the amount of money the government collects from businesses in hopes that they would be more motivated to hire more employees. He said that he would rather have seen payroll taxes that employers pay be suspended for a year."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg: "President's Plan Is More of the Same -- There's a Better Path Forward." 19 September 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's call for higher taxes to pay for his second stimulus plan. 'The President's economic stimulus plan is just more of the same tax-and-spend policy that has hurt families, small businesses and contributed to record spending deficits. There's a better path forward. I support a fundamentally new approach to economic recovery. My plan looks to the hardworking American entrepreneur, instead of government, for new jobs. By reducing the burden of government regulations and simplifying the onerous tax code, we can empower small businesses, which are the engine of our economy. It's not that America doesn't have enough taxes, rather it's that we don't have enough taxpayers. The best way to increase government revenues is to create more jobs. My plan will do that.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Warns: No Level of SPF Will Protect Montana Tanning Businesses and Consumers From Getting Burned. 30 June 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's ten-percent tax on indoor tanning businesses, which was passed as a part of the Democrat's health care bill that passed despite bipartisan opposition [¦] 'With the stroke of a pen, these Montana small businesses will see their operating costs increase by ten-percent overnight. The result of the increase in cost will be passed onto the consumers, which will reduce their consumption and cost jobs. Higher costs and fewer jobs are not a good prescription in an economy like this one, and especially when all we get for it is a health care bill that does nothing to reign in the cost of health care.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement On National Unemployment Of 9.8 Percent, A 26-year High. 9 October 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement following news from the U.S. Department of Labor that the country lost 263,000 jobs in the month of September and the unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent to 9.8 percent. 'For more than a quarter of a million Americans, last month's continued job losses underscore the failure of the so-called 'stimulus' that was sold to us as a jobs bill. It's time for those who backed this failed government spending program to return to the negotiating table and work in a bipartisan way on a new plan. Small business is the engine that drives America's economy. We need to pass a real jobs bill that empowers small business owners with tax incentives and less onerous federal regulations. I'll continue working with Republicans and Democrats to do just that." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

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  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Support merit pay based on ability, locally controled"
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Joins Bipartisan Letter Defending Rural Education Priorities. 21 July 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has joined with House colleagues from both parties in urging the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor to protect programs that meet the unique needs of rural schools. The letter relates to the pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. Eighty-five-percent of Montana's schools are classified as either rural or frontier. [¦] The letter expresses support for the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), and asks the government not to force rural school districts into a situation where they are competing for funding against urban schools with more resources. [¦] 'Rural states aren't asking for any special favors or advantages,' said Rehberg. 'I've talked to educators from across Montana, and they just want a level playing field and a chance to compete fairly.'" (rehberg.house.gov)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. 13 May 2011. "Representatives Denny Rehberg and Rosa DeLauro, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, this week sent a bipartisan letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging him to prioritize early childhood education when deciding how to spend $700 million in funds his Department received in the full year Continuing Resolution that was signed into law last month. 'The benefits of early childhood education are well established and broadly acknowledged," said Rehberg. "I'm going to continue to roll up my sleeves and work side by side with anyone who understands the importance of giving kids the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. This isn't about politics or party. This is about doing what's right for our kids.' [¦] As leaders of the House panel that controls spending levels for the Department of Education, Rehberg and DeLauro are intent on seeing that this important congressional priority is reflected in the Race to the Top spending plan. Working together across party lines, Rehberg and DeLauro urged Secretary Duncan to designate at least $350 million provided by Congress in FY2011 for activities pertaining to quality improvement in early childhood care and education." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Praises Montana's Education Progress. 10 April 2003. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) today praised Montana's educators after President Bush today gave the go ahead to Montana's No Child Left Behind accountability act. 'This is great news for students, parents, and teachers in our state,' Rehberg said. 'It is proof our state is a national leader in education reform, and proof of our shared commitment to ensuring that every child has the chance to learn.' Montana's accountability plan outlined specific steps for ensuring yearly progress in reading and math achievement for public school students “ the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act. 'As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, federal education funding in Montana has increased more than $49.8 million over the last two years,' Rehberg said. 'With their plan now approved, Montana's education leaders will use those resources to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their more fortunate peers.' All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were required to submit accountability plans. At a White House ceremony today, President Bush announced each has now been approved by the U.S. Department of Education." (rehberg.house.gov)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. 13 May 2011. "Representatives Denny Rehberg and Rosa DeLauro, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, this week sent a bipartisan letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging him to prioritize early childhood education when deciding how to spend $700 million in funds his Department received in the full year Continuing Resolution that was signed into law last month. 'The benefits of early childhood education are well established and broadly acknowledged,' said Rehberg. 'I'm going to continue to roll up my sleeves and work side by side with anyone who understands the importance of giving kids the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. This isn't about politics or party. This is about doing what's right for our kids.' [¦] As leaders of the House panel that controls spending levels for the Department of Education, Rehberg and DeLauro are intent on seeing that this important congressional priority is reflected in the Race to the Top spending plan. Working together across party lines, Rehberg and DeLauro urged Secretary Duncan to designate at least $350 million provided by Congress in FY2011 for activities pertaining to quality improvement in early childhood care and education." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Chairman Rehberg & Ranking Member DeLauro Get Bipartisan Results for Early Learning. 25 May 2011. "Representatives Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, today praised Education Secretary Arne Duncan for prioritizing early childhood education by directing $500 million to those programs out of $700 million Race to the Top funds his Department received in the full year Continuing Resolution that was signed into law last month [¦] 'Today, working together across the aisle and across town with the Administration, we redoubled our national commitment to early childhood education,' said Rehberg. 'I appreciate the tireless efforts of my friend Rosa DeLauro and the leadership of Secretary Arne Duncan to make this critical priority a reality. The value of education cannot be overstated, and as a parent I've seen first-hand the way an early education sets the tone for the rest of someone's life.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "BALANCED BUDGET- NO DEFICIT SPENDING WHENEVER POSSIBLE"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "I BELIEVE SPECIAL EDUCATION (IOEA) MUST BE FULLY FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; SUPPORT MERIT PAY RAISE ON ABILITY"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Support merit pay based on ability, locally controled"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

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  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Fights for Increased U.S. Oil Production to Lower Prices at the Pump. 25 June 2008. Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, recently signed onto a bipartisan petition, sponsored by Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), vowing to support measures to increase U.S. oil production as means of lowering gas prices. The petition simply reads "I will vote to increase U.S. oil production to lower gas prices for Americans" and is currently signed by 183 members of Congress. [¦] "Americans are demanding answers to our nation's energy crisis," said Rehberg. "I'm happy to stand by their side in saying more domestic oil production is a good start."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg, House Pass Bill to Increase American Energy Production, Create Jobs and Lower Prices. 5 May 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today joined the House in passing legislation to increase domestic energy production, create jobs and lower prices. H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, opens the door for the development of American resources in an environmentally responsible way that will create jobs and lower the price of energy. [¦] "We can debate raising energy taxes and imposing more stringent regulations on the energy industry, but in the short term, as Montana families are struggling, the only sure way to ease their burden is to get the government out of the way of domestic energy production. [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg, House Pass Third Bill to Lower Gas Prices, Increase American Energy Production and Create Jobs. 12 May 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today joined the House in passing legislation to increase domestic energy production, create jobs and lower prices. H.R. 1331, the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act, will lift the President's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production. [¦] "We've got all the energy we could ever use right under our noses, but federal bureaucrats are pandering to extremist special interest groups and preventing America from getting to it. Meanwhile, we're losing jobs and paying way too much at the pump." [¦] "The House is passing legislation to solve problems," said Rehberg. "I hope the Senate will get to work doing the same." Last week, the House Passed H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, which requires the Department of the Interior to auction offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. The Senate has yet to act on it. [¦]" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Makes Case to President Obama for Domestic Energy Production. 9 March 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is urging President Obama to expedite offshore energy permitting. [¦] The White House moratoria on drilling permits were lifted on May 28, 2010, and October 12, 2010 for shallow and deepwater drilling permits, respectively. However, a de facto moratorium -- or "permitorium" -- still exists. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has not issued a single deepwater drilling permit since the official moratoria were lifted, jeopardizing our energy security and costing thousands of American jobs. Rehberg believes these permits should be granted without delay. "Government shouldn't be standing in the way of quality job creation and lower energy costs," said Rehberg. "Let's get these permits approved and get to work producing our own energy." [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement On Delayed Oil And Gas Leases. 14 April 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, responded to the decision by the Bureau of Land Management to suspend 61 Montana oil and gas leases issued in 2008. The leases were suspended, due to a lawsuit, until additional environmental reviews are completed. An economic analysis by Montana State University Billings concluded that oil and gas development has a total impact of more than $8.6 billion in Montana and supports more than 12,000 Montana jobs. Unfortunately, as is too often the case, our engines of economic growth are stalled by an alliance between powerful environmental special interest groups who file limitless lawsuits and Washington, D.C. bureaucrats. The longer we wait to start producing our own energy, the longer we'll be reliant on foreign sources. This is yet another attack on good-paying jobs in the West." [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Praises Obama For Acknowledging Benefits Of Domestic Energy Production; Urges Even More American Energy. 31 March 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement responding to President Obama's decision to allow limited offshore energy exploration in the United States. [¦] Rehberg, who supported an end to the Congressional Moratorium in 2008, has long supported an all-of-the-above energy solution that lowers energy prices by: 1) increasing domestic production of traditional energy sources; [¦] "It's encouraging to hear the President finally acknowledge what I've been saying for years: domestic production of energy is an effective way to create jobs while reducing overdependence on foreign energy. [¦]." [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg, House Pass Third Bill to Lower Gas Prices, Increase American Energy Production and Create Jobs. 12 May 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today joined the House in passing legislation to increase domestic energy production, create jobs and lower prices. H.R. 1331, the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act, will lift the President's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production [¦] 'We've got all the energy we could ever use right under our noses, but federal bureaucrats are pandering to extremist special interest groups and preventing America from getting to it. Meanwhile, we're losing jobs and paying way too much at the pump [¦] The House is passing legislation to solve problems,' said Rehberg. 'I hope the Senate will get to work doing the same.' Last week, the House Passed H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, which requires the Department of the Interior to auction offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. The Senate has yet to act on it." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg, House Pass Bill to Increase American Energy Production, Create Jobs and Lower Prices. 5 May 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today joined the House in passing legislation to increase domestic energy production, create jobs and lower prices. H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, opens the door for the development of American resources in an environmentally responsible way that will create jobs and lower the price of energy [¦] 'We can debate raising energy taxes and imposing more stringent regulations on the energy industry, but in the short term, as Montana families are struggling, the only sure way to ease their burden is to get the government out of the way of domestic energy production.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Praises Obama For Acknowledging Benefits Of Domestic Energy Production; Urges Even More American Energy. 31 March 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement responding to President Obama's decision to allow limited offshore energy exploration in the United States. [¦] Rehberg, who supported an end to the Congressional Moratorium in 2008, has long supported an all-of-the-above energy solution that lowers energy prices by: 1) increasing domestic production of traditional energy sources; [¦] 'It's encouraging to hear the President finally acknowledge what I've been saying for years: domestic production of energy is an effective way to create jobs while reducing overdependence on foreign energy.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Makes Case to President Obama for Domestic Energy Production. 9 March 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is urging President Obama to expedite offshore energy permitting [¦] The White House moratoria on drilling permits were lifted on May 28, 2010, and October 12, 2010 for shallow and deepwater drilling permits, respectively. However, a de facto moratorium -- or 'permitorium' -- still exists. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has not issued a single deepwater drilling permit since the official moratoria were lifted, jeopardizing our energy security and costing thousands of American jobs. Rehberg believes these permits should be granted without delay. "Government shouldn't be standing in the way of quality job creation and lower energy costs," said Rehberg. "Let's get these permits approved and get to work producing our own energy." [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Fights for Increased U.S. Oil Production to Lower Prices at the Pump. 25 June 2008. Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, recently signed onto a bipartisan petition, sponsored by Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), vowing to support measures to increase U.S. oil production as means of lowering gas prices. The petition simply reads 'I will vote to increase U.S. oil production to lower gas prices for Americans' and is currently signed by 183 members of Congress. [¦] 'Americans are demanding answers to our nation's energy crisis,' said Rehberg. 'I'm happy to stand by their side in saying more domestic oil production is a good start.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am strongly opposed to any form of cap and trade legislation because it would have a devastating effect on Montana's economy. While traditional energy sources remain an integral part of our energy supply, I support the comprehensive use of our vast energy resources. To achieve true energy independence, America needs to pursue an "all-of-the-above" energy plan that includes oil, natural gas, coal, hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and nuclear energy. "
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I am working to increase and diversify our sources of "Made-in-America" energy on a sustainable, long term basis. Montana's resources will be a major piece in the energy independence puzzle for our country. By combining these incredible natural resources with the breakthrough research occurring in our state's universities and high tech companies, Montana will be America's energy producer. We have both the ingenuity and innovative, skilled workforce to attain energy independence and protect our environment. "
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I am working to increase and diversify our sources of "Made-in-America" energy on a sustainable, long term basis. Montana's resources will be a major piece in the energy independence puzzle for our country. By combining these incredible natural resources with the breakthrough research occurring in our state's universities and high tech companies, Montana will be America's energy producer. We have both the ingenuity and innovative, skilled workforce to attain energy independence and protect our environment. "
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I am working to increse and diversify our sources of "Made-in-America" energy on a sustainable, long term basis. Montana's resurces will be a major piece in the energy independence puzzle for our country. By combining these incredible natural resources with the breakthrough research occuring in our state's universities and high tech companies, Montana will be America's energy producer. We have both the ingenuity and innovative, skilled workforce to attain energy independence and protect our environment."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I am working to increse and diversify our sources of "Made-in-America" energy on a sustainable, long term basis. Montana's resurces will be a major piece in the energy independence puzzle for our country. By combining these incredible natural resources with the breakthrough research occuring in our state's universities and high tech companies, Montana will be America's energy producer. We have both the ingenuity and innovative, skilled workforce to attain energy independence and protect our environment."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am strongly opposed to any form of cap and trade legislation because it would have a devastating effect on Montana's economy. While traditional energy sources remain an integral part of our energy supply, I support the comprehensive use of our vast energy resources. To achieve true energy independence, America needs to pursue an "all-of-the-above" energy plan that includes oil, natural gas, coal, hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and nuclear energy. "
  • Dennis Rehberg. House Passes Rehberg Bill to Rein in EPA Overreach. 7 April 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today praised the House of Representatives for passing legislation he sponsored with Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases -- including carbon dioxide, a byproduct of human breathing -- as a dangerous pollutant. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to vote to restrict this EPA power grab. 'I promised Montanans I'd fight to undo the damage the Senate did yesterday,' said Rehberg, a member of the Congressional Western Caucus. 'This isn't a battle of left versus right, but of rural versus urban. States like New York and California want to handicap energy-producing states like Montana with a job-killing energy tax designed to increase prices. Even as our economy continues to struggle, a policy to raise energy prices doesn't make sense anywhere but in Washington, D.C. High prices tipped our economy into recession, and a new energy tax will hamper our economic recovery.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Op-Ed: Cap & Tax Is Not A Prescription for Economic Health. 2 July 2009. "When the economy is sick, the worst thing government can do is drive up the cost of doing business and eliminate existing jobs. Yet, that's exactly what the new cap and tax energy policy will do. Its intended purpose is to drive consumer prices up by raising taxes. Eventually, expensive alternatives will look good in comparison and traditional energy producers will go bankrupt [¦] What House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the architect of cap and tax, didn't explain was that even if cap and tax does exactly what it's meant to do, it still would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than a thousandth of a percent [¦] The cap and tax policy the House passed in late June amounts to amputating an economic limb to cure an environmental hangnail. While the benefit is negligible, the economic cost of this amputation is severe - and it hits Montanans particularly hard [¦] This legislation means higher energy bills for Montana families and higher operating costs and fewer jobs for our small businesses [¦] Montana needs jobs, not social engineering from Washington, D.C. that puts the interests of San Franciscans over the livelihoods of Montanans. We need an all-of-the-above energy solution that drives the economy and that really does work for everyone." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Bill Rolls Back Massive EPA Power Grab. 21 January 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has cosponsored a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing a change to its definition of 'air pollution' in the Clean Air Act to include greenhouse gasses. [¦] 'This decision means the federal government now has the authority to regulate everything from carbon dioxide to water vapor,' said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 'Every breath we take, every word we utter is now subject to EPA regulations. The American people need room to breathe so I've sponsored HR 391 to do just that. I hope my colleagues will join me because the hot air that comes out of the U.S. House would qualify us as a superfund site.' [¦] H.R. 391 would actively exclude carbon dioxide, water vapor and other so-called greenhouse gasses from the definition of the term "air pollutant" in the Clean Air Act." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Expresses Surprise, Disappointment in Senate Vote to Give EPA Free Rein. 7 April 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement after the Senate voted down a measure that would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing any regulation of so-called 'greenhouse gas' emissions. [¦] 'A vote for the McConnell amendment was a vote to protect jobs and stop a new energy tax on ag producers and small business owners. A vote against the McConnell amendment was a vote to raise taxes and further hamstring our economy. It's just that simple. High energy prices tipped our economy into recession and the high energy prices caused by this vote will hamper economic recovery. It's a real head-scratcher how any Senator from an agriculture and energy producing state like Montana could vote to let unelected bureaucrats raise the price of fertilizer and energy on Montanans. I'm going to work as hard as I can in the House to try and undo this damage.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. The Long View On Job Creation. 21 January 2010. "Mr. REHBERG. Mr. Speaker, while efforts to tax energy production have failed because of overwhelming public opposition, the Environmental Protection Agency quietly perpetrated one of the largest power grabs ever. A little-noticed decision last year expanded the definition of "air pollutant'' in the Clean Air Act to include greenhouse gases. This means the Federal Government now has the authority to regulate everything from carbon dioxide to water vapor. As a result, every living person is now a source of pollution from exhaling CO 2 and water vapor. Every breath you take, every word you utter is now subject to EPA regulations. The American people need room to breathe; so I have sponsored H.R. 391 to do just that. I hope my colleagues will join me because the hot air that comes out of this Chamber would qualify us as a Superfund site." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Expresses Surprise, Disappointment in Senate Vote to Give EPA Free Rein. 7 April 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement after the Senate voted down a measure that would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing any regulation of so-called "greenhouse gas" emissions. [¦] "A vote for the McConnell amendment was a vote to protect jobs and stop a new energy tax on ag producers and small business owners. A vote against the McConnell amendment was a vote to raise taxes and further hamstring our economy. It's just that simple. High energy prices tipped our economy into recession and the high energy prices caused by this vote will hamper economic recovery. It's a real head-scratcher how any Senator from an agriculture and energy producing state like Montana could vote to let unelected bureaucrats raise the price of fertilizer and energy on Montanans. I'm going to work as hard as I can in the House to try and undo this damage."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Bill Rolls Back Massive EPA Power Grab. 21 January 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has cosponsored a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing a change to its definition of "air pollution" in the Clean Air Act to include greenhouse gasses. [¦] "This decision means the federal government now has the authority to regulate everything from carbon dioxide to water vapor," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Every breath we take, every word we utter is now subject to EPA regulations. The American people need room to breathe so I've sponsored HR 391 to do just that. I hope my colleagues will join me because the hot air that comes out of the U.S. House would qualify us as a superfund site." [¦] H.R. 391 would actively exclude carbon dioxide, water vapor and other so-called greenhouse gasses from the definition of the term "air pollutant" in the Clean Air Act." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Op-Ed: Cap & Tax Is Not A Prescription for Economic Health. 2 July 2009. "When the economy is sick, the worst thing government can do is drive up the cost of doing business and eliminate existing jobs. Yet, that's exactly what the new cap and tax energy policy will do. Its intended purpose is to drive consumer prices up by raising taxes. Eventually, expensive alternatives will look good in comparison and traditional energy producers will go bankrupt. [¦] What House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the architect of cap and tax, didn't explain was that even if cap and tax does exactly what it's meant to do, it still would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than a thousandth of a percent. [¦] The cap and tax policy the House passed in late June amounts to amputating an economic limb to cure an environmental hangnail. While the benefit is negligible, the economic cost of this amputation is severe - and it hits Montanans particularly hard. [¦] This legislation means higher energy bills for Montana families and higher operating costs and fewer jobs for our small businesses. [¦] Montana needs jobs, not social engineering from Washington, D.C. that puts the interests of San Franciscans over the livelihoods of Montanans. We need an all-of-the-above energy solution that drives the economy and that really does work for everyone." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. House Passes Rehberg Bill to Rein in EPA Overreach. 7 April 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today praised the House of Representatives for passing legislation he sponsored with Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases -- including carbon dioxide, a byproduct of human breathing -- as a dangerous pollutant. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to vote to restrict this EPA power grab. "I promised Montanans I'd fight to undo the damage the Senate did yesterday," said Rehberg, a member of the Congressional Western Caucus. "This isn't a battle of left versus right, but of rural versus urban. States like New York and California want to handicap energy-producing states like Montana with a job-killing energy tax designed to increase prices. Even as our economy continues to struggle, a policy to raise energy prices doesn't make sense anywhere but in Washington, D.C. High prices tipped our economy into recession, and a new energy tax will hamper our economic recovery."" (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The Second Amendment is clear. It guarantees the individual citizen the right to keep and bear arms. The government should not infringe upon this right of the people in any way."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The Second Amendment is clear. It guarantees the individual citizen the right to keep and bear arms. The government should not infringe upon this right of the people in any way."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The Second Amendment is clear. It guarantees the individual citizen the right to keep and bear arms. The government should not infringe upon this right of the people in any way."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The Second Amendment is clear. It guarantees the individual citizen the right to keep and bear arms. The government should not infringe upon this right of the people in any way."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Denny Rehberg a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Denny Rehberg in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Denny Rehberg in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Legislation to Allow Import of Legal M1 Semi-Automatic Rifles. 10 February 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, sponsored legislation to compel the State Department to allow the importation of 857,470 lawful M1 semi-automatic rifles into the United States. The rifles were relics from the Korean War, which are being sold by South Korea in an effort to raise money for its military. These rifles would be made available to the public as well as to museums and historical societies. 'Whether it's importing legal rifles or blaming legal firearms sales for the violence of Mexican drug criminals, this State Department has appointed itself as the spearhead of regulatory gun control in America,' said Rehberg, a member of the Second Amendment Task Force. 'Americans should not apologize for our freedom. We shouldn't feel bad for insisting that our government respects our rights. And we absolutely should not be allowing the Administration to restrict the importation of legal guns on the whim of an anti-gun bureaucracy.' In its decision to block the importation of these rifles, the State Department claimed that the M1's 'could potentially be exploited... for illicit purposes.' Possession of these firearms by Americans is lawful, and purchasers would have to be approved through the National Instant Check System used for all domestic firearms purchases." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sets Sights on Protecting Gun Rights. 18 March 2009. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to officially disavow the gun control licensing and registration scheme proposed by the 'Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009,' sponsored by Representative Bobby Rush. The Rush bill contains sweeping gun control measures such as universal background checks, a federal firearm licensing requirement and the creation of a federal database to track firearm purchases. 'When it comes to gun control Montanans don't mince words; you can't have our guns so don't even think about trying to take them,' said Rehberg a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. 'This bill keeps us on the offense which is where we need to be now that extremist gun control advocates are in positions of power in Washington, D.C. If we let up for even a second, they will take full advantage and undermine our Second Amendment rights.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Measure to Protect Second Amendment Rights for Vets Clears House of Representatives. 11 October 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today praised the House for passing his Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act as a part of a larger piece of vets-related legislation. Rehberg's bill, which was included in H.R.2349, protects veterans gun rights unless they are determined to be a danger to themselves or others by a judicial authority. 'This vote marks a significant legislative victory for America's vets,' said Rehberg, a member of the Congressional Military Families Caucus. 'I hope the Senate will quickly pass this bill so we can get this to the President as soon as possible for his signature. This issue is too important for political delays and partisan games.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Letter Gets Results: Administration Rejects Gun Control Measure. 9 February 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement after The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) formally delayed a request by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to implement new gun control regulations through 'emergency' rulemaking procedures. [...] 'This is a win for the preservation of our Second Amendment Rights, and I'm glad the White House decided to delay the ruling in order to consider public comments. Gun control advocates always want to blame guns for crime and violence even though the facts just don't bear that out. Cities with the strongest gun control laws have among the highest violent crime rates. The White House did the right thing in heeding my letter, and Montanans can be confident that I'll continue to beat back any attempt to expand gun control through the regulatory process. I believe that only Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, should have the power to implement these types of requirements. And I think that when the White House reads the comments submitted by firearms dealers, owners and other impacted parties, they will see that this regulation would be an onerous burden on small businesses and gun owners.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Fights for Gun Owners. 24 January 2008. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week helped lead the effort to get members of Congress to sign onto an amicus brief in a case raising the question of whether the District of Columbia's gun ban violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The brief will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. 'This is one of the most important Second Amendment cases of our lifetime,' said Rehberg, a House Appropriations Committee member, and a member of the Second Amendment Caucus. 'The court's decision in this matter will directly impact how our Constitutional right to bear arms will be viewed in the future. As Montana's Congressman, I believe it's my responsibility to weigh-in on this important case and stand up for Montana's gun owners.' [¦] 'From hunting to protecting our families and property, the right to keep and bear arms is a part of America's heritage,' Rehberg said. 'I'm helping to lead the charge on the brief and will continue the fight to defend our Second Amendment rights."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Gun Rights. 15 June 2010. "Mr. Speaker, too many people in Washington, D.C. are under the dangerous impression that the Second Amendment is obsolete and unnecessary. If they had their way, only criminals and agents of the State would be armed, while law-abiding Americans would be at their mercy. While we can stop gun control in Congress, progressives and Washington, D.C. bureaucrats will use every tactic at their disposal to disarm the American public, including banning firearms on public lands. That is why I have sponsored the Firearms Freedom on Federal Lands Act with Representatives Rob Bishop and Paul Broun. This legislation creates a statutory protection of gun rights, preventing land management agencies from restricting firearms on public lands, as they have done in the past. The NRA has endorsed this measure, and I hope my colleagues will follow their lead and cosponsor this legislation." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I voted against the government run trillion-dollar health care bill because it failed to adequately address the issue of costs. "
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I voted against the government run trillion-dollar health care bill because it failed to adequately address the issue of costs. "
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Secretary Sebelius. 25 August 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius following her visit to Montana to discuss the health care legislation that was signed into law earlier this year. Polls at the time of passage indicated that Montanans strongly opposed the measure, and recent reports indicate that time has not improved the bill's popularity. Rehberg has sponsored legislation to repeal the bill. [¦] 'Americans still need health care reform that addresses costs and access, and unfortunately, the bill that passed addresses neither for rural states like Montana. At this point, the easiest solution is to start from scratch [¦] Unfortunately, the unpopularity of Obamacare is only a symptom of the serious deficiencies in the bill itself,' said Rehberg. 'Far from fixing the problems we face, this job-killing bill makes things worse by hamstringing the economy and targeting small businesses for increased regulation and expenses.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Bills to Repeal & Repeal-Replace Obamacare. 1 July 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, responding to overwhelming public outcry has cosponsored H.R. 4972 which would repeal the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," and H.R. 5424 which would repeal the bill and replace it with the Republican alternative that he supported when the health care bill passed in the House. [¦] 'The bill we've got now is so bad, even its supporters are holding their noses, promising it's just a first step toward some future reform that allegedly would lower costs and increase access. Well, it's a trillion dollar step in the wrong direction and one we can correct right now [¦] The alternative I voted for included true cost savings measures. Real lawsuit reform that would help end the wasteful practice of defensive medicine. Allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines, giving patients more options and lower costs. Letting small businesses and associations pool their health care just like the mega-corporations and the government do now.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement on 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional. 12 August 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement on the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared the individual mandate to purchase health insurance in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. 'It's no surprise another court found President Obama's Health Care Law unconstitutional. It was the wrong approach to health care reform and wrong for the American people, and it apparently violates the Constitution [¦] As Chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, I have pushed to defund this bill, and the majority of my House colleagues agreed. Now the courts are telling us that the millions of dollars being spent today on implementing Obamacare may be money down the drain. That's why I will not fund any aspects of Obamacare through the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill until the United States Supreme Court issues a ruling on the law. Enough is enough. We can no longer continue to dump taxpayer dollars into a flawed program."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the enactment of Obamacare. [¦] 'While undoubtedly well intentioned, Obamacare is simply unworkable, unconstitutional, and if left on the books will irreparably damage America's health care system and economy. Yet while the problems caused by Obamacare get a lot of attention, it's easy to forget that the law also prevents us from pursuing badly needed solutions. We desperately need common-sense reform to lower health care costs and increase access for Montana families. Things like lawsuit reform to reduce the practice of defensive medicine, letting health insurance companies sell policies across state lines and allowing small businesses to pool their resources just like huge corporations would all reduce costs and improve access. But as long as Obamacare is on the books, these important sparks can never ignite.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court confirmed that the President's health care law imposes the single largest permanent tax increase in history. Worse, nearly half of this regressive tax will hit the struggling middle class. Add more than 13,000 pages of new health care regulations, so far, and it's easy to see why President Obama's economy doesn't creates jobs. It's too busy creating government. We need a new direction, but at every step the Senate stands in the way. The solution? Repeal this harmful law so we can get to work putting America back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Stafford. Philipsburg Mail: Senate hopeful opposes new regs. 16 August 2012. "And according to Rehberg, the Affordable Care Act passed in 2009 and more colloquially known as Obamacare, will additionally hurt small businesses and employees. He told the Mail that if the penalty for dropping an employee from a healthcare program were less that the cost of keeping them on he believes the businesses would drop them and let the government pick up the tab. He also noted that he believes the new system will increase the cost of healthcare and said he has led the effort to defund the program. 'Every small business in Philipsburg is going to have to pay a higher cost if they provide heath insurance for all their employees,' he said."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the enactment of Obamacare. [¦] "While undoubtedly well intentioned, Obamacare is simply unworkable, unconstitutional, and if left on the books will irreparably damage America's health care system and economy. Yet while the problems caused by Obamacare get a lot of attention, it's easy to forget that the law also prevents us from pursuing badly needed solutions. We desperately need common-sense reform to lower health care costs and increase access for Montana families. Things like lawsuit reform to reduce the practice of defensive medicine, letting health insurance companies sell policies across state lines and allowing small businesses to pool their resources just like huge corporations would all reduce costs and improve access. But as long as Obamacare is on the books, these important sparks can never ignite."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Statement on 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional. 12 August 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement on the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared the individual mandate to purchase health insurance in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. "It's no surprise another court found President Obama's Health Care Law unconstitutional. It was the wrong approach to health care reform and wrong for the American people, and it apparently violates the Constitution. [¦] "As Chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, I have pushed to defund this bill, and the majority of my House colleagues agreed. Now the courts are telling us that the millions of dollars being spent today on implementing Obamacare may be money down the drain. That's why I will not fund any aspects of Obamacare through the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill until the United States Supreme Court issues a ruling on the law. Enough is enough. We can no longer continue to dump taxpayer dollars into a flawed program."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Sponsors Bills to Repeal & Repeal-Replace Obamacare. 1 July 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, responding to overwhelming public outcry has cosponsored H.R. 4972 which would repeal the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," and H.R. 5424 which would repeal the bill and replace it with the Republican alternative that he supported when the health care bill passed in the House. [¦] "The bill we've got now is so bad, even its supporters are holding their noses, promising it's just a first step toward some future reform that allegedly would lower costs and increase access. Well, it's a trillion dollar step in the wrong direction and one we can correct right now." [¦] "The alternative I voted for included true cost savings measures. Real lawsuit reform that would help end the wasteful practice of defensive medicine. Allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines, giving patients more options and lower costs. Letting small businesses and associations pool their health care just like the mega-corporations and the government do now. [¦]" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Secretary Sebelius. 25 August 2010. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius following her visit to Montana to discuss the health care legislation that was signed into law earlier this year. Polls at the time of passage indicated that Montanans strongly opposed the measure, and recent reports indicate that time has not improved the bill's popularity. Rehberg has sponsored legislation to repeal the bill. [¦] "Americans still need health care reform that addresses costs and access, and unfortunately, the bill that passed addresses neither for rural states like Montana. At this point, the easiest solution is to start from scratch." [¦] "Unfortunately, the unpopularity of Obamacare is only a symptom of the serious deficiencies in the bill itself," said Rehberg. "Far from fixing the problems we face, this job-killing bill makes things worse by hamstringing the economy and targeting small businesses for increased regulation and expenses."" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. 13 October 2011. "As Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee, I have denied funding for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight as well as implementation of the broader Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) until legal challenges are complete. It is irresponsible for the Department to move forward with a policy that has such a negative impact on individual privacy rights under any circumstances, let alone in light of an incomplete Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriations process." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. "
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. If an illegal immigrant wants to become an American citizen, they need to leave the country and apply on the other side of the border."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. If an illegal immigrant wants to become an American citizen, they need to leave the country and apply on the other side of the border."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Issue Position: Immigration. 19 January 2012. "I am concerned about the potential harm illegal immigration poses to our economy and our security. I believe it's important to be clear that illegal immigration, not legal immigration, is the problem. From the time America was founded we've been a nation of immigrants. Unfortunately, there are almost 12 million people residing in the U.S. today that are doing so illegally, and every state is hurt by illegal immigration. Illegal immigration undermines our economy. From education to healthcare to increased incarceration, illegal immigration costs the Federal Treasury $45 billion annually - costs that are subsidized by honest taxpayers in each and every state [¦] I oppose granting amnesty to those who are here illegally. I oppose any action that rewards a violation of law with citizenship to our great nation. It's an insult to the millions of legal immigrants that work hard and play by the rules." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Calls for Tough Action on Illegal Immigration. 28 November 2005. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is predicting the House of Representatives will pass a major immigration reform bill before the first of the year to deal with the nation's growing illegal immigration population. [¦] 'We're working in the House right now on a plan that will increase the resources on the border, crack down on those who employ illegal aliens, and make sure that people in this country illegally are caught, and deported. It's time to get tough,' said Rehberg." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Opposes Bush-Kennedy Immigration Legislation. 23 May 2007. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, released the following statement today regarding immigration legislation, introduced in the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) and backed by President Bush, which would give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants: 'This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate that purportedly would implement comprehensive immigration reform. After a closer look, it's apparent the only thing comprehensive about this legislation is its complete failure to secure our borders. Over the last year, Congress has continually promised the American people that it would stop the flood of illegal immigrants crossing our nation's borders, and make the millions who are already living and working illegally in the U.S. face the consequences of their actions. However, many of the new laws have yet to be fully implemented and the proposals being discussed in the Senate amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for these lawbreakers. [¦] This legislation is just bad policy. Montanans, and Americans, have said they want real enforcement and they want immigrants entering our county to enter legally, without cutting corners. An immigrant's first act in America shouldn't be an illegal one. I oppose this legislation and I'll work to find a sensible solution here in the House.' A few points on why the Bush-Kennedy immigration legislation is bad for America and bad for Montana: The Senate bill allows immediate amnesty for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Urges Crackdown on Illegal Immigration. 21 March 2007. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week is urging President Bush and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to crack down on the employment of illegal immigrants and to oppose legislation supporting amnesty. 'Employers are not being held accountable for the hiring of illegal aliens and we haven't done enough to deal with the illegals that are already in our country,' said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 'Meanwhile, we continue to allow people, whose first act is to come into America illegally, to take advantage of our tax-payer funded social services intended for American citizens. I'm urging both the President and Speaker Pelosi to act now on this issue [¦] It's time to get tough on illegal immigration and it's time to do it now,' said Rehberg." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Denny Rehberg in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Denny Rehberg in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Urges Crackdown on Illegal Immigration. 21 March 2007. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, this week is urging President Bush and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to crack down on the employment of illegal immigrants and to oppose legislation supporting amnesty. "Employers are not being held accountable for the hiring of illegal aliens and we haven't done enough to deal with the illegals that are already in our country," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Meanwhile, we continue to allow people, whose first act is to come into America illegally, to take advantage of our tax-payer funded social services intended for American citizens. I'm urging both the President and Speaker Pelosi to act now on this issue." [¦] "It's time to get tough on illegal immigration and it's time to do it now," said Rehberg." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Opposes Bush-Kennedy Immigration Legislation. 23 May 2007. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, released the following statement today regarding immigration legislation, introduced in the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) and backed by President Bush, which would give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants: "This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate that purportedly would implement comprehensive immigration reform. After a closer look, it's apparent the only thing comprehensive about this legislation is its complete failure to secure our borders. Over the last year, Congress has continually promised the American people that it would stop the flood of illegal immigrants crossing our nation's borders, and make the millions who are already living and working illegally in the U.S. face the consequences of their actions. However, many of the new laws have yet to be fully implemented and the proposals being discussed in the Senate amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for these lawbreakers. [¦] This legislation is just bad policy. Montanans, and Americans, have said they want real enforcement and they want immigrants entering our county to enter legally, without cutting corners. An immigrant's first act in America shouldn't be an illegal one. I oppose this legislation and I'll work to find a sensible solution here in the House." A few points on why the Bush-Kennedy immigration legislation is bad for America and bad for Montana: The Senate bill allows immediate amnesty for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Calls for Tough Action on Illegal Immigration. 28 November 2005. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is predicting the House of Representatives will pass a major immigration reform bill before the first of the year to deal with the nation's growing illegal immigration population. [¦] "We're working in the House right now on a plan that will increase the resources on the border, crack down on those who employ illegal aliens, and make sure that people in this country illegally are caught, and deported. It's time to get tough," said Rehberg." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Issue Position: Immigration. 19 January 2012. "I am concerned about the potential harm illegal immigration poses to our economy and our security. I believe it's important to be clear that illegal immigration, not legal immigration, is the problem. From the time America was founded we've been a nation of immigrants. Unfortunately, there are almost 12 million people residing in the U.S. today that are doing so illegally, and every state is hurt by illegal immigration. Illegal immigration undermines our economy. From education to healthcare to increased incarceration, illegal immigration costs the Federal Treasury $45 billion annually - costs that are subsidized by honest taxpayers in each and every state. [¦] I oppose granting amnesty to those who are here illegally. I oppose any action that rewards a violation of law with citizenship to our great nation. It's an insult to the millions of legal immigrants that work hard and play by the rules." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I BELIEVE IN FULL DISCLOSURE OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I believe in full disclosure of all contributions."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Allison Farrell. Helena IR: Rehberg backs amendment banning same-sex marriage. 16 March 2004. "President Bush's proposed constitutional amendment seeking a ban on gay marriage likely won't gain enough support to pass Congress, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., said Monday, but Montana's congressman said he supports the measure [¦] 'I morally, spiritually and philosophically believe the foundation of our country is based on the marriage of a husband and a wife - a man and a woman.'" (helenair.com)
  • Denny Rehberg. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Denny Rehberg voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Denny Rehberg. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Denny Rehberg voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 18 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Family Research Council Lauds Rehberg for "Extraordinary Integrity and Character." 22 October 2003. "The Family Research Council (FRC) today presented Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), with its annual 'True Blue' Award. Rehberg earned a perfect score on the group's comprehensive rating of Congress in 2003 on 'issues of importance to the American family.' [¦] The True Blue Award is presented by the Family research Council to Members of Congress who demonstrate extraordinary integrity and character in their defense of the family and the sanctity of human life through their votes on the floor of the House of Representatives. Congressman Rehberg achieved a perfect voting record on 13 crucial bills during the first session of the 108th Congress identified by FRC for their importance to the American Family. 'I am honored to receive this important recognition of my commitment to the American family,' Rehberg said." (rehberg.house.gov)
  • Allison Farrell. Helena IR: Rehberg backs amendment banning same-sex marriage. 16 March 2004. "President Bush's proposed constitutional amendment seeking a ban on gay marriage likely won't gain enough support to pass Congress, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., said Monday, but Montana's congressman said he supports the measure. [¦] 'I morally, spiritually and philosophically believe the foundation of our country is based on the marriage of a husband and a wife - a man and a woman.'" (helenair.com)

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  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "First and foremost, we must ensure that our troops in the field are receiving the funding they need to to do their job and return home safely. Having noted that, reports I have seen as a member of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee dealing with corruption and misuse of U.S. taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan deeply concern me."

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  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Support a lockbox measure for Social Security and Medicare, period."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Support a lockbox measure for Social Security and Medicare, period."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Denny Rehberg. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Dennis Rehberg. Issue Position: Retirement Issues. 1 January 2012. "It is essential that we meet our obligations not only to America's senior citizens, but also to tomorrow's generation of retirees. Seniors have paid into the Social Security system their entire lives. We must honor our promise to them, while retaining that promise for the future [¦] I am committed to preserving the benefits that seniors in America have counted on their whole lives, and preserving these benefits into the future." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Op-Ed: Rehberg Opinion: When It Comes to Spending, Don't Ignore the Tip of the Iceberg. 9 April 2010. "By avoiding the icebergs that we can see, we can start navigating out of the dangerous waters completely. That means a serious conversation about entitlement reform. Two out of every three dollars the federal government spends are on entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. This year, Social Security will pay out more than it takes in. Entitlements are a time bomb that needs to be defused." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Votes to Cut, Cap and Balance. 19 July 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today voted in favor of the Cut, Cap and Balance bill. The legislation would reduce spending by $111 billion in 2012 and around $5.8 trillion over ten years [¦] "Cut, Cap and Balance provides a framework to restore some fiscal sanity in our country, while at the same time protecting funding for Social Security, Medicare and veterans. Within this framework, I'll continue to fight for funding priorities that work for Montana and make government more efficient and accountable. And I will also continue to protect Social Security and Medicare." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Denny Rehberg supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg Votes to Cut, Cap and Balance. 19 July 2011. "Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today voted in favor of the Cut, Cap and Balance bill. The legislation would reduce spending by $111 billion in 2012 and around $5.8 trillion over ten years. [¦] "Cut, Cap and Balance provides a framework to restore some fiscal sanity in our country, while at the same time protecting funding for Social Security, Medicare and veterans. Within this framework, I'll continue to fight for funding priorities that work for Montana and make government more efficient and accountable. And I will also continue to protect Social Security and Medicare." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Op-Ed: Rehberg Opinion: When It Comes to Spending, Don't Ignore the Tip of the Iceberg. 9 April 2010. "By avoiding the icebergs that we can see, we can start navigating out of the dangerous waters completely. That means a serious conversation about entitlement reform. Two out of every three dollars the federal government spends are on entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. This year, Social Security will pay out more than it takes in. Entitlements are a time bomb that needs to be defused. [¦]." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Rehberg. Issue Position: Retirement Issues. 19 January 2012. "It is essential that we meet our obligations not only to America's senior citizens, but also to tomorrow's generation of retirees. Seniors have paid into the Social Security system their entire lives. We must honor our promise to them, while retaining that promise for the future. [¦] I am committed to preserving the benefits that seniors in America have counted on their whole lives, and preserving these benefits into the future." (www.votesmart.org)

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Montana Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I am opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
1) Intelligence operations
2) Military hardware
3) National missile defense
4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
6) Research and development of new weapons
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Medical research
i) Scientific research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoInferred Answer 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations
6) Other or expanded principles

I voted against President Obama's so-called stimulus package because I strongly believe it was a waste of taxpayer dollars. That's why I was not surprised when it was revealed that only 12 cents of every dollar spent went to something that could be perceived as stimulative. It succeeded in expanding government bureaucracy--not in creating the private sector jobs needed to pull our country out of this recession.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support minimal government interference in the private sector.

a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

I believe in full and complete disclosure of all contributions.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations
b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

Decisions about education largely need to be made at the state and local levels, not in Washington, D.C. As a member of the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing expenditures on education, I will continue to fight for greater state and local control of our youth's education.

NoInferred Answer a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations
b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I am strongly opposed to any form of cap and trade legislation because it would have a devastating effect on Montana's economy. While traditional energy sources remain an integral part of our energy supply, I support the comprehensive use of our vast energy resources. To achieve true energy independence, America needs to pursue an "all-of-the-above" energy plan that includes oil, natural gas, coal, hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and nuclear energy.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

The Second Amendment is clear. It guarantees the individual citizen the right to keep and bear arms. The government should not infringe upon this right of the people in any way.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I voted against the government run trillion-dollar health care bill because it failed to adequately address the issue of costs.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. If an illegal immigrant wants to become an American citizen, they need to leave the country and apply on the other side of the border.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Noh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

First and foremost, we must ensure that our troops in the field are receiving the funding they need to to do their job and return home safely. Having noted that, reports I have seen as a member of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee dealing with corruption and misuse of U.S. taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan deeply concern me.

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Job Creation - It is imperative we jump start the economy. I support eliminating capital gains taxes on investments, removing the death tax and temporarily suspending the payroll tax to get the economy back on track.

Fiscal Restraint - Current government spending is unsustainable. I will continue to pursue a Balanced Budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Government Transparency - Crafting massive spending bills behind closed doors in the dead of night is dead wrong. Americans deserve an open and accessible government, which is why I continue to visit each of Montana's 56 counties every congressional term.