Where Does Dennis Rehberg Really Stand On Port Sale? Rehberg Claims He's For Oversight, But He Votes Against It
BillingsMonica Lindeen, Democratic Congressional Candidate, said today that she wondered where Dennis Rehberg really stood with regard to the sale of US Ports to Dubai Ports World, a United Arab Emirates owned company.
"On the 23rd of February, in a letter to the Helena Independent Record, Dennis Rehberg said he was considering introducing legislation giving Congress authority to approve or reject transactions like these,'" Lindeen said. "But yesterday, when he had the opportunity to vote for exactly that, he followed his party leadership, again, denying Congress the opportunity to actually vote up or down on the sale of the ports."
Lindeen said that Rehberg voted to block consideration of legislation that would require a 45-day security review and congressional approval of the takeover of operations at six U.S. ports by a company owned by the government of Dubai, a country with known ties to 9/11 hijackers, terrorist financing, and smuggling of nuclear material to Iran. [H RES 702, 3/2/06, Vote #2] His vote to prohibit consideration of the Dubai takeover review undermines his claims to put security ahead of partisanship.
"It would be nice to know where Dennis Rehberg really stands," Lindeen says. "In his letter to the editor, he said his office had been flooded with calls about this issue," Lindeen said, "but obviously, when it really matterswhen he votes in Washingtonhe turns his back on concerned Montanans.