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Lindeen Announces Bid For U.S. House

Location: Billings, MT

June 22, 2005
Contact: Neal Ullman, 406-254-2006

Lindeen Announces Bid For U.S. House

Huntley Legislator To Focus On Quality Health Care, Good Jobs, Better Education

(BILLINGS) - Saying she'll fight for better access to health care, higher-paying jobs, and a worldclass education system, Huntley small businesswoman and legislator Monica Lindeen today launched her campaign to unseat Rep. Dennis Rehberg in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I'm running because as a businesswoman and legislative leader, I know how to work together to get things done," Lindeen said today at Montana State University - Billings, where in 1992 she became the first in her family to get a college degree. "I'll fight for better access to healthcare, higher-paying jobs, and a world-class education for our kids."

Lindeen -- known in the legislature as someone who reaches across party lines to get things done -- is an expert on the state budget, economic development, and education funding. Her accomplishments in Helena include creating a workforce training program, which in its first year has helped train more than 400 workers for new good-paying jobs in Billings, Butte, Livingston and Helena. She helped build an economic development trust fund, and passed policies that will help working families, grow Montana businesses, and create more high-paying jobs in the state.

In the 2005 legislative session, Lindeen helped pass bills to provide prescription drug coverage to seniors, help small businesses provide health insurance for employees, and boost funding for education.

Lindeen pointed to the recent legislative session as an example of lawmakers setting aside partisan differences to get things done.

"Unfortunately, this is not what is happening back in Washington-it is just the opposite," Lindeen said. "And, Montana families are suffering the consequences."

Lindeen said, as an example, the current budget before the Congress creates devastating cuts in veterans' services. She noted Rehberg was the deciding vote against restoring veterans' health care
benefits. [HR 2528, Roll Call #224, 5/26/05]

"Dennis Rehberg wasn't there for the health care of our veterans. He voted against that important funding," Lindeen said. "I will be there for the health care of our veterans. They deserve it."


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