Rick Hill: “He’s Been Fighting Against Women’s Health Issues for Years”

Assertion Comes as Montanans Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

Helena, Mont. – While running for governor, former insurance executive and member of the U.S. House of Representatives Rick Hill has stated that he wants to “move Montana forward” (1). But, throughout his career as a congressman, insurance company executive, and candidate for governor, Hill has led the charge against moving women’s health issues forward. And, Montana Democrats are calling attention to this important issue while folks all across Big Sky Country celebrate National Women’s Health Week.

 

“Congressman Hill has led an assault on women’s health issues throughout his career as a congressman, insurance company executive, and as a candidate for Governor of our state,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick. “He supports letting insurance companies discriminate against women, has a history of publicly criticizing single women who are unable to have children because of health issues, and women’s health insurance rates skyrocketed while he was serving as an executive for the company. Montanans deserve better than Rick Hill as our next Governor.”

 

Examples of Congressman Hill’s Assault on Women’s Health Issues Include:

 

  • Supports Letting Insurance Companies Discriminate Against Women: While campaigning for governor in 2012, Rick Hill has touted his support for repealing Montana’s “unisex” insurance law, which makes it illegal for insurance companies to consider gender when evaluating the risk of policy holders (2).

 

  • Publicly Criticized Opponent for Being a Single Woman and Unable to Have Kids: While running for re-election in 1999, Congressman Hill said that Nancy Keenan was not fit to be Montana’s lone U.S. Representative because she did not have children (3). He also alleged that Keenan could not appreciate the intensity of the shooting at Columbine High School because she wasn’t a mother (4). Keenan rebutted by saying she “wanted to have children,” but was unable to because of a hysterectomy. She also noted that “nothing is more devastating when a doctor walks into the room and says you’ll never have children” (5).

 

  • Health Premiums Skyrocketed While Hill Was Insurance Company Executive: While serving as a health insurance executive, the company he worked for increased rates by as much 35 percent (6).

 

“We need to make certain that the voters across Montana know that when it comes to Rick Hill, he’s been fighting against women’s health issues for years,” said Dick.

 

Check the Facts (Sources):

1. YouTube. “Rick Hill: Moving Montana Forward.” February 23, 2012. Hyperlink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMKQMrjP3L4.

2. Associated Press. “GOP Candidates Embrace Insurance Industry Bills.” April 19, 2012. Hyperlink: http://www.abcmontana.com/news/state/148174715.html

3. Roll Call. “Rep. Hill Blasts Challenger’s ‘Lifestyle.’” May 14, 1999. No Hyperlink Available.

4. Associated Press. “Hill Says Keenan’s Lifestyle Means She Can’t Feel Intensity of Columbine,” June 2, 1999. No Hyperlink Available.

5. Great Falls Tribune. “Hill Unleashes First Campaign Volley.” May 25, 1999. No Hyperlink Available.

6. Associated Press. “Insure Montana May Cut Benefits to Reduce Premium Increases.” October 23, 2007. No Hyperlink Available.

 

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Rehberg Launches New TV Ad, “Bologna”

For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2012
Contact:
Chris Bond, 406-852-3113
cbond@dennyrehberg.com

Rehberg Launches New TV Ad, “Bologna”
Ad Features Montanans, Highlights Tester’s Hypocrisy & Pro-Obama Voting Record

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released a new television ad, “Bologna.”

The ad features Montanans sharing their thoughts about Senator Jon Tester’s harmful, hypocritical record of saying one thing in Montana, then doing the opposite in Washington, DC — and his dishonest, hypocritical attacks that are designed to distract Montanans from that out-of-touch record.

Despite his efforts to appear independent as he seeks re-election, reports show that Tester sides with President Obama’s costly, unpopular agenda 95 percent of the time in Washington.

“Senator Tester loves to talk about how Montana sends him to Washington with a suitcase full of good Montana beef — but what Tester brings back to Montana is a record of bad hypocrisy and 95 percent support for the Obama agenda,” said Rehberg spokesman Chris Bond. “Between his hypocritical, liberal record and his dishonest attacks, Tester is bringing a whole lot of Washington bologna back to Montana, and folks here aren’t going to tolerate it.”

Click here or on the screenshot below to view Denny’s new ad, which will begin running on television stations statewide on Thursday.

 

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Rehberg ad: Trust career politician who sued firefighters ‘to always do what’s right’

Congressman’s actual words: ‘I’m not always right — I make dumb decisions’

BILLINGS, Mont. –  After nearly four decades in politics, Congressman Dennis Rehberg knows all about sausage-making in Washington—as his latest TV commercial shows.

Rehberg’s second TV ad, another bizarre attack called “Baloney,” tries to take issue with Jon Tester for bringing Montana beef from Tester’s Big Sandy farm to Washington.

Rehberg’s ad claims: “You can trust Denny [sic] to always do what’s right.”

But even Rehberg knows he’s “not always right,” telling a Tea Party gathering in Montana, “I make dumb decisions.” [Rehberg meeting, 8/21/2009]

Dumb and irresponsible. Here are some of Rehberg’s most irresponsible decisions:

  • He voted twice for the Patriot Act despite overwhelming opposition from Montanans [HR 3162, Vote 398, 10/24/01; HR 3199, Vote 627, 12/14/05]
  • He voted for the controversial REAL ID program and the failed No Child Left Behind program [HR 418, Vote 31, 2/10/05; HR 1, Vote 497, 12/13/01]
  • He sued the City of Billings and its fire department, costing taxpayers $21,000
  • He hid $25,000 he raised from Washington lobbyists in 2011
  • He voted to give himself five pay raises and accepted seven pay raises after promising Montanans he would never do either
  • He’s pushing a controversial big-government land-grab bill and an anti-hunting bill that’s opposed by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

“After 35 years in politics, Dennis Rehberg can only run on a long record of irresponsible decisions that hurt Montana families,” said Tester campaign spokesman Aaron Murphy. “Montanans know that’s exactly why Congressman Rehberg is attacking Jon Tester’s record of cutting taxes, serving veterans and defending our values.”

A full fact-check of Dennis Rehberg’s new ad is online HERE.

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Rehberg: Corporations are People

Multimillionaire Congressman gives full endorsement to unlimited corporate spending in elections, repays ‘longtime friends’

Helena, Mont. — As Montana’s century-old tradition of keeping unlimited corporate money out of politics took a blow in court yesterday, Congressman Dennis Rehberg is doubling down on his belief that corporations are people.

Here’s what Rehberg said on a right-wing talk show* earlier this month:

Question:  “Your thoughts on are corporations people, of course a criticism of Citizens United.”

Rehberg Answer:  “The courts have made a determination that they are, so far be it for me to question the philosophy and the decision-making of the United States Supreme Court.

Thanks to the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision, which gives corporations the same rights as people, corporate special interests can spend unlimited money to influence elections through anonymous front groups.  And they’ve already spent over $2 million in Montana to try to buy a Senate seat for Congressman Rehberg.

“It’s no surprise that Congressman Rehberg believes corporate special interests are people — they’re his longtime friends,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party.  “Shadowy corporate front groups are spending big money on negative ads to repay Congressman Rehberg because he’s given them whatever they want.  They know Congressman Rehberg will protect their special interests, like tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas, even if it means putting Medicare and Social Security at risk.

In September of last year Congressman Rehberg earned an endorsement–and a $10,000 check–from the organization Citizens United.

* Audio of Congressman Rehberg’s comments available at the 17:50 mark at this link.

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Rehberg Splits With Party to Stand With Montana Seniors Against Ryan Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, released the following statement today after voting against the so-called ‘Ryan Budget’ citing concerns with changes made to Medicare.  Rehberg, who was one of only four Republicans to vote against similar legislation last year, is also the only member of Montana’s delegation who opposed $500 billion in Medicare spending reductions in President Obama’s health care law.

“We have to reduce government spending and that’s why I introduced legislation that would cut $1.4 trillion from the deficit over ten years. We need to live within our means, and focus on spending reductions not tax hikes.  From ending bailouts to reducing taxes, there are some good things in Congressman Ryan’s plan, but I simply refuse to gamble with something as important as Medicare.  After President Obama and his Congressional allies cut half a trillion dollars from Medicare to pay for their new health care programs, I promised Montana’s seniors that any plan to change Medicare would need their support before it got mine.  It was wrong when Democrats pushed through harmful changes to Medicare in 2009, and it’s wrong for Republicans to try and do the same thing in 2012.  This isn’t about doing what’s best for the Republican Party or the Democrat Party, this is about doing what’s best for Montana.  And I’ll continue to put Montana first.”

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Rick Hill Announces Wolf Management Plan

Helena, MT – Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill joined sportsmen, landowners, ranchers, legislators and other stakeholders to discuss his plan for the management of Montana’s wolf population. 

 
“Right now we are at a tipping point with wolves, the point where we won’t be able to manage the population any more because there are too many of them. The number of wolves in Montana continues to grow and the population is spreading,” said Hill.
 
According to the mandates of the wolf de-listing from the Endangered Species Act, Montana needs to maintain 150 wolves, including ten breeding pairs. Today the minimum wolf count is 650, but most experts acknowledge the actual number is likely 10-30% higher than that, with 715-845 wolves in Montana.  With birth litters on the horizon, the number of wolves could reach 1000.  Some fish and game experts worry that if wolf numbers continue to expand it will be difficult for conventional management tactics to bring the numbers back to manageable levels—and that could have a catastrophic impact on Montana’s elk and other big game herds, and increase pressure on livestock producers.
 
“Our current control methods are not adequate. If we don’t approach this problem head on—our ranchers, landowners, and sportsmen will be negatively impacted. If we don’t act now it will be too late.”
 
“I believe FWP needs an aggressive series of steps immediately to control the wolf populations.  It’s critical that we make an immediate and dramatic reduction in wolf numbers,” said Hill.
 
Hill’s plan includes splitting the state into two separate zones for wolf management: a Wolf Aggressive Management Zone, to control the population in Western Montana, and a Wolf No Tolerance Zone that does not permit wolves to spread to Central or Eastern Montana.
 
“We will work with the experts and the counties to establish the line for the no tolerance zone.  No wolves will be allowed east of that line.  When they cross that line they will be considered predators, and any person with a gun can legally shoot them at any time of day, on any day of the year.”
 
Hill’s proposal also includes: a lengthening of the wolf-hunting season, the use of trapping, the ability for hunters to shoot more than one wolf, and more aggressive pack removal from livestock depredations.
 
“We will immediately introduce these changes upon being sworn in as Governor. Working with a new Fish and Wildlife Commission, I will make it a priority for the legislature to pass any needed statutory changes within the first two weeks of the 2013 session so we can immediately cut down the predator numbers.”
 
In addition, Hill pledged a change in the culture and leadership at the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  
 
“Restoring the trust and cooperation between sportsmen and landowners will be the top priority of the new leadership at FWP.  It’s time we start listening and partnering with landowners, counties and sportsmen and women to address their concerns and needs,” said Hill.
 

**SEE ATTACHMENT FOR ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND**

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About Rick Hill:  Rick’s career has spanned from business to public service. Rick has run businesses, helped others get their businesses started, and served as Montana’s Representative in Congress. During his time in Congress, Rick was recognized for his work in defense of free enterprise and personal liberty and his commitment to fighting federal over-reach and budget deficits. Rick has been married to Betti for 28 years; they have three grown sons and seven grandchildren. Rick announced his bid for governor in November of 2010.
 
About Jon Sonju:  From working in his dad’s body shop growing-up, to helping expand his family’s Kalispell based manufacturing business, Sonju Industrial, Jon understands the challenges business owners face. Elected to the Montana Legislature in 2004, he has served in both the State House and the State Senate. During his time in the legislature he has been a consistent advocate for economic opportunity, smaller government, and the protection of our personal freedoms. Jon was born and raised in the Flathead Valley where he still resides today. He and his wife Tania have two young children, Jacob (6) and Brett (3).

Air Force reaffirms C-130s coming to Great Falls

Tester secures aircrafts’ delivery by 2014

 

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester this week secured a commitment from the U.S. Air Force to deliver eight C-130s to Great Falls by 2014.

 

The Air Force originally announced the C-130 mission for the Montana Air National Guard in February, but it was uncertain when the cargo planes would arrive.  The mission is expected to provide hundreds of jobs for Montana Airmen and members of the Great Falls community. 

 

At a Senate hearing this week to consider the Air Force’s budget, Tester pressed Air Force Assistant Secretary Terry Yonkers and Air National Guard Deputy Director General William Etter for more specifics on the C-130s’ arrival.

 

“We’d like to do it as soon as possible,” Etter told Tester.  “But we need time to make sure we address the military construction issues and also training, conversion, and new facilities.”

 

Etter said that within 90 days, he would provide Tester with an exact date for the C-130s’ arrival.

 

Yonkers said that the Air Force is setting aside $27 million to accommodate the C-130s and new construction needs, such as bigger aircraft hangers.  The officials told Tester that even if the hangers are not completed in time, MANG’s existing facilities could handle the C-130s.

 

Tester today also met with the Director of the Air National Guard, Lieutenant General Harry “Bud” Wyatt, who confirmed that the C-130s will be MANG’s next flight mission.  Fellow Montana Senator Max Baucus joined Tester and Wyatt.

 

Tester has fought for years to deliver a new manned flying mission to Great Falls, most recently reminding the Defense Department that Montana is the “ideal fit” for the C-130s and vowing not to rest “until the last of the C-130s lands in Great Falls.”

 

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Contact:          Andrea Helling or Dan Malessa – (202) 228-0371