Rehberg, Tea Party Republicans Kill Bipartisan Tax Cut, Give $1,000 Holiday Tax Hike To Thousands Of Montana Families

For Immediate Release
December 20, 2011
Contact: Shripal Shah – (202) 485-3129Rehberg & Tea Party Advance Anti-Middle-Class Agenda, Raise Taxes On Middle-Class Families Starting January 1stIn an astounding vote today, Dennis Rehberg and his Tea Party colleagues in the House of Representatives killed a bipartisan payroll tax cut compromise, forcing a $1,000 tax increase on the average middle-class family five days before Christmas – all in the name of political gamesmanship.  What’s worse is how the escapade played out on Capitol Hill; once Rehberg and his Tea Party colleagues knew that the bipartisan compromise had enough votes to pass the House, Rehberg and his colleagues killed the bill. Now, the average middle class Montana family will be hit with a $1,000 tax hike beginning January 1st.

“Thanks to Dennis Rehberg, hundreds of thousands of middle class families will be paying at least $1,000 in higher taxes beginning January 1st,” said Shripal Shah, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “This holiday season, Dennis Rehberg and his Tea Party colleagues showed they were more interested in standing with millionaires and special interests than standing up for middle-class Montana families.  Unfortunately, all Montana families will have to show for it is $1,000 in higher taxes.”

Earlier today, Rehberg and his colleagues killed a bipartisan compromise to extend the payroll tax holiday.  39 Senate Republicans joined Senate Democrats in passing the compromise measure in an overwhelmingly bipartisan 89-10 vote.  But because Rehberg and his Tea Party colleagues knew the popular bipartisan compromise would gather enough support to pass the House of Representatives, they used archaic Congressional rules kill the bill without taking a simple up or down vote.  Their posturing resulted in Rehberg and his tea party colleagues forcing a $1,000 tax hike on the average Montana family beginning January 1st.
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Rehberg, Joined by Other 153 Members, Continues Defense of the Family Farm, Pens Letter to Secretary of Labor

December 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is once again taking the lead in the U.S. House of Representatives as the author of a letter signed by 152 additional members of the House including 23 Democrats to the Secretary of Labor asking her to abandon a half-baked plan to undermine the American family farm.

“When the Department of Labor planted this seed, I doubt they expected it to sprout into a bumper crop of grass roots opposition from every corner of the nation,” said Rehberg, a fifth-generation rancher from Billing. “That’s because I doubt the bureaucrats pushing this rule have set foot on a family farm, let alone understand the unique challenges of running a family business. But even if they didn’t go to the farm, we brought the farm to them. In recent weeks, they’ve heard from tens of thousands of people, and now they can add another 153 Members of Congress to that list.”