Montanans can’t afford to re-elect Tester to Senate

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 8:00 pm

Tired of the incessant Internet pop-up ads from Jon Tester depicting Dennis Rehberg as “unaffordable,” I decided to “learn more” as the ad suggests.

Jon Tester fails to tell you that in January 2012, he voted to approve the president’s authority to raise the debt ceiling, while Rehberg voted his disapproval.

Rehberg did vote for the debt ceiling raise in July of 2011, but so did Tester.

In January 2010, Tester voted yes to raise the debt limit (HJR45); and he voted for the largest of the debt limit raises in 2009 (HR4313) – two that Rehberg voted against. The fast-moving pop-up obscures the facts, but watch it closely.

There are no bills in the candidates’ voting records before 2007 that say “to raise the debt limit;” however, there are many appropriations bills from 2001-2012 (continuing, addiitonal, supplemental, emergency...). I did find one that Tester voted “nay” on – it was an attempt to limit increases to 5 percent. It is a known fact Jon Tester has voted for more spending bills than other U.S. senators.

When representatives voted themselves a $4,700 pay raise, senators took a $5,200 pay raise at the same time. How did Tester vote? Did he turn any raises down?

Tester is the one that wasted your tax money on failed stimulus bills, resisted eliminating earmarks, voted against efforts to reduce spending to 2008 limits, and helped pass government health care against the wishes of over 60 percent of his Montana constituents, and which we now hear will cost us much more than originally reported. Who can’t we afford to send to Washington?