14th Richest Member of Congress Caught Not Knowing Minimum Wage In His Own State
Rehberg on Minimum Wage: “I don’t know, what is it?”
New video surfaced today of United States Congressman Denny Rehberg unable to answer what the minimum wage is in his home state of Montana. First published at POLITICO, the video footage shows Rehberg offers no response when asked repeatedly for the minimum wage.
It reminds one of an episode of Michael Moore’s hilarious show, The Awful Truth. You can watch a clip here. It’s like Jay Leno’s person-on-the-street “Street Smarts” segments, where Moore asks rich people and working people on the street basic questions. One is about the minimum wage, and like Rehberg, the rich on this show don’t know what it is either.
The DSCC put out a press release on this gaffe this morning, read more below the fold.
“Congressman Rehberg is more out of touch than we ever could have imagined,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Communications Director Eric Schultz, in a press release. “This is not the first time Congressman Rehberg has shown a disdain for the working men and women of his state. Time and again he has voted against giving Montanans a livable wage. But today he has sunk to a new low.”
More than 70 percent of Montana voters supported a 2006 ballot initiative to raise Montana’s minimum wage. Rehberg has consistently opposed the minimum wage in the United States House of Representatives. For reference, the Montana minimum wage is $7.35/hr, while the national minimum wage remains $7.25/hr.
Rehberg is 14th Richest Member of the House of Representatives, Worth Up to $56 Million. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Rehberg is the 14th richest Member of the House of Representatives. Personal financial disclosure forms show that Rehberg’s net worth in 2009 was between $6.5 million and $56.2 million. [Center for Responsive Politics]
REHBERG: OPPOSED EFFORTS TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE FOR HARDWORKING MONTANANS
A history of Rehbergs extensive efforts to increase the minimum wage for hardworking Montanans can be found below the fold.
Rehberg Opposed Raising the Minimum Wage. In 1996, Rehberg opposed raising the minimum wage. “I don’t want to cost Montanans a job because an employer cannot afford to hire them,” said Rehberg. “I think there are better alternatives.” [Livingston Enterprise, 6/24/96]
Rehberg Opposed Effort to Pass Minimum Wage Bill Without Poison Pills. In 2006, Rehberg voted against an effort to pass a bill to increase the minimum wage without the estate tax cuts also included in the bill. The vote was on a motion that would have recommitted the bill to get a straight vote on the minimum wage increase and the tax cut extenders, without the poison pill estate tax provisions. The motion failed 190-220. [HR5970, Vote #424, 7/29/06]
Rehberg Voted Four Times Against Democratic Attempts to Offer Minimum Wage Increase. In 2006, Rehberg voted four times against Democratic attempt to offer an increase the minimum wage. [HR2389, Vote #382, 7/19/06; HR2990, Vote#364, 7/12/06; HR4411, Vote #360, 7/11/06; HR5672, Vote #319, 6/27/06]
Rehberg Opposed Minimum Wage Increase. In 2007, Rehberg voted against increasing the minimum wage from by $2.10 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The measure passed 218-212. [CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-3, 3/20/07; HR 1591, Vote #186, 3/23/07]
Rehberg Opposed Fair Minimum Wage Act. In 2007, Rehberg voted against an increase to the federal minimum wage by $2.10 over two years — from the previous level of $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The bill passed 315-116. [HR 2, Vote #18, 1/10/07]