As the flood waters recede across Montana, Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s fraud reached a new high water mark. On the very same day as Rehberg’s Congressional Hearing about the Yellowstone oil spill he was voting against clean water.
Rehberg recently made a somewhat of a fuss over the Exxon Oil spill with a Congressional Hearing, presumably to get himself some publicity showing concern. He must have had his fingers crossed behind his back the whole time though, because in spite of flooding reporters with emails about his worry over the Yellowstone, he was voting against clean water on the same day as the Congressional hearing.
Rep. Denny Rehberg voted for dirty water legislation (H.R. 2018), which passed in the U.S. House 239-184. The legislation attacks the Clean Water Act’s ability to protect the nation’s drinking water and public health by undermining vital safeguards. If enacted into law, this bill would take the U.S. back to a time before the Clean Water Act when there were no minimum national clean water standards to protect our rivers, lakes, streams and other waterways from damaging pollution.
The hypocrisy was not lost on the Montana Conservation Voters, Director Theresa Keaveny said in a press release:
“With tens of thousands of gallons of oil polluting the Yellowstone River, there is simply no excuse for Congressman Rehberg to undermine vital protections that provide safe drinking water and clean waterways for Montanans. In doing so, he once again demonstrates that he is more interested in siding with the corporate special interests that fund his campaigns than with the people he supposedly represents in Congress.”
This is not the first time Congressman Rehberg has tried to take credit for things he voted against. Rehberg was caught pretending to support breast cancer awareness on his Facebook page while voting to end mammogram coverage. He’s also known for having asked for stimulus funding after voting against it, even going so far as setting up publicity stunts to cut ribbons on stimulus-funded projects.