Congressman Dennis Rehberg, has released a letter to his Montanan constituents that tells it straight to his State Voters. For those of you who do not know who Congressman Rehberg is, he is the recently appointed head of the Congressional Appropriations Committee. In other words, he’s chairing the spending proposals that have come out of Washington D.C. since the House change in January of 2011. Please take the time to send the Congressman an email, a letter, a phone call, a Facebook post, to show your support or disagreement, with the direction of the “2011 U.S. Congressional Appropriations” efforts to reduce federal spending to “sustainable” levels.
Washington, DC Office
2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-3211
fax: (202) 225-5687
1201 Grand Avenue Suite 1
Billings, MT 59102
phone: (406) 256-1019
fax: (406) 256-4934
Yours In Truth Shelly
Why are Montanans being told that they have only two choices: More government and record-deficits, or a complete government shutdown. The Montanans I’ve talked to at 77 listening sessions offer the third common-sense choice: The federal government can spend less.
And we’ve got to because our overspending is strangling economic recovery and destroying jobs. It’s putting the American Dream out of reach for our children and grandchildren. We face great challenges, but this is still America. We will overcome those challenges.
It’s a 704 mile drive across Montana on I-90 and I-94. Imagine those miles represented our national debt of $14,238,130,000,000. Each mile on the way is $20.2 billion borrowed from our children and grandchildren. Every foot across our state is $3.8 million of debt.
From the birth of our country through January 2007, the total federal deficit was about $8.6 trillion. On our road trip, this gets us from Lookout Pass on the Idaho border to about 20 miles west of Billings at a leisurely pace of about 2 miles per year. This part of the journey spans the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Cold War, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and everything in between.
In January 2007, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took the wheel with new majorities and a lead foot. They cranked the big-government throttle and our deficit accelerated from 2 miles a year to a mind-boggling 69 miles a year. With them at the wheel, we completed the second half of the trip through Billings all the way to North Dakota in just four short years. They nearly double our national debt.
The American taxpayer has been taken for a ride with their own money and in November, they told Washington to hit the brakes. But for some in Washington, that’s just not an option, they want to set the cruise control instead – freezing spending at the very highest levels of the last four years.
Click here to read the full letter…it’s worth it. Thank You Congressman Rehberg for all you are doing to make America the melting pot to protect and defend “We the People”.