TV Ad Launched in Billings, Missoula

July 29, 2011

TV Ad Launched in Billings, Missoula: “If the Social Security Checks, Veterans’ Benefits, Military Pay Montanans Are Counting On Don’t Arrive After August 2, Thank Denny Rehberg and the Republicans in Congress”


Rehberg Implored: Stop Threatening Default and Holding the Interests of Ordinary Americans Hostage to Protect Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Oil Companies and Corporate Jets



Click Here to Watch “Your Check”


Washington DC – With only four days left for Congress to avoid defaulting on the nation’s debt obligations, a new TV ad has the hit the airwaves making clear that if the Social Security checks, Veterans’ benefits and military pay that Montanans are counting on are not in the mailbox come August 3rd, they will have U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) Republicans in Congress to thank. See script below for “Your Check” imploring Rehberg to stop holding the economy and interests of ordinary Americans hostage to protect big oil subsidies and tax breaks for millionaires, corporate jets, and companies that ship jobs overseas – an effort airing Friday through Monday in the Billings and Missoula media markets, sponsored by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Americans United for Change.

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Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner admitted “a lot” of House Republicans are refusing to compromise on a debt ceiling deal in hopes the resulting economic “chaos” of default would force Democrats to support the so-called “Balanced Budget Amendment” – wildly out-of-touch and totally unrealistic legislation that  “would require more extreme cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid than the Ryan Plan” and would literally rewrite the U.S. Constitution to safeguard subsidies for big oil companies or deficit-busting tax breaks for millionaires, corporate jet owners, and companies that ship American jobs overseas.


Gerald W. McEntee, President of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): “Congressman Rehberg and Republican leaders need to get their priorities straight. They appear willing to throw the economy back into a tail spin and deny Social Security checks to seniors, benefits to veterans and care to sick children – all to save face with their corporate donors.  Main Street has had enough.” 


Mary Kay Henry, President of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU): "Speaker Boehner and House Republicans want to bring us to the brink of financial ruin to protect tax giveaways for corporations and millionaires, while gutting programs that provide vital services for the most vulnerable among us. As we get dangerously close to defaulting on our debt, there are no more excuses for Members of Congress. Simply put, it's time to get this done. The stakes are too high to play a partisan game of chicken that could end with disastrous results for working families, seniors, veterans and children. This is both unacceptable and indefensible."


Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “Speaker Boehner admits that many of his Republican colleagues are more than willing to default on the nation’s debt and halt checks that millions of seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and military families are counting on unless tax breaks for millionaires and oil companies are permanently protected.  This unprecedented recklessness is a sobering display of Tea Party governance in action.”


The consequences of Republican-caused default can not be overstated,” added McMahon.  “The business, economic and financial communities warn that default could crash our economy, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and, ironically, would mean hundreds of billions of dollars in new debt and a tax increase on the American people because it would skyrocket interest and mortgage rates.  Congressman Rehberg has wasted enough time putting politics and wealthy special interests ahead of Montana seniors, veterans and military families – it’s now time to do the responsible thing and work with Democrats to avoid ruining the nation’s credit rating and economy. It’s time to end the three-ring circus that Republicans have manufactured in order to advance their extreme right-wing ideological agenda.”





“Your Check - Rehberg”

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Americans United For Change

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ANNCR:  If Congress doesn’t act by Tuesday, America won’t be able to pay all of its bills.


The Treasury will have to pick and choose which debts to pay come Tuesday. “Congress has until Tuesday to raise the federal borrowing limit or the government will possibly default on its debt. Washington would need to choose what to pay and what not to, including benefits like Social Security, wages for the military or other bills.” [AP, 7/27/11]


ANNCR:  Social Security checks, veterans benefits, military pay – all could be at risk – because Congressman Rehberg and Congressional Republicans want to protect tax breaks for millionaires, oil companies and corporate jets. 


Social Security, military pay, veteran benefits and other payments would be in jeopardy if America defaults:


  • “With the government facing $306 billion in payments in August and only $178 billion in revenues coming in, a default would force the Obama administration to decide which bills to pay and which to let slide. "There's a potential, unfortunately, that Social Security benefits wouldn't go out," Schumer said. "There's a potential that veterans benefits wouldn't go out. If you paid those, you might not be able to pay the creditors.’” [Buffalo News, 7/28/11]


  • “More than 80 million Americans who receive benefits payments from the government each month could be at risk, the Treasury Department said.  Most of those checks cover Social Security recipients, veterans and civil service retirees.” [, 7/12/11]


  • Stars and Stripes: Debt limit fight could threaten military pay, base services [7/14/11]

Republicans Refuses to Budget on Revenue… “Republicans, led by Mr. Cantor, rejected proposals to close loopholes or other tax breaks for owners of corporate jets, oil and gas companies and hedge funds. They said these measures, which would have raised about $130 billion, amounted to tax increases.” [New York Times, 7/11/11]

…And Boehner Admits that Tea Partiers Are Hoping for Default to Force a Balanced Budget Amendment. Speaking on conservative radio, Boehner said, “…a lot of them believe that if we get past August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment.” [, 7/27/11]


Rehberg’s Solution is to Back a Bill that Died in the Senate. “The US Senate has rejected the House "Cut, Cap and Balance" plan. The plan contained cuts to federal government spending and required a balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states. Montana's US Representative Denny Rehberg voted for the plan saying it was well rounded. "It suggested that we need to come to a fiscal accountability or responsibility within Congress. So we've identified the reductions that need to be made," Rehberg said.” [KRTV, 7/22/11]


Rehberg Still Supports a Constitutional Amendment for Balancing the Budget Which Would Devastate the Middle Class. “That means we need a constitutional requirement for a balanced budget,” Rehberg said. [Missoulian, 7/26/11]


  • “The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to large reductions.”  According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: “[I]t is inconceivable that policymakers would meet all of the bill’s severe annual spending caps — which would require trillions of dollars of budget cuts of unprecedented magnitude — through automatic across-the-board cuts year after year or else key government functions would be crippled.  Policymakers would have little alternative but to institute deep cuts in specific programs.  And as the largest programs in the federal budget, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid could not escape cuts of large size.”


Even Rehberg’s Hometown Paper Says Rehberg Stands in the Way of a Solution. “The impending crisis is that House Republicans refuse to raise the federal borrowing limit to finance the spending Congress previously authorized. House members, including Denny Rehberg of Montana, are holding the nation’s credit rating hostage in an ideological battle over future spending.” [Editorial, Billings Gazette, 7/27/11]


ANNCR:  So if the check you… or your family… depends on… doesn’t arrive – thank Congressman Rehberg



ANNCR:   Tell Congressman  Rehberg to stop holding the interests of ordinary Americans hostage


CG: Tell Congressman Denny Rehberg: Stop Holding the Economy Hostage



Paid for by Americans United for Change, AFSCME, SEIU