1) Education. As a proud product of public schools, Kathleen Williams will fight for a quality education for all Montanans. In the state legislature, Williams helped pass significant investments in Montana’s public schools. In Congress, Williams will fight for wide-ranging, affordable education opportunities and vote against spending our tax dollars on private schools.
2) Anti-corruption. Kathleen Williams has spent her career working for everyday Montanans. Williams refuses to take money from corporate PACs, she’ll fight to get secret money from special interests out of politics, and she’ll hold lobbyists and Congress accountable by supporting tough new ethics laws. Williams will serve all Montanans, not just the wealthy or special interests.
- Kathleen Williams is not taking corporate PAC money in her campaign [Facebook].
- Williams supports legislation like the FAITH in Congress Act and supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
3) Public land. Kathleen Williams has spent decades protecting Montana’s outdoor heritage, recreation and natural resources. As a state legislator, she stood up to proposals that would have privatized public lands. In Congress, Williams will protect Montana’s outdoor heritage by defending protections for air, water, and public lands that are being rolled back or threatened.
1) Retirement. Greg Gianforte has criticized retirees, saying that people have “an obligation to work” regardless of age and that it is “not biblical” for seniors to take the Social Security benefits they’ve earned. And in Congress, Gianforte has voted for budget plans that threaten the stability of Medicare and Social Security. He even supported a plan to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program.
- At a Feb. 2015 talk at the Montana Bible College, Greg Gianforte said: “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere… How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. Now, The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.” (Huffington Post, Jun. 9, 2015)
- Gianforte Voted for Balanced Budget Amendment that Threatened Social Security. In April 2018, Gianforte voted for H J Res 2, proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The legislation failed to gather the 2/3 majority support necessary to pass. [H J Res 2, Vote #138, 4/12/18]
- National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare: “Seniors Dodge Devastation of Balanced Budget Amendment.” The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare opposed the legislation “ because it would significantly harm the economy, result in a government default and force severe cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other vital federal programs. [National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, 4/13/18]
- Gianforte Voted For FY 2018 House Republican Budget Resolution. In October 2017, Gianforte voted for: “Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would provide for $3.2 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2018, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume $1.22 trillion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2018. It would assume the repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul law. It also would propose reducing spending on mandatory programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and changing programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps). It would call for restructuring Medicare into a “premium support” system beginning in 2024. I would also require the House Ways and Means Committee to report out legislation under the budget reconciliation process that would provide for a revenue-neutral, comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code and would include instructions to 11 House committees to trigger the budget reconciliation process to cut mandatory spending. The concurrent resolution would assume that, over 10 years, base (non-Overseas Contingency Operations) discretionary defense spending would be increased by a total of $929 billion over the Budget Control Act caps and non-defense spending be reduced by $1.3 trillion.” The concurrent resolution was adopted, 219-206. [H Con Res 71, Vote #557, 10/5/17; CQ, 10/5/17]
- AP: House Budget “Reprises A Controversial Plan To Turn Medicare Into A Voucher-Like Program.” “The House on Thursday passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan that promises deep cuts to social programs while paving the way for Republicans to rewrite the tax code later this year. The 2018 House GOP budget reprises a controversial plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees as well as the party’s efforts to repeal the “Obamacare” health law. Republicans controlling Congress have no plans to actually implement those cuts while they pursue their tax overhaul.” [Associated Press, 10/5/17]
2) Taxes. Greg Gianforte put his own self-interest ahead of everyday Montana families by voting to give special new tax breaks to millionaires like himself. The Gianforte tax plan gives massive tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations, while saddling our children with $1.9 trillion of national debt, the highest in American history.
- Gianforte Voted For Final Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act By Concurring With A Senate Amendment. In December 2017, Gianforte voted for “Brady, R-Texas, motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the tax overhaul that would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; lowering individual tax rates through 2025; limiting state and local deductions to $10,000 through 2025; decreasing the limit on deductible mortgage debt through 2025; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would repeal personal exemptions and would roughly double the standard deduction through 2025. It would raise the child tax credit to $2,000 through 2025, would repeal the alternative minimum tax for corporations and provide for broader exemptions to the tax for individuals through 2025. It would double individual exemptions to the estate tax and gift tax through 2025, and would establish a new top tax rate for “pass-through” business income through 2025. It would effectively eliminate the penalty for not purchasing health insurance under the 2010 health care overhaul law in 2019. It would also open portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.” The motion was passed 224-201. [HR 1, Vote #699, 12/20/17; CQ Floor Votes, 12/20/17]
3) Healthcare. Greg Gianforte supported a dangerous health care repeal bill that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The bill would have also increased premiums for older Americans by more than $3,000 per year and kicked tens of thousands of Montanans off their coverage.
- Gianforte Supported the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan. On a tele-townhall on December 12, 2017, Gianforte said “I’m a fan of block grants to the states, this Graham-Cassidy bill that was in the Senate, that would have returned a lot of the Medicaid money to the states and let the local state deal with it; I think that’s right.” [Youtube]