Greg’s Record

Greg Gianforte is a multi-millionaire who is out of touch with the needs of ordinary Montana citizens. His voting record and public statements show just how little he cares about working class families. Greg wants to:

Healthcare


Greg Gianforte does not understand the health needs of Montana families, and will threaten their access to healthcare: 

 

  • He supports the so-called Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, which would:
    • Allow insurers to charge an “age tax” on older Americans, resulting in annual premium increases of up to $17,197 for Montanans over the age of 60 [AARP].
    • “Gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” [CBPP].
    • “Jeopardize many lives that are covered today,” according to Montana Hospital Association President Dick Brown [Billings Gazette].
  • He voted against a funding bill that included critical Alzheimer’s and cancer research, resources for rural Community Health Centers, programs to battle opioid and drug addictions, and nursing training programs [H.R. 6157, Vote #405, 9/26/2018].
    • At the same time, Gianforte has invested over $3 million in drug companies that have been sued for fueling the opioid crisis [analysis].
  • Gianforte has refused to outline any plan to reduce healthcare costs. When the press dared to push him on this important issue, we all know what happened.

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.

 

·        “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today… 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.” (From a Feb. 2015 talk at the Montana Bible College,Huffington Post, Jun. 9, 2015)

·        Gianforte supported a plan to end Medicare as we know it. He voted for a budget that included "a controversial plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees ....” [Associated Press, 10/5/17]

·        Gianforte, knowing that threats to Social Security and Medicare were already mounting, voted for a record $1.9 trillion increase in the national debt, a massive tax giveaway to millionaires like himself, creating the largest debt in history. He then voted for another tax giveaway that add an additional $3.8 trillion to the $1.9 trillion deficit [Washington Post, 9/13/2018].

Public lands


Congressman Greg Gianforte doesn’t understand the importance of Montana’s public lands to our outdoor heritage and recreation economy. He gives special interests and millionaires priority in accessing public lands that should belong to all citizens.  

 

  • After he moved to Montana, he sued the state to block public fishing access at the East Gallatin River. In 2009, Congressman Gianforte sued the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to eliminate a one-acre easement providing access to the East Gallatin River near Cherry River Fishing access north of downtown Bozeman [Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 6/5/2009; Case Number: DV-09-502C, Gallatin County District Court].
  • When he got to Congress, he voted the gut the Antiquities Act, used by Republican and Democratic presidents since Theodore Roosevelt to protect public lands as national monuments including the Upper Missouri River Breaks [AP, 10/11/2017].
  • He proposed legislation, with no public input, to eliminate protection for over 700,000 acres of public lands with in wilderness study areas. His proposal is deeply unpopular with Montanans [Missoulian, 5/10/2018].
  • Siding with an extreme fringe of the House, he suported a shutdown that would have hurt our National Parks and further delayed critical maintenance of campgrounds, roads, and land management [AP, 9/28/2018].

Corruption


Gianforte is in the pocket of special interests and supports laws to enrich his own lifestyle. 

 

  • Gianforte broke his 2017 promise to not accept money from special interests. Now Gianforte is pocketing campaign cash from corporations and PACs and voting to de-regulate their industries [Roll Call, 2/7/2018].
    • Gianforte has over $3m in personal investments in drug companies that have been sued for contributing to the opioid crisis [analysis].
  • He has voted to have taxpayers pay for politicians flying on their own luxury jets.
    • Gianforte Voted For Blocking A Bill To Ensure That Senior Political Appointees Did Not Spend Federal Funds On Private Air Travel. [H Res 839, Vote #150, 4/25/18; CQ, 4/25/18; Congressional Record, H3518, 4/25/18]
    • Gianforte Voted Against Extending Whistleblower Protections Pertaining To Employees Who Disclose Information About Improper Use Of Aircrafts By Government Officials. [S 585, Vote #567, 10/12/17; CQ, 10/12/17, DemocraticLeader.gov, accessed 11/13/17]