Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Current Office: U.S. House - District 5, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Brian; 3 Children: Cole, Grace, Brynn
Birth Date: 05/22/1969
Birth Place: Salem, OR
Home City: Colville, WA
Religion: Christian
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Video: Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on GOP sponsored abortion coverage. 18 March 2010. “Think Progess: 'Lifewise Health Plans, which is what the Washington State GOP uses to provide health insurance to their employees, they cover abortion. So when you fund raise for the Washington State GOP, aren’t you providing dollars to abortion?' MCMORRIS-RODGERS: 'Uh, we’re talking about federal taxpayer dollars being used to fund abortions.' TP: 'Yeah, but isn’t this kind of like, you know, 'do as I say, but not what I do?'' MR: 'Um, I think the issue at hand is whether or not federal taxpayer dollars should be used to fund abortion-' TP: 'But it's ok if your fundraiser dollars are used for abortions-' MR: 'Whether you're pro-life or pro-life people across this country have made it clear that they don't think that taxpayer dollars- federal taxpayer dollars should be used to- to fund abortions.' TP: 'But campaign dollars are okay, Republican campaign dollars that you raise?' MR: 'No, that’s not... .'” (youtu.be)
  • Penny Starr. CNS News. Obama’s Plan to Fund D.C. Abortions Shows He Is Not Seeking ‘Common Ground,’ Congresswomen Say. 24 June 2009. “The Dornan amendment, which was introduced in the D.C. budget in 1988 by then-Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Calif.) and included in the District’s budget for most of the last 20 years, prohibits both federal and local funds from being used for abortions in the District […] Keeping the Dornan Amendment 'would be the common ground on the abortion debate,' said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). 'We hope that President Obama and the Democrats will change their mind and stand with the majority of Americans who support the Dornan Amendment.'” (www.cnsnews.com)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Cathy McMorris Rodgers a rating of 36 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. “Mr. Speaker, many have stood before me from both sides of the aisle to ensure that Federal taxpayer dollars do not fund abortion, whether it's Medicaid, whether it's the Federal Government's own health program. Today, I stand to ensure that this policy is included in the health care bill that is being rammed through this Congress. If we are talking about health care reform for women and children, then protection for children should start at the moment their life begins. Two-thirds of women recently polled representing all parties, races, and marital statuses object to government funding of abortion.” (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Values. 29 September 2011. “As a mom, I have a new perspective on my role as a Member of Congress. I have a renewed passion and determination to protect America's values - including faith, freedom, opportunity, commitment to family, and personal responsibility. I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, the pro-life cause, and the Second Amendment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Video: Rep. McMorris Rodgers: Taxpayer Funds Should Not Be Used for Abortion. 25 June 2009. “Good morning everyone, I'm Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state, and I want to thank Margery Danzenfeller and the Susan B Anthony list for all the work that they do to protect the value of life and the lives of the unborn. As you've heard today, we're united. Let's work to reduce the number of women seeking abortion […] as a member of congress and more importantly as a woman and a mother, I believe it is so important that we continue to promote the sanctity of life.” (youtu.be)
  • Cathy McMorris. Video: Abortion and the Vote Count. 19 March, 2010. “The Senate Bill allows some big loopholes as far as taxpayer funding for abortions. They- they allow funding for community health clinics, for high risk pools, and there's other- there's other means by which we are, as pro-life legislators are very concerned that taxpayer dollars would be used to fund abortions.” ttp://youtu.be/in1EBkRfG4I?t=25s.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jonathan Brunt. Spokesman Review - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Q&A on 15 Topics. 17 July 2012. “I support bringing our troops home as soon as possible dependent upon assessments from our military leaders as to Afghanistan's stability and ultimately its future security threat to America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" – Transcript. 15 April 2012. “ Well, it's been a tough 10 years in Afghanistan. I think it's important that we remember the reason that we're in Afghanistan, was it goes back to nine and 11 (sic) and the attacks that were made on -- the terrible attacks that were made on this country. We've seen certainly some successes -- when I talk to our military men and women, they can point to the successes and, you know, think about the opportunities for women right now in Afghanistan. And I think it's so important that we continue to stand for human rights for women all around this world, and that's a key to defeating terrorists. And I don't think that we can ignore the fact that there are those terrorists, Al Qaeda, that continue to threaten America and threaten freedom around the world. And so I've supported President Obama in his approach in winding down and making that smooth transition in Afghanistan, but I think everyone is getting tired of the war.” (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Afghan Women's Task Force Co-Chairs: Drawdown Highlights Need to Include Afghan Women in Peace and Reintegration Plan. 23 June 2011. “As our armed forces begin to draw down in Afghanistan, it is critical that the United States engage directly with Afghan leaders and the international community to ensure women play a meaningful role in the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Plan. We share the concerns of Afghanistan's female Members of Parliament, civic, and business leaders that a US drawdown could leave a vacuum where Afghan women see their rights trampled in a government transition. This would eliminate the tenuous gains Afghan women have made over the last decade and is unacceptable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Defense/Veterans. 1 January 2011. “Every day, our survival is threatened by radical Islamic terrorists whose aim is to kill innocent men, women, and children, even at the cost of their own lives. In a post-9/11 world, our most important national security mission must continue to be the elimination of al-Qaeda, especially in their home base of Afghanistan. I support our brave men women in uniform who are risking their lives in Afghanistan to keep America safe.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes to Support Troops on the Battlefield and in the Classroom. 20 June 2008. “This week, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for the emergency supplemental bill to keep funding our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. H.R. 2642 also modernizes the Montgomery G.I. bill. The measure passed the house 268 to 155. The bill provides $162 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will fund the war into next year […] 'The men and women from Fairchild Air Force Base are a key enabler in fighting the Global War on Terror. It's important we give them, and the rest of our military members, what they need to continue their success in Iraq and Afghanistan.'” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes to Support Troops on the Battlefield and in the Classroom. 20 June 2008. “This week, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for the emergency supplemental bill to keep funding our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan […] The bill provides $162 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will fund the war into next year […] 'The men and women from Fairchild Air Force Base are a key enabler in fighting the Global War on Terror. It's important we give them, and the rest of our military members, what they need to continue their success in Iraq and Afghanistan.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Votes to Enhance Benefits and Provide New Equipment for Troops in Defense Authorization Bill. 11 May 2006. “Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) today voted for H.R. 5122, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 […] Highlights of the annual defense authorization bill include: -An additional $50 billion in supplemental funding to support the war on terror's operational costs, personnel expenses and procurement of new equipment. -Increased funding for force protection equipment in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including up-armored Humvees, explosive protection kits and jammers, and new body armor to protect against lethal IEDs. -A 2.7% across-the-board pay raise for all members of the armed forces. -Blocks the Department of Defense's proposed TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard fee increases and zeroes out co-pays for generic and formulary mail order prescriptions for military beneficiaries. -Adds $735 million to the Defense Health Program to restore the funding cut in anticipation of increased beneficiary cost shares.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Op-Ed: Obama's Recession Plan: More Bureaucrats. 15 February 2010. “Since the recession began in December 2007, the U.S. economy has been shedding jobs at its worst rate since the Great Depression. But you would never know it if you worked 'inside the Beltway.' When the economy turned south two years ago, the Department of Defense had 1,868 employees earning $150,000 or more. Today, there are 10,100 employees at the Pentagon taking home that salary. The time has come for Washington to live within its means. If most Americans are coping with a weak economy by tightening their belts, our public servants can to do the same.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Sequestration Transparency Act. 18 July 2012. “Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, applauded the passage of H.R. 5872, the SequestrationTransparency Act of 2012 in the House today. The legislation -- which passed unanimously out of the House Budget Committee -- requires the President to submit a report to Congress detailing the Administration's plan to implement the budget sequestration cuts required to take effect in January 2013. 'As a representative of one of the largest air force bases in the country, Fairchild Air Force Base, I am proud that the House passed this important legislation and I am eager to expedite its implementation," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. "In the upcoming months, we face unprecedented cuts to national security -- most notably a 20 percent reduction in Department of Defense funding over the next ten years. Such massive cuts to our military put our national security and global economy in great peril. And I refuse to stand by and allow the process to proceed without greater transparency, efficiency and accountability […] "Service members and their families at Fairchild -- and at bases all across this country -- have a right to know how they will be affected by the sequester. At a time when national security is paramount, they cannot afford to face more risk, more job loss, and more uncertainty.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Applauds the Passage of National Defense Authorization Act. 14 December 2011. “Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, applauded today's passage of H.R.1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012. 'This legislation ensures that our troops -- both at home and abroad -- have access to the resources, equipment and training necessary to safely execute their missions,' said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. 'While we must face reduced funding levels to comply with the Budget Control Act, this legislation will allow us to enhance our national security, modernize our Armed Forces, and invest in the resources needed to protect the United States from current and future threats.' This bill brings the total authorized funding for National Defense FY2012 to $554 billion for the base budget and $115.5 billion for overseas contingency programs. Approximately $530 billion will be allocated to the Department of Defense. The budget authorizes continued funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 'As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee and a representative of military families at Fairchild Air Force Base and across Eastern Washington, I am committed to ensuring that our national defense remains a top priority and that our servicemembers and their families have access to the resources they need.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Roll Call - Military Families Deserve Our Support. 28 March 2012. “$5 billion every day on top of a $14 trillion national debt, we must be willing to accept the fiscal constraints of our nation and understand that the federal government may not have all the solutions. That makes hunkering down and doing some real work on public-private partnerships, benchmark programs and gaps more important than ever. Even so, after asking our active duty, National Guard and Reserve soldiers and families to fight two wars, often with multiple deployments, Congress and the American people must meet our commitment to our heroes and their families […] we must continue to do everything we can to make sure our troops and veterans and their families have all the support that they need and deserve. As a grateful nation, we can do no less.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. “Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, pledge to the taxpayers of the 5th district of the state of Washington and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes for Budget Control Act. 1 August 2011. “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers […] voted in favor of theBudget Control Act today. This bipartisan agreement […] would raise the debt ceiling, cut government spending, and advance the cause of the balanced budget amendment -- all without job-killing tax hikes.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Economic Growth and Job Creation - Tax Relief. 30 September 2011. “A key to competitiveness is reducing the tax burden and allowing families and businesses to keep more of their hard earned money. The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts have provided tax relief to over 2,385,000 Washington state residents. Permanent tax relief is needed that will set the stage for long-term economic stability and job growth […] The key to balancing the budget is not raising taxes, it is controlling spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Urges Extension of Current Tax Rates for All Americans. 30 November 2010. “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers […] released the following statement today urging immediate action on extension of the current tax rates. 'If Congress allows the current tax rates to expire on January 1, taxpayers will face a $3.9 trillion tax hike over the next 10 years--the largest tax increase in history […] This fall my Republican colleagues and I signed a 'Pledge to America' to prevent tax increases as part of a new governing agenda. In keeping with that pledge, I urge Speaker Pelosi to hold an up-or-down vote on extending the tax rates which are essential to America's economic recovery without further delay.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers: Tax Day Reminds Us of Need for Permanent Tax Relief. 17 April 2007. “'Tax season is also a reminder of how our tax code is too long and complex. The federal income tax code should be rewritten in a form that makes sense to the average American so it is easier to file taxes and claim appropriate deductions and tax credits.' That is why McMorris Rodgers co-sponsored the Tax Code Elimination Act which states that the federal tax system should be a simple and fair system that: applies a low rate to all Americans; provides tax relief for working Americans; protects the rights of taxpayers and reduces tax collection abuses; eliminates the bias against savings and investment; promotes economic growth and job creation; and does not penalize marriage or families.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Supports Tax Relief Legislation to Help Eastern Washington Families and Small Businesses. 10 May 2006. “'One of my top priorities is to provide economic growth and job creation for Eastern Washington […] We must aim for permanent tax relief that will set the stage for long-term economic stability and job growth.' The Tax Increase and Prevention Act supports families, businesses and seniors by extending: -Tax relief for an additional year. The increased limit on small business expensing at $100,000 through 2009. -The lower tax rate on dividend income through 2010 […] -The lower tax rate on capital gains income through 2010, thus preventing a $7 billion tax increase over the next four years.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Press Conference with House Republican Leaders - the Economy. 21 January 2009. “We're encouraged that the president, President Obama, has reached out to us and asked for our ideas on how we're going to stimulate the economy […] We've been working hard over the last couple of weeks to be coming up with our ideas. We are encouraged that President Obama recognizes that this is not the time to be raising taxes and that he's included significant tax relief in his proposal. […] Now is the time to be taking action that's actually going to stimulate the economy, create jobs. And the best way that that can be done is through the tax relief that really does unleash the small businessmen, unleash American middle-class families to make wise spending decisions and to do things that are going to get our economy going.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. “Today's report is more evidence that President Obama's 'spend, borrow and bailout' policies have clearly failed, and we need to lead America in a new direction. To grow jobs in the private sector, we need to shrink the size of the public sector. That means less government spending, less government borrowing, and less government regulation -- especially in our energy sector where burdensome regulations are stifling domestic production and job growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Cathy McMorris Rodgers a rating of 94 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: National Debt/Government Spending. 30 September 2011. “President Obama and Speaker Pelosi said they were going to solve an economic crisis caused by too much spending and borrowing with more spending and borrowing -- and the results speak for themselves. Since January 2009, the national debt has grown by $2.5 trillion, and it continues to grow by $5 billion per day -- three times the pace of the previous Administration. Today, the national debt is at $13 trillion (or $44,000 per person). And according to the President's own Budget Director, we are expected to borrow $10 trillion (half of it from other countries, especially China) over the next 10 years. That is unacceptable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Calls Obama Budget "Generational Theft". 1 February 2010. “To reduce the deficit, we should return the nearly $900 billion in unused TARP and stimulus funds which is currently being designated for more government spending. The President's budget freeze for discretionary spending in FY 2011 should start this fiscal year, and the freeze should be set at 2008 spending levels (before the President's spending surge in his inaugural year). We also need a balanced budget amendment, a line-item veto, and a bipartisan willingness to confront all aspects of the federal budget -- not just discretionary spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The Stimulus Package. 9 February 2009. “Madam Speaker, right now, the United States Senate is still debating an $827 billion stimulus package. It is $7 billion more than what passed the House last week. Not only is it more expensive; it actually does little to create jobs and to grow the economy. […] Our top priority in Congress needs to be turning our economy around and helping hardworking, middle class families. However, this legislation is showering money on the Federal Government so that government workers will be driving the newest cars, will be working in new or in recently renovated buildings and will still be receiving high wages and generous health and pension benefits while our small business owners and middle class families are struggling to make ends meet.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Asks "Where Are The Jobs?" 9 July 2011. “From the look of things, the Democrats who run Washington don't have a jobs plan; they have a spending agenda. They're proposing a rehash of what's already been tried: more spending, more taxes, and bigger government. These are the Washington-knows-best policies that steered us towards a dead end. If we've learned anything, it's that we cannot spend, tax, or borrow our way to prosperity. To create jobs and set our country on a sound fiscal course, we must stop spending money we don't have.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Where Are The Jobs?. 23 February 2010. “When the stimulus was passed a year ago, we were promised--promised--that jobs would be saved. Instead, we've seen 3 1/2 million people lose their jobs. We were promised unemployment wouldn't go above 8 percent, and yet it's hovering at 10 percent. Defenders of the stimulus bill argue that the situation would be much worse if the stimulus had never taken effect. But many economists are starting to ask a different question: Could it be that the stimulus itself is adding to job losses? Today's Wall Street Journal features an op-ed by Robert Barro, who is a professor of economics at Harvard University. He argues that the forgotten element in the stimulus debate is whether the government's spending reduced or enhanced private spending and whether public sector hiring lowered or raised private hiring. He argues that opening the spigots of government spending has actually had a negative impact on our economy.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Supports Legislation Extending Washington State Sales Tax Deduction. 29 July 2006. “Eastern Washington families and businesses should be able to deduct every penny of state and local sales tax they pay throughout the year from their federal tax bill, especially when people in most states are deducting their state income taxes. Extending the Research and Development tax credit is a crucial in order for businesses to remain competitive and to grow the economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes Against "HIRE Act". 4 March 2010. “When I met with local small business leaders during 'Small Business Week' last month, their message was clear and consistent: A 'jobs tax credit' will not work. No small business will hire a new employee simply because of a tiny tax gimmick. To create jobs, small businesses need a climate of economic certainty.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Press Conference with House Republican Leaders - the Economy. 21 January 2009. “We're encouraged that the president, President Obama, has reached out to us and asked for our ideas on how we're going to stimulate the economy […] We've been working hard over the last couple of weeks to be coming up with our ideas. We are encouraged that President Obama recognizes that this is not the time to be raising taxes and that he's included significant tax relief in his proposal. […] Now is the time to be taking action that's actually going to stimulate the economy, create jobs. And the best way that that can be done is through the tax relief that really does unleash the small businessmen, unleash American middle-class families to make wise spending decisions and to do things that are going to get our economy going.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. U.S. House Approves School Safety Bill Introduced By Chairman Miller And Rep. McMorris Rodgers. 3 March 2010. “The Keeping All Students Safe in Schools Act will, for the first time, put in place minimum safety standards to prevent abusive restraint and seclusion in schools across the country, similar to protections already in place in hospitals and residential facilities. States have two years to demonstrate their policies are consistent with the minimum standards. The standards would apply to schools that receive federal education support […] There are some who believe that this is an unprecedented expansion of federal authority. But, I disagree […] When we enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, we committed to ensuring that students with special needs have access to a free appropriate public education. This bill assures that those children as well as all students are safe.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Reacts To Education Secretary Duncan's Testimony At Committee Hearing. 18 March 2010. “The No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) revealed the true state of America's schools and set standards that have served as a catalyst for progress and reform. It's time to build on that success.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Education. “There is a growing consensus among parents and teachers that America's education system is not reaching its potential. I believe the best way to bring our schools into the 21st century is by encouraging high standards and accountability. By measuring results and fostering a climate of excellence, competition, and innovation, we can once again have the best education system in the world -- a system that enables all of our sons and daughters to live the American Dream.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Votes to Increase Domestic Oil and Gas Supply by Allowing Deep Sea Energy Exploration. 29 June 2006. “Cathy McMorris (WA-05) today took steps to decrease our dependence on foreign oil by supporting H.R. 4761 The Deep Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act. This legislation will expand America's energy resources by permitting expanded oil and gas exploration in the deep seas on the outer-continental shelf (OCS). 'We must be taking steps to meet our own domestic energy needs and this bill will significantly help in accomplishing that goal. With the United States being the only developed nation in the world not to allow energy production off its shores, it is clear that we are failing to capitalize on a huge resource that will improve our economy, create jobs, and increase our national security.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes to Reduce Energy Prices Through More Energy Production. 12 May 2011. “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, voted for H.R. 1231, The Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act today […] 'At a time when energy prices are approaching an all-time record and we are still experiencing the longest streak of high unemployment since the Great Depression, Congress needs to get serious about increasing domestic energy production […] This year, America will spend about $500 billion on foreign oil. Those energy dollars should stay in America for American energy jobs. We have the resources to achieve energy independence. Now we just need the political leadership to use them.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Supports More American Energy Legislation. 23 July 2008. “Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers renewed her call for an 'all of the above' approach to lowering the cost of energy […] The American Energy Act will: -Increase the supply of American-made energy in environmentally sound ways by allowing exploration in the ocean and Arctic coastal plain, the development of oil shale and by streamlining the permitting process for new refineries […] -Promote alternative and renewable energy technology by establishing a renewable energy trust fund through revenues from ocean and Arctic coastal plain drilling, permanently extend the tax credit for alternative energy production and eliminating the barriers to emission-free nuclear power production.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. E-Newsletter December 2006. 1 December 2006. “McMorris supported legislation to increase the amount of American-made energy by allowing for oil and natural gas exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Exploration in the OCS will help decrease our dependence on foreign oil and will also specifically benefit Eastern Washington farmers who currently suffer from high fuel and fertilizer costs, as natural gas is a key component in the production of fertilizer.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. 12 February 2008. A Comprehensive Energy Policy that Benfits Eastern Washington. “The reality is, we need an adequate energy supply - today - at an affordable price. That means unlocking the energy supplies available to us today that include petroleum and natural gas sources in places like ANWR and on the Outer Continental Shelf. If carbon emissions are the problem, we should look for ways to sequester that carbon.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Urges Congress to Allow Offshore Energy Exploration. 14 July 2008. “Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers urged Congress to lift its ban on offshore drilling after President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling. 'Lifting the executive ban means we're one step closer to tapping a new source of American energy," McMorris Rodgers said. "I hope Congress will vote this week to begin exploring for more energy sources. I believe it's through developing these new sources of American energy, encouraging innovation and conservation that we can lower gas and energy prices.'” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax Pledge. Signed 28 June 2010. “I, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Washington and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Supports More American Energy Legislation. 23 July 2008. “The American Energy Act will: -Improve energy conservation and efficiency by providing tax incentives for buying fuel-efficient vehicles, promoting the development of fuel efficient vehicles and providing tax incentives for businesses and homeowners who improve their energy efficiency; -Promote alternative and renewable energy technology by establishing a renewable energy trust fund through revenues from ocean and Arctic coastal plain drilling, permanently extend the tax credit for alternative energy production and eliminating the barriers to emission-free nuclear power production.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Urges Support for Energy Tax Prevention Act at Subcommittee Hearing. 9 February 2011. “'Last November, the American people rejected the failed Big Government policies which have caused the longest streak of high unemployment since the Great Depression. Instead of listening to the people, the Administration is quietly working to impose 'cap and trade' through the backdoor. That is unacceptable. At a time when there are 28 million Americans who would like full-time jobs but don't have one, we can't afford another job-crushing Big Government scheme.' The Energy Tax Prevention Act clarifies that the Clean Air Act of 1990 authorizes the EPA to monitor and regulate pollutants; not to address climate change through the regulation of greenhouse gasses. The Energy Tax Prevention Act does not weaken the EPA's regulation of air pollution.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes To Protect Eastern Washington From Massive Energy Tax. 26 June 2009. “Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against Cap and trade legislation that would have imposed a massive tax increase on hard working families. 'Sadly, this bill is just an expensive job killer that will hurt American families, farmers and small businesses. At a time when our economy is hurting, we should explore ways of making clean, American energy more affordable, not adding to the cost of energy and eliminating jobs.' […] Instead of the energy tax, McMorris Rodgers favors development of every possible source of clean, American energy […] 'Our abundant hydropower protects local Eastern Washington families from some of the harshest consequences from the energy tax, but cap-and-trade will hurt all Americans, and hobble America's drive for energy independence.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes for Energy Tax Prevention Act at Energy & Commerce Committee Markup. 15 March 2011. “We need to strike the proper balance between job creation and environmental protection. Unfortunately, the EPA's repeated attempts to impose a 'Cap and Trade-like system' through the backdoor will upset that balance to the tune of higher energy prices and the loss of thousands, if not millions, of jobs. We cannot allow what happened to America's health care industry to happen to our energy industry. The bill we passed today merely clarifies existing law to protect our economy, preserve jobs, and reduce the risk of higher energy prices.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Cathy McMorris Rodgers a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Values. 29 September 2011. “As a mom, I have a new perspective on my role as a Member of Congress. I have a renewed passion and determination to protect America's values - including faith, freedom, opportunity, commitment to family, and personal responsibility. I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, the pro-life cause, and the Second Amendment.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: National Debt. 1 January 2011. “To get our fiscal house in order, I am advocating putting an immediate end to unused stimulus funds (saving $250 billion), returning federal spending to Fiscal Year 2008 levels (saving $350 billion), terminating the Wall Street bailout, and repealing the $1.3 trillion radical health care bill. That will stop the problem from getting worse, but to truly solve the problem, we also need pro-active constitutional reforms.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Facebook: Wall. 5 April 2011. “Great news for jobs! The Senate has approved legislation to repeal the onerous new 1099 requirement for small businesses that was included in last year's health care law. I was proud to support this bill which now moves to the President's desk.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Facebook: Wall. 7 June 2011. “To grow jobs, we must repeal and replace last year's radical health care law. 1,300+ waivers and counting show its failure.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers: Health Care Legislation Harms Working Moms and Women-Owned Businesses. 24 July 2009. “The bill that the Majority is pushing through Congress manipulates the doctor-patient relationship - putting the federal government and federal bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions - not patients. The bill doesn't stop there either. It rations care and treatment and severely limits the insurance options available to individuals and families who may need it - all at an estimated cost of $1.28 trillion, putting our children and grandchildren deeper in debt." In addition, experts believe the Majority's current health care legislation will: -Push 114 million individuals out of their current health insurance. -Force 4.7 million individuals out of a job -Cause physicians and hospitals to cut staff and services if they are not reimbursed fairly and entirely for the services provided.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" – Transcript. 26 September 2010. “Crowley: 'Just this past week we saw a couple of the provisions of the health care reform bill go into effect. One of them was to allow children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parents' insurance should they need to. The other was to make sure that children with pre-existing conditions could still get insurance. You want to repeal both of those?' RODGERS: 'We would -- in our package, in our health care reform proposal, we include both of those provisions. So, yes, we believe that the health care bill needs to be repealed and replaced with better reforms that will actually reduce costs and make sure that people have access. But in our -- in our plan, it does include the provision to cover those with pre-existing conditions, raising the age to 26 for children.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Health Care. 30 September 2011. “I voted against President Obama's radical health care bill because it increases premiums for working families (10-13% according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office), raises taxes on small businesses, and cuts Medicare for seniors […] I want to repeal the health care bill and replace it with a better bill based on common-sense, market-based solutions to increase health care access and lower costs for all Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Statement on One Year Anniversary of Health Care Law. 23 March 2011. “During last year's health care debate, then-Speaker Pelosi famously said, 'We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it.' I knew enough about the bill to vote against it. We all knew the bill would increase premium for working families […], raise taxes on small businesses, and cut Medicare for seniors. We also knew the bill was too expensive […] and would increase the deficit at a time when the national debt is already $14 trillion. This bill is a disaster, and as we mark its one-year anniversary, it looks worse than ever.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Votes to Repeal Government Takeover of Health Care. 19 January 2011. “When the health care bill passed last year, it was a defining moment in a Congress that wasn't listening to the will of the American people. Never had a Congress worked so hard to do something so unpopular that was so damaging to our country. In the 'Pledge to America,' House Republicans promised to repeal the Obama health care law. And through today's vote, we are keeping that promise.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Spokesman Review - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Q&A on 15 Topics. 17 July 2012. Answered: “America has always been the land opportunity and people continue to come here from around the world to seek a better life. We need to fix our broken immigration system. A better approach is to first secure our borders, establish a practical guest worker program, and increase the ability for people to migrate legally into our country. Once we've put in place these necessary security measures, we can address those who have been brought here illegally as young children” to the question: “Would you support legislation, such as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, which would allow immigrants who arrived to the United States illegally as minors to become eligible for legal residency if they have lived in the country for a certain period and served in the military or attended college?” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Did Not Vote on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is Needed to Control our Borders and Provide Economic Stability to Eastern Washington. 12 December 2011. “Immigration is a complex problem, with no easy solution or quick fix. Controlling our borders is an important first step, but we cannot stop there. Immigration reform will not be complete until we can adequately resolve the labor needs of our agriculture community. As we continue to update and improve our immigration laws, it is important that we retain our compassionate and welcoming system that defines who we are as Americans.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Spokesman Review - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Q&A on 15 Topics. 17 July 2012. “I believe marriage is a sacred institution and should be defined as between one man and one woman.” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted Did Not Vote on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Issue Position: Values. 29 September 2011. “As a mom, I have a new perspective on my role as a Member of Congress. I have a renewed passion and determination to protect America's values - including faith, freedom, opportunity, commitment to family, and personal responsibility. I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, the pro-life cause, and the Second Amendment.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. “Cathy McMorris Rodgers […] released the following statement today after President Obama announced that U.S. special forces had killed international terrorist Osama bin Laden: 'I want to thank the brave special forces who carried out this dangerous, successful mission. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to all of our servicemen and women who have fought bravely -- and continue to fight bravely - in Afghanistan and other fronts of the War on Terror. No corner of the world is too small or too remote to offer safety to America's enemies. We will continue to prosecute this war against al-Qaeda until every terrorist has been brought to justice.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Mcmorris Rodgers Signs Onto Detainee Transfer And Release Security Act Of 2010. 21 January 2010. “To win the War on Terror, America must be proactive and always one step ahead of its enemies. The Christmas Day incident sheds light on the flaws in the Obama Administration's detainee release policies -- particularly those pertaining to nations which house al-Qaeda operatives, such as Yemen. The Detainee Transfer and Release Security Act of 2010 would require the President, prior to any detainee transfer from Guantanamo to a foreign country, to certify to Congress the following: the country is not a state sponsor of terrorism; it can secure and exercise control over its territory; no portion of the country serves as a safe haven for terrorist groups, particularly al-Qaeda; and the country has no confirmed case of any individual released into their custody from Guantanamo that returned to terrorist activities.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Spokesman Review - Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Q&A on 15 Topics. 17 July 2012. Answered: “We must keep our promise to seniors in regards to Social Security, that they will receive all the benefits they are entitled to as part of the program. That's why I've opposed cuts to Social Security for those who are currently on the program as well as those who are close to receiving benefits. I support giving individuals in their 20s and 30s the voluntary option of investing part of their savings. I've supported gradually increasing the retirement age for younger Americans. To be clear I don't support any changes to Social Security for anyone age 55 years or older” to the question: “Do our support reforms to Social Security that include diverting payroll taxes to individual retirement accounts? Do you support increasing the retirement age for eligibility for Social Security?” (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Cathy McMorris Rodgers supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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