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Cathy McMorris Rodgers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 5, Republican
Cathy McMorris Rodgers has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Washington Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

We must stand up for the invaluable impact that every human life has on this world. For me, this is personal. As a pro-life mom of three, part of my story is with my oldest son, Cole, who was born with down syndrome. When my husband and I received that news, it wasn't what we expected. Now, 10 years later, Cole is working his way through the fifth grade. He lights up a room. People are drawn to him. He is in Cub Scouts and plays sports. He inspires me every day.

NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles

I support more responsible spending, which is why I helped pass the first audit of the Department of Defense, but the number one responsibility of the federal government is to keep our country safe. We need to make sure that our military has every resource they need so they can keep us safe and secure.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles

We've already seen the benefits this brings. Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, companies are investing in America again, creating millions of jobs, raising wages, and giving bonuses. In fact, the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2000 and businesses are more optimistic than they've been in decades to hire more people and expand their business.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

As much as possible, these decisions should be left up to the states and local school districts who know the needs of their students best, but not mandated.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

My goal is to not infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns. Any new law should focus on keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have access, not making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

For me, protecting people with pre-existing conditions isn't just good politics, it's a personal mission.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I support us fixing what is a broken immigration system. And I also support ensuring that we are enforcing our nation's immigration laws. Current law requires those who accrue unlawful presence in the U.S. to return to their country of origin for a period of time before they can enter legally. Absent a reform to our nation's immigration laws, I would support current law.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

As a mother, I think about my kids and about what impact it will have on them. As of now, it's against federal law, and until that changes, I support upholding federal law.

YesCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles

Whenever the administration seeks to do more than airstrikes, I expect it to consult with Congress beforehand

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

One of my top priorities as Eastern Washington's representative in congress is to ensure veterans get the care they've earned. The United States owes a debt of gratitude and service to the veterans and their families who have sacrificed for our country. I am proud to have co-sponsored the Faster Care for Veterans Act, which works to modernize the VA's scheduling process to reduce wait times. Acts like this one are a good start, but we can and must do more to take care of our veterans.


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