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Cathy McMorris Rodgers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 5, Republican Majority Conference Chair
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a pro-life leader and a pro-life mom, I acted today to protect the lives of the unborn. I spoke for the majority of Americans – both Republicans and Democrats – who believe that no taxpayer dollars should fund elective abortion." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • "I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, the pro-life cause, and the Second Amendment." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In fact, more middle-class Americans than ever are falling to the bottom. Well – we're going to make sure they climb to the top. That's why we're advancing bottom-up economic policies that empower middle-class Americans. Not with tax hikes – but with tax reform." (
  • "A reduced tax burden will empower taxpayers by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money, thus leading the way to further personal savings and investment." (
  • Signed a pledge stating, "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Methamphetamine use and drug related crimes are a serious problem within our communities and I want to bring everyone together, including community members and law enforcement, to fight this problem head on. We all must do our part to reduce crimes in our communities and give our children a safe place to live." (
  • "According to local law enforcement officials, over the past five years, Spokane has not arrested those who commit misdemeanor crimes because they do not have the jail space. In fact, there are over 40,000 warrants waiting to be served today. Serious crimes deserve serious consequences." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Men and women across the country rely on an efficient, reliable passenger rail to get from point A to point B every day, and the bipartisan Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act ensures them cost-effective transportation while protecting hardworking tax payers. These commonsense reforms -- including a more transparent accounting process for Amtrak -- ensure taxpayer dollars are being used wisely and responsibly. This legislation improves our passenger rails from coast to coast, and it empowers states to have an equal say in ensuring passengers have the best service possible." (
  • "I am a champion for a balanced budget amendment, a line-item veto, and a constitutional amendment to limit government spending to 20% of the U.S. economy (it's 27% today)." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Less government regulation must be accompanied with lower taxes in order to allow for economic growth. A reduced tax burden will empower taxpayers by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money, thus leading the way to further personal savings and investment." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 136 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" (
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "Today I voted to invest in our future leaders, innvators, and entrepreneurs – and America's 'Opportunity Economy' will be better and brighter because of it. The STEM Education Act of 2015 defines STEM education to include academic subjects that build on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline Act is the solution to create jobs and lower energy costs for Eastern Washington families." (
  • "Time and time again, we have said 'yes' to American families and voted to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. We've said 'yes' to job creation and energy security. But today, when faced with a choice on the Keystone XL Pipeline, President Obama has said 'no.'" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a bold, comprehensive energy plan for the 21st century. And the basic principle of that plan should be 'more of everything.' We need more oil. More natural gas. More nuclear energy. More alternative energies, such as solar, wind, and biofuels. And more energy research." (
  • "In the Pacific Northwest, innovation is leading the way for the development of many new alternative energy sources. Developing liquid coal, wind production, ethanol, biodiesel, (hydrogen) fuel cells, and solar energy are among the variety of ways that we can decrease our dependency on foreign oil while creating new markets for Eastern Washington." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "Today's vote was a check on the EPA's back door power grab. With a several billion-dollar price tag attached, states should not be automatically forced to comply with the regulatory whims of unelected bureaucrats. This legislation provides local leaders the opportunity for judicial review and flexibility they need to ensure that families and businesses are protected." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2682 "Repeals EPA Emissions Regulations for Cement Manufacturers" (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, the pro-life cause, and the Second Amendment." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For too long the American people have been hurt by the President's disastrous health care law -- they've seen their premiums skyrocket, they've lost their coverage, and they've lost the freedom to choose the plans that best fits their needs. Today House Republicans voted to pave the way for real, patient-centered health care reform, and to repeal a law that continues to harm Americans in every corner of this country." (
  • "On Jan. 19, 2011, I voted to repeal the health care law. Throughout 2011, I also voted for several bills to defund it. We should replace the current law with common-sense, market-based solutions to increase health care access and lower costs for all Americans." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My vote holds the President accountable by defunding his unlawful executive order – an action that blatantly disregards the will of Congress and the American people – and represented a step backward on real, long-term immigration solutions." (
  • "It is encouraging to see that the Senate is taking constructive steps to fix a broken immigration system. We are a nation of immigrants, but it is clear we need to repair a system that is not working. In the coming months, I look forward to continuing this much-needed conversation." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, the pro-life cause, and the Second Amendment." (
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (
  • "I believe marriage is a sacred institution and should be defined as between one man and one woman." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Every day, our survival is threatened by radical Islamic terrorists who who 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." (
  • "We must be proactive in the fight against terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We cannot afford to be only reactionary. Today, I voted to fully fund the departments that carry out some of our most dangerous and difficult missions." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We are here tonight as daughters committed to helping our parents and their entire generation of hardworking Americans ensure that this program does not go bankrupt over the next ten years. We refuse to let that happen." (
  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "I believe that Social Security must be put on a path toward fiscal sustainability without cutting benefits to those who are currently on it or nearing retirement." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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