While serving since 2005, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record has seldom wavered from the Republican Party line.  Among the votes she has taken, McMorris Rodgers voted in 2017 give tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% of Americans and increase taxes on many middle class and low-income Americans. Also, in 2009 She voted to allow health insurance companies to raise your premiums or drop your policy if you become ill.  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash, 5th CD) has also voted to dismantle medicare and social security.

McMorris Rodgers is a rigid conservative and highly partisan . . . [and] isn’t willing to compromise on major national issues.–Editorial Board, Walla Walla Union Bulletin.

When we look at Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the issues, we realized that McMorris voted with the Republican leadership most of the time.  She voted with her party 97% of the time in the 111th Congress while casting 1654 votes making her one of the most partisan members of congress.  This includes her vote for the 2013 GOP Budget to end Medicare as we know it.  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record agreed with the American Conservative Union 96% percent of the time.  Also, the Club for Growth scored her as voting with them 94% of the time. She voted with the Family Research Council 100% of the time, the National Taxpayers Union 89% of the time, and the National Chamber of Commerce 100% of the time (see WikiPedia).

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Voting Record on Health Care

Voted for cuts to Medicaid and Medicare
Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record Medicaid and Medicare

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record includes her support sweeping cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.  This was part of the  Paul Ryan Budget that McMorris supported.  The Ryan budget would have raised the eligibility age of Medicare from 65 to 67 years old, affecting nearly 5 million seniors who would currently qualify.  It also converts the program into a voucher system where seniors will get set stipends to use at private insurers or from the government.  These stipends are set at a rate that does not increase at the same rate as health care costs inflate, leaving many seniors with elevated health care costs and no way to pay.  Currently, 15% of people in the State of Washington are receiving Medicare. This is not in the interest of middle class Americans.

If Rep.Cathy McMorris Rodgers had her way, Medicaid would be converted into a block grant program with capped amounts from the Federal government.  This would shift the rising costs of funding it to the states.  The State of Washington faced $10 billion in cuts over the last 4 years and probably would be able to increase its funding of Medicaid to offset the decrease from the federal government.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers' Vote on Health Care Reform

Voted Against Health Care Reform

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ voted against the Affordable Health Care (or HR 3962) in 2009. This was a vote to continue to allow health insurance companies to drop your policy or raise your premiums if you get sick. McMorris also voted to continue to allow insurance companies to deny you coverage if you have pre-existing conditions. She has continued to vote in a similar manner over and over again to this day.

Voted Against Cost-Saving Measures in the Health Insurance Industry

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record includes her opposition to a health insurance exchange where individuals can compare policies and rates to get the best prices on health insurance.  The health insurance industry opposed this insurance exchange because it would save consumers money and reduce their profits.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record  Social Security

Voted for Cuts to Social Security

As part of the Paul Ryan Budget, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record includes cuts to Social Security.  Specifically, McMorris voted to privatize Social Security, which would allow Wall Street to skim money off of the program at the expense of middle class Americans.  There would be no guarantee that Wall Street would not lose all of our retirement savings.

Voted Against Labor Unions

Morris received a life time rating of only 7% from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) because of her repeated votes against workers to organized against their employers to obtain better wages healthcare, and working conditions.  For example, in 2011 she voted for changes in the National Labor Relations Board to make it unusually hard for labor unions to form, elect their own union officers, and determining their own members.

Voted Against Food for Children and the Disabled

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for $2.71 billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) over the next decade to feed the hungry and support farmers.  This was also part of the Paul Ryan budget (2013 GOP Budget).   Almost two-thirds of SNAP recipients are children, elderly, and/or disabled.  According to a report by the USDA (http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/884525/err141.pdf), the State of Washington ranks 14th in the nation for food insecurity, tied with states like Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama.  Washington exceeds both of our neighboring states in percentages of people who are lacking enough food to eat.

Voted Against Protecting Women from Violence and Unequal Pay

In the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-Wash] supported the version of this bill that excludes Lesbians, Native Americans, and immigrant women from protection.  Cathy McMorris Rodgers stated that those women are “a side issue”.   Spokane County’s own sheriff, Ozzie Knezovich, a Republican, has stated “My concern is that the safety nets are rapidly being stripped away with funding.  As safety nets slip away, it will increase the number of calls, and number of violent calls we respond to.”

Second, Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against the Lilly Ledbetter act, which is aimed at protecting women from pay inequalities in the workplace.

Third, through the sequestration process McMorris-Rodgers voted with her party leadership to cut funding for birth control for low income women.  This is likely to result in thousands of unwanted pregnancies.

Voted Against Access to Contraceptives

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record includes making it more difficult for women to get access to contraceptives through their health insurance and at some hospitals. This was part of McMorris’ vote against the Affordable Health Care Act that makes it mandatory for self-insured employers and Catholic hospitals  to provide contraceptive coverage at no additional cost.

2017 Republican Tax Bill

On Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, Cathy McMorris Rodgers along with most of her Republican colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the largest tax cut for the rich in U.S. history.
The non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimated that approximately 80 percent of the benefits of the tax cut plan will go to the wealthy 1% ofAmericans. A full $1.5 trillion of that is to slash the corporate tax rate. Corporate executives have already said they plan to pocket that money rather than invest it, spend it on research and development, or give it to workers as higher wages.However, to pay for that tax cut, the legislation also raised taxes on millions of low income and working class Americans and will likely necessitate cuts to medicaid, medicare, and social security. The U.S. Senate also passed the same legislation, and President Donald Trump quickly signed it into law.

In Closing

On the issues, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-Wash] has been quite extreme with her support for the far right of the Republican Party.  On the issues of health care, food security, Social Security, woman’s issues, and others, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voting record has usually agreed with the rest of the Republican leadership .  A full biography of Cathy McMorris Rodgers can be found here.