McMorris Rodgers and Trump: That thing they have

Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ position in Congress gives her a wealth of power and influence in the United States. It also puts her near our President, Donald Trump. She has used most of her career to increase her political rank and status in this country and now, as she is the highest-ranking female of the Republican party, it is important to understand her connections to our President.

Cathy and DonaldMany in the Republican party are having to answer for the things Trump says and does, and while they may not claim to support everything he does, they have done little to act in opposition. Cathy is not an exception. In 2016, a recording of a conversation between members of the GOP, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was released to the public. Paul Ryan, McMorris Rodgers and other top-ranking members of the GOP made light of Trump being paid by Putin and how, “what’s said in the family, stays in the family”. Paul Ryan and McMorris Rodgers had spent the entire first half of the conversation discussing their fears over Russian propaganda and their meddling in US affairs. Rodgers stood by.

As she continues to climb the political ladder, it’s clear she sticks to the Republican script. Her voting record speaks for itself. Instead of distancing herself from Trump, she continues to support his policies. Earlier this year she was even considered by President Trump for a position within his cabinet, the Secretary of the Interior. As Secretary of the Interior Rodgers would have gained additional influence over proceedings in the State of Washington regarding use of natural resources, conservation, and our national parks. She was most likely being considered because she was a leader in the transition team for the Trump administration.

Rodgers has made several statements criticizing the Trump administration, but she has yet to take any further action against him. She continually votes within party lines and seeks to move to higher positions within her party. She has been very successful at climbing the political ladder and to her credit, it gives her a greater amount of influence. As the highest ranking female Republican in Congress she is a champion on women’s issues from a conservative perspective.

McMorris on Women’s Issues

Currently she is working with Ivanka Trump on a childcare proposal that would help decrease the cost of childcare for working mothers. The proposal was assigned to Ivanka by her father and stands as one of his administration’s few attempts to satisfy women’s rights issues. Rodgers was an obvious choice to aid in this effort. Although few Democrats would disagree with the proposal’s main function, McMorris Rodgers has been criticized for failing to support women’s rights in other areas. For instance, she voted against paid parental leave in 2009 which is exactly what this proposal is trying to implement.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers attempts to shield herself against her weaknesses with statements like, “every issue is a women’s issue”. It’s a subtle way around voting against the right of women to have access to contraceptives or abortions. These important issues are specific to women, so she must draw attention away from them. It may be fair to say, “every issue is a women’s issue”, but not every women’s issue seems to matter to men. Donald Trump has made many disrespectful statements about women and McMorris Rodgers has little if anything to say in response to this.

Immigration and Taxes

Other issues that align our President with Cathy McMorris Rodgers are issues like immigration and taxes. Rodgers has repeated indicated that she supports one of Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals, the southern border wall. Scholars generally agree that a border wall is not effective at keeping people from moving across borders, it’s more of a statement. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is making a statement by supporting it. She would rather not disrupt her party’s unanimity or her relationship with Trump to speak out against a wasteful and ineffective border protection tactic.

When it comes to taxes it’s hard for a Republican leader to escape the typical conservative stance. Cathy promoted Donald Trump’s tax cut plan as a boon to the middle class, and while most Americans will see a small increase in their paychecks for the next eight years, there is an expiration date. Taxpaying citizens will see these cuts go away in 2025, but corporations will enjoy their tax breaks indefinitely and have no obligation to pay their employees more because of it.

Cathy McMorris Rogers: Leader or Potted Plant?

(11/15/17) Where’s our representative, Republican Cathy McMorris Rogers?

Here we are with the Republicans in Congress lining up in front of media microphones to denounce an alleged sexual predator, Judge Roy Moore, who thinks he should be their guy in the Senate from Alabama. Gadsden, Alabama’s pride and joy has the GOP leadership apoplectic at the prospect of having to eject an elected senator like Moore who has a history of prowling malls and high school civics classes in his 30s looking for dates.

Admittedly, the depraved (retired?) predator Roy Moore plans to infect the Senate, not the House of Representatives. But you have to wonder, wouldn’t a powerful woman in GOP leader in the House like McMorris Rodgers have something to say about the victimization of young girls by a politically powerful man like Moore? Apparently not. Silence.

Cathy McMorris Rogers purports to be the fourth most influential person in Congress. Yet Wikipedia officially lists the Republican leadership as: Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Then it moves on to describe the Democratic Party leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Stenny Hoyer. Oops! They missed McMorris Rogers, the fourth most powerful legislator in the House of Representatives. All that power, and yet no mention of Cathy McMorris Rogers. Hmmmm…

Not to worry. If you want to find the fourth most powerful Congressperson, you need only adjust your glance during any of the seemingly endless appearances of other Republican leaders on your TV screen. Just look to the left or right and behind any of these brighter lights of the GOP. There she is!

That’s’ our Cathy, standing a row or two back, sometimes obscured by a flagpole or potted plant, always with good posture. There’s our Congresswoman with the same forced grimace-cum-smile. There’s McMorris Rodgers, head nodding approval at just the right moments, politely applauding on cue.

Occasionally we may even see our powerful Congresswoman McMorris Rogers in a solo appearance as she leaves the podium at the beginning of a presser, just before someone the media actually wants to hear from takes to the dais. Apparently, CMR is useful for microphone checks.

Often, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the only distaff member of her caucus in the crowded video frame at media opportunities. She serves to prove the GOP leadership is not composed entirely of cranky old Southern men with names like Buddy or Trey or Jefferson Beauregard or smug X-Gen refugees from a Nordstrom catalog. CMR’s sidelined position in this bold new Congressional leadership team is somehow supposed to reflect her power, accumulated via six re-elections, in the Congressional 5th District.

Since her painfully boring response/ to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address 2014, (See it here, if you are having trouble sleeping through Donald Trump’s tweet storms:

This presentation should make it clear why Congresswoman McMorris Rogers has been pretty much the potted plant at GOP media events. As she said in that snoozer, “Who’d have believed a young girl working the drive through at the McDonald’s in Colville….”

She makes a good point. I’ve been to that Colville McDonald lots of times and I can tell you that I don’t remember a single face from that drive-through window, not even CMR’s.

By Jim Wavada

McMorris on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(Letter-to-the-Editor) Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ canned Email response to my concerns about the current Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict reflects her alarming lack of understanding of the bases of the conflict and a callous attitude toward the sanctity of human life.

Her assertion twice that the Palestinian rocket attacks are “unprovoked” indicates a fundamental ignorance of the strangled economy and dire poverty inflicted on Gaza Strip Palestinians by the Israeli (and Egyptian) blockade.  And McMorris’s refusal to mention the over 2100 Palestinians killed, at least half innocent civilians and children, compared with the much fewer 67 Israeli deaths, all but 4 in combat, shows an alarming lack of respect for human life.

Any supposed political leader such as McMorris Rodgers should be well-informed and should educate the populace on the conflict rather than simply parrot the one-sided party line of the rich Israeli lobby.

Joe Pakootas’ background allows him a much deeper, more informed, balanced, and humanitarian understanding of the conflict.  As the world’s most enduring and complex conflict, its resolution would ease innumerable strained international relations, particularly involving the US.  But a deep understanding of the conflict is necessary for any hope of resolution.

(Please see here for another letter to the editor from the author about the Representative)

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

McMorris Wants to Kill the Affordable Care Act

(Letter-to-the-Editor)  I recently attended an afternoon meeting with Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The group was largely elderly, as it was three in the afternoon. She told us how bad Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)  was and after 40 times of trying to repeal it, she said now they are going to stop the law by defunding it.Surprisingly, some of the attendees seemed supportive of what she said.  I can only assume the group of supporters don’t know Cathy’s true beliefs and actions concerning health care and seniors.Cathy McMorris Rodgers supports sweeping cuts to  heath care, including Medicare.  She supports raising the Medicare age to 67 and wants to turn the Medicare program into a voucher system where seniors get stipends. Medicade would be turned into a block grant program. She also voted to allow health insurance companies to drop or raise the cost of our policies if we get sick and supported allowing insurance companies to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

(Obamacare already prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to children or adults due to pre-existing conditions.) She also voted to make cuts to and privatize Social Security, giving Wall Street access to the money in our program.   It’s time we seniors turn up our hearing aids and put on our glasses to see and hear that this woman is definitely not supporting us!

Patricia Bates


The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013

In a letter to constituents Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers touted her support of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 and how she is in a similar situation as millions of other working moms in this country balancing the demands of a job with the obligations of a family.
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 is not written to truly help families have the flexibility to use their overtime. It does not provide employees the flexibility to use comp time when they need it. There are no provisions for distributing overtime work equally if an employee chooses to be paid for overtime instead of taking comp time.

Congress will only be in session 126 days this year, yet Representative McMorris Rodgers earns $174,000 per year for essentially part time work and enjoys a Congressional staff of more than 20. Her husband has the luxury of staying home to care for their children because he collects a military retirement. It is disingenuous to equate herself with hard working moms who often work 40 – 60 hours a week just to make ends meet. She does NOT feel their pain.

Disappointed in Clarkston,

Monika Lawrence
Clarkston, WA

McMorris: I Supported the Sequester before I Opposed it

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is now critical of the sequester that slashed billions of dollars across the board in funding for government programs and services including birth control for low income families and air traffic controllers.  However, McMorris voted for the sequester.  The blogger at thelastofthemillenniums suggests that McMorris is stupidly contradicting herself, and I offer another possibility.

McMorris Getting Orwellian on the Sequester

I am not one to defend Cathy McMorris Rodgers, but I don’t’ believe it was a mistake.  I believe it as a calculated rhetorical strategy to shift the blame for the impact of the sequester to the President and away from Republicans.    Logically, of course, it makes no sense.  How can you be critical of something you just vigorously supported without be a blatant hypocrite?   You can’t.

However, it is still an effective rhetorical strategy.  Average Americans do not remember who voted for what.  All they see is a attractive, middle aged mother of three who was elected to the U.S. House criticizing President Obama for the harmful effects of the sequester.


By the way….US Representative  Cathy McMorris-Rodgers voted FOR the sequester cuts but now proudly and stupidly stands in front of the sign proclaiming ‘Obamaquester’.

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is my US House Representative and also part of the Republican leadership.

And she actually sat there with a straight face and said splitting up the farm bill will ‘speed up the legislative process’….

The only question is does she think we are that stupid or is she that stupid?

Trick question.

I have rocks in my backyard smarter then Cathy McMorris-Rodgers…….

People are speculating that McMorris might run for Governor of the State of Washington in 2016.  I don’t think she will, but can you imagine what Olympia would be like?

.                                                                                                                Local activists went to meet Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and caught her lying about her votes on Medicare. McMorris Rodgers says she voted to save Medicare, but the facts show she voted for a budget that contained devastating cuts to Medicare.

(Update: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was an advocate for and voted to enact the sequester.  The bill contained budget cuts to vital services including healthcare.  Among one of the stupidest budget cuts ever , it “slashed $86 million from family planning and reproductive health care for poor women”  and likely to result in thousands of unwanted pregnancies.  Republicans are still trying to role back access to birth control, despite the fact that birth control technology is safer and more effective than ever with fewer side effects.)

.                                                                                                                     The media and blogosphere has been focusing on how Mit Romney running mate Paul Ryan’s budget would end medicare as we know it. Good. People need to know the truth about Paul Ryan. However, they also need to know that most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the Ryan budget including Cathy McMorris Rodgers. So did our own Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.  Medicare would work just fine if it had more revenue going into the program.

Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers votes to end Medicare as we know it

Some local Spokane activists got Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on tape trying to deny her involvement in destroying Medicare.  Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is not a friend to the elderly.

Below is an email from Democracy for America that explains the national scene for Republicans such as Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.  Paul Ryan and his budget to destroy Medicare is not very popular among Americans.

Mitt Romney’s decision to name Paul Ryan as his VP has nationalized Ryan’s radical right-wing budget. Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program is front-page news across the country — and it’s killing House Republicans in their reelection campaigns.

Politico reports House Republicans are so panicked that John Boehner had to schedule a major conference call to calm them down.

So, what’s the Republican plan to counterattack? Lie about Democrats’ plans and try to convince the American public that Republicans are trying to “save” Medicare.

We can’t let them get away with that. They’re running scared and we need to deliver the knockout punch right now. We need to back up our Dean Dozen candidates — our 12 top-tier endorsed candidates — and deliver the resources they need to win.




Ryan’s plan to voucherize Medicare was a huge liability for Republicans — even before Romney named him as VP. Need proof? Just check out these polling numbers we got back last week in four of our Dean Dozen candidates’ districts:

Question: If you were faced with the choice of two candidates — one who supported preserving Medicare and Social Security without any cuts, and one who advocated for transitioning to a privatized voucher system — for whom would you vote?

CA-10 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 67-15

CO-06 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 59-22

NH-01 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 64-18

PA-08 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 67-16

Now that Paul Ryan is on the ticket, the Republican plan to voucherize Medicare is a national news story and a huge political loser for House Republicans.

Simply put: Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program puts the House in play.




Thank you for all that you do.


Michael Langenmayr, Political Director
Democracy for America

Stay tuned for more information on Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ efforts to undermine medicare and access to healthcare in general.

(Update: Cathy McMorris Rodgers also actively supported and voted for the sequester, which contained “automatic cuts”  to vital services and “slashed $86 million from family planning and reproductive health care for poor women.”  This was one of the stupidest budget cuts ever and likely to result in thousands of unwanted pregnancies.  Despite the fact that birth control technology has few side effects, Republicans are still trying to role back access to it.)