“Mothers across the state will be negatively impacted by cuts to WIC, Working Connections Childcare, and other programs.”

Dozens of residents from Spokane, WA, encourage Congress to raise new revenue instead of cutting vital services for seniors, mothers, kids and low income families.  McMorris Rodgers’ actions have left voters angry across Eastern Washington.  To symbolize the impact that the sequester will have on the WIC program (a supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children), working mothers from Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers’ 5th Congressional District  delivered empty milk bottles to her office, with personal messages inside the bottles.  (Below are quotes from a Washington CAN  media advisory dated March 15th, 2013).  

Constituents will also call on McMorris Rodgers to oppose the Ryan budget, which was released earlier this week and would end Medicare as we know it, repeal Obamacare, and make drastic cuts to Medicaid, all while providing more tax breaks to the wealthy. McMorris Rodgers has voted for the Ryan budget in the past.

After delivering the empty milk bottles, community members delivered a thank you letter to Senator Murray’s office in support of the Senate budget that was released Wednesday. The Senate budget includes $1 trillion in new revenue and would reverse the sequester cuts. Senator Murray has been a champion for working class families throughout the session and has stood firm on the need for the wealthiest and large corporations to pay their fair share.

Aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Sequestration Cuts Forced by McMorris and other Republicans

The sequestration cuts are an effect of an impasse Congress unable to compromise and find a better solution for the middle class.  Because they were unable to work together to raise revenue, these automatic, across the board cuts will have a drastic effect on people across the country.

These ill-conceived, automatic cuts are harmful not only to families but to our economy as a whole.  There will be cuts to child care, nutrition assistance programs for seniors, nutrition assistance for families, vaccine programs for children, domestic violence support programs for women, early education programs, work study programs for college students, job training and placement services, primary education for Washington state, military readiness, public health services, environmental funding to ensure clean air and water, and other cuts as well.

“Approximately 600,000 women and children would be dropped from the Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from March through September. At least 1,600 State and local jobs could be lost as a result,” according to the White House release of sequestration cuts. (See documents below).




Ryan Budget:


Senate Budget:


Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers voting record can be found here.

.                                                                                                                     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.)