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McMorris Rodgers Votes to Save Local Businesses

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers.

“Government should not make it more difficult  for hardworking men and women who have taken the risk to start their own business,” said McMorris Rodgers. “That’s not fair to our entrepreneurs, nor is it fair to all of the people looking for a job. We want everyone to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and I’m glad Rep. Byrne has provided a solution that will protect jobs and encourage job creation.”

NOTE: The legislation:

–Rolls back a convoluted joint employer scheme that threatens job creation and undermines the American Dream.

–Restores a commonsense definition of employer to provide certainty and stability for workers and employers.

–Protects workers and local employers from future overreach by unelected bureaucrats and activist judges.

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Chair McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Eshoo, and 54 members send bipartisan letter to FCC

WASHINGTON, D.C.–House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) today with 54 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to support an on-time completion of the broadcast incentive auction’s repacking timeline.

The buildout resulting from the FCC’s recent auction of 600 MHz spectrum will make significant steps toward closing the digital divide. As the members write in the letter:

“The Internet has revolutionized the lives of millions of Americans, changed the way we communicate and engage in the 21st century economy, and expanded our nation’s economy. Reliable broadband internet provides significant employment, educational, health, and economic opportunities to those who have access. However, too many Americans remain unserved or underserved. One out of every ten Americans lacks broadband internet access with most of these 35 million individuals residing in rural communities. Deploying a robust broadband infrastructure across the country is not just a matter of creating jobs and stimulating economic growth here at home. Ultimately, it’s a matter of economic necessity in today’s globally-connected world.”

The full letter can be downloaded here and seen below.

McMorris Rodgers Statement on Republicans’ Unified Framework for Tax Reform 

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement on the Republicans’ Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code, which can be found on

“We are on a mission to improve people’s lives, and the best way to create opportunities for hardworking Americans and their families is through simplified, permanent tax reform. People are struggling to find good-paying jobs, pay down school loans, or save more money for retirement. It’s about respecting and restoring the dignity that comes with work, by rewarding those who work hard so they can get ahead in life. Our plan creates jobs and raises wages, providing the peace of mind and access to financial stability that Americans have been searching for. We want moms and dads to be able to spend more time with their kids and less time at the kitchen table calculating their grocery budget. We want college grads to know that the world is open to them when they graduate – that nothing stands in their way of finding a good job. Our plan is about helping people rise and improving their quality of life. This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure America will continue to be the land of opportunity.”

The House Republican Conference released the following video highlighting how the tax reform plan will increase opportunities for all Americans:

NOTE: On Tuesday at a House Republican Leadership Press Conference, Chair McMorris Rodgers said: “America was built on freedom, opportunity, and hard work. It’s the foundation of innovation, ingenuity, and it’s time that our tax code reflects those priorities. Reforming the tax code is how we help lift those who were left behind.” Watch her remarks here.

McMorris Rodgers Statement on Strengthening Families

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (H.R. 2824). Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), this bill reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program through Fiscal Year 2022. The program seeks to strengthen and improve home visiting services to families in at-risk communities.

“Strengthening our families means strengthening our future as a country, and I am thankful to Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) for looking out for our working families. This legislation puts the needs of our families first so that they are set up for success. The evidence-based programs within this legislation have been proven to help break the cycle of poverty and empower men, women, and children to live their fullest lives.”

McMorris Rodgers Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:

“As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I want to wish my Jewish friends in Eastern Washington and throughout the country a sweet and happy New Year.

“This past year has been one filled with conflict and divisiveness at home and around the world. Yet, it has also been a time of hope, with Israel enjoying a tenuous peace with her neighbors and a new administration fervently devoted to defending the Jewish state.

“I just returned last month from my third trip to Israel, leading a senior congressional delegation, meeting with the Prime Minister and defense officials. Each time I return, I am impressed anew with how the hard work and innovative genius of modern Israelis has turned the ancient Holy Land into a world leader in defense, software, agriculture, and medicine.

“At a time when so many issues divide us, it is a hopeful sign that support for Israel continues to enjoy bipartisan support. Indeed, resolutions condemning Iranian aggressiveness have been adopted by almost unanimous votes.

“Yet 5778 brings, as every new year does, new energy for us to meet the challenges in the year ahead.

“As you know, it is a flavorful custom to eat apples dipped in honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Since Washington state produces almost half the apples grown in the United States, I think we can see that in synagogues and homes across the nation, our fruit will be sweetening the lives of millions of Jewish families — which is fitting, since Jewish culture and tradition has enriched the lives of all Americans for so long.

On Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. May it be written and may it be sealed that you have a new year that brings fulfillment and happiness, peace and prosperity – all of life’s very best things. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! Shanah Tovah!”


McMorris Rodgers’s Statement on the Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2017)–House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Committee on the Budget released its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.

“The budget released today is a welcomed step toward long-term fiscal responsibility,” said McMorris Rodgers. “This budget addresses the top priorities of all Americans and keeps more money in people’s pockets, creates jobs, and puts our country on a path to sustainable and stable economic growth. The budget balances over 10 years by proposing much-needed reforms that jumpstart our economy, strengthen national defense, and return decision-making back to the states. Thanks to Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) and the Budget Committee for their work to put us on a path to greater economic opportunities for all Americans.”

Note: More information about the budget can be found at