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McMorris Rodgers: We are united to deliver real solutions and end this crisis

Today, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after President Trump signed the final version of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6) into law. It’s the most significant congressional bipartisan effort against a single drug crisis in history. Language the Congresswoman helped introduce, the Protecting Seniors from Opioid Abuse Act of 2018 (H.R. 5684), was included in this legislation.

“This is the most comprehensive action we’ve taken to combat the opioid epidemic. It will bolster treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and fight synthetic drugs like fentanyl that are coming across our borders from China and Mexico. It also includes language I led on to expand services for seniors who are at-risk for prescription drug abuse.

“For families in every district across the country, including in Eastern Washington, this fight is personal. This summer, I shared Kristin’s story. She was a successful, highly competitive swimmer when she was injured. She was prescribed some opioids, and it has led to a heroin addiction, which has led to four stints in rehab, losing custody of her child, and numerous job firings. Her addiction has torn her family apart, and it’s not solved. People battling addiction, like Kristin and her family, need help and hope. That’s why we are united today to deliver real solutions and end this crisis.”

Note: In June, the Chair led the House Leadership Press Conference where members shared personal stories from their districts. After sharing Kristin’s story, she said, “These are stories from different people, different hometowns, different walks of life, but they all have in common the tragedy that many families are enduring across the country.We are united in doing everything that we can to help these families.”  CLICK HERE to watch these stories.

McMorris Rodgers Statement on the President’s Pledge to the American Worker

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his executive order  that establishes the President’s National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to solve the new challenges faced by American workers.

“Alongside the Trump administration, Republicans in Congress have remained focused on policies to unleash America’s economic potential and bring jobs home. Thanks to our work to cut taxes and rein in Obama-era regulations, the economy is booming and people are better off now. In fact, for the first time in decades, there are now more job openings than people looking for work. We need to keep that momentum going, and make sure American workers are ready to seize new opportunities and succeed. I applaud President Trump for making it a priority to equip more people with the skills they need to move off the sidelines, join the workforce, and achieve their version of the American dream.”

Note: Visit better.gop to learn how Republican policies have made America stronger at home and abroad, with a booming economy, safer communities, and a revived military.

McMorris Rodgers: We are Safer Because of ICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed H. Res. 990, a resolution introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) that supports the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Every day, our nation’s ICE law enforcement officers make sacrifices to secure our borders and enforce our laws. Last year alone, they arrested dangerous criminals who were responsible for more than 76,000 drug offenses, made 4,818 gang-related arrests, and stopped 980,000 pounds of narcotics at the border. They specifically seized 2,370 pounds of fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic drug that is fueling the opioid crisis in America. There is no doubt that ICE is at the forefront of keeping criminals like drug and human traffickers off our streets. We are safer because of their work. The outrageous suggestion to abolish this agency is irresponsible, and it would wreak havoc in communities across the country. Rest assured, while Democrats play politics and push for open borders, Republicans in the People’s House will continue our work to support ICE, make our communities safer, and keep America secure.”

McMorris Rodgers Statement on Ending the Schumer Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C.– House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after Congress passed the continuing resolution to fund the government until February 8, 2018, and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

“For our troops who keep us safe and for the sake of our most vulnerable children, I’m relieved Democrats reversed course and joined Republicans to fund the government and reauthorize CHIP. Bipartisan negotiators in the House and Senate now have the time they need to put together a broader budget agreement that puts the safety and security of Americans first with adequate funds for our military to rebuild and restore our readiness. A DACA fix remains on the agenda too, and I will keep pressing my colleagues working on a DACA deal to come to a bipartisan agreement as soon as possible.”

“The bottom line is that a shutdown is never good for the American people and it diminishes their trust in their representatives. Last year, the House did its job passing all 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal government and sent them to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate’s outdated rules allow a small minority to obstruct the will of the American people by holding must-pass measures hostage to partisan politics and political games. By allowing a simple majority of Senators to advance spending bills, the Schumer Shutdown could have been averted. I have long said the budget process is broken. As part of a long-term deal to fund the government, we must include reforms that help unlock our appropriations process and ensure we stop lurching from one funding crisis to the next.”

Note: Chair McMorris Rodgers introduced legislation to restore the “power of the purse” to the American people as outlined in Article I of the Constitution. The Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act puts all unauthorized programs on a pathway to sunset in 3 years and requires any new authorizations or reauthorizations to include a sunset clause. This means every government program will be routinely scrutinized and updated by the People’s representatives. Visit McMorris.House.Gov/USAact to learn more.

McMorris Rodgers Delivers a Message of Unity to the Pro-Life Community


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Before the 45th annual March For Life, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered a message of unity to the pro-life community at the Family Research Council headquarters. The following are her remarks as prepared for delivery.

WELCOMING THE MARCHERS

“Good morning. First, I want to share my appreciation to all of you. Thank you all for being here. Like previous years, I’m excited to see so many people, from so many different walks, of life coming together to recognize what it means to be a member of the pro-life generation.

“Together, we’re reaffirming that all life is worth protecting. That all life is sacred. And, that everyone, including the unborn, deserves their God-given chance to reach their full potential.

“[This] marks a day to celebrate all that life has to offer. It truly is a day of joy and hope. So to all those marching, thank you.”

HER PRO-LIFE STORY

“Every year, when I see tens of thousands of young people, moms, dads, religious leaders and more who march to the Supreme Court, I am amazed at the thought that everyone has a story to share. A story that defines who they are and why they are here.

“For me, as a pro-life mom of three, part of my story is with my oldest son, Cole, who was born with that extra 21st chromosome. When my husband and I received that news, it wasn’t what we expected. We were given a long list of challenges and chances of heartache.

“Now, 10 years later, Cole is working his way through the fifth grade. He lights up a room. People are drawn to him. He is in Cub Scouts and plays sports. Last weekend, he scored 3 points in his basketball game. He is living a life full of huge potential.”

ON FINDING WHAT UNITES US

“Stories like my family’s of kids beating the odds and [reminds] us that all life is a precious gift… Every story is an opportunity for the pro-life movement to grow. As online activists, you all play a vital role in sharing them. And, it is not lost on me that this is a tall order.

“I remember the Doritos commercial that pro-abortion groups called “controversial” because it featured an animated baby on an ultrasound machine. Even language that our tax writing committee considered to allow parents to open college savings accounts for their unborn children was called “dangerous. And right now, as the House considers legislation to protect children born alive after a failed abortion, the left is once again accusing us of joining the war on women.

“This rhetoric is keeping both sides from having an honest discussion about the humanity of the unborn and it is further dividing the American people. It is pushing the left and right so far apart on life issues, it begs the question, how exactly do we break through and use this pro-life platform to bring Americans together, particularly on the internet?

“How do we move past the “us versus them” mentality and foster constructive conversations?

“I believe the answer is going outside our comfort zone and identifying what ties us together as people and as fellow Americans.”

ON UNITY

“Over the past year, I’ve held a number of Unity Dinners in my district to build trust and bring people in my community closer together– even when we disagree on the big issues. I am always reminded that everyone has a story. There are stories of hope and love. And stories of deep pain and heartache.

“And every story is a chance for us to come together and develop a deeper understanding of one another.

“I believe this marks an incredible opportunity for all of you. I encourage you to keep up the hard work of telling stories of new moms, medical miracles, and children with disabilities who are making lasting contributions to the world. I also challenge you to find ways to reach those who aren’t yet friends of the pro-life community.

“Lead by example, and think about how you can foster welcoming and courageous conversations. The stories you share have the power to open hearts and minds so we change the culture to one that values every life.

“That is how we will identify the common ground that unites us and it will pave the way for us to affirm the dignity of life. It really is on all of us.

“Again, thank you very much. May God bless you during today’s march and always.”