Chair McMorris Rodgers Discusses Trust on Bloomberg, WMAL

Mar 01, 2018 | Communications •

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall and Bloomberg to discuss the importance of restoring trust in representative government and how House Republicans are focusing on the American people’s priorities. Chair McMorris Rodgers recently penned an op-ed on National Review Online, “There’s a Trust Crisis in Government. It Must Be Fixed, on this same topic.

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“The best case for Republicans is our record of results — putting people first and the priorities of the people, which have been more jobs, more opportunities, getting the economy growing. Our work on tax reform is certainly one of the biggest results we’ve seen. But in addition to that, we’ve been lifting the regulatory burden, we’re taking steps to address the high cost of health care and the premium increases that we’ve seen. And as we continue to put people first and their priorities first, and restore trust and confidence in representative government…I believe the people will respond to that.”

“I think there’s been too many stories through the years of corruption, the lack of transparency, the lack of accountability, but also just a sense that the people don’t feel like their priorities are being reflected day in day out in the House and the Senate. This is representative government at work, and this is the greatest example of self-governance that the world has ever known. The foundation of that though, is people, and people being at the center of this government, people having confidence that there’s accountability, people having confidence and trust that their priorities will be reflected. And too often they see examples of representatives and senators putting their own interests, their own ambition, ahead of what’s best for the country.”

“I think that lawmakers have a responsibility to the people that they represent, and clearly part of our responsibility as representatives is the oversight. The legislative branch is a check and balance on the executive branch and on the judicial branch. So there is a responsibility that we have here for oversight and for ensuring that there’s appropriate accountability. But I think there’s times, especially in this world today when we’re all on social media, we all have these followings, there is a temptation to sensationalize or to promote oneself ahead of what’s may be best for the country in order to gain a following or gain celebrity status.”