“I’m so happy, I wanted to tell everybody”

Feb 06, 2018 | Communications •

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led this morning’s House Republican Leadership press conference to touch on the continued success of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, the need for defense funding, and important votes that are happening on the floor this week.

The Chair’s Remarks:

“Our hearts remain with those who have been in train crashes this week, both in South Carolina and those who were on the way to our conference last week. And we are especially keep the families of those who have lost loved ones in our hearts and in our prayers. This is really a heartbreaking time.

“I’d like to share a call I received this week from a young woman in Spokane, Washington. She said, ‘I just got my paycheck for the first time [since tax reform], and I’m getting $47.98 more than I had in the past, which is about $1,200 a year. For me, they’re not crumbs. It’s more money to help me put food on the table. I’m so happy, I wanted to tell everybody, the whole world, that these tax cuts work. I’m so excited!’

“She’s right, and we share in that excitement about what tax reform and tax cuts mean to everyone in this country. These are the results that we promised. After last week’s House/Senate joint conference, we continue to focus on building a strong, safe, proud America. It’s critical…that we provide for our national defense. We’re continuing to work on the broader budget agreement that properly funds our military. This is the funding that our troops rely on to be paid and the resources they need to protect us. That’s why I’m pleased that Congressman Jim Banks is here. He’s in the Navy Reserve, and he’s going to speak on the importance of funding the readiness within our military. We urge the Senate Democrats to stop the games and stop holding our military hostage for partisan demands. Let’s join together, Republicans and Democrats, to put the safety and security of America first.

“Before I turn things over to Congressman Banks, I also want to highlight two other bills on the floor this week. First, is the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. This brings menu-labeling regulations into the 21st Century. It gives places like grocery or convenience stores more flexibility to provide the required nutrition information to their customers in a more user-friendly way, whether it be using an app or going online.

“I’m also pleased that we’re fast-tracking the bipartisan legislation to ensure that the congressional workplace is safe and welcoming for all. Members of Congress must be held to a higher standard and they must lead by example, so I’m looking forward to that vote later on today.”

NOTE: On January 28, 2018, McMorris Rodgers spoke with Dana Perino on the Daily Briefing and urged the Senate to consider the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, legislation the House will vote on this week to reform internal policies on how to handle sexual harassment claims in Congress.