Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released this statement following President Obama’s executive action on firearms:
“Americans ought to feel safe in their homes and communities, and our hearts break with each senseless act of violence. As a parent, these tragedies always hit close to home.
“I believe the security and constitutional rights of the American people are not mutually exclusive. Actions that target law-abiding citizens jeopardize our constitutional foundation and threaten to distract from the roots of the problem: terrorists, criminals, and a broken mental health system. We will closely review the details of the President’s executive ‘guidance’ and continue to move forward commonsense reforms that reaffirm our commitment to the safety and the constitutional rights of every American.”
McMorris Rodgers is a staunch advocate for reforms to our mental health system. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she has jurisdiction over this issue.