Protecting schools and building up communities

Mar 14, 2018 | Communications •

This morning, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led the weekly House Republican Leadership press conference. She highlighted that House Republicans’ continue to be focused on the American people’s priorities, including school safety and a stronger, bolder economy thanks to tax reform. In her remarks, Chair McMorris Rodgers highlighted the impact tax reform is having on Spokane, including the $1 million grant from Premera Blue Cross that will allow the Hope House shelter for women to triple its capacity and ability to serve the community. For more on our work on pro-family, pro-growth tax reform, visit

Chair McMorris Rodgers also invited Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), a former sheriff and sponsor of the STOP School Violence Act, to share more about what can be done to empower students, teachers, school officials, and law enforcement to identify and intervene before there’s violence in our schools.

Chair McMorris Rodgers’s Remarks:

“As the New York Times just reported in response to the February jobs report, the economy is humming and it’s giving many Americans and their families reason to dream again. Because they have lower taxes, and because we’ve repealed the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax, Premera Blue Cross has dedicated $40 million to re-invest in our communities. In Spokane, this is $1 million at Hope House, a shelter for women [that] helps them find permanent homes. I recently visited Hope House, and I met many of these homeless women. Every night, Hope House has to turn women away. Because of tax reform, they’re getting a $1 million grant and they’re going to be able to triple their capacity. It’s also a reminder that $40 million in the hands of real people in our communities will go a lot further than if it was just sitting in Washington, D.C.

“This week, the People’s House is also taking action to improve school safety. After the Florida shooting, I — as well as many other members — had the opportunity to meet with courageous students from Parkland, Florida. It’s important that we do that following a tragedy — sit down and listen to one another. I had a shooting in my district last fall at Freeman High School. It’s important to bring people together — school superintendents, law enforcement, and community leaders. Our goal is to make sure every child has the chance to learn, make friends, and pursue their passion in a school that’s safe.

“That’s why I am pleased that we have Congressman John Rutherford with us today. He’s a former sheriff and has been leading this effort in the House to make sure that our schools are equipped to be able to prevent, recognize, and respond when there are signs of violence.”