Every issue is a women’s issue

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sits down with Kelsey Harkness, host of The Daily Signal’s “Problematic Women” podcast, to talk about the perspective that women bring to representative government, and the work House Republicans are doing to ensure that every woman — and every person — has the opportunity for a better life.

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Posted by The Daily Signal on jueves, 1 de marzo de 2018


“I’m a conservative in America, in Congress, serving in the Republican Party. I think I probably fit the definition for some that say that we’re the problematic women. But, boy, I’ve had wonderful opportunities in this country. I’m excited to be serving in Congress. I was the 200th woman ever to serve in the House of Representatives out of over 11,000 [people] that have served, and I want more freedom, I want more opportunity. I’m a mom now, I have three kids. America has offered me great opportunities and I want to make sure I’m doing everything that I can to ensure that women and everyone in this country believe that they can be anything that they want to be.”

“I was 35 and single when I was elected. I was the fifth to ever give birth, the first to do it twice, and now I have three kids. I have a wonderful husband, Brian, who’s retired from the Navy. He stays home with the kids. But we need that perspective, that voice represented in Congress. I spend a lot of time encouraging more women, conservative women, to run. We have a great story to tell. This is an exciting time in this country, actually, as women are being leaders in our military, in corporations, women are starting businesses — 2 out of 3 businesses are being started by women. So, I just think we need to celebrate that and encourage more leadership.”


“The rhetoric [against tax reform] was just not reality. It was scare tactics and fearmongering, with Nancy Pelosi saying that this was going to be ‘Armageddon’ and that people were going to die. It was just beyond reality, and as this bill continues to be implemented, we’re just seeing more and more positive stories for everyone.

“For women that are starting businesses, they have more hope and more confidence that they can tear up that wall and expand the business or start a second business. For women that are trying to figure out how to pay for health care or how to pay for food…and their energy bills, they’re going to have more money in their pocket, more take-home pay.

“[Most American workers] are seeing their take-home pay increase because the withholding tables are changing. This is helping everyone have more have more optimism, more hope, as they see jobs coming back to America, people that are offering more jobs. A job is a beginning — it’s what gives you the opportunity for a better life, and it’s so much more than a paycheck. I’m excited…after so many years that we’ve seen stagnant wages, stagnant economic growth, and it was just a damper on all of us. It’s like we’re being unleashed and we can start dreaming again.”


“Any issue before Congress, by and large, is a women’s issue. Women care about defense, they care about the economy, they care about their families, schools, health care. For 2018, in the House, we are focused on continuing to grow our economy and create jobs — that’s the best thing that we can do.

“We want to focus on the infrastructure, that is a priority of President Trump…as well as workforce development. What we’re seeing as we have the economy growing, we have a lot of skills needed in the workforce. So the workforce development, the vocational programs, skills [development], the expansion of the apprenticeship program. Also restoring some work requirements that the previous administration had done away with so that people that are on the sidelines and don’t feel like they have the opportunities in the workforce…we can give them more opportunities and see what they can do. There is a lot of skill and talent that has been put on the sidelines that we would like to get back into our economy and give [these men and women] an opportunity for a better life.”


“I love Nancy Reagan’s definition, which was, basically, if you think that women can be anything in this country, then I’m a feminist. I was raised this way — my parents taught me that I can be anything that I want to be and that this is the country where nothing holds you back. It was really much later in my life, when I got into politics and running for office, that I really even gave this a second thought whether it was a positive or a negative to be a woman. America is this great land of opportunity and I think we should celebrate what everyone has to offer and make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams.”


“Sexual harassment…is not acceptable, whether it’s in the workplace or Hollywood or on Capitol Hill. It is wrong. And the Republican women have taken that stand. We immediately came together and it’s actually been women Republicans and Democrats that have come together to look at what needs to be put in place on Capitol Hill to make sure that those congressional offices are safe and if there is a situation, a victim knows where to go to get support. That is a perspective that we bring that I think is important, and I’m encouraged across the board that people on Capitol Hill are saying that we want to make sure that this is an environment that is welcoming and that is safe for everyone.”