House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led this morning’s House Republican Leadership press conference to continue to highlight our work on the American people’s priorities — including national security and a strong economy. Americans are more confident than ever in the direction of our economy, and we are taking the necessary steps to restore readiness and rebuild our military.
As Chair McMorris Rodgers says: “In order for America to be a diplomatic power, we have to be a military power. In order to be a military power, we have to be an economic power. It’s all related.”
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“With lower taxes and fewer regulations, our economy is built for growth. 95 percent of manufacturers are optimistic about the future. 95 percent — it’s the highest number ever. In Washington state, our average wages have increased the highest amount in ten years.
“54 percent of Americans are saying the economy is either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. It’s the highest number from a recent CNBC survey [in its 10-year history]. For families and small businesses, who are no longer over-taxed, over-regulated, they have hope. They have hope for a better life because of our booming economy.
“They are also hopeful that America is safe and secure. You’ve heard me say it before — in order for America to be a diplomatic power, we have to be a military power. In order to be a military power, we have to be an economic power. It’s all related, and having a stronger economy is allowing us to take the steps to rebuild our military.
“The People’s House this week is advancing funding priorities that will provide for our national defense and give our troops the highest pay increase they’ve seen in nine years. It’s our priority to rebuild the military, restore readiness, and keep America safe.
“I’ve invited the Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Kay Granger, to join us today. She represents Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas. She’s leading the way on this bill that helps bolster our defense and support our troops. Thank you, Chair Granger, for being with us.”