In the following interviews with Fox News’s America’s Newsroom and ABC News’s Powerhouse Politics Podcast, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) discusses the latest on Las Vegas, House Republicans’ action on tax reform, and the importance of returning to civility in our country.
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The Shooting in Las Vegas
On Fox News: “My heart breaks for everyone who was impacted, the loss of life — it’s really hard to get your head around the tragedy. I continue to hold them up [in prayer]. We just had a shooting in Spokane, too, at Freeman High School two weeks ago and again, it’s just really hard to get your head around it. I think it’s very important that first of all, we’re reaching out, that we’re providing comfort to everyone that was impacted. There’s still a lot of unanswered questions. I think it’s very important that we get the facts — that we understand what happened. And the question as to this device [bump stocks] that was attached to the gun and what action we might take there. …I think it’s important that we understand just exactly how [bump stocks] work and what the law is related to that device. We’re asking those questions now.”
On Powerhouse Politics: “We’re getting the facts. This is a device that we’re all becoming more familiar with…I think we all need to get a better understanding of those details. We’re asking those very questions right now. We’re talking to ATF, we’re talking to others about what is this device, how exactly it works, and if it has the effect of being a machine gun, whether or not that should be allowed — or who should have access to those types of weapons…it’s heartbreaking to see what happened in Las Vegas. We’re all shocked and we’re all looking for answers.”
Pro-Growth Tax Reform
On Fox News: “For most of us, we consider [pro-growth tax reform] must-pass legislation. This is about bigger paychecks, fairer taxes, more jobs. There’s so many hardworking men and women in this country — I’ve talked to them in Eastern Washington, people who feel like they’re working hard, playing by the rules, doing all the right things, but yet they’re falling behind because the cost of living continues to increase. So, for the Republicans, who have the majority in the House, the Senate, and the presidency, it’s a time for action. Our economy has been stagnant. Wages have been stagnant. This is our time to really get people back to work to create jobs and to create opportunities for everyone in this country….The House is moving as quickly as we can. Last week, I hosted the tax camp for the House Republicans when we rolled out the framework, and we had the Vice President come and visit us there. There’s a lot of momentum coming out of that session. Members are asking questions, better understanding it, but they want to get to yes….we will be passing the budget today, and then moving forward with the Ways and Means Committee and taking action in committee. But our goal is to get this to the House floor within weeks so that it can get over to the Senate and on to the President’s desk by the end of the year.”
On Powerhouse Politics: “It’s our priority to get this economy going…And we believe that tax reform is one of the best things that we could do for every person in this country to give them more opportunities, give them more take-home pay, create jobs. Part of that is growing the economy.”
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On Returning to Civility
On Powerhouse Politics: “I think we really need to be giving thought to us as a society and how we are treating each other, and civility towards one another, and the importance of rebuilding the moral fabric of this country.”
On Fox News: “There’s a lot going on in the world, and your heart breaks when you hear some of these stories. We’ve also had Steve Scalise return to Capitol Hill. He’s a walking miracle. He’s given us a lot of inspiration…I would say, for me, it just reinforces the importance of restoring civility. How we treat each other, the importance of the moral fabric of this country, and making sure that we are practicing the Golden Rule — treating people the way we want to be treated. As basic as that is, unfortunately it’s being discarded too often. We put labels on people, and we cast them aside. I’ve talked to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle about the importance of returning to civility in this country, and that needs to be our number one campaign.”