Chair McMorris Rodgers on Squawk Box: “It’s a time for action”

Jul 20, 2017 | Communications •

This morning, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) went on CNBC’s Squawk Box to highlight the House Republicans’ continued focus on the issues Americans care most about, including health care and tax reform. She also joined special guest co-host Arthur Brooks in emphasizing the importance of unity and how each representative has an opportunity to bring this country together around shared values.

As I told Squawk Box this morning, people recognize that we must take action. I encourage people across the country that live in key Senate states to reach out to their senators and implore them to take action on this collapsing law. Obamacare was designed to fail so that Democrats could get what they ultimately want: a single-payer system where the federal government is the one making your medical decisions. On the other hand, Republicans want freedom, opportunity, and innovation in our health care system. Inaction is not an option.

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ON THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA

“Republicans have an amazing moment. We recognize that we have the majorities in the House and the Senate and the presidency, and it’s a time for action. From the beginning of the year, we laid out an ambitious agenda. We wanted to offer relief to Americans that are seeing a failed health care system. We want tax reform — we think it’s one of the best things that we could do to get our economy growing and improve people’s lives, give them greater opportunity. Regulatory relief — we’ve been working hard. There’s a lot of work to be done, and we’re committed to getting things done, and getting results.”

ON REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE

“People recognize that we need to take action. It’s a matter of agreeing on the details, and doing the big things is always tough — this is part of the legislative process. But I do believe that, at the end of the day, we will come up with a legislative fix, because the future that the Democrats are offering…is single-payer, where the federal government is the one making medical decisions. Republicans, we can agree around some foundational principles, where we want freedom, opportunity, innovation in our health care system. It may take a little bit longer, but we must get this done.”

ON THE NEED FOR UNITY

“I appreciate the efforts of the White House to reach out to Republicans and Democrats…I’m reaching out. I’ve reached out to some Democrat colleagues of mine. On Monday night, we’re bringing a group [of Republican and Democrat women] together…Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, and I are bringing that together to talk about where we find ourselves and how we come together. We, as leaders in Congress, tackle some of these most difficult issues. I’ve been doing this at home since the beginning of this year, recognizing that people are very concerned about the divisiveness. So I’ve hosted unity dinners…we have a community roundtable coming together to talk about Spokane and our priorities and what kind of community we want. And I think we have a responsibility, each one of us, to be doing our part to be part of a constructive solution and not just talk about what’s wrong, but to really bring people together…”