Congresswoman Cathy McMorris is serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the people of Washington's Fifth Congressional District. In Congress McMorris will work to identify economic opportunities for the Northwest region; improve access to quality, affordable health care; and keep our communities and nation safe.
McMorris currently serves on the Armed Services Committee, Resources Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee. She is serving as the Freshman Class representative on the Steering Committee, is a member of the Majority Leader's Whip Team, and was named by Speaker Hastert to be the only member of the House Republicans High-Tech Working Group. McMorris was also appointed by House Resources Committee Chairman, Richard Pombo, to chair a national Task Force on strengthening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
McMorris was born on May 22,1969 and raised on a farm.
McMorris worked as Legislative Assistant and as owner and operator of a family business, Orchard and Fruit Stand.
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She served five terms as a citizen legislator in Olympia eventually being elected to minority leader.
In 2004 Cathy was elected to Congress. Her committee assignments position her to further this agenda. Cathy currently serves on:
* House Armed Services Committee
* Education and Labor Committee, where she is ranking member on the Workforce Protections Subcommittee
* Natural Resources Committee
Cathy was chosen to be a member of the Republican Leadership team in 2009, where she is vice chair of the Conference.
McMorris Rodgers is a Republican who finds opportunities to work across party lines. Cathy served as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Women's Caucus.
Prior to coming to Congress, McMorris served the people of Eastern Washington as the 7th District Washington State Representative. She was elected by her peers to serve as House Republican leader, the top leadership post in the House Republican Caucus. During her tenure in the legislature she chaired the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, and the State Government Committee.
In Congress, McMorris currently serves on the Armed Services Committee, Resources Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee. She is serving as the Freshman Class representative on the Steering Committee, is a member of the Majority Leader's Whip Team, and was named by Speaker Hastert to be the only member of the House Republicans High-Tech Working Group. McMorris was also appointed by House Resources Committee Chairman, Richard Pombo, to chair a national Task Force on strengthening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
McMorris earned her B.A. in pre-law from Pensacola Christian College in Florida and an executive MBA from the University of Washington.
What has made America great have been the opportunities given to everyone in this country. Since our founding, individuals and families have come to America to seek freedom, opportunity and the choice for a better life.
Everywhere I travel throughout Eastern Washington, I hear from people demanding we do a better job of controlling our borders and reducing illegal immigration. This past year, my office helped with nearly 150 immigration cases. It has become increasingly difficult for those who would like to enter our country legally and choose to obey law to do so. For example, one family went through a 17-year process before they were allowed to come over legally. We must find a way to have responsive and legal immigration for those who desire
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Securing our Northern Border is essential to our national security. We need to make sure our border agents have the funding resources they need to make our region safe. I am committed to securing our borders; providing law enforcement agencies with all the border security personnel; technology, and resources they need; and strictly enforcing current immigration laws. Since 2004, Congress has provided $53.85 billion for the Department of Homeland Security border security operations.
Everywhere I travel throughout Eastern Washington, I hear from people demanding we do a better job of controlling our borders and reducing illegal immigration. This past year, my office helped with nearly 150 immigration cases. It has become increasingly difficult for those who would like to enter our country legally and choose to obey law to do so. For example, one family went through a 17-year process before they were allowed to come over legally. We must find a way to have responsive and legal immigration for those who desire to come.
In Congress my priorities include growing our economy and keeping our nation and community safe. In my opinion, this includes a comprehensive immigration policy that addresses the growing problems related to illegal immigration but also ensures that our efforts do not unduly hurt our local and national economy.
The repeal of the Death Tax, H.R. 8 is one of the first bills I was honored to place my name on as a co-sponsor. Growing up on a family farm in Eastern Washington, I have seen first hand the negative effects the Death Tax has on our families and our businesses. One of my top priorities in Congress is to grow jobs and expand the economy in the northwest.
Repealing the Death Tax will help accomplish that goal, especially for the farmers and small businesses in my district. The Death Tax costs thousands of jobs each year. By repealing this unnecessary tax, jobs will be created and many small business owners will be able to add workers to their payrolls. The additional workers will allow for more goods and services to be produced, which
Repealing the Death Tax will help accomplish that goal, especially for the farmers and small businesses in my district. The Death Tax costs thousands of jobs each year. By repealing this unnecessary tax, jobs will be created and many small business owners will be able to add workers to their payrolls. The additional workers will allow for more goods and services to be produced, which will accelerate
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT POLICY ACT
What started as an overly vague single paragraph statue is now 25 pages of regulations, 1500 court cases and hundreds of pending lawsuits that are blocking important projects and economic growth in our region. We can and must do better. Since NEPA was enacted in 1970, no government agency has ever reviewed the legislation to see if it is working or if it needs to be improved.
Everyone can agree that when NEPA was passed, it served an important and laudable goal, to ensure that federal agencies would consider environmental concerns when making decisions. Yet after 35 years Congress needs to take a closer look at the NEPA and determine whether the law's original intent is being fulfilled. This law has a major
One important issue examined was the implementation of the Healthy Forest Initiative on the National Forest System lands. Currently, harvest levels on the Colville National Forest are only half of the annual mortality and less then ten percent of annual growth. This means that the Colville Forest is dying faster than it is being maintained, leaving a large number of dead or dying trees susceptible to disease, insect infestation, and future wildfires.
Without a doubt, the Colville National Forest needs to focus on forest health treatments. The high preparation cost of timber sales and stewardship contracts has reduced the amount of acreage that can be treated each year, causing the Colville Forest to fall behind in forest restoration. Timber
In Eastern Washington, our history is linked to free trade. In 1810, a fur-trading post called the Spokane House was established. It served for 16 years as the headquarters for fur trade between the Rockies and the Cascades and was a major commercial center.
Free trade helped develop our region and continues to play a large role in our present and future economic well-being. In order for our entrepreneurs to be successful, they need access to capital, lower taxes, lower regulatory burdens, and a skilled workforce. They also need open markets since over 90 percent of consumers are now outside the United States. Today in Washington State, one in every three jobs is linked to trade.
For 13 years, I worked on a small family farm and fruit stand
Today, I am announcing my support for the Central American Free Trade Agreement. This was not an easy decision and one made only after listening to the concerns of many people throughout Eastern Washington whose input I value.
All across this region -- from Omak to Asotin -- I have heard from farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, high-tech companies, small business owners and labor groups about the impacts, both positive and negative, that this agreement will have on Eastern Washington.
Some of my longtime supporters and friends -- even my own family -- have shared with me their concerns regarding this agreement. Some of their apprehensions include a loss of jobs at home, and lower product standards for goods being imported into our country.
This year, Medicaid will provide 53 million Americans with top notch health care, at a cost exceeding $300 billion. Total combined federal and state expenditures for Medicaid in the next 10 years will reach $4.5 trillion. Analysts estimate that if Medicaid goes unreformed, it will bankrupt every state within 20 years.
Enacted in 1965, Medicaid has yet to undergo a comprehensive reform. However, as an entitlement with over 50 million enrollees, the program is set to grow more than 7% annually over the next ten years. By 2040, Medicaid, along with Social Security and Medicare, will consume the entirety of today's budget as this program absorbs the retirement of the Baby Boom generation.
Medicaid currently targets low-income, children
Starting next year, a new Medicare prescription drug benefit plan will go into effect that will bring relief to millions of seniors who struggle with the escalating costs of prescription drugs. One of my top priorities is ensuring access to quality, affordable health care and I realize that updating and strengthening Medicare is part of that effort.
In the months ahead, over 102,000 Medicare recipients in Eastern Washington will have the option to being enrolling in prescription benefit plans. Although some beneficiaries will be auto enrolled, all Part D beneficiaries will need to select a plan that is right for them. As with any insurance program, seniors have options. This can be a confusing, and sometimes complicated process, and I want
Medicaid currently targets low-income, children and the
Overcrowded Jails - I have heard from local law enforcement officials that, over the past five years, Spokane has not arrested those who commit misdemeanors crimes because they do not have the jail space. In fact, there are over 40,000 warrants waiting to be served today. Serious crimes deserve serious consequences. I will continue to work on securing federal appropriations to help build additional space at the Spokane County jail and resources for transportation of federal prisoners.
Empowering Communities to Fight Crime - Citizens deserve to know of the potential dangers in their community. We must take safeguards against identity theft and improve information regarding sexual predators. Internet access has made it an effortless task to learn
I understand that rural pharmacies rely more on Medicaid than their counterparts in the suburbs and cities. Medicaid prescriptions account for about 18 percent of pharmacy sales in rural stores, compared to 12 percent in urban areas. Because Medicaid comprises a larger part of rural pharmacies' revenue, proposed reimbursement changes affect them more.
As we continue to work through these changes, I want to work with our independent pharmacies to ensure their concerns are addressed. Already, we have worked to make some adjustments on this issue:
* Require a study of the appropriateness of the new formula.
* Delay price changes from 2006 to 2007.
* Continue to work to make sure the concerns of our local pharmacies are addressed in the final
Member of the Ag Energy Users Caucus where we work together in a bi-partisan approach to make sure rural America's voice is heard on energy issues.
* The Agricultural Energy Users Caucus was created in order to highlight and act upon the impact of rising energy costs on the agricultural community.
* Agriculture is dependent upon energy in both direct and indirect ways. American farmers are becoming increasingly dependent on foreign sources for their fertilizer needs. I have seen in my district how a rise in natural gas prices can adversely affect the Agriculture economy. In a business where profit margins are slim, unexpected increases can have devastating effects.
Testified on the detrimental effects an increase in BPA rates would have on
In order to achieve long-term solutions to the rising gas prices, we must ultimately lower our dependency on foreign oil and continue to develop renewable energy projects.
The first step in reducing prices is understanding the problem. In addition to the unimaginable human toll, the hurricane damaged deep-water oil facilities and halted crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Forty percent of our nation's refining capacity is located in the area affected by Katrina, and many facilities have been forced to shut down due to the storm. The pipelines that carry fuel to other parts of the nation from the Gulf Coast have been affected, and are running at fifty percent of their capacity. While we may seem far removed from the devastation in the Gulf Coast, oil shortages in one part of the country will inevitably lead to higher fuel prices for all. Time and money will help rebuild this vital infrastructure, but in
In order to achieve long-term solutions to the rising gas prices, we must ultimately lower our dependency on foreign oil and continue to develop renewable energy projects. One important provision in the Energy Policy Act included tax incentives for the production of biodiesel fuel. As gas prices continue to rise, biodiesel is becoming more competitive and could soon become a viable option with the help of these tax incentives. I am the current co-sponsor of H.R. 2498, a bill that would extend the tax incentives for the use of biodiesel through 2010. Biodiesel not only promotes the use of alternative fuel, but would also create a new market for our Eastern Washington farmers by allowing them to develop new crops.
In order to achieve long-term solutions to the rising gas prices, we must ultimately lower our dependency on foreign oil and continue to develop renewable energy projects. These issues were addressed in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 passed earlier this year by Congress and signed into law by the President. This balanced and comprehensive legislation is aimed not just at ensuring a more affordable and stable energy supply, but also at promoting the use of alternative, permanent sources of energy.
One important provision in the Energy Policy Act included tax incentives for the production of biodiesel fuel. As gas prices continue to rise, biodiesel is becoming more competitive and could soon become a viable option with the help of these tax incentives.
I have also sponsored the Community Pharmacy Fairness Act, which allows community pharmacies to negotiate collectively for drug reimbursements-which should reduce overall costs.
Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug. It causes severe health problems for its users and leads to numerous social costs and increased crime. This drug has seeped into every corner of our country and into the fabric of our communities. The Washington State Meth Initiative balances enforcement, prevention and treatment in the war against Meth and has served as a model for the nation. The Meth Caucus has been working with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to draft comprehensive legislation to help address the growing struggle against Meth.
Agriculture is vital to the economic stability of Eastern Washington and it is one of my top priorities to help our farmers and ranchers with the challenges they are facing. Last weekend I was joined by House Agriculture Chairman Bob Goodlatte for an agriculture forum in Ritzville. Over a hundred people from the agriculture community attended the event and we listened to many individuals who expressed serious concerns about the future of farming in Eastern Washington. Concerns about county loan rates, fertilizer costs, transportation costs, water reliability, and fuel costs were all conveyed. It is clear that action needs to be taken and relief must be provided.
Since January, I have worked to make progress on issues important to our agriculture