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  • RuBegonia 3:14 pm on January 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers to give GOP SOTU response 1-28-14 

    CathyMcMorrisRodgersCongresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in her fifth term representing Washington State’s 5th Congressional District. She currently serves as Chair for the House Republican Conference, making her the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, (and the top-ranking GOP woman in Congress). Chair McMorris Rodgers has been selected to give the Republican address to the nation following President Obama’s January 28, 2014 State of the Union address.

    “I am honored to speak with Americans in every corner of the country on Tuesday and to share our Republican vision for a better future – one that trusts the American people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started”, says the Congresswoman.

    — CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) January 23, 2014

    The Republican Address to the Nation will be live-streamed at  SOTU.gop.gov



    Cathy w/ husband Brian Rodgers



    Related News:

    GOP’s Top-Ranking Woman to Deliver Party Response – CBS News

    GOP taps its top woman, mom of three, for Obama rebuttal – NBC News

    Meet GOP’s Supermom – New Republic


  • RuBegonia 9:51 am on December 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers – and Cole Rodgers 

    The Global Down Syndrome Foundation honored Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers with the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, and her son, Cole Rodgers, as Global’s 2013 Ambassador, at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2013.

    Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Global Down Syndrome Foundation 2013 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient


  • RuBegonia 10:41 am on November 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers ~ gives birth a third time while serving in the U.S. Congress 

    Via Newsmax:

    It’s a girl — and No. 3 for House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
    Brynn Catherine Rodgers was born on Sunday [November 24, 2013] at 6:19 a.m. in Washington, D.C., to the congresswoman and her husband, Brian Rodgers. She weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces.

    She joins big brother Cole, 6, and sister Grace, 2.

    BrynnWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after the birth of her third child. She is the first to give birth three time while serving in Congress – big brother Cole was born in April 2007 and big sister Grace in December 2010.

    “Brian, Cole, Grace, and I are thrilled to welcome Brynn Catherine to our family! She was born at 6:19 am on Nov. 24, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz.. Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing a new life into the world. She’s beautiful and seems to be taking it all in stride. Our hearts are full,” said McMorris Rodgers.

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  • RuBegonia 3:59 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers on KXLY920 radio 

    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris RodgersToday, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (House Republican Conference Chair), joined Mike Fitzsimmons on Spokane, Washington’s KXLY920 Radio.

    Have a listen! ☛☛☛ 

    Here is Rep. Cathy grilling HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the ObamaCare website debacle:


  • RuBegonia 11:43 am on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers – a C-SPAN interview 

    C-SPAN interview with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chair of the House Republican Conference – she discusses her life and role in the House Republican leadership.

    Vodpod videos no longer available.


    Direct Link to C-SPAN source.



  • RuBegonia 9:24 pm on August 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers expecting child # 3 ~ another historic “first” 

    Special Family Announcement from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (7/13/13)
    “Being a wife and mother have been the most wonderful and blessed experiences in my life. For some time, Brian and I have hoped we would be able to have another child, so it is with great joy we announce that we are expecting our third in December.“I look forward to continuing my duties as Conference Chair and running again for re-election next year to represent the great people of Eastern Washington. Both Cole and Grace were born while I was a member of Congress, so we will continue to balance the challenges of parenting young children and working – just like countless moms and dads all across America.

    August2013CathyMcMRUSA TODAY:
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has already made history as the only woman in Congress to give birth to two children while in office. Well, that’s about to become three children.

    McMorris Rodgers, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, announced Friday that she’s pregnant with her third child, due in December. The only woman in the House GOP leadership made clear her pregnancy won’t affect her political plans.

  • RuBegonia 9:23 pm on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers addresses Obama Budget 4/10/13 

    House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers addresses the President’s budget on PBS NewsHour. “The Republicans are standing firm… We need the President to join us in looking at the spending” she tweeted.

  • RuBegonia 7:53 pm on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers: A Republican woman takes on her party’s men. 

    Illustration by Alex Robbins

    By Michelle Cottle
    The Daily Beast •。➤ Cathy McMorris Rodgers: A Republican woman takes on her party’s men

    Being a Republican woman has had its rocky moments over the past several months. Consider, then, the awesome burden that now falls on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the newly elected chair of the House GOP conference—the No. 4 position in Republican leadership. Not only is McMorris Rodgers the highest-ranking woman on the Republican side in the House, but her new post means she’s in charge of messaging and communication for her party. Translation: she’s the person tasked with convincing America that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of sexist old white guys.

    McMorris Rodgers has represented eastern Washington State in Congress since 2005; before that, she served four terms in the state legislature, where she became the first woman ever to lead the Republican caucus. In her two terms as vice chair of the GOP House conference, she was a furious fundraiser and campaigner, and last year she served as the Romney campaign’s congressional liaison. Her leadership victory in November over über-conservative Rep. Tom Price (despite his backing from VP nominee Paul Ryan) was seen as a sign that the party had recognized the need to de-scarify its image.

    “We need to expand our message to today’s mindset,” she tells me in an interview. “We need to make sure that the face of the party is one that reflects America.” Along these lines, McMorris Rodgers is blunt in her criticism of Republican candidates who lost winnable races in 2012 after making offensive comments about rape. “We had some men who said some stupid things,” she says. “We need to make sure that men [know when to] keep their mouths shut.”

    McMorris Rodgers is careful to clarify that she’s not pushing for seismic changes. “I don’t think it is about having to moderate as Republicans, but we do need to modernize,” she says, in a line sure to prompt eye rolling among political watchers. Still, she’s approaching her outreach duties with vigor. “We’ve hired an Hispanic at the conference who is making sure the Republican voice is on the Spanish-speaking networks,” she notes. “We have a Spanish Twitter feed now.” She’s also been hosting meetings between groups of younger Republican voters and younger members of the conference, such as the famously hunky 31-year-old Rep. Aaron Schock. “We’re making sure that people know first of all that we have young people serving on the Republican side,” says McMorris Rodgers, herself only 43. “We’ve now got 20 under 40!”

    Her pet project, however, has long been recruiting women—or as she often refers to them, “the single largest demographic in America”—as both voters and candidates. “Women do still have a tendency to wait to be asked, so I believe it’s very important that I’m out there talking to women and tapping them on the shoulder and encouraging them to run.” Better still, as a mother of two young children (Cole, 5, and Grace, 2), McMorris Rodgers can personally address women’s concerns about tackling a political campaign. “The No. 1 question women ask relates to time,” she says, noting that women still agonize over, “OK, how exactly do I balance my family, community activities, and career with running for office?” There still aren’t a lot of mothers of young kids up on the Hill, McMorris Rodgers points out, and she cites the large percentage of female legislators who are single or have adult offspring. (The arrival of Grace in 2010 made McMorris Rodgers the first lawmaker ever to give birth twice while serving in Congress.)

    McMorris Rodgers freely admits that she could never manage if not for her husband, Brian, a retired Navy officer turned full-time dad. This is especially true given that Cole has Down syndrome, necessitating a range of additional doctor visits and multiple types of therapy. Since her son’s birth, McMorris Rodgers has become an advocate for special-needs kids, and she is co-founder of the House’s Down Syndrome Caucus.

    Of course, as the only female Republican holding one of the House’s “big four” leadership posts (and with an all-male cast in the GOP Senate leadership), McMorris Rodgers’s biggest value added is often simply as a symbol—particularly when ticklish legislation involving women pops up. For instance, when the House wanted to offer a narrower, competing version of the Senate’s Violence Against Women Act, McMorris Rodgers was pressed into duty to introduce the bill. (The House bill’s previous female sponsor lost her primary last year.) Some women might find this sort of gender profiling awkward, but McMorris Rodgers reasons that it “makes sense for women to take the lead on some of these issues.” As she asserts matter-of-factly, “Image is important.”



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  • RuBegonia 1:00 pm on March 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cathy McMorris Rodgers ~ CPAC 2013 and beyond 

    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke on the closing day of CPAC 2013:

    After her CPAC speech, Fox News anchor Shannon Bream  interviewed the Congresswomen for America’s News Headquarters – which was broadcast 3/17/13.  Shannon introduced the segment by saying: “She’s one of the lawmakers who met behind closed doors with President Obama. But did GOP Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is also Chair of the House Republican Conference, think it was worthwhile? I asked her right after her speech at CPAC:”


    SB: [implied as above] “Was the ‘behind closed doors’ meeting with President Obama worthwhile?”

    CMR: “Well, we’ll see.  I think it’s important to open the lines of communication which hasn’t been happening in recent years if we’re going to having a dialogue about these issues…whether it’s the budget and balancing the budget, or energy policy, or even how we grow the economy. It starts by having a conversation. So I thought it was a good sign that he came and he met with us. We’ll see…we’ll see what follows.

    SB: “I understand that there was some discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline, and where we are in the process of whether or not that’s going to be approved by the administration.  The White House says that it is up to the State Department, but certainly we know the administration, even from the White House,  there’s got to be some influence or input from there. What did you make of that? The President gave a speech in Chicago this week on energy issues. Where do you feel he is on that?”

    CMR: “Well, he didn’t hint either way. He basically said that he was going to be making a decision shortly, and he just went through the basic considerations. But we need this pipeline. We need to say yes to American energy, North American energy. It’s one of the best ways that we can get our economy growing, get people back to work is by actually committing to a national energy policy that would make us energy independent. So, I’m hopeful that he’ll say yes. Boy, across the board people have been making the case to him, they’ve changed the route, they’ve done everything that he’s asked them to do in order to say ‘YES’ to this project.”

    SB:  “I don’t know if you had a chance to look at a lot of what he said this week in Chicago, but he talked about creating this two billion dollar sort of trust fund to use royalties that the government gets from drilling leases and those kinds of things – to use the money towards alternate energy sources.  What role do you think that that plays in lessening our dependence on foreign oil?

    CMR: “Well, It is..we’ve long said, and I’ve said, we need an ‘all of the above’ energy plan. But it also needs to take into consideration economic realities. We need to do more exploration here in this country. We know that we have oil reserves, we know that we have coal reserves. So we need to say yes. What’s going on with natural gas is just phenomenal and the prices of natural gas have come down. It is opening up all kinds of new opportunities in getting our economy growing. North Dakota has three percent unemployment for example. But also there’s some real opportunities with the alternative energy sources. We need to be exploring them but we shouldn’t be excluding these other energy sources in exchange.”

    SB:  “You are one of the only women in leadership in the House GOP. You talked about that in your CPAC speech, about how the GOP didn’t do well with women the last time around. Where do you think there was a disconnect, and can the party turn that around?”

    CMR: “Well, like I said today, we need to be speaking to both our heads and our hearts, and I think for too long the Republicans have been talking like bookkeepers, rather than really painting this vision…being leaders for the country, and showing  America where we want to take the country. So that is my hope moving forward in that women understand having to balance budgets, for example sitting around the kitchen table, making ends meet. And, we need to talk in terms – whether you’re a woman or a man – but that you can relate to what we are talking about, in that you understand how it’s going to impact your pocketbook, your future, your children, your household, and that’s what I think is the disconnect and we can do a better job.”

    SB:  “And part of that discussion, of course, about the fiscal health of this country, and..um, you’re busy. Everybody on the Hill is busy dealing with CR and Sequester.  Entitlement reform, if there is at least discussion of it, and I understand that was part of the discussion this week with the President, do you think there is any common ground there?”

    CMR: ” Well there’s common ground when it comes to recognizing that we need to grow the economy. And, that is what needs to be at the top of the list, because we continue to have high unemployment.  There’s still twelve million Americans that are out of work.  So wee need to focus on policies that are going to get our economy growing.  What we tried to impress upon the President when he visited with the Republicans, was that we’d like to find some common ground on the budget, recognizing that the deficits, the debt that we’ve taken right now on is a damper on our economy. ‘Mr. President, is there a date certain that we could agree to balance the budget?‘ He wasn’t willing to say that. He wasn’t willing to say that we even needed to have a goal of balancing the budget, so that was very disappointing. We’re going to continue to make the case as to getting our fiscal house in order, balancing budgets, which will also get our economy growing.

  • RuBegonia 9:30 pm on March 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Congress is supposed to write the laws! 

    Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the House Republican Conference, was a guest on the Lars Larson Show  – in a joint interview with Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR).  The full broadcast can be heard here.

    “We are living in a government bubble…this is not reality” said the Congresswoman. “The sooner we’re honest about where we are and start making the tough decisions, the better it’s going to be for everyone”.

    In response to one of Lars’ questions about Obama Czars pushing out regulations without review by Congress she replied: “Congress, we are the ones that are supposed to write the laws… .In order to take this country back, it really has to come back to legislators. I don’t care if you’re Republican…Democrat…whatever side of the aisle you’re on, you should stand up for the Legislative Branch, the people’s branch!…”.

    Check out the link below for a brief audio clip featuring these sentiments voiced by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers:



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