Top 103 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Quotes

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“We need to work together to support common-sense solutions to establish and maintain regulatory certainty and predictability for the mining industry and reduce excessive, duplicative, and expensive permitting delays.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The idea that just because you are a woman you should be supporting Hillary Clinton I think is false. There is a broad base of political views.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“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.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I have a supportive family and an outstanding team, but I also have a flexible work schedule that allows me, at least some of the time, to get to the kids’ school program or the doctor visits when I need to. So family-friendly work schedules have become more of a passion of mine, and the cost of childcare is also a huge issue.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“People in Eastern Washington should be confident in knowing that the government will not come and seize their property or farm land. Legislation is needed to correct this decision and restore the principle of having limited government involvement.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I think it is important that we respect that women have different political views.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The ADA gave more than 50 million Americans with disabilities, just like my son Cole, the chance to live the American Dream and be defined only by their potential – not their limitations.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Women oftentimes are the ones making those economic decisions, sitting around the kitchen table and trying to figure out how to pay for rising gas prices or food prices or the health insurance costs. And I think that they see where they expect their leaders in Congress to also make those tough decisions.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“My mom sacrificed everything for my brother and me. She taught me so many things – about life, love, faith, ambition, and family – and she instilled in me the desire to have my own kids one day.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We depend on our rivers and dams for energy, transportation, irrigation and recreation and I will continue this year to fight for what’s best for the Pacific Northwest.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“This year I hope to introduce legislation that would require Power Administrations to list direct and indirect costs associated with ESA compliance as a line item on customer’s power bills.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Women oftentimes are the ones making those economic decisions, sitting around the kitchen table and trying to figure out how to pay for rising gas prices or food prices or the health insurance costs.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We were given a system of government that places the people at the center of all decision-making and relies on the consent of the governed, with our rights and the government’s limitations clearly outlined.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“By Congress delegating its authority to the executive and judicial branches, we’ve removed the American people from the process. They’re left as bystanders to the whims of executive overreach, and they’re watching the country they know and love slip away. Worse, they think their representatives are powerless to stop it.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“As the wife of a retired Navy commander and the representative of the district covering Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, I see firsthand the permanent effects of war – both physical and psychological – on those who serve our country.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Under President Obama, we have spent more money – he has spent more money than any other president in this history, actually, the combined total from Washington up to George W. Bush. President Obama has racked up more spending, $1 trillion deficits. And it’s time that he join us in this effort to get our fiscal house in order.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“States know better than the federal government how to allocate and manage resources to address the needs of their people.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Yet since the 1950s, little has been done to prepare for our country’s current or future energy needs.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We need to tap the resource of current and retiring science and math professionals that have both content mastery and the practical experience to serve as effective teachers.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Today, over half of China’s undergraduate degrees are in math, science technology and engineering, yet only 16 percent of America’s undergraduates pursue these schools.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The Pacific Northwest depends on inexpensive renewable energy from our dams.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Providing tax relief and reducing regulations leads to job creation and new economic opportunities for our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Private ownership of property is vital to both our freedom and our prosperity.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“No longer should we rely on oil from countries that are not necessarily friendly or democratic.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“My top three priorities for my first term in Congress are growing our economy; providing for quality, affordable health care; and keeping our nation and communities safe.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Math and science fields are not the only areas where we see the United States lagging behind. Less than 1 percent of American high school students study the critical foreign languages of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian, combined.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Many defense experts have predicted that we face no greater threat from a single country than from Iran.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“It is not acceptable that we continue to see thousands of acres burn because of forest fires, because of poor management on our forests, big kill, and we have these catastrophic situations take place when we are not able to take action.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Everywhere I travel throughout Eastern Washington, I hear from people demanding we do a better job of controlling our borders and reducing illegal immigration.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Eastern Washington has experienced a number of deadly forest fires this season, and it is crucial that we have bipartisan legislation that will expedite the research and restoration process.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Eastern Washington families and businesses should be able to deduct every penny of state and local sales tax they pay throughout the year from their federal tax bill, especially when people in most states are deducting their state income taxes.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The Republicans have long had a platform of being pro-life. And I’m someone that believes life begins at conception and should be protected.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I’ve lived the American dream.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Surprises can be compelling.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Republicans absolutely support equal pay for equal work.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Economic opportunities will win the women’s vote.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Republican women bring an important voice to the table.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The American people know that our economy is struggling right now, partly because of the debt that is impacting American families, hardworking taxpayers all across this country.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When President Obama was in the Senate, when he was a U.S. senator, he voted against raising the debt ceiling. And he said it was a lack of leadership that had brought us to this point.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The American people, in their own families, they understand that you have to do that. You have to make the tough decisions. You have to get your budget. You have got to put it in order. And they expect their elected officials and their leaders to do likewise.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The Republicans won the women’s vote in 2010. It was the first time since Ronald Reagan that the Republicans had won the women’s vote. And when you look at the issues that really drove women to the Republican Party, it’s been the issues related to the economy, to jobs, the debt.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Well, I’m celebrating the fact that Republicans are doing better with women.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I’ve lived the American dream. I was born and raised on the farm, first in my family to graduate from college. I spent 13 years working in our family business.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I do see women voters shifting to the Republican Party and doing so significantly. And the issue that’s doing this is the fear the federal government will prevail in making the Affordable Health Care Act permanent law and how that will hurt small businesses.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I’ve always believed in equal pay for equal work.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“You want to do everything you can so your child has every tool to succeed.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We believe in a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“That is what we stand for – for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“It’s going to take every American playing on the same team – and everyone trying to be the best version of themselves – to make America great.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Division stifles progress and prevents good ideas – no matter their source – from being heard and considered.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Reveling in our opponents’ missteps and losses drags us down as a country and diminishes our potential as people.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We must remember that although we come from different backgrounds and ideologies, we’re all part of this great experiment in self-governance. We’re all united by common values of liberty, justice, and equality of opportunity, even if we don’t always agree on how to achieve them.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When Obamacare was introduced, Republicans and Democrats knew the status quo wasn’t working. But Republicans rejected the notion that to help 2 million people with preexisting conditions get access to care, we needed a 2,000-page bill that transformed one-sixth of the economy.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“At each point of our process to repeal Obamacare, we have not lost sight of our responsibility to the most vulnerable in our communities. Safety nets and protections are important and must be maintained for those who need them most.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“It came down to the AHCA or the continued disaster of Obamacare, which was an easy choice. The AHCA is a major improvement, because a federal one-size-fits-all approach to health care isn’t the answer.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Gender discrimination has no place in our workforce.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“As the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and the mom of two daughters, I believe if we’re serious as a nation about empowering every American to pursue his or her own dreams, then true cases of gender discrimination need to be confronted.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Our goal as Republicans is to ensure gender discrimination ends once and for all, and to also help guarantee those who want to remain in the workforce and continue their careers aren’t hindered by clunky, outdated regulatory structures that penalize them for making that choice.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“With each generation, women’s ability to live the lives they choose reaches a place their grandmothers never thought possible. But that doesn’t mean everything is perfect or that our work is finished.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Despite the fact that important measures such as the Americans with Disabilities Act passed only with crucial Republican support, the public – and the community of disability advocates – normally identifies this issue with the Democratic party.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Big, expensive government is not the answer for people without disabilities, nor is it for those with.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Reducing the entanglement of Big Government in order to benefit people with disabilities should be a top priority for the Republican party.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The significant disparity in work opportunities for people with disabilities is the direct result of government programs and policies that propagate dependency.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“If America isn’t asking for Europe’s help with New Jersey, why should Europe feel uninhibited about asking for America’s help with Greece?”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“With its record spending and deficits, the Obama administration has shown little interest in taking fiscal responsibility. That is a mistake.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The heavy hand of government and its rules are causing family businesses to shutter their doors.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Far too many government spending programs have gone years, even decades, without being reauthorized, leaving the American people less able to effectively review, rethink, and possibly eliminate government programs.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“While health reform is a worthy goal, we shouldn’t pay for it by taxing those who already have high medical costs because they or someone in their family has a disability.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Throughout human history, some of our most influential inventors, entrepreneurs, and leaders have had disabilities. For example, Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, and Charles Schwab are all dyslexic, while scientist Stephen Hawking has used a wheelchair for decades.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We need to modernize an outdated agency, bring it into the 21st century, and ensure that the VA is better equipped to treat the health and psychological issues that are unique to our veterans.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We need to address the systemic structural issues within the VA – the misallocation of resources, the interminably long waiting lists, the bureaucratic inefficiencies – to ensure that our American heroes are properly protected the second they return home from war.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When one joins the military, he or she is promised health care for life. So we need to make sure that happens.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“In order for America to remain the leader in medical innovation, we must reduce costs, ease regulatory burdens, and increase the efficacy of producing new treatments and cures here in the U.S.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“To ensure that America remains the leader in medical innovation, we must reduce the costs of developing life-saving drugs and ensure that there are appropriate economic incentives in place to produce them.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“While global research is crucial, the U.S. must maintain its leadership role as the world’s innovator for both medical advancement and job creation.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“With the right policies and regulations, the opportunities for American medical advancement and scientific innovation are boundless.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“There have been a lot of times when work and parenting conflicted for me. Every day.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Becoming a mom makes politics real. Whether it’s education policies, health care policies, family leave – it informs your decision-making.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I think we should be looking at ways that we can make childcare more available at the place of employment.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“I was single when I was first elected to Congress – and at 35 years old, I had given up the hope that I’d find my own ‘Mr. Wonderful,’ get married, and have a family.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Technology has changed almost everything. One institution remains stubbornly anchored in the past. It’s where I work – the United States Congress, a 19th Century institution using 20th Century technology to respond to 21st Century problems.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We operate in a world where you can have a package from Amazon arrive on your doorstep the same day; where Uber has a private driver at your front door within minutes; but when it comes to Congress, it takes three weeks for someone to get a form letter response to his or her questions.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We can build a better, more representative democracy through technology and ensure what Abraham Lincoln called the last, best hope for Earth will endure past the 21st Century.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The power in Washington, D.C., is centered on the status quo – outdated systems, models, and programs built for a previous century. With more silicon and less concrete, we can open up those models to return power and independence to every man, woman, and child.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When our Founders created this great experiment in self-governance, the House of Representatives became, by design, the body closest to the people. We are the most accountable, and we must be the most transparent.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Top-down government programs threaten to limit the freedom and opportunity that made this country great.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“If you look at the architecture of Washington, D.C., it is not by mistake that the dome over the Capitol is the very center of the federal city. The White House and the Supreme Court are set about us, satellites to the supreme power of the people expressed in the legislative authority of Congress.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Children in foster care are there through no fault of their own, and they face challenges that would test the resolve of even the most mature adults: frequent moves, early trauma, instability, and in many cases, abuse.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“As a young woman, I was fortunate to have the leadership of Jeanette Hayner, the courage of Jennifer Dunn, the faith of Elisabeth Elliot, and the indomitable spirit of Margaret Thatcher to guide and motivate me.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When I think of the limitless potential my young daughters, Grace and Brynn, will have as they grow into young women, I want my girls’ generation to remember the strength, determination, and struggles of the women who came before them and paved the way.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“House Republican women are trailblazers in their own right, and we are focused on a bold, forward-looking agenda to restore a confident America, where every individual and family feels secure in their lives and in their futures.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“The Snake and Columbia river system is vital to the Pacific Northwest.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Salmon recovery in the Northwest is a complex issue and requires a comprehensive regionwide effort. Dam removal is not the answer. It would have a devastating impact on our region’s energy and transportation infrastructure and may do little to even help salmon listed as threatened or endangered.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We should not be strangling ourselves economically by not utilizing the resources we have been given or by putting them off-limits.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Restoring the people’s voice in Congress is not just one part of our Better Way agenda, it’s the most important part. Unless people are back in the driver’s seat, we won’t be able to rebuild our military, roll back the red tape, or help our most vulnerable.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“America has long been the land of immigrants.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We must pass immigration reform.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Nikki Haley is a proven leader. And that is what she should be judged on.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Our goal is to reaffirm that government by the people, speaking through their elected representatives, is the best way to keep us free and safe, protect our liberty, and make sure the promise of America exists for the next generation.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“When candidate Donald Trump said things that I didn’t necessarily agree with, I would call him on it.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“Any Supreme Court confirmation needs to be a thoughtful process, with full respect for the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“It’s the people’s Supreme Court, and we should let them decide its direction.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers
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