Fifth Congressional District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to be voted out of office. She increasingly supports legislation that is socially regressive and counter to the protections most Americans hold dear.
In 2011, McMorris Rodgers voted for the Paul Ryan budget. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the Ryan budget would reduce revenue by $4 trillion over the next decade, and increase the deficit by $1.3 trillion.
Voters earning more than $1 million a year would realize a 12.5 percent increase in their after-tax income. (Paul Ryan's net worth exceeds $4 million.)
From the Tax Policy Center: "By combining large budget cuts (and tax increases) disproportionately harm lower-income Americans with big tax cuts that disproportionately help those at the top of the income scale, the Ryan budget would significantly worsen inequality and increase poverty and hardship ...."
In 2012, McMorris Rodgers voted for the House version (HR4970) of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which excludes protections for immigrants as well as tribal court protections for Native Americans. The House version of the bill also discriminates against individuals on the basis of their gender and sexual orientation.
The Senate version of VAWA, which McMorris Rodgers does not support, protects Native American women from domestic violence and sexual assault. It includes protection for all victims, regardless of their color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
In 2011, Walla Walla County received $45,000 in a VAWA grant to help local agencies (city and county law enforcement, YWCA) protect and shelter victims of abuse. The 2012 re-authorization of VAWA is stalled by Republicans in the House of Representatives who refuse to extend VAWA coverage.
The 5th Congressional District needs a representative who will be an advocate for all constituents.
Candidate Rich Cowan is a successful businessman and community leader. Inland Business Catalyst magazine describes him as one of the "Power 25" business professional in the region. He contributes hundreds of hours of video production services to dozens of nonprofit agencies in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
Early in his television career he spent a week documenting the work of the 5th Disrict's then-representative, U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley.
Cowan will restore the power of advocacy to the 5th Congressional District voters. Instead of advocating the views of Paul Ryan and the Republican Party Caucus to voters, Cowan will advocate the views of the 5th District voters to members of Congress.
Gretchen de Grasse