Change needed in Congress

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What does it mean to be a congressional representative? It should mean that you represent all your constituents, not just a narrow segment of your district.

Reviewing U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' voting record, you can clearly see she definitely does not represent everyone. She voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This act makes it illegal to pay women less for the same work that men perform.

She voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which is an organization dedicated to protecting women's health. She continually misrepresents the mission of Planned Parenthood as an organization only interested in abortion in order to support her vote.

It was this vote, included as part of a budget bill, that almost caused a government shutdown.

Even though the shutdown was averted, the debacle caused the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating.

Looking closely at her voting record again and you see she is less than supportive of people on Medicare.

She voted to ban the government from negotiating for lower prescription drug prices as part of the bill that provided drug coverage to Medicare recipients. This vote was a direct money giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry and drove up the long-term cost of Medicare.

I guess her concern for the national debt was not as important as her concern for Big Pharma's profits. McMorris Rodgers is also confused about how capitalism works. Think about it: Would you tell Walmart it could not negotiate to get the lowest possible costs from its vendors?

In the field of health, she voted against expanding children's health insurance support and embryonic stem cell research. On the business front, she was against a bill that would allow corporate shareholders a vote on executive compensation and bonuses.

When you look at her voting record, you wonder what constituency she actually does represent.

She has cast votes against women, families and health care. She has voted for financial giveaways to Big Pharma and objected to letting stockholders have a vote on executive bonuses.

She consistently voted for war (without paying for those wars) and tax breaks for the wealthy. I don't think we can afford Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

We need a change and therefore I recommend a vote for Rich Cowan. He is from the business community and will listen to all his constituents.

Mary Lou Yocum

Walla Walla

Comments

wallyworldguy 1 year, 6 months ago

"She voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which is an organization dedicated to protecting women's health"

She voted to defund them because they mostly just kill babies in the name of women's health. But of course you knew that, I believe it was like 80some percent of what they do is abortion. They should have never got tax payers money as far as I am concerned. Mary you should state the facts in full, not just use the parts that promote your agenda.

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commonsense 1 year, 6 months ago

The biological process which is haulted by an abortion can hardly be called a "baby". A baby can live outside the womb. Maybe instead of misinforming the public and trying to control women's bodies you could focus some of your energy on getting the churches to stop telling people that condoms and other forms of birth control are immoral or otherwise bad. I think people who are against abortion should have to take in and raise the unwanted babies.

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wallyworldguy 1 year, 6 months ago

You missed the whole point didn't you.. Its not about being for or against abortion, millions and millions of tax payers money was being paid to PP and 80 some percent of that was being used for millions of abortions every year. Don't use tax payers money for abortions. If they go out and get pregnant, they can pay for their own abortion. I for one am tired of paying for all these underachieving bums. not about abortion, about using tax dollars. do you understand my view now commonsense. not misinforming anyone, you just don't read very well.

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marketinsider 1 year, 6 months ago

So if my mother would have been attacked when I was inside her womb, and my mother was okay, but that "thing" inside my mother's womb, cease to exist, your commonsense says that the attacker's defense attorney should say that "the accused simply halted the biological process?" Sounds like the commonsense thing to do. But, frankly, I hope that my mother would have been a little bit pissed off. You're right, all this misinformation being put out there is really getting old.

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namvet60 1 year, 6 months ago

commonsense - maybe you should expound your last sentence to the parents that allow there children to go and have an abortion. Abortion is reprehensible and a criminal act against human nature.

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namvet60 1 year, 6 months ago

McMorris Rodgers is doing a fine job as being one out of 435. When we talk of legislation nobody seems to mention why that bill was scrapped. When you read the whole piece of legislation you might wake up and smell the roses! It also gives insight to the extent of that bill.

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marketinsider 1 year, 6 months ago

The author's main point seems to come from the first three sentences in the editorial: "What does it mean to be a congressional representative? It should mean that you represent all your constituents, not just a narrow segment of your district. Reviewing U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' voting record, you can clearly see she definitely does not represent everyone." How can a politician represent everyone in a country as divided as America? How could a politician represent all of their constituents? It seems the author is like most Americans, their opinion is the one that should be heard and acted on. The author also has a preference for issues facing women. I just searched google for breast cancer, the total was 734,000,000. For prostate cancer 187,000,000. I know, women don't have sons, brothers, or fathers. I know men live longer than women. And my favorite one, "even though the shutdown was averted the debacle caused the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating." There are 140 million workers in the U.S., even though the boomers have just started retiring, there are already 56 million on Social Security or disability. When you factor in those on Medicare and Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, just to name a few, you would be lucky to have one worker per recipient. The U.S. was downgraded because we are broke and did absolutely no preparation for the onslaught of retirees. It is amazing how a country can be so irresponsible and for such a long time, and then think that all they need to do is to go to the polls and elect some magical person who is going to come in and save everyone. The fact is, both the Republicans and Democrats borrow the money on the backs of those children who you claim to care so much about. Just incase you don't know, just in the last 4 years this country has borrowed $6 trillion dollars, and it won't make a difference how old you are, your religion, your race, or your sex, when the credit dries up, if you have saved no money, good luck depending on the government.

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