We can do better in Congress than McMorris Rodgers

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If you haven't watched the only televised debate that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would participate in with Rich Cowan, I suggest you watch it on the Internet.

It is a shame Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was unwilling to do a debate in every one of her counties, as Mr. Cowan requested, instead of only two debates in Spokane.

If she had debated in Walla Walla, I would have asked her why she signed a pledge of allegiance to Grover Norquist, a pledge that many other congresspeople who signed it have ended up regretting given its restrictions.

I would also liked to have asked why she voted to double the interest rates for over 7 million student loans, why she voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act giving women equal pay for equal work and why she voted for a horribly expensive prescription drug bill that has driven up the cost of Medicare because it failed to provide for negotiated prices with the pharmaceutical companies, something the Veterans Administration does.

During the debate, Rep. McMorris Rodgers avoided answers to questions like why she didn't vote for the Disclosure Act. Instead she talked about why she favored disclosure, while not admitting why she voted against it. She also avoided answering the question why, as part of the House leadership, she didn't sign a discharge petition to get the farm bill onto the floor for a vote, which seems incongruous since she represents this agricultural district. She made a point of the importance of Social Security and Medicare but she was careful to not disclose she voted for Ryan's plan that will dramatically change the structure of Medicare.

Watch the KSPS Internet debate and experience for yourself how Rep. McMorris Rodgers dodges questions and lacks transparency. Listen how her ultimate goal is NOT to keep the cost of government down.

We can do better. Cast your vote with me to seek new leadership with Rich Cowan.

Randy Snyder

Walla Walla

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