(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Americans’ memories for political events are notoriously short-lived, but one event should NEVER be forgotten amid our great immigration controversy. That involves the bipartisan immigration reform bill that the US Senate passed by a veto-proof 68-32 margin on June 27, 2013. The bill included a nationwide employment eligibility verification system (E-Verify) and stricter border control, along with a path to citizenship for eleven million undocumented immigrants, an innovative temporary worker program, and increased visa numbers for skilled foreign workers.
Quoting Froma Harrop’s commentary, “Republicans don’t want to fix immigration”: “There were enough supportive Democrats and Republicans to pass the reform in the House as well, but then-Speaker John Boehner didn’t put it up for a vote.” (Spokesman-Review 1/20/18) Purportedly among House Republican leadership, our Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers was complicit in this assault on democracy and majority rule. Characteristically, she was the consummate political lackey.
House passage of this bill would have rendered it law with then-President Obama’s signature, thus avoiding all acrimony, stress on immigrants, and wasted time and money that has ensued.
Shortly after Senate passage of its bipartisan immigration reform bill, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected that the bill would reduce federal budget deficits by $197 billion over the next decade. The bill was the result of bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, business groups, labor unions, agricultural interests, and immigration advocates. In particular, it was supported by such pro-business and pro-agriculture groups as the US Chamber of Commerce and the local Washington Growers League, an influential Eastern Washington agribusiness association working on immigration in an unusual alliance with the Washington Federation of State Employees. The Chairperson of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration also expressed support.
This legislation could still be rescued by the House, but certainly won’t happen until we make better choices like electing Lisa Brown to replace McMorris Rodgers.
I’m deeply concerned with the FCC’s decision today to repeal Net Neutrality rules. Rules that kept our internet free and open–like a public highway for businesses and consumers.
Now, the major internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to block sites, charge more for certain sites like YouTube and Facebook, and create “fast lanes” for sites that can afford to pay, while those that can’t are stuck with slower speeds.
Once again, Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District fails to speak out. A few days ago, Trump used a Native American name, specifically Pocahontas, to denigrate Senator Elizabeth Warren because of her very distant Native American Heritage. Most of you probably see why this is racist. It is using someones name in vain, and choosing a historical minority person as the name.
Look folks, our U.S. economy is doing well. There is no need to cut taxes for the rich to stimulate investment into the U.S. economy. There is plenty investment capital, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the other Republicans in the U.S. House or Representatives voted again to give another huge tax break for the rich. Simply stated, the only reason they cut taxes was to do a political favor for the corporate and super rich Republican base. For more information about her, read here. Read the rest of this entry
(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Tom Horne’s 9/14/17 Spokesman-Review letter (“Read CMR’s Comments”) is very misleading. Repeatedly, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has simply parroted Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives John Boehner and Paul Ryan, with no mind of her own. Nevertheless, McMorris Rodgers is listed among House Republican leadership. As such, she joined the leadership’s block of a full House vote on the June 27, 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, even though it had enough votes to pass the House at the time. Enough House Republicans joining Democrats favored the bipartisan Senate bill for it to become law with then-President Obama’s signature had Republican House leaders, including McMorris Rodgers, allowed a vote by the full House. The law would have ended deportations except in criminal cases. Thus Mr. Horne’s statement that “Cathy and the Republican leadership want ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ like the Senate passed in 2013, which would give legal status to almost all 11 million illegal aliens“ is completely false.
Most definitely, her idea of “comprehensive immigration reform” is altogether different from that of the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate. As usual, McMorris Rodgers simply follows the Republican House leadership, and it advocates a draconian approach to immigration.
In front of Cathy McMorris Rodgers office (10 North Post St.)
***The event has been moved to Wednesday because the CBO is releasing its report on Wednesday***
We came to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Valentines Day asking her to have a heart for the tens of thousands of people in our community who rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health care. Now, Cathy is the ONLY Representative from Washington to have voted FOR Trumpcare.
Join us this Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30 pm in front of Rep. McMorris Rodgers Office (10 N. Post Street)
(Letter-to-the-Editor) Any pretense for passing proposed Spokane City Initiative 2015-1, allowing city police to stop and interrogate anyone strictly to ascertain immigration status, would already have been eliminated if US House Republican leadership, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, had done their job. They never allowed a full House vote on the bipartisan immigration bill passed June, 2013 by the US Senate, even though the bill had enough House votes to pass. And President Obama would have signed it. The bill resulted from bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, business groups, labor unions, agricultural interests, and immigration advocates, and would have rendered Initiative 2015-1 obsolete. (For more information about McMorris, see this website about her. Read the rest of this entry
In an historic bipartisan 68-32 vote, last June the US Senate passed an immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship for eleven million illegal immigrants, an innovative temporary worker program, and increased visa numbers for skilled foreign workers, as well as a nationwide employment eligibility verification system and stricter border control. This was a result of bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, business groups, labor unions, agricultural interests, and immigration advocates. Although many predict that the bill would pass in the US House, the majority Republican leadership there refuses to bring it up.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects the bill would reduce federal budget deficits by $197 billion over the next decade. Furthermore, it is supported by such pro-business and pro-agriculture groups as the US Chamber of Commerce and the local Washington Growers League, an influential Eastern Washington agribusiness association working on immigration in an unusual alliance with the Washington Federation of State Employees. Interestingly, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration has also expressed support.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to represent her constituents, many in business and agriculture, by standing up to US House leadership so as to pass this bill.
Democratic Rich Cowan was happy on Tuesday night. He held Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in the 5th Congressional Race to 55% of the primary vote. That was 7% lower for her than in 2010 when she got 62%. All the money she spent did not appear to help her very much. It may have even hurt her. If people don’t like what you stand for and don’t like your style of partisan politics, more TV commercials will not result in more votes.
Spokane is the major city in Eastern Washington. For a century, it has been a cultural, economic, and political hub of the Inland Northwest. It was once a railroad town. However, the trains are now few. Our economy has become more centered on light industry and the information economy.
We held the World's Fair in the 70s, and we still host Hoopfest, Pigout in the Park, and the Lilac Festival. If you like small town's that feel big. You will like Spokane.