Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at
(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.
Spokane, WA 99223
Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at
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.
Actually, the actual historical details of Pocahontas possibly quite gruesome. Much of it is no Disney story. She was kidnapped and allegedly raped and poisoned by white settlers. I sincerely doubt that our idiot President was aware of that, but it just adds to the insult.
From Senator Lisa Brown who is running against McMorris Rodgers . . . Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at
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
Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at
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.
That isn’t right
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at
(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.
Spokane, WA 99223