Monday, October 15, 2012
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