#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #11

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #11 HR 5122: To prohibit further action on proposed rule regarding testing of medicare part B prescription drug models. Summary: This bill is in opposition to a proposed testing model that would slow price increases for Medicare part B drugs. The Medicare Program’s Part B Drug Payment Model would allow the assessment of unfair and inflated increases in prescription drug prices. This testing program would catch those injustices and recommend changes so prices don’t inflate and doctors aren’t incentivized to prescribe higher medicines. How She Voted: She has cosponsored this legislation. The Impact: Between 1999 and 2009, health care costs have almost doubled for an average family. In the last two years, prescription drug prices have increased … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #10: Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #10 Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act (U.S.A.) Summary: This bill terminates all “unauthorized” programs after 3 years of the bill being passed. All programs are “authorized” for a certain amount and length of funding when they are passed into law. Some bills are meant to be reviewed and renewed after a certain amount of years, however many have been neglected. It’s Congress’ job to reauthorize these programs, especially those that are utilized by millions of Americans. However, because of toxic gridlock, Congress has not been keeping up with many important programs. This bill drastically cuts the funding for all “unauthorized” programs after 3 years, even if they are incredibly important and used by the American people. How She … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #9

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #9 HR 2577: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 Summary: An Appropriations Bill that kept the government open, but with drastic cuts to the EPA, wildfire funding, the Land and Wildlife Conservation Fund, and US Forestry Service. How She Voted: Yes The Impact: This bill designates the Forestry Service’s annual budget for wildfire prevention. In 2015 President Obama requested $4.02B for emergency fire fighting and prevention programs, but this bill only allocated $3.6B for the next 10 years. It barely increases the annual budget, completely ignoring the fact that wildfires risks are growing each year and the cost will only continue to rise. The Forestry service now spends more than half … Read More

Primary Election Night Victory Speech

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Here’s my speech from last night. Again, thank you 5th Congressional District for your support. Together we can do this!   Thank you all for being here tonight! I know each of you has contributed to our campaign in so many different ways.   Whether you’ve donated money, knocked on doors, called people, or volunteered by helping out at events or at headquarters, THANK YOU!   This campaign would not have been possible without you.   Tonight, we have taken a huge step forward.   We are moving on to the General Election, where we are going to defeat Cathy McMorris Rodgers in November!   First, to my fellow candidates in this race: I’d like to congratulate you all on … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #8: Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007

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#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #8 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007 Summary: The bill was drafted to repair and prevent the recurrence of the 2007 housing market crash. Specifically, this legislation addresses reckless underwriting practices, subprime prepayment penalties, and yield-spread premiums. All these provisions will protect home-owning Americans so that a Great Recession does not occur again. How She Voted: No The Impact: The Bill passed the House but failed to leave Committee in the Senate. Fortunately for American homeowners, the legislation was included in Title XIV of the Dodd-Frank Act, the most critical legislation of the Great Recession – which Cathy also voted against. It’s thanks to this later-introduced bill, despite Cathy McMorris-Rodgers’ opposition, that the housing market … Read More

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #7: Small Business Jobs Act of 2010

#McMorrisMonday Legislation Spotlight #7 Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 Summary: According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, this “new law is providing critical resources to help small businesses continue to drive economic recovery and create jobs. The new law extended the successful SBA enhanced loan provisions while offering billions more in lending support, tax cuts, and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners.” How She Voted: “No” two times: first in June of 2010, and again in September of 2010. The Impact: Despite the Congresswoman voting against the Small Business Jobs Act, the legislation passed the House, Senate, and was signed into law in 2010. This bill provided small businesses with the crucial support they needed to not … Read More