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Friday, January 31, 2014

The GOP Choice For SOTU Responder (One Of Four): Cathy McMorris Rodgers A Study in Hypocrisy and Subservience

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door. ”
― "quote on the Statue of Liberty"

We have finally realized a few minutes to devote to thoughts about the GOP deployment of Washington State Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to the "on the sofa" response to President Obama's 2014 SOTU Address.  Rep. McMorris Rodgers holds a leadership role in the House; the reason she is often visible behind Boehner as he from time-to-time fills the airways with GOP drivel . And, yes regardless of her "pie-in-the-sky" response remarks, she has voted along with every House of OZ vote against improving the US economy and every vote to take life sustaining benefits away from people who are far from wealth (as is she). 

Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets) McMorris Rodgers Financial Disclosure
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The Center for Responsive Politics

CBS News went here with their online reporting. We notice CBS opted to use the adjective "strong" with regards to their perception of the GOP response.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers offers GOP response to SOTU
|In the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) had a strong rebuke of the White House's record on jobs, and condemned the President for offering up what she called more empty promises when American's are desperate for results.

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How about a peep at key bills McMorris Rodgers voted against since President Obama was inaugurated in January 2009?

June 19, 2013H Amdt 176Restores $20.5 Billion in Appropriations for the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program
Amendment Rejected -House
(188 - 234)
June 14, 2013H Amdt 168Establishes Framework for the Closing of the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014Amendment Rejected - House
(174 - 249)
June 14, 2013HR 1960Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their CaseMotion Rejected - House
(194 - 225)
June 4, 2013H Amdt 84Authorizes Funds for the Construction of United States Prison for Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, CubaAmendment Rejected - House
(170 - 254)
May 22, 2013H Amdt 67Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand CrudesAmendment Rejected - House
(146 - 269)
May 22, 2013H Amdt 69Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist AttackAmendment Rejected - House
(176 - 239)
May 22, 2013H Amdt 71Repeals Requirement that Secretary of the Army Approve All Keystone XL Pipeline Permit ApplicationsAmendment Rejected - House
(182 - 234)
May 22, 2013H Amdt 72Increases Time to File a Claim Under the Northern Route Approval Act from 60 Days to 1 YearAmendment Rejected - House
(182 - 234)
May 22, 2013H Amdt 75Requires All Oil and Refined Fuels Transported Through the Keystone XL Pipeline to be Used Only in The United StatesAmendment Rejected - House
(162 - 255)

May 31, 2011HR 1954Increasing the Debt LimitMotion Rejected - House
(97 - 318)
Feb. 18, 2011H Amdt 92Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR SponsorshipsAmendment Rejected - House
(148 - 281)
Nov. 18, 2010HR 6419Extension of Certain Unemployment BenefitsBill Failed - House
(258 - 154)
Aug. 10, 2010HR 1586Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other PurposesConcurrence Vote Passed - House
(247 - 161)
July 22, 2010HR 4213Unemployment Benefits ExtensionConcurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
July 22, 2010HR 4213Unemployment Benefits ExtensionConcurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
July 1, 2010HR 5618Unemployment Benefits ExtensionBill Passed - House
(270 - 153)
June 30, 2010HR 4173Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ActConference Report Adopted - House
(237 - 192)
May 28, 2010HR 4213Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law AmendmentsConcurrence Vote Passed - House
(215 - 204)
April 15, 2010HR 4851Unemployment Benefits ExtensionConcurrence Vote Passed - House
(289 - 112)
March 21, 2010HR 3590Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActConcurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 212)
Dec. 11, 2009HR 4173Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ActBill Passed - House
(223 - 202)
April 29, 2009HR 1913Hate Crimes ExpansionBill Passed - House
(249 - 175)
March 5, 2009HR 1106Mortgage Restructuring In BankruptcyBill Passed - House
(234 - 191)
Jan. 27, 2009S 181Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009Bill Passed - House
(250 - 177)
Apparently, McMorris Rodgers is in favor of the following pieces of legislation.

Keystone XL Pipeline
May 22, 2013HR 3Northern Route Approval ActBill Passed - House
(241 - 175)
PPACA (41 plus votes totaling over 60 million dollars. Frivolous votes we should add.)
Federal Employees Pay
Feb. 15, 2013HR 273Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal EmployeesBill Passed - House
(261 - 154)

Well, it appears McMorris Rodgers votes lock-step with the  GOP House (As do they all). She also appears to cast votes with an element in the House that has contributed to approval ratings at a historic low: the Tea Party. She favors the Keystone XL Pipeline and has voted against any bills to restrict harvesting and moving tar-sand derivatives through the US. She also voted against restrict said derivatives to use in the US. She voted against fair pay for women, despite "sitting on the sofa" to deliver a false message to people who are foolish enough to believe her. And, it appears she has voted against certain pay adjustments for federal employees. I also see a vote against SNAP benefits to those who live with assistance from SNAP programs. A quick reminder, McMorris Rodgers is a millionaire!


A lot of nothing. Another GOP SOTU fatality. #jindal #rubio #bachmann

There is another matter that stands out for me.  What is with the decision to have the first-line response from a person seated on a sofa in a room that is obviously well laid-out, replete with unlit fireplace? Our real concern is the choice to position the speaker in a very mild and subservient manner. I do not believe for one second a democratic responder who happened to be a woman would sit for the response.  In fact, I strongly suspect no Democrat political counsel or "stagger" would suggest the woman responder should sit.  

Now, the ultimate comment, "Not one high ranking woman in the democratic party would agree to sit for the response.

As you leave, a little something from TPM

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