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GOP Address: Rep. McMorris Rodgers Optimism Is Important in Face of Fiscal Challenges

McMorris [dot] House [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) echoes the president's message reminding us of the freedoms  afforded to Americans.

Giving thanks to service members serving away from their families and remaining thoughtful of the many families still dealing with the effects of superstorm Sandy, Rep. McMorris Rodgers says, "The same spirit of service and optimism that brings us together today should inspire us all year round."

"That why, here in Washington, D.C., Republicans have reached out to President Obama in the hope of working together to help our economy grow and solve the debt that threatens our children's future," she says in the address.

McMorris Rodgers warns that "the clock is ticking" for lawmakers to take action in avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff," when current tax rates will expire and deep cuts to the federal budget will take effect, potentially sending the economy into recession.

"Republicans believe this is an opportunity to finally solve problems that Washington has ignored for too long, whether it's tax code that's too costly and complicated or entitlement programs that are on the path to bankruptcy," the congresswoman says.

"Republicans are ready and eager to get to work, and we hope President Obama is as well. Because America is a country whose people can do anything, and whose leaders can envision a limitless future."

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Rep. Says Romney Team Making Lists of Dems They Could Work With in Obama Lame Duck

McMorris [dot] House [dot] gov(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Mitt Romney still has a nail-biter of an election to get through, but his team is already planning for a mid-November in which Barack Obama is a lame duck, according to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The Washington Republican talked Thursday night to Rick Klein and Amy Walter on the ABC News/Yahoo! News live stream and said that Romney is going to be ready even in November to deal with tough issues like the so-called “fiscal cliff.” His advisers have even started discussing which Democrats on Capitol Hill they might be able to work with.

Amy asked if Romney would be able to ask members of his own party to make tough choices.

“He’s going to be working with us,” said McMorris Rodgers. “I am very confident. Even now I’ve been working as his House liaison. He’s interested in meeting with every member, hearing what their ideas are, what their priorities are. They’ve even talked to me about Democrats they could be reaching out to.”

“To switch parties?” asked Amy.

“No. To work with them across the aisle on all of these important issues,” said McMorris Rodgers.

“They’re already making those kind of inroads and those kind of contacts,” said Rick.

“Well, I’m not sure that they’ve actually called any Democrats, but they’ve already been … there’s already some thinking through the lame duck and those first hundred days and how they’re going to approach it there’s a real desire, yes, to tackle the tough problems but to bring the people along and to get both the people and plans in place so that we’re going to be ready to go,” she said.

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Romney Names Top GOP Woman to Lead Campaign in House

McMorris [dot] House [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney announced on Monday that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranked Republican woman in Congress, will serve as the campaign’s point person in the House of Representatives.

Romney and McMorris Rogers appeared together at a fundraiser in the Seattle area Monday night, where Romney personally announced the appointment of the Washington state Republican to her new role with the campaign.  The event is expected to have collected up to $4 million for the Romney campaign, according to a GOP source.

In her new capacity, McMorris Rodgers will serve as liaison between the campaign and Republicans in the House, where she is the fifth-ranked GOP leader as vice chair of the House Republican Conference.  She’ll essentially quarterback the relationship with the Romney campaign and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, helping coordinate and align the GOP’s message on both fronts.

“I am honored that Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers has agreed to take a leadership role on behalf of the campaign,” Romney wrote in a statement announcing the decision. “She understands the impact of the economic challenges Americans face and the need to put our country on a better track.  As a member of the leadership team in the House, she will be a helpful partner in our efforts to ensure our focus remains on the critical issue of economic security for all Americans.”

McMorris Rodgers, a four-term lawmaker in the House, has been considered by some congressional insiders as a long-shot wild card as Romney’s running mate.  The two last campaigned together in March ahead of the Washington caucuses, which Romney won by 13 points.

“I am truly honored to serve as the leader of Mitt Romney’s House team,” McMorris Rodgers said. “Governor Romney has demonstrated the leadership and vision that we have been fighting for in Congress to stop runaway government spending and create an environment for job creation.”

Across the Capitol, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has led the Romney campaign’s congressional outreach efforts since last fall. Blunt, who is vice chair of the GOP conference in the upper chamber, will continue to serve as the campaign’s liaison to the Senate.

McMorris Rodgers said she is looking forward to the assignment and teaming with Blunt “in our effort to get our country back on the right track.”

A GOP aide said McMorris Rodgers and Blunt will personally meet with campaign officials from Team Romney later this week to work out the details of the assignment.

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GOP Address: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers -- Obama's Budget Is 'Roadmap to Greece'

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's republican address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of the State of Washington says President Obama won't keep his promises on the economy.

Referring to a February 2009 White House Summit on fiscal responsibility, McMorris Rodgers says the president has failed to keep his promise to cut the nation's deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.

"Well, in the budget he submitted this week to Congress, the president admitted he won't keep his promise.  He won't even come close.  Because of the president's failure to control spending, the government will run trillion-dollar deficits in each of his four years in office," she says.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers says more broken promises seem to be coming, too. She says that when one does the math, "the president's budget only achieves, at most, about a tenth of the savings it promises."

"More than half of the proposed 'savings' in the president's budget for the next year -- about $2 trillion -- are already law," McMorris Rodgers says. "These savings come from the Budget Control Act -- the bill congressional Republicans insisted that the president sign last year in response to his demand for an increase in the nation's debt limit."

"Another almost $1 trillion in 'savings,'" she adds, "comes from what we call the 'war gimmick' -- money that was never requested and will never be spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Those aren't real savings."

McMorris Rodgers says if the country continues on the same path of big spending, it could be headed toward the same fate as Greece, a country facing what is perhaps its most severe financial crisis as a result of international and regional factors and spending beyond its means.

"If we keep going like this, the consequences will be devastating.  As we've learned from Greece and the European Union, no country can escape the costs of big government policies forever," she says in the address.

"The president's budget isn't a blueprint for America -- it's a roadmap to Greece."

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GOP Address: Rep. McMorris Rodgers Asks, 'Where are the jobs?'

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican Address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the only question worth asking after Friday's dismal jobs report is, "Where are the jobs?"  The Washington State congresswoman also calls the reported 9.2 percent unemployment rate "unacceptable."

McMorris Rodgers says it is uncertainty about the nation's debt reduction plan, energy prices and "burdensome mandates" on small business owners that is mainly hindering economic growth.  But she says the GOP-hatched "Plan for America's Job Creators" is designed to alleviate barriers to private sector job growth and stop policies that drive up energy costs.

The congresswoman, who also serves as vice chair of the House Republican Confernence, says that if President Obama is really open to job creation ideas from any person in any party, then "he should encourage Democrats in the Senate to take up the jobs bills the House has passed."  

"From the look of things, the Democrats who run Washington don't have a jobs plan; they have a spending agenda," Rep. McMorris Rodgers charges.

McMorris Rodgers suggests that if the nation's debt limit is to be raised, serious spending cuts exceeding the amount by which the limit is raised must accompany the increase.  

She finally says that Americans should not have to sacrifice in the form of higher taxes and that Washington should consider sacrificing a bit.

"The American people have already sacrificed in lost jobs and chronic uncertainty," she says.  "It's time for Washington to do the sacrificing."

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