Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference and the fourth ranking leader in the House, addressed the association’s large agent/broker and CEO dinner during the Big “I” Legislative Conference.
During her keynote address, the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress discussed the economy, health care and taxes—and how all three priorities are related to jobs.
“The best anti-poverty program is a job,” Rep. McMorris Rodgers said, noting that many of the dinner’s attendees are part of the solution. “Tonight I want to talk to you as leaders in the country, as job-creators, and just express my gratitude for the roles that you play in your community.”
Pointing out that “three out of four Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” McMorris Rodgers shared her vision for her political party and the House to grow the economy and create jobs. “We’ve passed over 150 pro-growth jobs bills,” she said. “Bills on energy, job training, regulatory reform, health care, innovation—and most of them are still waiting for consideration over in the Senate.”
Rep. McMorris Rodgers voted against President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). “One of the biggest impediments to economic growth and job creation continues to be the President’s health care law,” she said. “We just marked the four-year anniversary of the law, and yet they’re estimating that at the end of ten years, 31 million Americans will still be without health insurance. At least six million Americans have had their health insurance plans cancelled. Premiums are doubling in some parts of the country.”
Adding that the ACA has already undergone more than 40 different regulatory extensions and delays, McMorris Rodgers stressed that her focus is on legislative efforts to fix the many problems the ACA has created.
During her address, Rep. McMorris Rodgers also discussed tax reform. She emphasized that the recent tax reform proposal released by House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) was still in draft form, but noted that, “It’s important that we have a debate over tax reform in America. We need to address this too costly, too complicated tax code.”
Elected to the house in 2004, Rep. McMorris Rodgers is well known as a rising star in the Republican Party. In addition to her leadership role in the House, Rep. McMorris Rodgers serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over many important issues for the independent agency system—including health care. Prior to being elected to Congress, she worked for her family’s business and served in the Washington State Legislature. Rep. McMorris Rodgers was the first in her family to graduate from college and went on to earn an executive MBA from the University of Washington.
“Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers continues to exhibit her unique leadership skills through her hard work on numerous issues that directly impact independent insurance agents, brokers and insurance consumers,” says Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external and government affairs. “We are grateful to for her advocacy for small business, particularly in the health care debate and tax reform.”
The large agent/broker and CEO dinner is sponsored by the Big “I” Large Agent and Broker Roundtable, a group which advises the Big “I” Board of Directors on many important topics.
The prestigious gathering of industry leaders, carrier CEOs and some of the largest agents and brokers from around the country takes place annually during the Big “I” Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.