Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks
July 11th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Top House Republican distances GOP from new Akin rape remarks

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking woman in the House GOP leadership, said Friday that former Rep. Todd Akin's declaration that he now regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 campaign do not reflect the views of the Republican Party.

"I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message," McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, told CNN. The GOP message "is about a better future for every person in this country no matter who you are, no matter your background, and we are about protecting that opportunity for everyone."
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Who wants Cantor's leadership job?
June 11th, 2014
04:12 PM ET
2 months ago

Who wants Cantor's leadership job?

Updated 6:18 p.m. ET, 6/11/2014

(CNN) – Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas said he's planning to run for the House Majority Leader position, as Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to vacate the job on July 31.

Sessions, who chairs the House campaign arm known as the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on Wednesday he will compete for the job.
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Filed under: 2014 • Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Eric Cantor • Pete Sessions
House ethics extends review of McMorris Rodgers
March 24th, 2014
11:10 PM ET
4 months ago

House ethics extends review of McMorris Rodgers

(CNN) – The House Ethics Committee announced Monday it was extending its investigation into allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers violated House rules and federal campaign laws by using official staff to perform political work for her re-election campaign.

McMorris Rodgers is the fourth-ranking House Republican. Viewed as a rising star in a party that has struggled to gain support among women voters, she was tapped by House Speaker John Boehner earlier this year to give the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Along with its announcement, the Ethics Committee released a report by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics outlining the allegations against McMorris Rodgers. It details instances when aides from her congressional office helped her prepare for campaign debates and wrote news releases and speeches specifically for political events. The OCE report also found that an outside campaign consultant who was on McMorris Rodger's political payroll provided services for her office, such as preparing her for events after her election and interviewing candidates for jobs on her official staff.
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Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe
February 6th, 2014
04:43 PM ET
6 months ago

Rising GOP star, McMorris Rodgers, faces ethics probe

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a rising political star who gave the Republican response to the State of the Union address last week, is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations she improperly mixed campaign money and official office funds to finance a bid for a party leadership post.

McMorris Rodgers won the House Republican Conference chairmanship - the fourth-highest position in the GOP leadership - after the 2012 election, beating Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.

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January 29th, 2014
12:13 AM ET
6 months ago

A softer Republican side in response to Obama

(CNN) – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers relied heavily on themes of family and compassion to draw divisions with President Barack Obama on Tuesday in the Republican response to his State of the Union address.

In her nationally televised appearance, she knocked him for policy proposals that "won't solve the problems actually facing Americans."

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House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion
January 28th, 2014
02:50 PM ET
6 months ago

House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion

Washington (CNN) - On the same day that the top Republican woman in the House will deliver the response to the President's State of the Union message, the GOP-led House of Representatives is expected to pass a controversial bill on an issue that divides women.

The Republican measure would ban taxpayer money for abortions.
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GOP to have all-woman SOTU response
January 27th, 2014
03:50 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP to have all-woman SOTU response

Washington (CNN) - Whichever language you speak, the Republican response to the State of the Union address tomorrow night will be in a woman’s voice.

Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will give a Spanish version of the party’s response to President Barack Obama’s annual speech, her office tells CNN. That will parallel the response Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, plans to give in English and will mark the first time that the GOP has tapped two women to give its official rebuttal of the President’s remarks.

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PHOTO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers SOTU preparations mix with motherhood
January 24th, 2014
03:08 PM ET
6 months ago

PHOTO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers SOTU preparations mix with motherhood

(CNN) – Talk about multitasking.

A baby in one arm and State of the Union preparations in the other, the House GOP's highest ranking woman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers readied for the Republican response to President Barack Obama's annual address while caring for her two-month old baby.

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GOP congressional leaders pick top ranking woman to deliver State of the Union response
January 23rd, 2014
04:37 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP congressional leaders pick top ranking woman to deliver State of the Union response

Washington (CNN) – Emphasizing her family's story, Republican congressional leaders tapped Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth highest House GOP leader and highest ranking woman, to deliver the response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday.

McMorris Rodgers is serving in her fifth term representing the district that runs along the eastern side of Washington State and delivered her third child in November, becoming the only member of Congress to give birth three times while in office.

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House GOP leader becomes only Member of Congress to give birth three times in office
November 25th, 2013
03:39 PM ET
8 months ago

House GOP leader becomes only Member of Congress to give birth three times in office

Washington (CNN) – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth ranking House GOP leader, delivered a baby girl on Sunday, becoming the only Member of Congress to give birth three times while in office.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers posted an announcement on Twitter, along with an Instagram picture of her holding her new daughter with the message, "Welcome Brynn Catherine! (Born at 6:19 am on Nov. 24, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz.) Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing a new life into the world. She's beautiful and seems to be taking it all in stride. Our hearts are full."
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