The Role of Congress in Protecting American Values and Life
October 28, 2015 12:00 ET

When the founding fathers wrote our nation’s Constitution, they created Congress to function as one of the crucial supports of a three-legged stool, the others being the executive and judicial.

Unfortunately, despite gains in civil rights for persons of color, human dignity is still under attack. What elites call “advances” have opened the door to sophisticated new assaults on life from conception to natural death. When society deems certain lives as less valuable than others, whole classes of people become vulnerable to exclusion from “equal protection under the law”.

Thankfully, there are some Members of Congress who still take human dignity seriously.  Join one of them, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, as she comes to discuss the role Congress plays in preserving and protecting a culture of life here in the United States.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers is Eastern Washington’s chief advocate in Congress and a rising star in American politics. Since first being elected to the House in 2004, she has become Chair of the House Republican Conference, the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the House and the highest ranking woman in Congress. She serves on the House Energy and Commerce Health Sub-Committee, where she plays an active role in advancing affordable, patient-centered health care reforms.

Of the 72 bills signed into law in 2013, Cathy authored two of them. She is co-founder of the bipartisan Military Family Caucus, which provides military spouses and children a voice in Congress. Cathy is also the Co-Chair of five Congressional caucuses. In January 2014 Cathy delivered the Republican address following the State of the Union, in which she articulated a hopeful, bold vision for the American people.

In 2006, Cathy married Brian Rodgers, a Spokane native and retired 26-year Navy Commander. In 2007, she gave birth to Cole McMorris Rodgers. Since Cole was born with Trisomy 21, Cathy has become a leader in the disabilities community. She has also welcomed two daughters into the world – Grace Blossom (December 2010) and Brynn Catherine (November 2013). She is the only Member of Congress in history to give birth three times while in office.

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