(By Colin Haffner/Chewelah Independent)
Congresswoman meets with group of 30…
Deer Park was the site of a Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers this past Friday.
McMorris-Rodgers spoke to a group of about 30 residents that had gathered at the Deer Park Public Library, according to an article in the Spokesman Review. She shared on her work with a a few items, including the Resilient Federal Forestry Act.
The Act, introduced in 2017, “addresses the growing economical and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfire and solves the problem of ‘fire-borrowing’,” according to a summary at naturalresources.house.gov.
McMorris-Rodgers is a backer of the act, of which supporters believe it would hasten the ability to take action and prevent wildfires. Opponents say the act limits the environmental review process, said the Spokesman. The Act has already passed the House but not the Senate.
In addition to the Resilient Federal Forestry Act, McMorris-Rodgers also spoke about work to open a 24-hour urgent care facility at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, as well as expanding the ABLE Act, a tax-deferred savings account for people with disability related expenses, the Spokesman said.
She then fielded questions from those attending during a question and answer period.
When asked if she planned on holding a large venue Town Hall meeting at a day and time working people could attend, McMorris-Rodgers relayed that she holds Town Halls in venues of all sizes and at all times, the Spokesman said.
According to the Spokesman, McMorris-Rodgers then said, “I’ve always done the larger town hall in Spokane. We’ll do that again, where we’ll have hundreds or thousands of people that will show up. It is important to have fair and open debates.”
Another person asked McMorris-Rodgers about the cost of medical insurance, and the expenses associated with pre-existing conditions, the Spokesman said, to which McMorris-Rodgers responded she wanted to make sure those people with pre-existing conditions were able to get affordable health care and she believes that needs to be in the Affordable Care Act.
McMorris-Rodgers is hoping to have more constructive dialogue with voters over time, and made note that, “I learned today. I learned that I have work to do in the city of Deer Park. I do want to help. I want to be a partner in moving this community forward and giving people more opportunities,” according to the Spokesman.