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McMorris Rodgers rumored to lead Department of Interior

McMorris Rodgers rumored to lead Department of Interior

SPOKANE, Wash. - Several reports indicate Washington's 5th District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of the Interior.

Colloquially known as the "Department of Everything Else," the Department of the Interior oversees one of the wides ranges of responsibilities in the President's cabinet.

As it's secretary, Cathy McMorris Rodgers would oversee 70,000 employees, nearly 650 million acres of federal land and a budget of around $20 million.

She'd follow another Washingtonian. Current secretary Sally Jewell grew up in the Seattle area and is a University of Washington graduate. McMorris Rodgers received an Executive MBA from the UW.

During the campaign, McMorris Rodgers was critical of the president elect for his now infamous comments about women.

"The statement's from Donald Trump are inappropriate, I do not defend them, I do not condone them... And I have spoken out time and time again," she told KXLY 4's Robyn Nance in an interview on November 4.

Several reports indicate Washington's 5th District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of the Interior.

Colloquially known as the "Department of Everything Else," the Department of the Interior oversees one of the wides ranges of responsibilities in the President's cabinet.

As it's secretary, Cathy McMorris Rodgers would oversee 70,000 employees, nearly 650 million acres of federal land and a budget of around $20 million.

She'd follow another Washingtonian. Current secretary Sally Jewell grew up in the Seattle area and is a University of Washington graduate. McMorris Rodgers received an Executive MBA from the UW.

During the campaign, McMorris Rodgers was critical of the president elect for his now infamous comments about women.

"The statement's from Donald Trump are inappropriate, I do not defend them, I do not condone them... And I have spoken out time and time again," she told KXLY 4's Robyn Nance in an interview on November 4.

So, why nominate her for a cabinet position?

For one thing, her voting record is consistent with Donald Trump's proposed plan to roll back some of the regulatory changes concerning federal land and natural resources made by the Obama Administration.

She's an advocate of drilling and has voted in favor of increasing access to lands for resource development.

She's member of the house energy and commerce committee and has focused on public land related issues, including forestry.

In the wake of the 2015 Washington wildfires, the Congresswoman supported several pieces of legislation drafted to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service forest service was better equipped to both prevent and fight the flames.

Perhaps another reason for her consideration: In her 11 years in Congress, McMorris Rodgers has been considered one of the most consistent voters. Her choices seldom stray from GOP lines.

So, why nominate her for a cabinet position?

For one thing, her voting record is consistent with Donald Trump's proposed plan to roll back some of the regulatory changes concerning federal land and natural resources made by the Obama Administration.

She's an advocate of drilling and has voted in favor of increasing access to lands for resource development.

She's member of the house energy and commerce committee and has focused on public land related issues, including forestry.

In the wake of the 2015 Washington wildfires, the Congresswoman supported several pieces of legislation drafted to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service forest service was better equipped to both prevent and fight the flames.

Perhaps another reason for her consideration: In her 11 years in Congress, McMorris Rodgers has been considered one of the most consistent voters. Her choices seldom stray from GOP lines.


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