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Energy & Commerce chair preview: McMorris Rodgers

Nov 10, 2022
Cathy McMorris Rodgers speaks in front of an American flag

McMorris Rodgers speaks at the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda summit in July. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Likely committee chair: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, current ranking member of Energy & Commerce

What she’d do: Oversight is a priority for Rodgers, an E&C Republican aide told Axios — so expect a lot of investigations.

  • Her main targets: COVID-19’s origins, the administration’s COVID-19 response and HHS implementation of Medicare drug price negotiation.
  • McMorris Rodgers also wants the committee to focus on reauthorizing federal health care agencies where authorizations have expired. According to a 2020 report from the Congressional Budget Office, 282 authorizations of appropriations that fall under E&C had expired.
  • She also wants to address the fentanyl crisis.

What we know about her: McMorris Rodgers is vocal about veterans' health care issues and rural health care, as well as her displeasure with the Biden administration’s COVID-19 response. She also championed E&C’s bipartisan mental health package earlier this year.

  • Heritage Action gave McMorris Rodgers an 82% conservatism score in the 117th Congress.

Health care donors: Her top contributors in the last year included the New York Cancer & Blood Specialists and Blue Cross Blue Shield, according to OpenSecrets.

  • She received $518,868 from health professionals in 2021-2022 and $441,995 from the pharmaceutical and health products industry.

One fun thing: McMorris Rodgers had all three of her children while in office!

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