U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Eastern Washington, is a bad representative for women, says a national women's rights leader in a Huffington Post column today.
After NOW President Terry O'Neill and other leaders in the movement sent a letter to the White House demanding more female representation at budget talks, O'Neill noticed that McMorris Rodgers attended a meeting with the president and her compatriots in the House Republican leadership, John Boehner and Eric Cantor.
"She voted the straight party line against women's reproductive health and supported the Ryan budget to 'gut and cut' programs," O'Neill wrote on the website. "She has a zero rating from NARAL and near zeros from AAUW and NOW. She voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay bill, for goodness sakes. Wonder just how much she stuck up for women in that confab" at the White House.
O'Neill took everyone at the meeting to task for making women shoulder the burden after social services get cut.
"Women are the majority of recipients of vital public benefits, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, childcare subsidies and other family friendly support programs," she wrote. "They are underpaid for the work they do and often hold down two or three part-time/near-minimum wage jobs while their spouses look for work. We cannot balance our budget or reduce our debt without understanding the effects of these cuts and slashes on the lives and livelihoods of our nation's girls and women."