Congresswoman Discusses How COVID-19 Has Impacted State of Washington
Ponderosa Republican Women of Spokane, Washington, hosted its first Zoom meeting with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on April 30, 2020.
The Congresswoman spoke about the hardships of the COVID-19 crisis in the State of Washington and how it has impacted our members and businesses in the region. She wanted to provide hope and encouragement to keep God in our lives and know that together we will emerge stronger due to the resiliency of the American people.
This crisis has underscored the weakness and dependency of American on other countries, especially China. These supply chain issues are vitally important to our economy and we need to bring these type of companies back to American soil. However, Congresswoman McMorris Rogers is encouraged by the ingenuity and creativity of the American people such as the Newport high school student manufacturing masks on his 3D printer and Dry Fly Distillery making hand sanitizer.
She also spoke about the Payroll Protection Program to help main street businesses. The goal is to keep people on payroll instead of unemployment. These small businesses are the engine of the economy in our district, and this crisis continues to be a big hit to those risk takers.
In Colville, the streets of the community are deserted yet the Walmart down the road is packed. Why can’t the Governor allow these stores to use the same guidelines as Walmart? In Lewiston, ID, the car dealerships are open but across the river in Clarkston, WA, they are closed.
Congresswoman McMorris Rogers has called the Governor every week to ask why we cannot use some of the same guidelines as Idaho.
On April 30, 1863, President Lincoln asked for a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer, and on April 30, 1974, the House of Representatives asked for a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer, so today the Congresswoman asked us all to reflect on this and to pray for strength for our nation.
We look forward to doing more virtual meetings, and we are thankful for everyone that embraced technology and a new way of doing things!