tv Campaign 2018 Washington 5th District U.S. House Debate CSPAN October 31, 2018 11:44pm-12:48am EDT
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>> good evening from the campus of wallow while a community college, and welcome to the final debate between washington's fifth congressional district representative, cathy mcmorris rodgers, and her challenger, lisa brown. i am moderating tonight's exciting debate. the walla walla valley chamber of commerce is hosting this debate to highlight important issues within our valley and throughout eastern washington, including women's issues, agriculture, and business. the chamber is presenting tonight's debate with our broadcast partner, northwest public broadcasting, a pbs and npr member station based at the edward r. murrow college of communications at washington state university. the format of this debate consists of four rounds. after opening statements i will begin by asking each candidate questions on themes important to our region. answers will be limited to one minute each with 30 seconds of rebuttal. in the second round each candidate will respond to a question submitted by their opponent. in the third round, we will ask a question of each candidate based on topics selected by you. each candidate will then deliver her closing statement. if you, the audience, would like to weigh in on what type of question we ask in the final
round, go to nwpb.org. where you can cast your vote. again, weigh in at nwpb.org. before we get to the questions, a little background about the andidates. first, the incumbent, republican congresswoman cathy mcmorris rodgers. she grew up in kettle falls, washington and received her executive mba from the university of washington. she was first elected to congress in 2004 and before that, she was a member of the state legislature. cathy and her husband have three children. her challenger, democrat lisa brown grew up in illinois and moved it to washington in 1980 to teach economics at eastern washington university. she previously served in the state house of representatives and is the majority leader for the state senate. she was most recently chancellor
of wsu's spokane campus. she has one sign and is married. we will see tonight if they have any more than that in common. in the interest of time we ask that you hold your applause or other expressions of approval or disapproval, except for now as we welcome the candidates on stage. >> thank you. let's get right to it. each candidate will have two minutes to deliver an opening statement. we determined who would get the
opening statement first. since cathy mcmorris rodgers -- excuse me, since lisa brown won the coin toss she has elected to go second. cathy, go for it. rep. rodgers: good evening, everyone. it is great to be at walla walla community college. thank you for joining us this evening. what a difference two years makes. our economy is booming and for our friends and neighbors it means they have an opportunity for a better life. good policy leads to good results. i am encouraged we are getting veterans the care they need. we have rebuilt the military. we are protecting the columbia state river dams, the foundation of our economy. isn't it great we are making progress on healthy forests? eastern washington story is one of hard work and perseverance, a story of my grandma's great grandma who came out to the
northwest on the oregon trail. she headed out with her twin two-year-old sons, fleeing an abusive husband in search of a better life. lewis mcmorris was one of the founders of walla walla. i am proud of those deep roots and that pioneering spirit. in america, you are not defined by where you come from, but by who you can become. i have taken that same pioneering spirit with me to serve eastern washington in congress. i am proud of a record of leadership and results on the issues that matter most to the people in eastern washington. i have led on important legislation working in a bipartisan way to get results. i have led on the residency program so we will have doctors in rural and underserved areas. i was out at the va today and met a couple of residencies who are practicing at v.a., we want to keep that going. i'm continuing to seek your support so we can secure that
bright future for our children and grandchildren. i dont want to go back to where we were. i am proud to have the endorsement of the union bulletin, the farm bureau, 29 out of 30 county commissioners. thank you very much. moderator: you have two minutes to deliver your opening statement. ms. brown: thank you to walla walla and the community college for hosting. i got to visit the water center today and saw the people being prepared for jobs as well as it was great to see it is named after representative bill grant, someone i admired very much and served with in the legislature. i would like to take a little bit of his spirit with me to congress. he came up with the motto, working together for one washington. we need a congress that is working together for one america, especially now in this
bitterly divided political environment. i am running for congress to be an independent leader, to do what i have always done, work with republicans and democrats, business leaders and educators, and get things done for eastern washington, from water projects to roads and bridges, to our new medical school at wsu. we need new leadership in congress right now and in eastern washington. sadly, after 14 years my opponent is increasingly out of touch with what really matters to us. instead of running on her record, she is running away from her record on health care and putting her party's needs above ours. congress is broken right now. she is the leader of a congress that has blown a huge hole in the budget, not dealt with health care or immigration, and even left town without a farm bill. we can do better.
i want to go to congress and work with farmers, veterans, students, seniors, and defend our health care, work for solutions and the not just talking points. eastern washington deserves an advocate that has more for getting things done than simply standing up for party priorities. it would be an honor for me to serve you in congress and im asking for your vote this evening. > thank you. we begin our debate tonight with the economy. the u.s. is currently experiencing robust economic growth. locally, unemployment is at a 28 year low and consumer spending is ticking up. however, the federal deficit is also growing by 17% this past year. trade agreements with our
long-term trading partners are undergoing significant changes. the first question to you, lisa, what do you see as the direction of this economic growth? what actions has the current congress taken that you consider to be beneficial or harmful to sustainable economic growth? you have 60 seconds. mrs. brown: thanks, i'm glad we are starting with the economy. we have more than one economy in eastern washington. we have northeast washington's natural resource-based economy, a health science-based economy in spokane, and an agricultural economy in southeast washington. unfortunately, this congress has acted irresponsibly, doubling the national debt in two years. we need leadership that knows fiscal responsibility. my economic priorities are clear. i believe in education and infrastructure as a way to really grow the economy.
education is important from early learning all the way to the career and workforce education i witnessed today, all the way to medical schools. imagine if we had a congress investing in infrastructure, like high-speed internet for eastern washington, instead of tax cuts that mainly benefited the wealthy. moderator: 30 second ebuttal. rep. rodgers: two years ago, we were told that this was the new normal and we could not do any better. this congress has prioritized getting our economy growing. it is important to tackle the debt. it is also important -- that's the way we make sure people have opportunities, because the job is the opportunity. we have 12,000 new jobs today, this year in eastern washington. the wages have increased in all 10 of the counties from 3% to 9%. that means people have more opportunities because they have the opportunity for a job. moderator: thank you. your question.
trade officials in president trump's administration have suggested that those hurt by tariffs are going to have to quote, "weather the storm" of the so-called trade wars. what would you say to a local farmer potentially at risk of losing business because of a breakdown in international trade olicy? rep. rodgers: trade is very important to eastern washington and washington state. agriculture is our number one industry. we export 90% of the wheat that we grow in eastern washington. this is very important. i have opposed president trump across the board tariffs. i believe we need trade agreements. we need to be moving towards getting these trade agreements in place. and i am encouraged we have a trade agreement with mexico and canada, and there will be more trade agreements coming.
i have said from the beginning that we needed to modernize our trade agreements and do it with farmers in mind. i had the secretary of agriculture come to eastern washington, sonny perdue, so i could take them to colfax, hear from farmers firsthand. i invited the chairman of the agriculture committee because i want them to hear from farmers and make sure we are leading with farmers in mind as we move forward. moderator: thank you. your rebuttal. mrs. brown: the tariffs and trade war is the biggest threat we face. it is not enough to oppose in words the actions of the administration. congress has the ability to take up this matter and that's what hey should do. i would like to serve on the agriculture committee. there is no one, democrat or republican, serving from washington, oregon, idaho, or montana.
we also need a farm bill. moderator: we move on to agriculture. we are here tonight in wheat country and wine country. agriculture is both a tradition and the future of this valley. lisa, you have said you want to be a voice for our farmers and ranchers and you have put their interests over your party. what specifically and how do you plan to represent and protect ur agricultural economy? mrs. brown: as i mentioned first of all, we need a farm bill. a bipartisan farm bill should not be that difficult to achieve. we have always had one before. hat farm bill needs to include the important safety net for farmers as well as conservation programs. i think it needs to preserve and
protect our anti-hunger nutrition programs. we need research when on tours with wsu and research on falling numbers problems and other problems related to climate affecting our farm economy. it is something we could be a national leader on with a significant investment in agricultural research. as i mentioned before, serving on the agricultural committee i would work with other members of congress, democrat and republican, especially in the northwest, given the importance of trade to our economy. moderator: your rebuttal? >> two years ago farmers were concerned about record regulations coming out of washington, d.c. that really threatened their ability. today we are moving forward with a robust farm economy.
i worked with the japanese mill operators. my priorities of crop insurance research are reflected and we will get a farm bill done by the end of the year. moderator: thank you. your question regarding agriculture. a healthy agriculture economy depends on healthy ecosystems. president trump's administration continues to roll back environmental protections on everything from water, co2 and methane, call mining, and other also few protections. to the test fossil fuel protections. did -- also fuel protections. -- fossil fuel protections.
>> they're going to make sure those standards are in place. too often what happens is that someone in washington, d.c. thinks they know what's better what's best for walla walla or for washington state than the people that actually live here. we absolutely agree, we must have clean air and water. it can be done locally better. the walla walla way. what this community has done with the walla walla watershed is a model for the rest of the country. it is diverse stakeholders coming together to decide what is best. how do we get the fish runs? how do we ensure other needs on the river are being met? we need to focus on results, not pushing paperwork to satisfy some bureaucrat in washington dc. moderator: your rebuttal? ms. brown: the trump administration is rolling back protections on clean water and
rolling back the clean power plan. we in eastern washington have so much to gain from moving forward with a clean energy economy. it will be, and we have it, water, solar, wind power. we can help lead the way in the country and instead we have a congress that is not understanding the threat that is posed by this return to a doubling down on a fossil fuel-based economy. moderator: thank you. turning now to immigration. it's interesting that neither of you talk at any length about immigration on your websites. yet immigration is one of the most polarizing and deeply personal issues and politics right now. immigration is ingrained in our history and social fabric. lisa, democrats have been accused of wanting open borders,
republicans of wanting a border wall. it would seem that the truth and solution lies somewhere in the middle. what would you need to see in an immigration reform bill to vote yes? ms. brown: immigration is a very important part of our american values. what's happening at the border separating children and parents is immoral and this is one of those cases where we need a congress that would stand up and hold the administration accountable, specifically, we need a path forward for dreamers. the rug was pulled out from under them one year ago. there are votes in congress to make that happen today. need a reform of the guestworker program, which is not working for agricultural employers or
guestworkers either. those are the priorities that must happen, along with giving people rights at the border for a secure border as well as due process for their legal rights. moderator: your rebuttal? >> we are a land of immigrants. we celebrate that we come from all over the world. both parties failed to deliver a bill to fix a broken immigration system. this year i negotiated and was helpful in bringing a bill to the floor that would provide certainty to daca, would introduce a merit-based visa. i believe that's part of the solution, that those in school or working can have some confidence that they can be here and become a longer-term -- get a longer-term visa. moderator: thank you.
your question regarding immigration. last year president trump's administration ended the daca and since then congress has not resolved the ongoing crisis in which hundreds of thousands of young people find themselves. the first part of the question is do you support daca? what do you say with people who ask you what's going to happen with my family and friends? >> i have met with many daca individuals over the last year and beyond that. we needed to give them certainty. i have negotiated legislation, voting on legislation to give them, give daca the certainty. many came here no fault of their own and to have that certainty. 90% of those who come to america legally are family
reunification, refugees, and we need a merit-based visa. that is the solution i have helped draft and supported in congress. so that if someone was in school, or working, or had joined the military that they would be able to get a visa and over period of time good permanent status. that's part of the solution i promoted and am committed to working in a bipartisan way to get immigration reform done. ms. brown: when? i guess that would be my question. over one year ago you said these daca students deserve a pat forward. you are in leadership and your party is in control of both houses of congress and the presidency. there is no reason to be talking about what you support or what
you negotiated. bring the bill forward and it will pass. moderator: thank you. the next question is regarding women's rights. the me too movement encourages women to speak up about sexual harassment and sexual violence and hold perpetrators accountable. the movement has also been met with some backlash, with it being criticized as having gone too far. what do you think is the proper place for the me too movement? are we making progress with regards to changing the culture surrounding sexual harassment or are we actually regressing as a result of a movement got too far? >> we are not regressing. we have made progress but there is so much more to make. when i first moved to spokane i joined with others and we joined the first women take back the night march to bring back the reality of domestic violence, which is not necessarily talked
about. i served on the board of the ywca in spokane. it is sad to understand how many relationships are severed because of domestic violence. we need to talk about it. we need more than having victims of domestic violence have their stories be told. they also deserve justice and due process, and independent investigations. we needed to hold the perpetrators accountable. we need to raise our girls and boys in a new way to prevent future domestic violence. >> i believe that those who have been involved in domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse need to know they have a place that they can go and that it is a safe place.
that is when the me too movement was sweeping the country, we had our own situations on capitol hill. we got some rules changed, some legislation passed to give staff on capitol hill a place where they can go. we established an office that would give them that saved ways. i think it's important that women know this is not acceptable and they have a place they can go. moderator: thank you. your question regarding women's rights. what do you want the future to look like for women's rights? what are you doing to advance that vision? >> i grew up on a farm. i never imagined i would one day be serving in congress. i was the 200th woman ever elected to serve in the united states representatives. i want every woman to have the
confidence that she can be anything she wants to be. my daughter is in the crowd tonight and i want her to believe and know that she can be anything that she wants to be. i believe it is in america that you can do that. this is the country that has led the world in raising an opportunity. when i was growing up i never thought about if i was male or female or what opportunities i had because of that. i believed i could do anything i wanted. that's what i want for every woman, man, and child in america. this is the unique country in the world that is possible. ms. brown: there's a big contrast here. women deserve to have more than confidence.
she has voted to weaken the violence against women act and the equal pay act for women. we want more women leaders in congress and that's great its two women leaders running tonight, but we need women leaders who stand up for women's rights. [applause] moderator: just a quick reminder to the audience, please do not applaud. if you like to weigh in on a topic, we would ask you to go to nwpb.org to cast your vote. we move now to education. the walla walla valley is home to three colleges. thousands of students and college graduates live here, many of whom are carrying substantial student loan debt. lisa, you said one of your top priorities in congress would be addressing the student debt crisis and providing relief to college students. what do believe is the role of the federal government in supporting low income students
in accessing higher education. ms. brown: i have been to all three of those campuses and met with students and faculty. we have a strength in eastern washington of the divers and large number of higher education institutions that we have. that is something that is very near and dear to me, having taught. we need a federal government that will invest in education. when i went to school pell grant's covered the full cost of tuition. they do not anymore. we could certainly invest more but we also need a congress that will allow students to refinance their debt, that will allow students to have relief when they are doing public service.
my opponent has voted to both cut pell grant and raise the interest rate cap student loans. >> lisa does not always get the facts quite right. the pell grants thanks to legislation passed this year are now year-round, recognizing that not everyone is a traditional student. we have raised the commitment the federal government has made to pell grants. it's a record level. for someone who talks about prioritizing education, when she was senate majority leader, the state commitment to education was cut. i have prioritized the perkins loan for first-generation students and have voted on legislation for daca students also. moderator: thank you. the federal perkins loan extension bill that you
cosponsored in 2017 seeks to temporarily extend the federal student loan program. the bill faces an uncertain future and the program will expire next year unless it passes. if it fails, what will happen? what specific steps will you take to protect students with existing loans and to create opportunities for needy students to receive federal financial aid? rep. mcmorris-rodgers: as someone that is the first in my family to graduate from college, as someone who just last year finished paying off my student loans after i went back to school to get my executive mba through the university of washington, i understand firsthand the challenges and importance of education. i believe education is the best investment you can make in yourself. for first-generation students, that the to continue to be our priority. the large majority of jobs in the future will require some sort post secondary training, education, or workforce program
and they need to be affordable. i have prioritized the perkins loan. this is a program that's for for first-generation students, low-income students and it's a very important program. i have long been a supporter and i will continue to be a supporter of it. moderator: thank you. your rebuttal? ms. brown: again, it's important that things pass, not just that you be supporters of them. that applies to the perkins loan, but it also applies to refinancing student loan debt, and it applies to continuing programs that give students the ability to take a pause in paying their student loans when they are doing public service. at the state level we created a program that can provide up to two years of financing of
postsecondary education, a scholarship for students that starts in middle school. moderator: we move now to politics in general. we seem to be experiencing a breakdown in several political process and discourse, which at times brings into question our government's ability to function and solve problems. lisa, what will it take to restore congress' ability to govern in a civil, bipartisan manner, and how would you put the people of the fifth district as a priority. brown: i think we need reform in congress. special interests and dark money have taken over the agenda and members of congress have been less responsive to the needs of their district. i would like to start with a reform agenda that reforms campaign and strengthens our confidence in our election system. but also, i have a track record
of working across the aisle, democrats and republicans working together to pass budgets that have created important projects for eastern washington. there is no secret formula to that. you do with by making a commitment to work with both sides to get things done. there seems to be a tendency to accept a very low level of political discourse, name-calling, and frankly, accepting leaders who are not telling the truth. honesty matters. i think the base of civility is honesty in campaign ads and civil discourse. moderator: your rebuttal? >> i would agree that we need honesty in campaign as an we need transparency as to who is actually funding campaign ads. my opponent has talked a lot
about dark money in politics, and yet the only dark money in this campaign as far as television ads are concerned are dark money that came into oppose me. they were wrong, talking about me supporting separating families at the border. that's not true. they suggested i wanted to cut medicare, that's not true. moderator: your question. in the wake of the brett kavanaugh confirmation hearings, you stated that we must find ways to heal and come together as americans, that the us versus them mentality will only further divide us, and am calling for that to end. what actions are you taking to further bipartisanship? >> thank you.
rep. mcmorris-rodgers: first, i would like to highlight that in this congress 68% of the bills that president trump has signed into law have enjoyed bipartisan support. it's a 20 year high. it was a leadership in the house that was really insisting that the committees do their job so that republicans and democrats on the committees could introduce the amendments. you find more common ground. 68% of the bills signed into law enjoyed bipartisan support. that is a new high. bills have been signed into law from hydropower, to health care, veterans. on the legislation i have introduced has enjoyed bipartisan support. i am concerned about the political discourse. i have led in having unity dinners in eastern washington. i have organize a unity dinner at mount vernon where every republican was challenged to bring a democrat, every democrat and republican.
if we cannot talk to each other will not be able to solve problems. ms. brown: it's not the number of bills, it's if the bills matter and are addressing the problems today. no farm bill, no bill to address the cost of prescription drugs or the health care cost crisis we are experiencing. working together in a bipartisan way means actually not blocking the bills brought forward by the other side but bringing them forward for votes. moderator: prior to this debate each candidate was asked to submit a question to be asked of their opponent. for this portion we will have each candidate answer in 60 seconds without a rebuttal from your opponent. lisa, your question is why do
you choose to ignore the will of the people and sue the voters of washington state to make it easier to raise taxes? ms. brown: so this is about an initiative that required a two thirds vote to even close a tax loophole. i believed it was unconstitutional and our state supreme court found it was unconstitutional, but the real issue is who balanced budgets, make tough decisions to work with the other side of the aisle and get things done still living within our means? that's what i've done. i've always supported fair taxes, not taxing the middle class. moderator: thank you. there is no rebuttal. your question is, protections for people with pre-existing
conditions came about because of the affordable care act, which you have voted dozens of times to repeal. when it is pointed out that your votes have threatened people with pre-existing conditions, you take offense. with specific actions have you taken to protect people with pre-existing conditions? rep. mcmorris-rodgers: protecting those with pre-existing conditions is supported by both democrats and republicans. the legislation i have supported protected those with pre-existing conditions. it said that no one could be -- that no health insurance company could refuse to cover someone because of a pre-existing conditions. no health insurance company could increase premiums because of pre-existing conditions. we have a son who has pre-existing conditions. it is fundamental to me that any health care reform protects
those with pre-existing conditions. the reason i voted to repeal and replace the affordable care act is because although it was well-intentioned, it did not fulfill the promises. premiums have gone up. it is not fair that today in eastern washington individuals, families, small businesses continue to see double-digit premium increases when we were told that premiums would come down. they said $2500 for the average family. we were told that if you liked your health insurance plan you can keep it. we were told that if you liked your doctor you can keep your doctor but it did not happen. we need health care reform in america. everyone must have access to quality and affordable health care. it's very personal. i'm not interested in a government run one-size-fits-all approach. needs to be individualized to meet your needs. moderator: now it's time to hear
the topic you all wanted to know. our poll revealed that our audience wants to know more about climate change. here is the question based on the topic people voted for. this will go to lisa. how do you plan to use a position in congress to address the very real challenges posed by climate change? ms. brown: i would make my views known that the administration is going in the wrong direction. it was wrong to withdraw from the paris climate accords. it's wrong to roll back the clean power plan. i would like to be in a position of leadership for our country in standing up to those who are in essence deniers that climate change is even occurring.
it's one of the largest threats we face on the planet. here in eastern washington that will be a win for us not only because we will be doing the right thing for future generations but because it will benefit our economy as well. so i will listen to scientists, work with stakeholders here on specific federal projects that could move us forward. research as well as specific infrastructure projects, and an infrastructure project could be a clean energy infrastructure project, just like i did at the state level when we worked to clean up land on the spokane indian reservation contaminated by uranium mining. we worked to clean up the spokane river. those are the kind of actions we need to take. we definitely need a congress right now that understands the threat we are facing and is willing to work for solutions, not just special interests.
moderator: you will have a 30 second rebuttal to lisa's positioned and then provide an answer of your own. rep. mcmorris-rodgers: first, i believe we should listen to the scientists. we must understand what is driving our climate and driving the changes in our climate. i believe that we must be good stewards. i am proud that america has led the world in bringing down carbon emissions over the last 20 years by our ingenuity and the technology, the continued research. i think that is a better way that mandates from washington, d.c. moderator: thank you. i will ask you the question again. how do you plan to use the position in congress to address the very real challenges presented to our region,
country, and planet by climate change? >> i am proud that eastern washington is leading the country and the world actually in clean energy solutions. i have been a champion for hydropower. 70% of our electricity comes from hydropower. hydropower is clean, renewable, reliable, affordable, it's really part of what has made is competitive, but it's also resulted in us being one of the greenest states in the country. we have invested in research, new fish turbines and fish ladders so that the fish runs now are better today than they were when the dams were first put in. dams and fish coexists and we could double hydropower electricity simply by investing in new technology. i have promoted biomass.
biomass is another solution and promoting it is something i have done in congress. hydrogen fuel cells and the tax legislation that was passed, i helped get a provision that will encourage hydrogen fuel cells. these are just some of the many solutions that eastern washington is leading. i am proud to be a champion for all of them and others, wind, solar, and other battery solutions here that come from eastern washington. moderator: lisa, you have a 30 second rebuttal. ms. brown: when i was chair of the energy committee at the state level we put in place standards that reduced our reliance on coal. we put in place rules that allow you to run your meter backwards and incentives for wind and solar. this nation is not leading. this nation is absent from the
international stage. we are the second largest emitter of carbon in the world. we need national leadership on this issue. moderator: thank you. we move now to native american issues. for this question you will get a 92nd response and a 32nd rebuttal. only exposure to native communities may be through inaccurate portrayals or controversies like sports team mascots. here in eastern washington and the northwest, native americans have deep, proud and important roots. how will advocate for the interests of native communities he act of how would you respond to president trump if he were standing next to you using pocahontas as a derogatory term for a political opponent as he is done many times.
>> first of all, i appreciate and deeply respected the significance of our relationship with our native tribes. i am proud to be endorsed by the spokane tribe and to have held townhall meetings during this campaign on both the spokane tribe and the cowbill tribe. i have met with other tribes. there is a special government to government relationship and that needs to be respected when it comes both to the natural resource issues that tribes are involved in, but really other issues as well. my opponent voted to weaken the violence against women act specifically to weaken the protections that native women would have on tribal land. this is a step in the wrong direction. if i were standing next to the president i would make it clear that the type of name calling
that he uses to describe his opponents is unacceptable in a leader, and we need to do better, and we certainly can do better. i'm also proud of the work my husband has done for native law. his mother is a descendent of the blackfeet. moderator: now, a full 90 seconds to you on this question. in eastern washington and the northwest native americans have deep and proud roots. how would you advocate for native communities? how would you respond to president trump using pocahontas as a derogatory term? rep. mcmorris-rodgers: i have worked with the tribes of
eastern washington and many others on many issues. on the violence against women act, lisa does not have it quite right. i supported the current policy, the violence against women act that president obama signed. i am pushing my colleagues right now, we got an extension of that law until the end of the year and have been working in a bipartisan way with my colleagues and friends that i have relationships i have developed with some other women on the democratic side of the to negotiate, push our colleagues to get an agreement in place as soon as possible, because we need that. i have led legislation to help the tribes that have declared a state of emergency right now because they cannot recruit doctors on to the reservations,
more than one tribe has declared a state of emergency. i am working with them to get more residencies onto the reservation. services so that we can get more doctors. if they can get residencies there they can stay there and practice over a longer time. i have worked with the tribes on natural resources issues and really highlighted some of their forest health practices that are a model i think the federal government should follow. moderator: thank you. 30 seconds. ms. brown: with respect to the violence against women act, instead of reauthorizing it it was cynically extended to just after the election. it would depend on who is in the majority in congress as to what happens next. cathy did introduce the substitute bill personally that would have substantially weakened it. one of the top issues i have
heard about is the importance of high-speed internet for the tribes. they have been left behind, especially in our rural communities. rep. mcmorris-rodgers: on the violence against women act, i have led on making sure that it is reauthorized, that it's extended. i pushed my colleagues to get the extension that's in current law. is a priority and i'm confident we will work on that. debbie dingell approached me this summer and said let's do this. let's get it done and show america we can get it done. that's the kind of can-do approach i bring to congress. moderator: thank you. now we move on to lgbtq issues. cathy, washington was among the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. since then the u.s. supreme court has made same-sex marriage
legal in all states. many other issues of importance to lgbtq washingtonians remain, such as no federal law prohibiting workplace or housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. do support updating federal law to include such protections? why or why not? rep. mcmorris-rodgers: i personally believe marriage is between a man and woman. i respect that the supreme court has ruled that the state of washington has taken action. i respect that same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. as far as updating the laws, i have met with some faith-based groups and other groups that are looking at what needs to be updated in the law. i am open to looking at that, because i believe everyone needs to have confidence that they are protected under the law.
we are a nation of laws. america believes in the rule of law, in equal protection under the law, and then is to apply to everyone. moderator: thank you. washington was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. since then the u.s. supreme court has made same-sex marriage legal in all states, but mother other issue of importance to lgbtq washingtonians remain, such as nondiscriminating on housing or employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ms. brown: i totally support a totally quality our lgbt residents in our country. and the state legislature, voted
to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. my first year in the legislature regurgitated three and was a leader in moving us towards full marriage equality, which i believe we should have at the national level as well. i think it is clear from what my opponent has stated that if the trump administration starts to roll back protections or rules currently in place for lgbt citizens that she will not stand up to the trump administration on that. i think that's very unfortunate, because people have bravely and courageously come forward to talk about who they are. their freedom to do that without harassment or fear of intimidation or discrimination is something that is very central to our basic constitution. i believe that we would not have
those protections today had they not courageously stood up and told their stories, people like my own sister, and so i will fight for them in a congress. would need a member of congress who will stand up to them. moderator: you have another 30 seconds if you would like to add anything. >> i think i have said it, thanks. moderator: we move now to dams and salmon. i'm sorry, we have run out of time. we will have to go to closing statements. the first closing statement will be from cathy. you have two minutes. rep. mcmorris-rodgers: thank you, everyone. the american way has done more
to raise the standard of living than any other country in the world. i wake up every day focused on making sure that dream remains alive for the people of eastern washington. america was built on hard work and perseverance. america is the greatest experiment in self-government that the world has ever known and i am proud of my record of leadership and results on the issues that matter most to the people of eastern washington, whether it is getting doctors in the rural and underserved areas, protecting the river dams. on hydropower, on forestry, on military, on veterans i have committed to working across the aisle. we are celebrating 12,000 new jobs this year. wages have increased in all 10 of the counties that i represent anywhere from 3%-9%.
hope and optimism is at a 20 year high. what a change from just two years ago. when i put my kids to bed at night i am not thinking about health bills, such as such, or omnibus so-and-so. what i am thinking about is their future. it is my heart's desire to ensure we will have good jobs, said communities in the years ahead. let's not go back. let's keep striving to a more positive, bright future. yes, we face challenges, but i am willing to continue to represent this area in the way that i always have, to listen, to hear your concerns and work to get results. i am cathy mcmorris rodgers. i humbly ask for your vote, encourage everyone to vote come november 6, and just thank you for the honor of representing you.
moderator: thank you, lisa two minutes to deliver your closing statement. ms. brown: thank you everyone for being here and participating at home. you care about your country and the future of eastern washington. there is a lot at stake in this election. you would not know it if you hear my opponents talk but form income is at a 14 year low. our farmers are currently putting -- paying the price for the trump administration's policies. republicans in congress have reported -- have voted to remove protections for pre-existing conditions and have talked about repeal of the affordable care act. with the huge national deficit we are facing that the target will now be on social security, medicaid, and medicare safety nets that must be protected for our seniors. this election in some ways is bigger than politics.
it is about where our country goes and what kind of congress we have in the future. i think it's more than about me and cathy as well. there is a lot to vote. choose our children in your bond that's here in walla walla, in school and fire levies all across eastern washington you have those choices to make. what i hear from people as i travel is that they are disappointed in a congress that has become paralyzed bipartisanship and special interests, and that too many members of congress are following their party blindly rather than representing the district. in congress i will work for you. i will do what i have always done. i will continue to live here, listen to you, work with people on all sides. i will protect our health care, i will work for education for our students, and i will not just deliver talking points from
my party, but i will work to get things done. moderator: thank you to cathy mcmorris rodgers and lisa brown for being here. that concludes tonight's debate. thank you to our audience this evening, our hosts at walla walla community college, and the walla walla valley chamber of commerce. thank you also to northwest public broadcasting for producing andairing tonight's debate. you can watch it again at nwpb.org. washington voters, ballots must be received by november 6. every vote matters. good night from walla walla. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> more live debates tomorrow, candidates meet in morgantown at 7:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. york's 22ndew congressional district, republican incumbent facing democrat challenger. live coverage is thursday on c-span. while at a rally in florida to support republican candidates, president trump spoke about his efforts to end birthright citizenship.
this would deny citizenship to undocumented immigrants. president trump: the democrats want to continue giving automatic birthright citizenship to every child born to an illegal alien. our if they have been on soil for only a matter of seconds. hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant children are made automatic citizens every year because of this crazy policy and they are all made instantly eligible for every privilege and benefit of american citizenship and the costs billions of dollars a year. back before the democrat party went crazy, they also oppose this, harry reid said no sane would grant automatic
citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. that is what he said i was before he went crazy. under this policy, anyone who breaks into our country and has the child to be made a citizen for life. this policy has created an industry of tourism, big business. pregnant mothers travel to america to make it their children instant american citizens. lawress has never passed a requiring birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and the constitution does not and i say that to the media, does not aliens because illegal are not subject to the jurisdiction of the united states. president trump is holding
nearly a dozen rallies between now and election day. tomorrow he travels to missouri, we have live coverage at 7:30 p.m. eastern on c-span two. now, debate for new jersey's third district u.s. house seat. the debate is courtesy of nj tv. the political report calls this race a tossup. >> two-term incumbent member of the house financial services committee, republican candidate tom macarthur, is president trump's biggest supporter in the new jersey delegation. former director of the national security council during the obama administration and advisor to general petraeus and john allen in afghanistan, democratic candidate andy kim, is hoping to