McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse, and Herrera Beutler Respond to Seattle Democrats’ Opposition to Columbia and Snake River Dams

Feb 22, 2018
Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 22, 2018) – Today, U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) released this statement following a letter from Senator Murray and others opposing bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3144) to protect the Columbia and Snake River dams and help aid in fish recovery efforts.

“It’s unthinkable that Seattle Democrats are putting politics over science when it comes to improving fish recovery efforts. What’s more, they are making Washington state ratepayers pick up the tab—with an estimated price tag of $40 million in higher electricity rates from increasing spill this year alone. Further, their letter states that every alternative must be looked at, which includes the breaching of the Snake River dams. Millions of dollars have been spent studying these dams and improvements have been made to improve fish survival rates, with recent return rates being 97% and above. They claim to support clean renewable energy, while simultaneously working to destroy hydropower, Washington state’s largest source of carbon-neutral, clean energy. Breaching the dams, which provide critical benefits for communities in our state, should not even be an option.

“The Biological Opinion is the result of years of collaborative work between President Barack Obama’s administration, Washington and other Pacific Northwest states, sovereign Northwest tribes, and other local stakeholders with direct knowledge and expertise in mitigation and recovery efforts. Rejecting the BiOp only hurts the people of Washington state and sets us back decades in our fight to protect fish and support clean energy.”

NOTE: Read more about Reps. McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse, and Herrera Beutler’s legislation here.

# # #

Recent Posts

McMorris Rodgers Introduces Bill Expanding Service Opportunities for Disability Community

Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) reintroduced the Hannah Cvancara Service Act (H.R. 7405) to empower individuals with a non-service-connected amputation to serve the United States Armed Forces as medical personnel. This legislation was inspired by Hannah Cvancara, a Spokane resident who suffered a childhood amputation that disqualified her from serving […]

McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell Applaud Approval of Disaster Declaration for Spokane County Following Devastating Wildfires

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in Spokane County and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Gray Fire and the Oregon Road Fire in August 2023. After the announcement, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) […]

Feb 15, 2024

McMorris Rodgers Helps Pass Bipartisan Bill to Block President Biden’s LNG Export Ban, Unleash American Energy

Washington D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) helped the House of Representatives pass the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act (H.R. 7176) to reverse President Biden’s American liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban. She released the following statement after the vote: “The President’s decision to impose a ban on new permits […]