(Washington, D.C.) Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) and her staff met this week with representatives from the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce who traveled to D.C. this week to meet with political leaders from the Northwest and present their top legislative priorities. The Spokane Chamber of Commerce traveled as part of a 51-member delegation representing five local Chamber of Commerce from Washington and Idaho. The delegation was composed of local leaders from government, education, health, transportation, and business communities.
“It was great to see the collaborative efforts of our community leaders,” said McMorris. “I believe we can accomplish the most when we come together and act in a bipartisan fashion on behalf of Eastern Washington. We have achieved many great things for Spokane and the region and I will continue to work with the Spokane Chamber to secure new economic opportunities.”
McMorris held a meeting with the Spokane Chamber to discuss legislative priorities and key accomplishments for Eastern Washington. She focused on the need to expand Fairchild Air Force Base; improve access to quality, affordable health care; and grow our regional economy through transportation, technology, workforce and research projects.
Members of Forward Fairchild and McMorris’ staff met with U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense officials at the Pentagon. They lobbied on behalf of Fairchild Air Force Base and were briefed by Air Force officials about the KC-X program to replace the aging KC-135 Air Refueling Tankers.
McMorris also hosted a Health Information Technology meeting with Congressman Adam Smith. She discussed health care priorities for Eastern Washington including Association Health Plans, rural health care funding, the WWAMI Program, Institute for Systems Medicine, medical liability reform, and her legislation to create a Health Information Technology Medicaid Demonstration.