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Lawmakers who met behind closed doors this week with President Obama but did GOP congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers who is also chair the House Republican Conference think it was worthwhile.
I asked her right after her speech at C pac.
Yeah I think it's important to open the lines of communication which hasn't been happening in recent years if we're going to have.
A dialogue about these issues whether it's the budget in and balancing the budget or energy policy here.
Even how we grow the economy is starts by having a conversation so I -- I was a good sign that he came in he met with us.
We'll see we'll see what follows.
And CNN there was some discussion of the keystone XL pipeline and so where we are -- the process whether or not that's going to be improved by the administration the White House has got to the State Department but certainly we know the administration.
Even from the White House there's got to be some influence or input from there.
What what did you make of that I mean the president gave a speech in Chicago this week on energy issues where do you feel like he is on that.
Well he didn't.
He did it -- either way he he basically said that he was going to be making a decision shortly.
And he just went through the different considerations that we need this pipeline.
We need to say yes.
Two American energy North American energy is one of the best ways with that we can get our economy growing get people back to work.
Is by actually committing to -- a national energy policy that would make us energy independent.
I'm hopeful that he'll say yes boy.
Across the board people have been making the case -- -- they changed the route they've done everything that they've asked him to that he's asked them to do in order to say yes to the project.
I don't if you had a chance to look at a lot of what he said this week in Chicago but he talked about creating this two billion dollar.
Sort of trust fund to.
These royalties that the government gaps from drilling leases in those kinds of things to use the money towards alternative energy sources.
What -- -- that that plays in lessening our dependence on foreign oil.
While it is we've long it's sad and I had I not -- we need -- all of the above energy plan.
But it also needs to taken to consideration economic realities.
-- so we need that we need to do more.
Exploration here in this country we know that we have oil reserves we know that we have coal reserves.
-- -- we need to say yes what's going on with natural gas is just phenomenal and the prices of natural gas have come down.
It is opening up all kinds of new opportunities and getting our economy growing up North Dakota has 3% unemployment for example.
But also there's some there's some opportunities with the alternative energy sources and we need to be exploring them.
But we shouldn't be excluding.
These other energy sources in exchange.
You are one -- the only women.
And leadership and house GOP he talked about that in years he -- speech about how the GOP didn't do well with women the last time around.
Where do you think there was a disconnect and -- party turn that around.
Like say it like I said today we we need to be speaking to both our heads and our hearts and and I think for too long Republicans have been talking like book keepers rather than really.
Painting his vision being leaders for the country and showing America where we want to take the country so that is my hope moving forward and that.
Women women understand having to balance budgets for example sitting around the kitchen table in making ends meet.
And we need to talk in terms that.
-- -- -- And you know.
What a woman -- man.
But that you can relate to what we're talking about in that you understand how -- an impact you or your -- years your future your children.
-- your household and that.
That's what I think is the disconnect and and we can do a better job.
And part of that -- course about the fiscal health of this country and in your busy everybody on the hill -- busy dealing with CR and sequester and entitlement reform.
If there is at least discussion of it.
And I understand that was part of the discussion this week with the president.
Do you think there's any common ground there.
Well there's there's common ground when it comes to recognize that we need to grow the economy.
And and that is.
On what needs to be at the top list because we continue to have high unemployment there still.
Twelve million Americans that are out of work so we need to focus on policies that are gonna get our economy growing.
What we tried to impress upon the president when he visited with them Republicans.
Was that we'd like to find some common ground on a budget.
That recognizing that the deficits the debt that we've taken on right now is is a damper on our economy.
President is there a date certain that we could agree to balance the budget he wasn't willing to hit -- to say that he he wasn't willing to.
To say that we even needed to have a goal of balancing the budget so that was very disappointing we're gonna continue to make the case as to.
Getting our fiscal house in order balancing budgets which will also get our economy growing.
And our thanks to the congresswoman for -- to talk with us after her speech last night.
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