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January 22, 2007

McMorris to head womens' caucus

Posted by David Postman at 11:49 AM

Fifth District Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane is the new co-chairwoman of the Congressional Women's Caucus. The Democratic co-chairwoman is Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. They officially take over tomorrow.

The caucus has gone through several iterations since its founding in 1977. First, it was women only and later men were invited. But in 1995, the new GOP-majority voted to end funding caucus organizations and the women's group created a non-profit, Women's Policy, Inc., and the membership is now back to women only.

The caucus has pushed for pay equity, tougher child support enforcement, women's health programs and law protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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