Republican Response to State of the Union

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., shares GOP vision for better economy, American future.
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What an honor it is for me to be -- -- after the president's state of the union. Tonight we honor America. A nation that has witnessed the greatest rights of freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen. -- nation where we are not defined by our limits but by our potential. And -- nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald's drive through to help pay for college can be with you from the United States capitol. But the most important moments right now are happening here they -- not in the Oval Office or in the house chamber. -- -- your homes. Kicking your kids -- night. Figuring out how to pay the bills getting ready for tomorrow's doctors visit. Waiting to hear from those you love serving in Afghanistan. Are searching for that big job interview. After all -- that people. Have been the foundation of America since her earliest days people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. People who come to America because here no challenge is too great and no dream too big. That's. The genius of America. Tonight the president made more promises that sound good but won't actually solve the problems facing Americans. We want you to have a better life. The president wants that to. But we part ways when it comes to how to make that happen. So tonight. I'd like to share more hopeful Republican vision one that empowers you not the government. It's one that champions free markets and trust people to make their own decisions not a government that decides for you. It helps working families rise above the limits of poverty. And protects our most vulnerable and it's one -- Washington plays by the same rules that you do. It's a vision that is fair and offers the promise of a better future for every American. If you would have told me. That's a little girl that I would one day put my hand on the Bible and be sworn in as -- 200 the woman to serve in the House of Representatives. I wouldn't have thought it possible. I grew up working on my family's orchard -- free standing -- -- a small town in eastern Washington. Getting up before dawn with my brother to pick apples. -- dad drove a school bus and my mom worked as a part time bookkeeper. They taught me to work hard help others and always always dream for more. So when I showed my -- to animals at the county fair. My parents used to say in me. Kathy. You need to save this money so you can go to college one day. And still I did. I saved I worked hard and I became the first in my family to graduate from college. The chance to go from my Washington that this one was unexpected. I came to congress to help empower people not politicians. To grow the working middle class. Not the government and to ensure that every one in this country can find a job. Because a job is so much more than a paycheck. It gives us purpose dignity. And that foundation to build a future. I was single when I was elected. But it wasn't long before I met Brian -- retired navy commander and now we have three beautiful children one who was born just eight weeks ago. -- like all parents we have high hopes and dreams for our children. But we also know what it's like to face challenges. Three days after our son was born -- We got news no parent expects. -- was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The doctors told us he could have endless complications. Heart defects. Even early alzheimer's. They told us all the problems. But we looked at our son we saw only possibilities. We -- gift from god. And today we see a six year old boy who dances to Bruce Springsteen who -- above grade level and who is the best Big Brother in the world. We see all the things he can do not those he can't. And -- in his sister's Grayson brand has only made me more determined to see the potential it every human life. That -- -- -- with an extra 21 chromosome or without a dollar to -- We are not defined by our limits but by our potential. Because our mission not only as Republicans. But as Americans. Is to once again insurer. Are we are not down by where we come from but in powered by what we can become. That is the gap Republicans are working to close. -- again we all face. Between where you are. Where you want to be. The president talks a lot about income inequality. But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity in equality. And with this administration's policies that gap has become far too -- we -- this gap growing every single day. We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs. -- husband who's now working just part time. A child who dropped out of college because she can't afford tuition. Or parents who are out living their life savings. Last month more Americans stopped looking for a job and found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because right now. The president's policies are making people's lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap. Plans that will focus on jobs first without more spending government bailouts and red tape every day were working to expand our economy. One manufacturing job. Nursing degree and small business at a time. We have plans to improve our education and training systems so you have the choice to determine where your kids go to school. So college is affordable and skills training is modern. Saying yes it's time to honor history of legal immigration. We're working on a step by step solution to immigration reform. By first securing our borders and making sure America. Will always attract the best brightest and hardest working from a -- the world. And with too many Americans living paycheck to paycheck. We have solutions to help you take home market pay through lower taxes cheaper energy cost and affordable health care. Not long ago I don't letter from -- in Spokane. Who had hoped the president's health care law would save her money. But found out is dead her premiums we're going up nearly 700. Dollars a month. We've all talked to many people who've received cancellation notices they didn't expect. Or who can no longer see the doctors they always have. No. We shouldn't go back to things the way things work but this lot is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours not the government's. And that whether -- -- boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer. You can find coverage and a Doctor Who will treat you. So we hope the president will join us in a year of real action by empowering people. I make in their life's harder with unprecedented spending higher taxes and fewer jobs. As Republicans. We advance these plans every day because we believe in a government that trust people. And doesn't limit where you finish. Because -- where you started. That is what we stand for it's -- -- America that it every bit as compassionate. As it is exceptional. If we're successful. Years from now our children will say that we. Rebuilt. The American dream. We built a working middle class that could taking and you want. -- a workforce. That could take on the world. But -- girl in kettle falls or boy from Brooklyn are children should be able to say that we closed that gap. Our plan is one that -- big for every one and turns its back on no one. The president said many things tonight. But now. I ask him to listened to you. For the true state of the union -- in your heart -- your home. Tomorrow. I'll watch my son -- get on the school bus. Others will wait in the doctor's office -- interview for that first job. Some of -- will celebrate new beginnings. Others will face great challenges but all of us will wake up and do it is uniquely. American. We will look forward to the boundless potential that lies ahead. We will give thanks to the brave men and women who have answered America's call to freedom. Like sergeant take a pass from Spokane who recently gave his life to protect all of -- So tonight. I simply offer a prayer. Prayer for Sargent -- -- family. Your family. And for our larger American Stanley. That with the guidance of god we may prove prove ourselves worthy of his blessings of life. Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For we we embrace these gifts we -- each doing our part to form. A more perfect union. May god guide you and our president. And may god continue to bless the United States of America.

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