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Republican SOTU Response Excerpts

Excerpts from the Republican response to the State of the Union address by House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.:

[Read the full text of her response here.]

The most important moments right now arent happening here. Theyre not in the Oval Office or in the House Chamber. Theyre in your homes. Kissing your kids goodnight. Figuring out how to pay the bills. Getting ready for tomorrows doctors visit. Waiting to hear from those you love serving in Afghanistan, or searching for that big job interview. After all, We the 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. ...

So tonight Id like to share a more hopeful, Republican vision one that empowers you, not the government. Its one that champions free markets and trusts 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 its one where Washington plays by the same rules that you do. Its a vision that is fair and offers the promise of a better future for every American. ...

Because our mission not only as Republicans, but as Americans, is to once again to ensure that we are not bound by where we come from, but empowered by what we can become. That is the gap Republicans are working to close. Its the gap we all face: between where you are and where you want to be. ...

Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the Presidents policies are making peoples lives harder. Republicans have plans to close the gap. ... Plans that 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 ... to help you take home more of your paycheck ... with lower taxes, cheaper energy costs, and affordable health care. ...

Weve all talked to too many people who have received cancellation notices they didnt expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have. No, we shouldnt go back to the way things were, but the Presidents health care law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the governments. And that whether youre a boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you. ...

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