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Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) –- Washington State Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers speaks to the nation, delivering the response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. (Source: Bloomberg)

Even when it what an honor it is for me to be with you.

Tonight, we honor america, a nation that has witnessed the greatest rise in freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen, a nation where we are not defined by our limits but our potential.

A girl who worked at the mcdonald's drive through to pay for college can be with you from the united states capital.

The most important moments right now are not happening here.

They are not in the oval office or in the house chamber.

They are in your homes, kissing your kids good 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 or searching for that a interview.

After all, "we the people" have been the foundation of america from the earliest days.

People from all walks of life and all corners of the world.

People who come to america because no challenges to grade and no dream too big.

-- no challenge is too great.

Tonight, the president made more promises that sound good will not actually solve the problems facing americans.

We want you to have a better life.

The president wants that, too, but we part ways on how to make that happen.

Tonight, i would like to share a more hopeful republican vision, one that empowers you and not the government, one that champions free markets and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you.

It helps rise above poverty and protect our most vulnerable.

It is one where washington plays by the same rules that you do.

It is a vision that is fair and offers a better future for every american.

If you would have told me as a little girl that i would one day put my hand on the bible and be sworn in as the 200th woman to serve in the house, i would not have thought it possible.

I grew up working at my family's fruit stand in a small town in washington.

My dad drove a school bus and my mom worked as a part-time bookkeeper.

They taught me to work hard, help others, and always dream for more.

When i showed my 4-h animals, my parents would say to me, you need to save this money so you can go to college one day.

And so i did.

I saved.

I worked hard.

I became the first in my family to graduate from college.

The chance to go from my washington to this one was unexpected.

I came to congress to help empower people, not politicians, to grow the working class not the government, and to ensure everyone in this country can find a job because a job is so much more than a paycheck.

It gives us purpose, dignity, and the foundation to build a future.

I was single when i was a leg it but it was not long before it ain't -- i met brian, a retired navy commander and we have three beautiful children, one born only eight weeks ago.

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.

He was diagnosed with down syndrome.

The doctor said he could have endless complications, heart defects, even early alzheimer's. they told us all the problems but when we looked at our son, we saw only possibilities.

We saw a gift from god.

Today, we see a six-year-old boy who dances to bruce springsteen, reads above grade level, and is the best big rather in the world . we see all the things he can do, not those he can't. they have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life that whether we are born with a neck strip 21st chromosome or without a dollar to our name, we are not defined by our limits but by our potential.

Our mission, not only as republicans but as americans, is to once again in sure that we are not bound by where we have come from but an by what we can become.

That is the gap republicans are working to close.

It is a gap we all face between where you are and where you want to be.

The president talks a lot about income inequality, but the real gap we face today is one of opportunity and equality.

With this administrations policies, the gap has become far too wide and we see it growing every single day.

We see it in our neighbors struggling to find jobs.

My husband who is now working just part-time, dropping out of college because she cannot afford tuition, where parents outliving their life savings.

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 gaps that will focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts, and read tape.

Everyday day we are working to expand the economy won many factoring job, nursing degree, small business at a time.

-- one manufacturing job at a time.

We went skills training to be modernized.

Yes, it's time to honor the history of legal immigration.

We are 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 around the world.

With too many americans living paycheck to paycheck thomas we have solutions to help you take home more of your page through lower taxes, cheaper energy costs, and affordable health care.

I got a letter from a constituent in spokane who found out her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month.

The received cancellation notices or they could no longer see the doctors they had before.

We should not go back to the way things were but this law is not working.

Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government.

Whether you are a boy with down syndrome or a woman with cancer, you can find coverage and a dock or who will treat you.

We hope the president will join us in a year of real action by empowering people not by making their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes, and fewer jobs.

As republicans, we advance these plans every day because we believe in a government that trusts people and does not limit where you finish because of where you started.

That is what we stand for.

It is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional.

If we are successful, years from now, our children will say that we rebuilt the american dream.

We built a working middle class that could take in anyone one and a workforce that could take on the world.

Whether you are a girl and kettle falls or a boy from brooklyn, our children should be able to say that we closed the gap.

We dream big for everyone and turn our back on no one.

The president said many things tonight that now, i ask him to listen to you.

For the true state of the union lies in your heart and in your home.

Tomorrow, i will watch my son got on the school bus.

Others will wait in the dark or his office or interview for that worst job.

Some of us will celebrate new beginnings and others will face great challenges.

But all of us will wake up and do what is uniquely american.

We will look forward to the potential that lies ahead.

We will give thanks to a brave men and women who have answered the call to freedom like sergeant hest from spokane who recently gave his life to protect all of ours.

Tonight, i simply offer a prayer.

A prayer for our larger american family that with the guidance of god we may prove ourselves worthy of his blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

May god guide you and our president and may god continue

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