State congresswoman delivers State of the Union rebuttal

The Seattle TimesJanuary 28, 2014 

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane gave an emphatic Republican rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, repudiating his activist government policies that she said have made Americans’ lives worse.

McMorris Rodgers instead laid out an alternative, “more hopeful, Republican vision” in which free markets and individuals — not the government — drive down health-care and energy costs, improve schools and create jobs.

In contrast to Obama’s agenda-laden address, McMorris Rodgers stuck to broad promises that often echoed Democrats’ rhetorical themes about a compassionate, inclusive America that “helps working families rise above the limits of poverty and protects our most vulnerable.”

McMorris Rodgers used her own rise from a modest background as an emblem of individual empowerment. She grew up working in her family’s orchard and fruit stand in Eastern Washington, earned money for college by working as a motel maid and at McDonald’s and now serves as the No. 4 House Republican leader.

Republicans “believe in a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started,” McMorris Rodgers said during her live speech broadcast from inside the Capitol.

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