GOP focuses on empowering Americans, not gov't

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says Republicans want to empower Americans, not the government, and to close the gap "between where you are and where you want to be."

The representative from Washington state delivered the response following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

She said it's Obama's policies that are making life harder for Americans, and that under those policies "more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one."

McMorris Rogers also said Obama's health care overhaul has led to canceled insurance coverage and patients unable to see their regular doctors.

She said the GOP believes "in a government that trusts people and doesn't limit where you finish because of where you started."

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296-a-16-(Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in Republican response)-"make that happen"-Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the president's state of the union address had the wrong vision for the country. (28 Jan 2014)

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297-a-13-(Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in Republican response)-"decides for you"-Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Republican Party wants to empower Americans to help themselves. (28 Jan 2014)

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298-a-14-(Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in Republican response)-"far too wide"-Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says President Obama's proposed solutions won't work. (28 Jan 2014)

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251-c-24-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"want to be"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports the Republican response will focus on the party's desire to empower Americans, not the government. (28 Jan 2014)

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252-c-20-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"for all Americans"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress will give the GOP response later tonight. (28 Jan 2014)

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