Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on Welfare & Poverty



Focus on opportunity gap instead of income-inequality gap

Our mission--not only as Republicans, but as Americans--is to once again 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. It's the 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 inequality. And with this administration's policies, that gap has become far too wide.

We see this gap growing every single day. We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs. Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further behind because the president's policies are making people's 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, we're working to expand our economy, one manufacturing job, nursing degree and small business at a time

Source: Republican response to the 2014 State of the Union address , Jan 29, 2014

Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

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