Full Text: Rep. Rodgers Gives Official GOP Response to Obama's State of the Union Speech

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says GOP vision 'empowers you, not the government.'

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash, sits on a couch as she prepares for her response to President Barack Obama State of the Union address Jan. 28, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash, prepares for her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

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We will give thanks to the brave men and women who have answered America’s call to freedom, like Sgt. Jacob Hess from Spokane, who recently gave his life to protect all of ours.

So, tonight, I simply offer a prayer...

A prayer for Sgt. Hess’s family, your family, and for our larger American family.

That, with the guidance of God, we may prove worthy of His blessings of life ... liberty ... and the pursuit of happiness.

For when we embrace these gifts, we are each doing our part to form a more perfect union.

May God guide you and our president, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

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