Washington's Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave a Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.
She says income inequality is not as big of a problem as opportunity inequality and Republicans plan to close that gap by creating jobs first without increasing spending, government bailouts and red tape.
She says her party also has plans to improve education and training systems, but doesn't say how.
"We see this gap growing every single day. We see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs, a husband who is now working part time, a child who drops out of college because she can't afford tuition, or parents who are outliving their life savings. Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one,” she said.
The congresswoman also tackled the president's position on immigration reform saying Republicans want to secure the borders and bring in the best and brightest in the world.