Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is a rising GOP star.(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Heading into the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are trying to offer new ways to help the poor and lift struggling workers into the middle class.
Party leaders are using the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty to offer a series of policy proposals that would shift anti-poverty programs to the states, promote job training and offer tax incentives for low-income workers.
Republicans like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan are speaking out on poverty and offering alternatives to President Barack Obama's economic agenda.
The new year push comes as Obama is pressuring Republicans to extend unemployment insurance and preparing to seek an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour.