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Likely new House Speaker John Boehner: 3 GOP priorities -- create jobs, cut spending, reform Congress

House speaker elect John Boehner of Ohio at News Conference 11-3-10 with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, left, and Kentucky Senator and GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Remarks by Rep. John Boehner, as provided by his office:

As you heard me say last night, we are humbled by the trust that the American people have placed in us and we recognize this is a time for us to roll up our sleeves and go to work on the people's priorities: creating jobs, cutting spending and reforming the way Congress does its business. It's not just what the American people are demanding -- it's what they are expecting from us.

And the real question now is this: Are we going to listen to the American people? Republicans have made a pledge to America, and our pledge is to listen to the American people and to focus on their priorities, and that's exactly what we're going to do.

Last night, the president was kind enough to call me. We discussed working together on the American people's priorities: creating jobs and cutting spending. We hope that he will continue to be willing to work with us on those priorities.

But as I said last night, the new majority here in Congress will be the voice of the American people, and I think we clearly expressed that last night. We're going to continue to renew our efforts for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government here in Washington, D.C.


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Photo: Speaker-elect John Boehner with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, left, and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, right. Credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters


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I hope they stick to what they say they are going to do. If they deviate you can be certain there will be a big time backlash just like the one they saw last night.

We as citizens needs to keep their feet to the fire. Let your politicians know whom put them in office. Time the congress goes on a diet. All sate pensioneers, need to end the greed. Let Cooley, and the guy he convicted, Rizzo be the example.

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Dear Speaker of the House Boehner,

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

I feel that you/we have to do what is necessary to get Americans back to work, save the economy, and restore confidence in our government...Then on your second day (LOL).

In all seriousness, I think that you have to demand that Obama, his staff, and every polititican on the Hill play by the same rules as all other Americans.

1) Obama has to provide Birth Certificate and all other pertinent documents IMMEDIATELY or resign from office
2) The following people should be investigated immediately:
-- Barney Frank for his roll in Fannie and Freddie
-- Nancy Pelosi for her expenses and lying to the American people
-- Chris Dodd...For taking things that didn't belong to him
-- Rahm Emanuel.... For coercion and corruption
-- Harry Reid ...Voter fraud/Election tampering

3) Defund Obamacare
4) Defund the FCC
5) Defund the EPA
6) Defund any government entity that tries to bypass the will of the people and/or congress

This is a good start....We are behind you, just as long as you don't start acting like one of "Them".


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