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

November 3, 2010 | 12:24 pm

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