The Rebirth of House Republicans' Common Sense Agenda

For twelve years, the Democrats have gotten away without leading, without offering an agenda, and without saying what they’re actually for.  Now they will be forced to govern.

Under this Republican leadership, the job of the Minority Whip will no longer be to go to the House floor every day and lose.  Instead, each time we hold our team together and force the Democrats to vote like Democrats, we’ll be taking one more step toward recapturing our majority in 2008.

One-hundred-forty-nine Democrats demonstrated yesterday that they are willing to buck Nancy Pelosi.  We’ll work each day to give those Democrats a viable alternative to her liberal, San Francisco agenda.

John Shadegg ran a good race, and I look forward to working with him in the 110th Congress to advance the reform agenda that he articulated so well throughout this campaign. As a party, we learned some hard lessons last week. But our ideas didn’t lose -- we did. Today begins the rebirth of House Republicans’ common sense agenda with a leadership team that is more unified than ever, ready to regain the trust of the American people, and ready to restore faith in our ideals.

John Boehner is a good friend, and he and I will continue working hard with all of the leaders elected today to advance an agenda aimed at limited government, personal responsibility, and economic and national security.