Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), freshmen class president for the Republicans, emphasized that their effort to strike a bipartisan note "is not off."

In stark contrast to the freshmen class of 112th Congress, which had a large number of conservatives, several newly-elected members have told The Hill they hope to work together during their tenure.

Messer said they are planning a joint luncheon in March and that they still want to do a social event, it's just a matter of logistics and schedules.

Lawmakers returned to Washington this week after spending last week in their districts and are dealing with the upcoming deadline on the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.