Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said House Democrats would look to work with the GOP, when possible, during the next two years under her leadership.
Pelosi said Democrats would look to partner with the GOP on the issue of creating jobs, while she vowed to fight the Wall Street and healthcare reform bills passed through Congress earlier this year — two Democrats' signature legislative achievements.
"Democrats will strive to work with the new Republican majority to create jobs, strengthen the middle class and reduce the deficit," Pelosi said in a USA Today op-ed for publication on Wednesday. "And we will always fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, health care reform and Wall Street reform."
Pelosi is battling to stay on as Democrats' leader in the minority following the major Republican victories in last week's elections that put Republicans in the majority and current Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in the speakership.
While some centrist Democrats in the House have said they won't support Pelosi's bid to stay in the House as Democratic leader, the two-term Speaker is seen as likely, at this point, to secure election as minority leader.
Pelosi made no mention of how she proposed to lead Democrats back to the majority in the House, though she has a track record of doing it in the past, when she succeeded of winning back the House in the 2006 elections, before which she served as the minority leader.
She also urged cooperation between congressional Republicans, Democrats and President Obama, especially as GOP leaders have signaled little interest in compromising, on taxes or other issues.
"Republicans and Democrats must work together, with President Obama, to prepare for our nation for the 21st century while creating clean energy and infrastructure jobs," Pelosi wrote. "As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas about job creation."