BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE also used his brief remarks to note that he has ordered the flags at the Capitol to fly at half-staff in honor of people affected by Monday's tornadoes in Oklahoma. He also said the House would continue to work on jobs-related bills.

"This House is going to continue to be focused on the issue of jobs," he said. "It's the number one issue of concern to our fellow citizens, and we're going to continue to be focused on the things that get in the way of job creation in our country."

Boehner said bills up this week to approve the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada and to create a permanent fix for federally subsidized student loans would help create jobs, although many Democrats oppose both of those bills.