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Incoming New Hampshire Senator Sets Republican Agenda

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the first Republican address of the new year, Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire laid out the GOP agenda for 2011.

“The American people sent us to Congress with clear instructions,” Ayotte said. “Make government smaller, not bigger, and stop spending money that we don't have on programs that aren't working.”

She said a top priority for the new Congress is to tackle the budget deficit.

"As the mother of two children, I'm like parents across the country who worry that our nearly $14 trillion debt threatens America's economic future and our children's future.”

Those in Washington have to get serious about meaningful debt reduction, she said, adding that it’s “an American problem that requires tough decision making from both parties.”

Another priority, Ayotte said in the GOP address, is to create conditions favorable for businesses to add jobs in the new year.

“With millions of Americans unemployed or underemployed, we must work quickly to jumpstart our economy.”

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