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Rep. Walden Says New House Majority Plans to Enact Pledge to America and Focus on Jobs

Photo Courtesy - GOPLeader dot gov (WASHINGTON) -- Majority Transition Chairman, Greg Walden, R-Ore., in the weekly GOP address, expressed the party's plans to "focus on creating jobs," encourage Congress to spend less and work toward health care reform that will protect jobs for Americans.

"These priorities are embodied in the Pledge to America -- it's a governing agenda focused on creating jobs, cutting spending and reforming Congress, a blueprint built by listening to the American people.  In the new majority, the people's priorities will be our priorities," said Walden.

At one point, Walden seemed to echo the president's message by pointing to a lack of transparency in government and the need for a "change in culture."  President Obama in his weekly address also called for more transparency and accountability and hoped to "shine a light on a bad Washington habit that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars."

The Congressman noted that John Boehner, R-Ohio, has committed to "run the House of Representatives differently than it's been run in the past -- by both parties."
In order to encourage this new transparency, Walden said that the new transition team is already working on new initiatives such as installing public cameras in the Rules Committee where decisions are made about which bills and amendments come to the floor for a vote.

Before concluding his address, Walden urged Americans -- from all walks of life -- to submit ideas at the House GOP Office of Majority Transition's new online initiative. 

"Listening is how we built the Pledge to America, and listening is exactly how we're going to keep it.  So, log on to to learn more and to have your say," he said.

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Rep. Pence Calls for Preservation of Tax Rates in GOP Address

Photo Courtesy - Mike Pense dot House dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, addressed the concerns of Americans who "feel trapped under the weight of historic spending and government mandates" Saturday in the weekly GOP radio address.

The Obama administration announced Friday that the government had accrued a $1.3 trillion deficit during the 2010 fiscal year.  It is the second highest deficit ever only $122 billion behind last years record high.

Pence cited the nation's economic troubles by saying, "Today, our national debt stands at more than $13 trillion -- that's more than $44,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in this country."

Congressman Pence later said that Democrats in Congress "just aren't listening" and that it is their wish to "add a tax increase to their failed economic plans."  "After months of deficit spending and government takeovers, Democrats in Washington want to raise taxes in the worst economy in decades," he said in the address.

While Pence acknowledged that there were some Democrats willing to vote to prevent any tax increase, he criticized them for choosing to "leave Washington to try and save their jobs without even allowing a vote to protect the jobs of Americans threatened by higher taxes."

"No American should see a tax increase in January and Republicans are determined to oppose any effort to raise taxes on any American in the difficult economy." 

Pence then urged that "Speaker Nancy Pelosi should call Congress back into session immediately and allow an up-or-down vote on preserving all current tax updates."

In his conclusion, the congressman plugged the GOP's "Pledge to America" campaign which was unveiled last month. 

"The Pledge to America calls on Congress to immediately cut spending back to pre-'stimulus,' pre-bailout levels, to refund unspent 'stimulus' funds and to preserve and promote the kind of tax relief that will create American jobs."

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