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House GOP's New Majority Leadership Team Unveiled

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The GOP’s new House majority leadership team was unveiled before cameras Thursday, with Republicans pledging to bring reforms to Congress and thanking voters for the second-chance opportunity they provided Republicans when they swept into the majority earlier this month.

Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that voters brought the new majority into place because Americans want a Congress that “focuses on the people's priorities,” which he identified as “cutting spending, creating jobs, and reforming the way Congress does its work.”

Boehner said that Republicans will work in the next session of Congress to implement proposals spelled out in the Pledge to America and they will fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government.

Boehner said he was proud of the GOP conference for its choices in Wednesday’s leadership election.

“We have a team that represents the broad consensus, the broad diversity of our party, and I'm looking forward to working with them on dealing with the priorities that the American people have sent us here to deal with,” Boehner said.

The full House Republican Leadership team is as follows:

Speaker of the House: Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
Majority Leader: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
Majority Whip: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Conference Chairman: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
NRCC Chairman: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Policy Committee Chairman: Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)
Conference Vice Chair: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
Conference Secretary: Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
Freshman Representative: Rep.-elect Kristi Noem (R-S.D.)
Freshman Representative: Rep.-elect Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
Rules Committee Representative: Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.)
Chairman of the Leadership: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

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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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