House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner pledged Wednesday that Republicans will use their new majority to seek a “smaller, less costly, and more accountable government,” and said he hoped President Barack Obama would join them.
“We hope he is willing to work with us on these priorities. But as I have said, our new majority will be the voice of the American people as they expressed it so clearly yesterday,” Boehner said.
The 60-year-old Ohio Republican spoke on the morning after his party swept to power in the House, taking 60 seats away from the Democrats and leading for five more. Republicans also cut deeply into the Democrats’ Senate majority, presenting Obama with a new political reality after two years of working with big Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.