- Argentina beats Dutch in shootout to reach World Cup final
- Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL — again
- FAA investigating fireworks drone flights
- Pentagon: We’ll give Obama a drone strike with al-Baghdadi’s name on it
- Marine in Mexican custody to get day in court after 101 days
- Senate OKs San Antonio mayor as housing secretary
- NFL star likely fooled by Marine impostor who accepted first-class plane ticket
- Sen. Ted Cruz tweets Obama directions from fundraisers to border towns
- Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive
- Ten-year sentence for New Orleans’ Nagin on graft charges
Boehner calls for ‘more accountable’ government
Question of the Day
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker-in-waiting John A. Boehner pledged Wednesday that Republicans will use their new House majority to seek a “smaller, less costly and more accountable government,” and said he hoped President 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,” Mr. Boehner said.
The 60-year-old Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, spoke on the morning after his party swept to power in the House, taking 60 seats away from the Democrats and leading in five more races. Republicans also cut deeply into the Democrats’ Senate majority, presenting Mr. Obama with a new political reality after two years of working with big Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.
Mr. Boehner was joined at a news conference by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who headed the GOP campaign organization that helped gain 10 governorships.
Mr. McConnell was more pointed than Mr. Boehner, saying that what Democrats in the House “learned is that choosing the president over your constituents clearly doesn’t work.”
He said he hoped Mr. Obama would work with Republicans “on things like spending and debt and trade agreements and clean coal technology and nuclear power. … The question is how do we meet in the middle.”
Mr. Boehner said Speaker Nancy Pelosi had tried to reach him by phone. “She left me a very nice voicemail,” he said, adding he felt confident there would be a smooth transition as Republicans take over the reins of power in the House.
He also said he didn’t see any difficulty incorporating new GOP House members supported by the “tea party” into the chamber’s Republican team. Many of them campaigned on the basis of deep spending cuts or other proposals that could prove intensely controversial, including steps to privatize Social Security or eliminate entire agencies of government.
In a classic Washington minuet, the Republicans held their news conference less than two hours before Mr. Obama was scheduled to field questions from reporters at the White House, his first public appearance since the voters delivered their verdict on his first two years in office.
The new Congress convenes in January, and Mr. Boehner said Republicans would use the interim to decide precisely how to proceed with an agenda aimed at helping an economy still struggling to emerge fully from the worst recession since the 1930s.
Lawmakers return to the Capitol in two weeks for a post-election session to wrap up loose ends from the past two years, and a vote is expected on the extension of tax cuts passed during the George W. Bush administration that are due to expire on Jan 1.
Mr. Obama and fellow Democrats have said they want to extend cuts for individuals at incomes under $250,000, while Republicans want cuts kept in place for all income levels.
TWT Video Picks
By Ted Cruz
Banning speech with a constitutional amendment is playing with fire
- GOP: Lerner warned IRS employees to hide information from Congress
- White House plans for bowling alley upgrades abruptly canceled
- GORDON: Russia plays its own game away from the World Cup
- ISTOOK: Flying illegals home would be 99.5 percent cheaper than Obamas plan
- Colorado man offers Obama a toke of marijuana a Rocky Mountain 'high'
- Obama requests $3.7 billion to fight surge of illegals
- Facebook allows 'Kill Kendall Jones' page, but deletes her game hunting photos
- EDITORIAL: Whats Obama hiding at illegal-alien 'refugee' camps?
- Malaysian MP not sorry for tweeting 'long live Hitler' after Germany win
- Islamic militants aim to take Baghdad airport
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq
World Cup's sexiest WAGs
U.S.-Ghana World Cup opener