GOP Transition Team Preps to Honor Promises

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The new House Republican majority is working on a plan to honor their campaign promises after voters sent a message wanting smaller government and less spending.

The GOP transition team is already hard at work to answer the call.

GOP's transition team leader Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said he's working to build a House of Representatives that works for the people.

Walden's team is taking advantage of this time to develop ways to make Congress more open and accessible to the public. They're also brainstorming ideas to make government run more efficiently.

A casual looking Walden and House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered reporters a progress report on the transition.

Republicans have a lot of promises to keep that they made the campaign trail and in their much-publicized Pledge to America, including a promise to cut $100 billion in spending next year.

"I believe strongly, and if you look at the Pledge to America, we say that there ought to be a freeze on the hiring of new federal employees, and frankly, we ought to freeze the pay," Boehner said. "It's gotten to a point where the average federal worker makes twice as much as the average private sector worker."

But before Boehner and his new Republican controlled House can put their plans in motion, they have to get through the lame-duck session of Congress that starts next week.

Outgoing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be setting the agenda, which includes whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers, or only to those making $250 thousand or less.

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