New House Leaders Strategize on Boosting Economy

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The new leaders in the House of Representatives gathered to strategize Thursday on how to get the country moving in a new and healthy direction.

"It's time to hit the ground running and start to do the people's work," Rep.-elect Todd Young, R-Ind., declared.

The newly elected lawmakers say they want to run Congress in a way that shows America they understand the anger voters displayed on Election Day.

"They said we want more jobs. We want less spending. We want a federal government that is less intrusive and more accountable," said newly elected House conference chairmen, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

"On the campaign trail, I often heard business owners tell me that they could not pay higher taxes and hire more people. They can't do both," Rep-elect Tim Scott, R-S.C., said.

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., suggested the first order of business would be to cut spending.

"Job one is for us to cut federal spending and to remove the uncertainty that has been hampering job creation," he said.

"That we get government under control, that we take it back and give it to the people, that we quit spending money that we don't have, that we make sure that we do what is right for our children and our grandchildren and our future," Rep.-elect Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said.

Although the GOP doesn't take control of the House until January, leaders are trying right now to keep Democrats from passing more of their agenda during a lame-duck session. 

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