Taking the House, GOP primes for fight with Obama
POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 11:08am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 11:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who's about to become speaker of the
House has begun his day at a bipartisan prayer service at a church
near the U.S. Capitol.
John Boehner was joined there by other lawmakers,
including Nancy Pelosi, who will be turning over the speaker's
gavel today as the new Congress is sworn in.
In prepared remarks, Boehner vows to "give government back to
the people" and bring an end to congressional gridlock. He says
Congress has been humbled by the American people and "can no
longer fall short."
The incoming speaker says with nearly one of 10 Americans
looking for work and debt threatening to eclipse the economy,
Congress faces tough decisions.
Boehner says "a great deal of scar tissue" has built up on
both sides of the aisle and cannot be ignored, but both Republicans
and Democrats believe they are working for the common good.