The GOP in charge in Washington,DC as the 112th session of Congress was gaveled into session. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) made a speech and handed the gavel to the new House Speaker John Boehner(R-OH). From Washington Times:
The 112th Congress gaveled open Wednesday with Republicans taking control of the House and immediately rewriting the chamber’s rules, making it easier to cut spending and taxes, harder to add new spending, and more open to voters who want to keep tabs on what lawmakers are doing.
The rules changes, spearheaded by newly elected Speaker John A. Boehner, mark a sharp departure from recent years, and pave the way for the Republicans to pass bills that extend the Bush-era tax cuts, slash government spending and repeal Democrats’ health care law – at least in the House.
“Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions,” said the Ohio Republican, who leads his party’s biggest House majority in decades by a margin of 242-to-193.
Mr. Speaker its time to put up and shut up Everyone is watching, Republican talked about reducing debt and deficit. It won’t be easy but must be done.