Congressman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives elected John Boehner as Speaker of the House and convened the 112th Congress.
"Today the new republican majority in the House of Representatives marks the beginning of a new era in Washington," Scalise said. "Today is dedicated to the American people who clearly made their voices heard last November. We have listened to the American people and will begin work immediately to meet their demands by promoting policies which create jobs, revitalize our economy, repeal the government takeover of health care and reduce the size of the federal government. The first action we'll take will be to cut the budget of each Member of Congress by 5%. This shows that we're willing to put our money where our mouth is by cutting spending in our own budgets first, just like American families and businesses across the country have been doing for the last two years. We will continue cutting federal spending and making government finally live within its means. It is an honor to represent Louisiana in Congress, and I will continue working with my colleagues in the House to ensure that we restore our country to the principles on which it was founded, and ensure the torch of freedom continues to burn brightly for future generations."
The 112th Congress will consist of 242 Republicans and 193 Democrats. Louisiana has seven Congressional Representatives in the U.S. House. All but one are Republican.