(CNN) - Democrats and Republicans are calling for a different kind of Washington when the new members of Congress assume their posts January. For both parties that includes reduced spending and a ban on earmarks.
"Given the deficits that have mounted up over the past decade, we can't afford to make these investments unless we're also willing to cut what we don't need," President Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.
He also called for a three-year budget freeze and reform of the earmark process. An earmark is a legislative provision that directs approved funds to a specific project.
"I agree with those Republican and Democratic members of Congress who've recently said that in these challenging days, we can't afford what are called earmarks," Obama said.
The president's comments come after Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner and Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor announced Friday that they will hold a GOP conference vote to ban earmarks, one of the proposals outlined in their "Pledge with America" released earlier this year. The representatives encouraged Democrats to do the same.
The priorities addressed in the "Pledge," including the reform of Washington were addressed by Republican Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon who chairs the Republican transition team as they prepare to take control of the House.
"We're also tracking down every last rule and roadblock rigged to keep government's spending binge on auto-pilot," Walden said in the GOP weekly address Saturday. "If we're ever going to change the broken status quo, we need to make it easier to cut spending and harder to increase it."
Walden said Boehner pledged to run the House "differently than it's been run in the past – by both parties" and stressed the diversity of the freshman class of Republican representatives.
"He's asked me to lead a transition effort designed to ensure our new majority will be ready to serve as the people's voice and implement the proposals that Americans are demanding."
- Follow Gabriella Schwarz on Twitter: @schwarzgcnn