Washington (CNN) - One by one, incoming House freshmen rolled into a downtown hotel here with luggage in tow and spouses by their sides.
The bright-eyed incoming House members arriving for orientation all said they're looking forward to pushing the ideas they promised on the campaign trail – from reducing spending to repealing health care – but several also tried to manage expectations about how fast they can achieve their goals.
"You can't come in a month or two and solve all the world's problems, but we have to be vigilant and we have to begin that process," said Adam Kinzinger, Republican from Illinois.
"It's important to stress to people we are going to work as hard as we can but this is a long process, it takes time," said Kinzinger, a 32-year old pilot in the Air National Guard.
Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina, elected with strong backing from the Tea Party, agreed.
"We have to make sure we set the expectations for what we're going to be able to accomplish, realizing that we have a bifurcated system where we have Republicans controlling one house," said Scott, who is running for the newly created spot for a freshman representative in the House GOP leadership.
But other Tea Party-affiliated Republicans warned that they won't have much time to prove they mean it when it comes to slicing spending.
Raul Labrador of Idaho said the fact that Democrats run the Senate and the White House will not be viewed as an excuse.
"We have the majority in the House, and at least in the House of Representatives we have to pass something that reduces the debt, reduces the deficit and lowers spending. We have to keep those promises," said Labrador, who beat conservative freshman Democrat Walt Minnick earlier this month.
"They have to follow through, or else they'll be thrown out on the ash heap," said newly elected House Republican Allen West of Florida.
"I don't care if we have to burn the midnight oil on both ends of the candle, we have got to look at the redundancy and duplicitous programs and agencies here in Washington DC, so that we can cut this growth and cut this spending," said West.
Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, who considers himself part of the Tea Party, said that it shouldn't be hard for Republicans to follow through on the movement's ideals.
"It's very clear to me that Republicans believe what the Tea Party believes," he said.
Still, Duncan warned that Republicans won't have much time to deliver.
"If we don't, I think you see the rise of an independent third party," said the Representative-elect.
"But I think they're going to give us a chance and I look forward to working with other Tea Party patriots, congressmen here, who believe in the ideals espoused during the campaign," he said.
Duncan said he plans to take a first step by refusing to take at least 10 percent of the budget allocated to him for his office.
"We're going to give 10 percent back as a minimum and lead by example and I think all congressmen ought to look at that," he said.
Scott of South Carolina, who sits on the House Republicans' 22-member transition team, said he has already identified tens of billions to cut.
For example, he said there is some $20 billion that's set to implement the health care bill that they can withhold. He also talked about cutting $7 billion from the federal budget by reducing federal travel by 50 percent.
"There are a lot of things we can look at," said Scott. "The key is to have a panoramic view of what we're walking into and make decisions."
While the vast majority of newly-elected House members are Republicans, there are some Democrats at orientation.
Terri Sewell is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Alabama.
She said she is going to urge fellow Democrats to find places to compromise with the new House majority.
"It's going to be more critical than usual that we work across the aisle to get things done. In Alabama, I'm the only Democrat in the whole delegation," said Sewell, who also said it's critical for Democrats to control spending.
Despite her call for a different approach, Sewell said she intends to vote for Nancy Pelosi for House Democratic Leader.
"Listen, Nancy got us to the party. I think we shouldn't abandon those who got us to the party," she said.