(CNN) - A Republican Congressman-elect is sending a message to the American people that the GOP understands their woes and the challenges that face the next Congress.
"Fresh faces alone aren't enough to bring about the change in course the American people are demanding," Representative-elect Austin Scott said in the Republican weekly TV and radio address. "The real work lies ahead."
The Georgia Republican emphasized the diversity of the freshman class, and said they're arriving at the Capitol with a clear message from voters to "listen up, stop the job-killing policies, stop the runaway spending and focus on getting our country back on track."
He also touted the Republicans' "Pledge to America," the plan released earlier this year that he said will serve as an outline for Republican members when they're sworn in this January.
Scott, who was backed by the Tea Party movement during his election, will serve as the president of the freshman class of Republicans.
"It's a new breed of leaders for a new majority and a new Congress," Scott said.
President Obama used his weekly address to equate the Thanksgiving holiday to the importance of Democrats and Republicans working together.
"This is a holiday that captures that distinctly American impulse to give something of ourselves," Obama said. "In a larger sense, that's emblematic of what Americans have always done. We come together and do what's required to make tomorrow better than today. That's who we are."
He said he hopes to use that momentum when he brings members of both parties to the White House next week.