Washington (CNN) – Just minutes after being handed the speaker's gavel by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, new Speaker John Boehner is already asking for financial support.
In an email put out by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Boehner points out that "with President Obama in the White House and Democrats running the Senate, we're still outnumbered in Washington."
The Ohio Republican then asks GOP supporters for help, saying "your support now will ensure the NRCC begins the year on strong financial footing and again has the ability to recruit top-tier candidates who will cut spending and repeal government barriers to job creation. Your immediate support will send a strong message that the American people want a fresh start focused on unshackling small businesses, honoring the Constitution and helping families across this great nation realize the American Dream."
The email provides links to a portion of the NRCC's website where donations to the committee can be made on-line.
After an historic midterm election, where the GOP won a net gain of 63 seats in the House, the largest gain for either party since 1948, the NRCC will now have to defend the party's 242 to 193 majority in the 2012 elections.
Boehner also invites supporters to visit the NRCC website and to stay in touch, adding that "even with the last election behind us, the hard work isn't over; it is only just beginning. I look forward to hearing from you soon."
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