Washington (CNN) - After nearly a month of contentious debate over the debt ceiling, many members of Congress appear to be striking a new tone of civility.
Following President Barack Obama's job speech before a joint session of Congress on Thursday, members flooded the media with post speech reaction displaying a more tempered attitude.
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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, set the tone moments after the speech ended, releasing a statement saying, "The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration… We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It's my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, who has a long history of disagreeing with President Obama, followed suit and said he thinks both parties can work together to get a jobs plan passed.
"There is plenty in the president's speech that we can work together on," Cantor told CNN. "I think where we need to focus is to be able to set aside differences and work towards commonality."
Leaders from the other side of the aisle expressed their team spirit as well. Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, was happy to hear about Cantor's response.
"I'm pleased with his [Cantor's] positive response," said Hoyer. "We ought to be working together to grow the economy, we're prepared to do that and I'm prepared to work with Mr. Cantor towards that end."
Vice President Joe Biden attributed the new attitude on Capitol Hill to feedback members received from their constituents during the August recess.
"When Congress takes an action that backfires on them, and the American people respond very harshly, as they have for playing brinksmanship with paying the national debt, they come back somewhat chastened," Biden said during an interview on ABC's Good Morning America Friday.
"We are willing to compromise on any ideas that will help the middle class," Biden said at another point during a CBS Early Show interview also Friday. "If they have better ideas, then we are totally prepared to compromise. But we are not prepared to compromise in terms of doing nothing."
However, not everyone was willing to sign on to working together towards a jobs deal with the White House. Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, called the president's speech nothing but "a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past."
"Not only should Congress not pass this plan," Bachmann said. "I say, 'Mr. President, stop. Your last plan hasn't worked, and it's hurting the American economy."
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- CNN's Kate Bolduan contributed to this report