(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."
(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.
(CNN) – Republicans came out swinging in their weekly address Saturday, with the speech sounding like a midterm election roadmap for candidates across the country.
Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the remarks that criticized the president over the unemployment rate, federal debt, taxes and health care.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss says the U.S. debt is "one of the most dangerous threats confronting America."
The Georgia Republican made his comment in this week's Republican address, and come on the same day that, in the presidential radio and internet address, President Obama criticized Senate Republicans for their attempts to delay the extension of unemployment benefits and tax credits to people and small businesses hurt by the recession.
Republican leaders objected to the measure because it would have added to the national debt. They offered alternative bills that would have paid for unemployment benefits with unused stimulus funds.
While never referring explicitly to the legislative battle over unemployment benefits, Chambliss hammers home the GOP perspective.
Washington (CNN) – In this week's Republican address, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama pans the Wall Street reform legislation currently being debated in the Senate, saying it does nothing to fix the root cause of the recent financial meltdown.
"[R]eform should address the causes of the financial crisis, promote economic growth, and end bailouts for good," Shelby said in video released Saturday. "The legislation that the Democrats proposed failed each of these tests."
Twin mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are singled out by Shelby, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, as two institutions that need significant reform.
(CNN) – At the end of a week in which many Americans finalized their tax returns, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor used the weekly GOP address to warn that if Democrats remain in power, they will make "the 'tax days' of the future much much worse."
The Virginia Republican said the country is at a turning point and that Democrats don't have the right answer.
"The Democrats control every lever of power in Washington and they've never met a tax they didn't like or found a dollar they couldn't spend. Their economic plan? You pay, they spend, your children owe. You deserve better," Cantor said, adding that Republicans offer an alternative.
"But take hope. Down the other path is responsible, adult leadership, focused firmly on job creation and economic opportunity. We believe in a Congress that will once again listen to the people and return America to the country they know and love."
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Washington (CNN) - One day after the Obama administration touted favorable new employment figures, Republicans hit the administration for pushing "job-killing legislation that would guarantee permanent bailouts for Wall Street."
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a member of the House Financial Services Committee chosen to deliver the weekly GOP address, used the platform to call Democrat's Wall Street reform bill a "job killer."
"President Obama wants Congress to pass job-killing legislation that would guarantee permanent bailouts for Wall Street," McCarthy said. "Under his plan, unelected Washington bureaucrats would be granted virtually unlimited power to pick winners and losers – and hardworking American taxpayers would pick up the tab for the reckless decisions made by irresponsible bankers."
“Hello, this is Congressman Mike Castle of Delaware.
“As 30,000 additional American service-members continue to move into Afghanistan under the counterinsurgency strategy outlined by General McChrystal, Americans are reminded about our important role in this vulnerable region.
“The additional troops will bring our military presence there to 100,000 Americans and 47,000 NATO partners. While this increase is essential to our efforts in the region, also key is ensuring that our men and women in the field have the equipment and support they need to succeed.
“Last week I traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan with a Congressional Delegation to see firsthand the progress we have made in reversing the momentum of the Taliban and the many remaining challenges we face.
“There is a strong professionalism and commitment demonstrated by our men and women in uniform, as well as by those in our civilian institutions who serve on the front lines.
“Particularly since the surge in Afghanistan began, we have seen progress toward helping establish a country that can govern itself, defend its borders, and be an important ally in fighting terrorism.
Rep. Peter King delivered the GOP's weekly address this week. Full text as released by the Republican National Committee:
"Hi, I'm Republican Congressman Pete King, I serve as the Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Committee and I'm also a member of the House Intelligence Committee. I have the privilege to represent New York's Third Congressional District, on Long Island in the suburbs of New York City.
"Two weeks ago, the terrorist plot to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in the skies over Detroit was thwarted by a combination of luck and vigilance. But as President Obama has rightly said, it should never have even gotten to that point. Last year, this terrorist's father, a widely respected member of his community, went to our embassy in Nigeria and shared his concerns that his son was becoming a radical jihadist. That should have been more than enough to trigger a red flag that would prevent this terrorist from ever setting foot on a plane bound for the U.S with explosives.