WASHINGTON (AP) - Incoming House Speaker John Boehner says Congress has been humbled by the American people and "can no longer fall short."
In remarks prepared for delivery when he takes office Wednesday, Boehner says lawmakers have been reminded just how temporary the privilege to serve is. The Republicans were swept into power in the House in November's election and gained ground in the Senate, too. Boehner says their goal is to give the government back to the people and provide honesty and accountability.
He says with nearly one of 10 Americans looking for work and debt threatening to eclipse the economy, Congress faces tough decisions.
Boehner says "a great deal of scar tissue" has built up on both sides of the aisle and cannot be ignored, but both Republicans and Democrats believe they are working for the common good.