Rep. Peter Roskam (IL) published a blog post in The Hill today. He writes about the next years and some of the initiatives House Republicans might want to start focusing on:
I served for four years with Barack Obama in the Illinois Senate. We had many debates, but were also able to work together on substantive issues. We came from different parties with different priorities, but were able to achieve legislative success for the people of Illinois. The Barack Obama I knew then was able to drop the partisan wall separating him from a common-sense solution for the good of Illinois. I've seen less of that Barack Obama in the last two years.
As Republicans take control of the House, the $13.7 trillion question is: which Barack Obama will show up for the next two years?
The American people made their voice heard in yesterday's elections, tossing out a liberal majority fixated on ideology over solutions. In the last three elections, the American people have thrown out the Republican majority from Congress in 2006, taken the White House from the Republican party in 2008 and have now decided that the Democratic Majority is not serving their needs in 2010. They have not been shy about expressing their desire for solutions to the very real challenges we face today in economic, fiscal and security areas.