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“It’s an honor to stand here today, with this team, supported by our colleagues, to lead the Republican conference as we head into the 117th Congress.

“And I want to congratulate Mike Johnson and Richard Hudson who will join our team in representing our colleagues.

“Over the past two years, our country has faced unprecedented challenges.

“And through every obstacle, I couldn’t be prouder of the priorities of this conference. I can say without a doubt, this is the most united and energized Republican conference I’ve been associated with.

“We made a Commitment to America that we will work to restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy, and renew the American dream. 

“We’ve also worked to keep America safe – after Democrat leadership bailed, we worked to establish the China Task Force… and went forward without them [to create] a comprehensive blueprint that will continue to serve as America’s guide on how to tackle China’s threats.

“These efforts, contrasted with the dangerous Democrat agenda, delivered a historic political upset fueled by conservative women, minorities, and veterans.

“As you all know, everyone predicted Republicans would lose 15 to 20 seats. Not one incumbent lost. On the Democrat side more than a dozen lost…

“Much of that could be caused by Nancy Pelosi holding up any COVID relief bill, simply playing politics… spending their time [trying to] defund police, or wasting their entire majority on an impeachment.

“Republicans are always focused on putting people first before politics and we will continue to do that work.

“In this next Congress we might not be able to schedule the floor, but we are going to run the floor.”