Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, FoxNews.com featured an op-ed from U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in which he lays out an agenda for the next Congress following the recent elections. Portman writes, “The lessons both parties should learn from the results are clear. The American people expect leadership, and they expect to see Congress pass legislation to help them and their families. And that’s what we must deliver.”

Excerpts are below and the full op-ed can be found here.

Washington gridlock: A message from the American people
FoxNews.com
Senator Rob Portman
November 13, 2014

In the wake of the Republican wave that swept the country last week, people have been asking me two questions. How did it happen, and what does it mean for the future?

Having been involved in these campaigns, and having seen a lot of the coverage, I think many of the commentators have gotten the answer to those questions wrong. This election was not just a repudiation of incumbents; it was a rejection of the gridlock of the Democratic Senate and the lack of leadership coming from the White House. The results themselves bear this out.

The lessons both parties should learn from the results are clear. The American people expect leadership, and they expect to see Congress pass legislation to help them and their families. And that’s what we must deliver.

I hope the new Republican Congress will finally approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, a job-creating step towards American energy independence that should have been taken years ago.

We will end the job-killing medical device tax and begin the process of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

We will reform our regulatory agencies, cutting through the tangle of red tape that strangles businesses and keeps them from growing.

We will begin work on comprehensive tax reform that will make America the best place to do business again, increasing wages and benefits for workers in the process.

We will pass budgets, we will take tough votes, and we will work with all people of goodwill, Republican or Democrat, to reform what’s broken in our government and move forward on issues that matter to the American people.

When we move ahead with a positive legislative agenda, the ball will be squarely in the President’s court. He says that he heard the message that voters sent to him on Tuesday night, that he understands they are ready for him to come to the table and work with the Republican Congress. We will do our part. The president must do his.

I hope President Obama seizes this opportunity to get some things done for the American people. But whether he does or not, the Republican Congress will lead. That’s our job. It’s what we were elected to do.

And we won’t forget it.