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Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner promised throughout the campaign season to run the House of Representatives differently from the way Democrats have run it for four years and from the way the last Republican regime conducted business.

Now that his party has won enough seats to retake power in the chamber, Boehner began making those changes Wednesday.

First on his agenda was the way the speaker travels to and from home: Boehner said he will fly commercial to his Ohio district as he always has.

Boehner's decision would be a change in protocol from Nancy Pelosi, who came under fire for using Air Force aircraft to fly home to her San Francisco district. Her predecessor, former Speaker Dennis Hastert, also used military jets to travel back and forth to Chicago.

Beyond changing travels arrangements, Boehner also said he wants the House of Representatives to be more open and transparent than in years past. To tackle that job, he has tapped Rep. Greg Walden to lead a group of GOP members to propose changes to House rules and procedures. The group began meeting Tuesday and will keep talking throughout the week.

Finally, Boehner said he wants changes in federal government pay. A USA Today analysis found that the number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office.

"There ought to be a freeze on the hiring of new federal employees and, frankly, we ought to freeze the pay," Boehner said. "It's gotten to a point where the average federal worker makes twice as much as the average...private-sector worker."

The House convenes next week for an organizing session, in which Democrats and Republicans will select their new leaders and new members will go through orientation. The House and Senate will both return to Washington after Thanksgiving for a lame duck session to complete any unfinished legislative business.

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In answer to the question regarding the type of aircraft used by speaker Pelosi to travel to and from California. It's an Airforce Boeing 757, a relativly large plane capable of nonstop flights from coast to coast. I'm positive the cost of flying that plane 3000+ miles one way could pay for a bunch of commercial airline tickets.

November 11 2010 at 10:13 AM

Freeze federal pay. The senator is out of touch. This country is dire straits. We need to have the best people in charge. Private sector always justified their outlandish salaries by saying that it was needed in order to attractive the best. Right now this country needs the best to solve our problems. Since we are in a capitalistic society, the way you get the best is by offering them an excellent salary with benefits. Expecting the best, but offering little is the thinking of a socialist. Funny, the Republicans are trying to solve a capitalistic country’s problems with socialist methods. The only thing that the Republicans are replacing is the government will be run by big business. Big business will be controlling the country. Guess who will be picking up the tab?

November 11 2010 at 10:08 AM

THANK YOU Mr. Boehner....don't stop there...start dumping some of these unnecessary federal employees and let's run this like a business...what a breath of fresh air from DC for a change...again sir, PLEASE DON'T STOP THERE...WE ARE BEHIND YOU!!!!!

November 11 2010 at 10:02 AM

No more career politicians- limit terms, hold people accountable, the only people that are truly worthy of American praise and a pay raise other than our teachers are our military people- these two groups along with firemen and police are the true heros of America!

November 11 2010 at 10:02 AM

They are thinking of changing the retirement age.. Why does this not apply to congress? When you reach a certain age, you should be out...

November 11 2010 at 10:01 AM

Boehner is trying to wooo the tea party.. Read between the lines... As for the comment below you have to pay wages to get the people with the education, he is not referring to them..There are employees in government who make well over what you make and do NOT have the education or background... Do your research... They are paid these wages due to our government is ran by unions as well... Government employees are union... I hope he does what he says, but I doubt it...

November 11 2010 at 10:00 AM

I believe that since most Americans are having to "tighten their belts" that Congress should do the same. I request that members of Congress stop voting themselves raises and , in fact, that they reduce their salary to be more in line with their constituants. I also think that the President's salary should likewise be reduced. These folks spend a few years of mostly "self serving" service and live like kings the rest of their lives while mainstream Americans struggle everyday to provide for their families. It might be worthwhile to consider cutting the number of Congressmen/women( reps and senators) be reduced to 1 each per state. I also believe the recently created Czars be eliminated. Government has become too BIG! What a waste! I think the savings would be a great start to getting us on the right track to eliminating the debt!

November 11 2010 at 10:00 AM

I likew the changes. Hope he is right by cutting some things back. And it gets old watching people fight about democrats and republicans. You people are cluless! Neither party really cares about the people. Maybe now that the people have spoken both parties will start to think of the people rather than big business! I am neither republican or democrat because both parties are a bunch of idiots! FACT! I know DC insiders and know the facts. Instead of all you people ripping into each others party you need to vote in an independent that will truly work for the people.

November 11 2010 at 10:00 AM

Well we will see... I hope that all the promises for change and accountability become a reality. I fear that most "politicians" are cut from the same cloth but if this country is going to survive "The People" have to take control and make OUR representatives accountable to us!If they say one thing and do another we vote them out! People need to be informed and educate themselves before they go vote- know what and who you are voting for and if you don't vote then you are slapping the faces of million of Americans that died so you would have the freedom and decision to chose who represents you! We are a lazy country- but we had better wake up and start doing our homework, start caring about what Washington, our home states and our local government,and elected officals are doing- because if we don't they will do exactly like that fool in Ca- a mayor/ or some city council member that gave himself a salary over $300K. They will waste away our children and our grandchildren's future and they don't care about the average American they only care about their own pocketbooks and the pocketbooks of their buddies! It is up to each citizen to do their duty to keep our elected officials honest AND working for us!

November 11 2010 at 9:59 AM

Thank you Mr Speaker It's about time we have responsibility in Washington.

November 11 2010 at 9:58 AM

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