The 17 newly elected representatives announced they hope they can operate with Democrats on behalf of the American people.
“After two impeachments, lengthy inter-branch investigations, and, most recently, the horrific attack on our nation’s capital, it is clear that the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans does not serve a single American,” the group wrote.
“The constituencies we represent showcase the variety of thought across our great nation. From Texas to California and from Oklahoma to New York, Americans are tired of the partisan gridlock and simply want to see leaders from both sides of the aisle work on issues important to American families, workers, and businesses.”
“We hope to work with you to extend targeted, meaningful coronavirus relief for families and businesses, protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, strengthen and modernize our infrastructure, enforce our antitrust laws against emboldened technology monopolies, and restore our economy struggling in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“We firmly believe that what unites us as Americans is far greater than anything that may ever divide us. In that spirit, we hope that we can rise above the partisan fray to negotiate meaningful change for Americans across the nation and maintain the United States’ standing as the best country in the world.”
The group adds some Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump on the day that a mob of violent pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol, among them are Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.).
Likewise signing the letter were Reps. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas), Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.), Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Young Kim (R-Calif.), Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), Barry Moore (R-Ala.), Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.), Burgess Owens (R-Utah), and Jerry Carl (R-Ala.).
Biden is supposed to be sworn in at noon on Jan. 20.
Van Duyne explained that she invited all 44 newly-elected Republicans in the House to sign the letter.
Several other Republicans likewise said they would be happy to work with the incoming President in the following years.
“I look forward to working with President Biden to unite the country, grow the economy, and quickly distribute COVID-19 vaccines and fully #ReopenAmerica,” Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) wrote in a tweet.