In electing Donald Trump as our 45th president, the American people sent an unmistakable message: Change Washington.

We in Congress must work in concert with the President-elect to put the people at the center of policy making, not the special interests. We must take critical steps to rebuild our economy and restore the confidence that made America the envy of the world.

It is a relief to observe the peaceful transfer of power, a great tradition that keeps our country stable and strong. I am optimistic that we will honor the will of the people and deliver change.

Republicans made big promises that fueled our historic victory. These include repeal of Obamacare, secure borders, spending restraint, tax cuts and a more humble foreign policy. I’m eager to get to work in the early days of 2017 to accomplish these major initiatives. 

In the excitement following the president-elect’s upset win, I have not forgotten the sacred duty of Congress to both make the law and act as a check on executive power. It was no accident that our Founders put Congress first, in Article 1, Section 1, of the Constitution. “All legislative Powers,” they wrote in 1787, “shall be vested in a Congress of the United States….”

When the 115th Congress convenes in January, I will fight to reassert our authority by ending the lazy practice of writing vague laws and leaving the details to the administration. We must craft precise and rigorous language, making the intent of Congress crystal clear.

With a decisive election and unified government, the people have given us a wonderful opportunity and I’m thrilled about the prospect of transforming our government into a servant of the people.

I look forward a steady stream of pro-growth legislation; to seeing men and women faithful to the Constitution appointed to the Supreme Court and the lower courts; and a house-cleaning at the top levels of the government to restore free enterprise and spark a new beginning for our great country.