The region's new freshmen Republicans are going to the White House Monday to meet with President Obama. Many of these freshmen representatives have never met the president, but all ran campaigns that lambasted his policies.
Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia says, in his first two years in office, the president frightened businesses and made them shy away from investments.
"He was making businesses out to be kind of the bad guy and I think that was a mistake on his part," Rigell says.
President Obama did order a government-wide review of regulations to see if any rules can be streamlined in order to create jobs.
Rigell says that's a good first step.
"I was encouraged by what he said, and I hope that this becomes a principle objective of his in the next two years: is to in a very measurable way to identify and to show the American public and Congress that he and his administration are serious about lessening the burden of regulation on American businesses," Rigell says.
The freshmen-only reception comes a day before the president delivers his State of the Union address.