Congressional Republicans, seeking to counter efforts by President Barack Obama and Democrats to win the House next year, are launching a program Monday aimed at preserving their 17-seat majority.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will unveil what it dubs the “Patriot Program,” which will provide support to the party’s most endangered incumbents.

Republicans say the objective is to shore up members facing the toughest races before the 2014 election season heats up in earnest. They say they want to spend much of next year focusing their firepower on vulnerable Democrats with an eye toward building on their majority.

“We know that Barack Obama’s most important goal is to get Nancy Pelosi elected speaker of the House,” Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, who is helping to oversee the Patriot Program, said in an interview. “This is an offensive program that will expand the playing field by helping keep members who are critical to our majority.”

The 11 Republicans who are being named to the Patriot Program are: Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California, Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Bob Gibbs and David Joyce of Ohio, Chris Gibson of New York, Joe Heck of Nevada, Steve Southerland of Florida and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
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