Obama promises to work with Republican-led Congress

Obama promises to work with Republican-led Congress

US President Barack Obama will hold talks with Republican leaders, after the Democrats have suffered heavy losses in the midterm elections.

The Republicans have secured a majority in the Senate, taking seats off the Democrats in South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Colorado and Arkansas.

They have also increased their majority in the House of Representatives, meaning both houses of Congress are now controlled by Republicans for the first time since 2006.

President Obama has invited Republican leaders from both houses, to attend talks at the White House later this week.

Mr Obama says it is now more important than ever for Democrats and Republicans to work together, to ensure legislative reform can still occur.

“Today I had a chance to speak to John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” he aid.

“I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’ business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.”

Incoming Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell has also indicated his willingness to work with the President, and says he is determined to avoid any government shutdowns.

“When the American people choose divided government I don’t think it means they don’t want us to do anything,” Mr McConnell said.

“I think it means they want us to look for areas of agreement.”

President Obama says his first request to the new Congress will be for more assistance in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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