US mid-terms: White House holds cross-party talks

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , November 7, 2014

US President Barack Obama and leaders in the House and Senate are due to hold cross-party talks aimed at ending political gridlock in Washington.

Friday’s White House luncheon comes after the Republicans won control of the Senate in Tuesday’s elections.

Mr Obama, a Democrat, and heads of both parties in the House of Representatives and Senate will explore avenues of compromise after years of rancour.

Republicans have called the victory a rebuke of Mr Obama’s policies.

On Friday, the US president will be joined by 16 senior legislators including presumptive next Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Obama said they would discuss areas in which it is “possible to work together”, including manufacturing, trade and education.

“All these issues are ones in which there’s a strong possibility of bipartisan co-operation as long as we set politics aside,” he said.

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