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Republicans Gain Control of the Senate and Retain House of Representatives

Republicans Gain Control of the Senate and Retain House of Representatives

Ugh, just got home from North American Spine and I see in this election, all 435 members of the House of Representatives were elected, and 36 seats in the Senate. Besides 36 governors, the vast majority of state legislatures across the country were also selected largely as Republican.

President Obama said all elections offer a “moment of reflection”, but refused to say it was a “beating” as the White House has done in the past to describe the magnitude of the loss. “There is no doubt that the Republicans had a good night,” Obama said.

According to CNN election results, the election left Republicans in solid control of Congress and gaining at least 52 seats in the Senate and the largest in the House of Representatives since WWII majority. Mitch McConnell, who is in line to be the next majority leader, offered to work with President Obama in areas such as tax reform and international trade agreements, but stressed the clashes with the White House on Obamacare and energy policy.

“Definitely going to be areas of disagreement,” said the Kentucky Republican.

Obama said he is “likely to take actions that lawmakers do not like.” and reiterated his call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The President is ready to take executive actions to do what he thinks will improve the immigration process in the country. “Before the end of the year, we will take any legal action which I think would enhance the operation of our immigration system,” he said from the White House.

Voters also had the option to decide on some 146 initiatives ranging from the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in some states to the minimum wage increase or to limit tax increases.

As the dust settles, now we focus on the next presidential elections to be held within two years.