“The American people want solutions — and tonight, they’ve responded by renewing our House Republican majority,” Boehner said during a subdued gathering of Republicans in Washington.
“With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates,” he added. “Listen, we stand ready to work with any willing partner — Republican, Democrat, or otherwise — who shares a commitment to getting those things done.”
Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was more pointed, saying voters across the country “rejected the Democrats’ tax-and-spend agenda.”
“Americans were unwilling to hand the speaker’s gavel back to [House minority leader] Nancy Pelosi because her party chose to double down on the same failed policies that caused her to lose it in the first place,” he said in a statement.
It appeared the 113th session of Congress will convene in January as fractious as the one that will return next week to wade back into a muddle of pressing business to avert a so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to plunge the country back into recession.
“As Yogi Berra said, ‘It’s déjà vu all over again,’ ” said Ross K. Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University. “It will be the same cast of characters putting on the same performance. Nothing’s really going to change.”
But Obama, elected Tuesday to a second term, will also be under immense pressure to show results, added Manley.
“The president is going to have to play a more forceful role in the legislative process,” he said. “That doesn’t mean he needs to put out a new detailed long-range plan, but he does need to make clear he is ready to personally begin negotiating immediately.”
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