Senior Republicans have been reacting to their party’s success in the US mid term elections.
Congressman John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell gave a joint press conference where they pledged to work for smaller and less costly government in Washington.
They warned the election result was a rejection of President Obama’s policies and that the American people were angry.“This is a time for us to roll up our sleeves and go to work on the peoples priorities: creating jobs, cutting spending and reform in a way Congress does it’s business,” said Speaker-elect Mr Boehner.
“Its not just what the American people are demanding, it is what they are expecting from us.”
Mitch McConell, the Minority Leader of the Senate called the election “a referendum on the administration and the Democratic majority who are here in the Congress.”
“Ignoring the voters and their wishes,” he said, “produces predictable results.”
Both Republicans will prove thorns in President Obama’s side as he attempts to pass the rest of his legislative programme.
He will now seek compromise and cooperation.
It remains to be seen how much the Republicans will offer.