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Rocky road ahead for Obama with Republicans in charge of Congress

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 - 01:01

President Obama faced a political rebuke and a curb on his policy ambitions after Republicans seized control of both houses of Congress in Tuesday's midterm elections. Linda So reports.

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A new day has dawned in the nation's capital and it's a victorious one for Republicans. Tuesday's midterm elections gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006. SOUNDBITE: SANDY DALE, MARYLAND VOTER, SAYING: "I woke up this morning with a smile on my face." Voters heading to the polls dealt a punishing blow to President Obama... one that will limit his legislative agenda. SOUNDBITE: DARRELL WEST, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION, SAYING: "It was a referendum on President Obama, and Obama flunked the test." When the new Congress convenes in January, Republicans plan to quickly introduce stand-alone legislation that would approve the Keystone pipeline. SOUNDBITE: DARRELL WEST, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION, SAYING: "Republicans want to build the Keystone pipeline, Obama so far has resisted it even though there are members within his own party who have pushed him to approve this, so I think that'll be an interesting test of how the next two years will end up going." Partisan battles are also expected to erupt over immigration reform as Obama is poised to issue executive actions to defer deportations of some undocumented immigrants.

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Rocky road ahead for Obama with Republicans in charge of Congress

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 - 01:01