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Chastened Obama reconciled to working with Republicans

06:56 AM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

But at the same time strikes a defiant tone by saying that he could bypass Congress on issues like immigration reforms

Washington : A day after a poll drubbing, US President Barack Obama struck a defiant tone saying he is ready to work with Republicans but could bypass Congress on issues like immigration reforms that would allow 11 million illegal immigrants, including 2.4 lakh Indians, to stay in the country.

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 Exuding full confidence in the future of America, Obama in his 90-minute speech said, “We have all the best cards relative to every other country on Earth.”             “I am really optimistic about America. I know that runs counter to the current mood, but when you look at the facts, our economy is stronger than just about anybody’s,” he said.

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The US leader stopped short of accepting direct responsibility for his Democratic party’s defeat at the hands of Republicans who snatched control of the Senate, tightened its grip on the House of Representatives and won key Democrat governorships.

Obama said the US has made real progress since he took over. Obama said he is ready to work with the Republican Party, which now controls the Congress, to advance the national agenda.

“I’m eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible. I’m committed to making sure that I measure ideas not by whether they are from Democrats or Republicans, but whether they work for the American people,” he said.

“Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign. I’m pretty sure I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like,” he said.

But, in the absence of a strong legislative base for the remaining two years of his presidency, Obama said he would press ahead with plans on immigration reform. He said he would take executive action this year, without waiting to see whether the new Congress makes progress toward a comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform bill.

US prez seeks new authorisation to fight Islamic State

Washington: US President Barack Obama said he will ask Congress for a new authorisation to use military force against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

The president was outlining his near-term agenda for joint work with Congress, one day after the Republicans gained control of both chambers in Tuesday’s mid-term elections in a heavy blow to Obama and his fellow Democrats, Xinhua reported.

“I’m going to begin engaging Congress over a new authorization to use military force against ISIL,” Obama said at a White House press conference, using another acronym for the IS.

Lalit K Jha       

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