Biden vows to work with Republicans

The US president buckles down to work after a divisive midterm election

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Joe Biden congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday for winning control of the US House of Representatives and said he was willing to work with them and serve the American people.

“The American people want us to get things done for them,” Biden said after United States media projected a narrow Republican win in the House after last week’s mid-term elections.

“And I will work with anyone — Republican or Democrat — willing to work with me to deliver results for them,” Biden said in a statement.

Republicans on Wednesday took control of the US House of Representatives from Democrats, networks said, narrowly securing a legislative base to oppose Biden’s agenda for the final two years of his term and leaving power in Congress split.

NBC and CNN projected the victory for Republicans with at least 218 seats in the 435-member House of Representatives — the magic number needed to take control. This came a week after millions of Americans went to the polls for the midterms, which typically deliver a rejection of the party in the White House.

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