US President Joe Biden has announced his willingness to work with the “Republicans”, while the results of the midterm elections for Congress are still undecided.
On Thursday, Biden called on Republicans to show their “willingness to work” with him as well, stressing that he would not hesitate to use the “veto.”
The US president said that “American youth voted in record numbers in these elections,” and that “American women made their voices heard and participated in voting in large numbers.”
Biden said that if “Republicans try to undermine the decision to cut drugs and health care, I will veto them,” and he will not allow them to “cut taxes on the rich.”
It is not yet clear who will control the US Senate, while Republicans are close to winning a majority in the House of Representatives, after Democrats performed better than expected and avoided a “red wave” of Republicans in the midterm elections, according to a Reuters report.
President Biden confirmed his intention to run for re-election in 2024 but said he would make the final decision early next year.
Biden portrayed Tuesday’s election as a test of American democracy at a time when hundreds of Republican candidates have embraced former US President Donald Trump’s allegations that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen.”
Senate races in Nevada and Arizona are still undecided, as Democratic incumbents try to fend off Republican rivals, with thousands of uncounted votes counting days to come.
And the Senate’s fate may come to a run-off election in Georgia for the second time in two years, as Edison Research predicted that neither the Democratic candidate and current Senator Raphael Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker would obtain the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff on December 6.
Republicans are close to winning the 218 seats needed to wrest control of the House of Representatives from Democrats, with 210 seats now in their possession, according to a forecast by Edison Research.
The Republicans were unable to achieve the landslide victory they sought, as Democrats avoided a crushing defeat in the midterm elections that often rock the president, whatever party he belongs to.
The findings suggest voters are punishing Biden for the hyperinflationary economy, while also opposing Republican efforts to ban abortion and casting doubt on the nation’s vote count.
The poor performance of some Trump-backed candidates, including Walker, also reflects a desire to avoid chaos like that caused by the former Republican president, raising questions about the viability of his potential 2024 presidential bid.
And if Republicans take control of either chamber, they plan to seek to lower the costs of Social Security and Medicare safety net programs and make tax cuts enacted in 2017 permanent.
They can also use a federal debt ceiling as leverage to demand drastic spending cuts and cuts in aid to Ukraine.