Thursday, November 04, 2010

Republican wins shift balance of power in the House By Ken Christian


November 3, 2010

WASHINGTON (NBC) -- The results are in and the win for Republicans was decisive.

The GOP seized control of the House and made serious gains in the Senate as well.

This morning party leaders were already promising to overhaul the president's health care reform law.

"We have to do everything we can to try and repeal this bill and replace it with common sense
reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance," presumptive new Speaker of the House John Boehner said. "I think it's important to lay groundwork...common sense reforms."

Democrats did hold on to control of the Senate, winning a seat for West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin while top Democrat Harry Reid survived a tough challenge from Tea-Partier Sharron Angle.

"I think the message to America today is that we've got to start working together," Reid said this morning.

Last night President Obama called to congratulate Boehner and they talked about cooperation.

In some states the counting continues.

Senate races are still undecided in Washington state and Alaska.

The next big date for freshman members of Congress is November 15th.

That's the day orientation begins for the House and Senate.

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