WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the midterm elections showed that Americans are frustrated with gridlock and want Washington get work done.
Obama was speaking at the start of a White House meeting with congressional leaders. It’s the first time the president and lawmakers have met face to face since Republicans won control of the Senate in Tuesday’s election.
Obama says he is interested in hearing ideas from lawmakers and won’t judge those ideas based on whether they come from Democrats or Republicans – just on whether they will work.
The president is also asking the current Congress to approve emergency funding for fighting Ebola and to start working on an authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State group.