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Kaine says he'll work for compromise
Sen.-elect Tim Kaine speaks during a press conference
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"Washington is just dead broken," he said at a press conference. "We've got to stop the hyper-partisanship, stop the blame game and work together. People in both parties have got to say, 'OK, campaign's over.' They're going to have to do it soon. There's a lot of serious work to do before this new Congress is even sworn in. Both sides can't win and just do what they want to do."
It wasn't clear Wednesday how lawmakers in Washington--entrenched for months on their separate sides on these issues--would shift toward compromise.
In a statement, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, said Democrats shouldn't see Obama's re-election as a call for tax increases.
"I hope President Obama responds to this election by making an effort to work with Republicans. There is no mandate for raising tax rates on the American people," Cantor said. "There is a mandate for avoiding the fiscal cliff and finding real solutions so we can make life work for people again. "Higher tax rates won't create jobs and they won't solve our spending crisis. Massive defense cuts won't make us safer and won't support our troops. Ignoring the problems of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid won't help people get better health care or prepare for a secure retirement. The fiscal cliff is looming, and we must provide real solutions, or face dire consequences."
But also yesterday, The Associated Press reported that House Speaker John Boehner was open to tax increases "under the right conditions," those conditions including broader tax reforms that make the tax code simpler, eliminate loopholes and reduce tax rates.
For states like Virginia, the re-election of Obama and a Democratic majority in the Senate mean facing the fact that the federal health care law is here to stay.
In Virginia, McDonnell had stalled on moving forward with decisions about how to implement the law in part because there was a chance Mitt Romney would win the presidency, and Romney had vowed to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Now Virginia must decide whether to create a state-run health benefits exchange, and whether to expand its Medicaid program to cover more people--both provisions of the ACA.
On Wednesday, McDonnell indicated Virginia won't do either.