US new Congress convenes with Republican majority

US new Congress convenes with Republican majority
# 06 January 2015 22:30 (UTC +04:00)

The 114th US Congress convened on Tuesday with the Republicans holding a 54-seat majority in the Senate.

The Republican Party not only captured a majority in the Senate in the November 4 midterm elections, but it also achieved a historic victory in the House of Representatives, where they extended their majority.

The vote put President Barack Obama's rivals in charge of the entire Congress, making life difficult for a president who is looking to establish his legacy during his last two years in office.

Clashes are now looming over a number of issues between the Congress and Obama, namely approval for an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, known as Keystone XL.

"If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn't sign" it, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said hours after supporters of the bill announced its introduction.

The Republicans are also expected to take action against the president’s healthcare law, environmental, and business regulations along with his recent actions on immigration.

During his six years in office, Obama has used his power of veto twice.

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