Sen. Feinstein: President Obama won 'mandate'

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Updated: 11/07/2012 2:27 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama's re-election gives him a mandate to work with Congress to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would cause massive job losses in California.

The Democratic senator spoke to reporters in San Francisco on Wednesday, a day after she was elected to her fifth term with 61 percent of the vote.

Feinstein encouraged the president to work with leaders of both parties to confront the fiscal cliff, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could push the economy back into recession.

She says congressional leaders must be willing to compromise to find a bipartisan solution.

Feinstein says Californians should "take a big sigh of relief" over the passage of Proposition 30, which temporarily raises taxes to pay for education and public safety.


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dregstudios - 11/7/2012 2:45 PM
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Will we ever see bipartisan politics in our country again? The fringe element within the Republican Party has pushed them all to the far right of the isle where they’ve gridlocked our government for two years now. Will the next two be any different? They’ve been very public about their main goal being to block and bamboozle the President’s every move. It takes many hands to paint the Blackface on Obama. See my visual report of his makeup session at

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