Oklahoma Republicans say they are ready to work with President Obama
by Chris Casteel
WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Republicans said Wednesday they are ready to work with President Barack Obama on issues such as road building, the Keystone pipeline, foreign trade, financial reform and U.S. military actions in Syria.
The question, they said, is how far the president will move toward their positions.
A day after Republicans captured the majority of the U.S. Senate, giving them control of both houses of Congress, Oklahoma lawmakers expressed optimism that Washington gridlock could be broken, at least for a few months next year.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, who sailed to a seventh term on Tuesday, said, “Voters are going to keep firing people until we can work together. I don’t think they’re very patient with any of us right now, either party or either party’s leadership.”
The president called Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who won a new six-year term Tuesday night, and Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, elected to succeed Sen. Tom Coburn, to congratulate them on their wins.