"We have big challenges facing us in the months ahead. Democrats and Republicans must come together, and show that we are up to the challenge. This is no time for excuses. This is no time for putting things off until later. We can achieve big things when we work together. And the middle class is counting on us to achieve big things in the months ahead." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after Senate Democrats won enough seats to guarantee they would hold the majority.
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