5 Nov 2010

Obama invites party leaders to meeting

6:47 am on 5 November 2010

US President Barack Obama has invited Republican and Democrat leaders of Congress to the White House, following the mid-term elections in which his Democratic Party lost its majority in the House of Representatives.

Mr Obama said he hopes the meeting, later this month, would focus on advancing the agenda of the American people.

The 18 November meeting will include House Speaker-elect John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

President Obama says he wants substantive talks, not just a photo opportunity.

Economic measures, tax cuts, unemployment benefits and a nuclear weapons treaty could all be on the agenda, the BBc reports.

New members of Congress are sworn in in January, with the time before that known as a "lame duck" session.