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Sen. Feinstein: President Obama won 'mandate'

Associated Press Published: November 7, 2012

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.