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US Democratic Leader Calls for Bipartisanship

The new Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate has called on members of Congress to work together to help Americans with jobs, education and health care.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, who replaces outgoing Senate minority leader Tom Daschle in January, said voters are counting on lawmakers to put partisanship aside and pass legislation to help the nation and its people.

In the weekly Democratic radio address, Senator Reid said Americans want Democrats and Republicans to work together to ensure the survival of Social Security for future generations.

The Senate leader's comments come as Democrats are preparing for a legislative fight over the U.S. retirement program. President Bush says he wants to revamp the Social Security System in part by creating personal investment accounts - a move many Democrats oppose.

Some information provided by AP.