January 7th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Congressional Black Caucus says Burris should be seated

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.barbara.lee.jpg caption=" CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee told reporters the caucus will put out a statement informing the Senate of their decision to support Roland Burris."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Congressional Black Caucus just finished meeting and voted unanimously to support Roland Burris.

Rep Barbara Lee, D-California, CBC Chairwoman told reporters the caucus will put out a statement soon and inform the Senate of its decision.

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  1. legal in nc

    Lilli,,,,,, "And Pres-Elect Obama NEVER played the race card but the Media did!"

    You defintely are a blue blooded liberal,,, you have so easily forgotten Obama saying " they're going to try to scare you because He doesn't look like we do"

    You're obviously brainwashed and can't think for yourself or you would have never shown your ignorance by stating such an obvious lie.

    January 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Independent Again

    Also FYI, the AG of IL signing of Burris paperwork is purely ceremonial. The AG of IL has no power to veto or block Blago's pick. If u don't like the rules change it. It is not necessary for AG to legitimize Burris. Reid and the Senate overstepped their bounds and once again looks like complete idiots who think they are above the law.

    If they (the DEMS) did not want Blago to make the pick, the Dems in Springfield IL. could have removed the power fr Blago and called a special election. They did not because the Dems in Springfield IL wanted to keep that seat in their hands. The Dems in Sprinfield IL did not want to risk the seat going to a Repubs. In view of the Blago scandal. That is the reason why we have this mess.

    But I'm sure somewhere this is Bush's fault! U can count on hearing that for the next 10 yrs!

    January 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Sherrol in Canada

    Why do people want this to be about race, isn't there enough of that oout there already? Did the CBC really have to get involved?

    Like it or not, Burris will be seated as he was 'legally' appointed. The present tone of Reid and Durbin dictates this also.

    January 7, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Why is the CBC even involved in this?

    Really. Why is the CBC involved in this issue??? Regardless of the legality or illegality of Burris's appointment to BO's seat, this is a legal issue that has, until the CBC opened its mouth, had anything to do with race. Why does the CBC have to complicate this any further? Harry Reid has already suggested that Burris will be accepted as a bona fide member of the Senate once he gets clearance from the proper authorities, e.g., the IL Secretary of State, or Burris testifies in the Blagojevich investigation. This is not a case where the Senate is trying to "keep a black man" out of power. When is this nonsense going to end??? Let's keep it clean.

    January 7, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Surprise, surprise...

    Why is it that people seem to think that something called the "Congressional Black Caucus" is okay but there'd be howls of racism! if someone started a corresponding "Congressional White Caucus?"

    January 7, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Why is there a Congressional BLACK caucus?
    If there was a Congressional WHITE caucus people would be up in arms!

    January 7, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. di

    i support buress,s seating or if there are not enough seats his standing.... i just have one question whats the use of the white caucus? the black caucus and the hispanic caucus are all congress people not supposed to exercise power in the name of the american people? whats the use of these caucuses...

    January 7, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Matt

    @ Isaac

    Check your history. Most of those Africans were sold to white slavers by their fellow Africans, not "stolen." Don't believe me? Check out how they're still treating each other in places like the Congo and Darfur while the rest of the world ignores it so we can play war games in the Middle East. Obviously this makes none of it right, but you're mischaracterizing it in order to be more inflammatory.

    January 7, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    This caucus group needs to be dissolved.

    What DOES it do besides perpetuate racism?

    January 7, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. James

    Are there any white people in the " Black Caucus" ? if not , isn't that discrimination? Didn't Cohen try to apply and get refused?

    January 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. di

    ban the black caucus, the white caucus, the hispanic caucus, the asian caucus and legalise the american caucus.

    January 7, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Nebraskan

    How is the Black Caucus supporting a Black man appointed to the Senate playing the race card?

    It seems like whenever Black people support one another, the outsiders say we're being "racist".....nevermind that we've been voting for and supporting white people in this country for centuries. And built the economy of this country by providing free labor......

    January 7, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. legal in nc

    Let's see if CNN is fair and balanced and allows this post --

    Lilli,,,,,,"And Pres-Elect Obama NEVER played the race card but the Media did!"

    Are you that brainwashed that you can't remember your chosen one saying " they are going to try and scare you and say he doesn't look like we do"

    Was that not Obama playing the race card. I look forward to your response of hypocrisy.

    January 7, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. LYNETTE IN CA

    I want to hear where Fitzpatrick is in all this! He hasn't said one way or the other if there was any wrong doing on Burris' part w/Blago.

    January 7, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Jon

    Simple solution that makes everyone happy; Illinois goes without a Jr. Senator till Blago is impeached and removed from office, then the Lieutenant Governor takes over the job, and appoints Jesse Jackson Jr., who was cleared of wrongdoing in the scandal. The Senate gets a black senator, Blagojevich doesn't get to make a mockery of the rule of law, and Illinois gets a Senator free of the shadow of ethical taint.

    January 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Black Observer

    Mike, Syracuse NY January 7th, 2009 2:35 pm ET
    Mike, Syracuse NY January 7th, 2009 2:35 pm ET
    Obviously you never study black history; it would be hard for you to understand what it means to be black in America. Before coming to this blog or any blog for that matter, I suggest you educate yourself and maybe read about blacks struggle in America (if you want to comment about black matters). White people own everything in America, even black as some point. We have been fighting for equality and justice for ever. Today we have a black elected as president and will be president within a few weeks. It's not by miracle my friend it all hard work. Many have sacrificed their lives for this day. Instead is of criticizing the concept of a black caucus, why don't you ask yourself why do we need a black caucus. Do a little research and get back to us. In the mean time, as we continue to fight, people like yourself are afraid to see us organizing because you have seen the fruit of such organization. You have 100 senators, how many of them are blacks? Why is that? Oh yeah the concept of a black caucus is more racist than you folks upstate. Get real

    January 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. wanda a.

    It's interstering how everyone who do not want Mr. Burris seated has a negative opinion, " KNOW THE LAW," it's very CLEAR he has every right to be seated as the Jr. Senator. There is no way to stop him!!!!!!!!

    Glovigh is still in office as Govoner doing business and still signing bills into law, and who's stopping him, NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    Leah DiMarco, Texas January 7th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

    Why is there a Congressional BLACK caucus?
    If there was a Congressional WHITE caucus people would be up in arms!
    ------------
    FYI: There IS a Congressional White Caucus.
    It's called CONGRESS!

    January 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    Its always about race..... geez, when will the African American Community get over it? You are Americans. One of you is about to be our president. Its time to put an end to this contrived talk, which is itself racist. Sick of it all. And by the way, we are a nation of laws... the Senate has rules, and Harry Reid is actually following them by not seating Burress yet. We should break the rule because someone is black?

    Disgusted..............

    January 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Big surprise

    Hitler appoints Burris, black caucus says Burris should be seated

    January 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Bob

    Since when does the House of Representatives have a say in an internal matter of the Senate? What business is it of theirs?

    January 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. WOC2009

    The person who made the comment about the new president "looking out for whites", like many, is still ignorant to the fact that he is of mixed race–his mother white and and his biological father a black African.

    Also, you need to be reminded if you don't already know it , that Illinois Sec'y of State Jesse White IS BLACK! and it is HIS signature that is needed to make this thing official. Sec'y White himself is not FOR Burris making the junior senator.

    Sen. Durbin said himaself today in a press conference that this is NOT a racial. The CBC's job is to make certain that it is not.

    Senators Reid and Durbin both said that think favorably about Burris and will make ceratin that protocol is followed and that no wrong doing was behind Burris' appointment.

    January 7, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Khelley

    It is not because something is in your favor why you should approve it despite that it violates justice. Remember we make the law. “The law is made for man, but not man for the law". A law that was enacted upon an honest society becomes inefficient as the society grows dishonest; it becomes weak and offers opportunity for fraud, corruption and injustice. Therefore, such a law must be reconsidered or dissolved. In this case, should Burris be seated? Yes and NO. Yes if Blagojevich will be impeached; and NO if he will keep his post and he should be stripped of his governor's privilege to appoint anyone. But we should not both reject Burris and impeach Blagojevich, which would be to kill two birds with one stone.

    January 7, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. atlas

    TNB in its finest.

    January 7, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. demwit

    Race over ethics...

    January 7, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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