January 12th, 2009
04:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Democratic leadership: Senate to seat Burris

Reid said Burris will be seated.

Reid said Burris will be seated.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior senator and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin said in a Monday statement that the Senate would accept the credentials of Roland Burris. Full statement follows:

“The Secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today on behalf of Mr. Burris now satisfy Senate Rules and validate his appointment to the vacant Illinois Senate seat. In addition, as we requested, Mr. Burris has provided sworn testimony before the Illinois House Committee on Impeachment regarding the circumstances of his appointment.

“We have spoken to Mr. Burris to let him know that he is now the Senator-designate from Illinois and as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a Senator-elect.

“Accordingly, barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in and formally seated later this week. We are working with him and the office of the Vice President to determine the date and time of the swearing-in.

“As we had outlined to Mr. Burris, a path needed to be followed that respects the rules of the Senate. We committed to Mr. Burris that once those requirements were satisfied, we would be able to proceed. We are pleased that everything is now in order, we congratulate Senator-designee Burris on his appointment and we look forward to working with him in the 111th Congress.”

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. James

    Burris is so disgustingly ambitious. He ran for office so many times and failed and now the only way for him to get in is by appointment from a crook like Blago! Face it Burris, you're just not senate material – now go have a nice retirement somewhere.

    January 12, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. paul oregon

    reid , dubrin what a couple lieing two faced co - suckers barring
    objections from republicans. since when has the rep. had any thing
    to do with seating a dem sentor . racist reid an durbin rember 2010

    January 12, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. chris@stl

    Idiots .... idiots ....and idiots.

    Way to go, Mr. Burris. Put on a dunce cap and sit in the senate. Enjoy your 2 yrs if you can because you will never be elected in 2010.

    January 12, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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