Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Burris To Be Seated?

Washington Post:
Opposition to the seating of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris in the Senate is softening and it now appears as though he will ultimately be sworn in to the chamber, a move that would end an impasse that threatened to overshadow the early months of the 111th Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), following a meeting with Burris this morning, praised Burris as "candid" and "forthright" and seemed to lay out a two-pronged path by which the former state attorney general could end up in the Senate.

The first is for the Illinois state Supreme Court to rule on whether or not Burris can be seated without Secretary of State Jesse White signing the certification of his appointment. (White, for his part, appears to be distancing himself from his decision not to sign the certificate -- arguing he was never opposed to Burris.)

The second is that Burris appear before the state legislature to answer questions about any and all of his ties to embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich who appointed Burris to the post. Burris is scheduled to do so tomorrow.

"Once that's done, we will be in a different position," said Reid.
Sounds good to me. Still not thrilled with this situation however.

Via Capitol Fax!

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