Magazine article Policy & Practice

111th Congress Still Awaits Two Appointments

Magazine article Policy & Practice

111th Congress Still Awaits Two Appointments

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At press time, the 111th Congress had convened with just 98 members sworn in and the fate of the two other seats unsettled. Uncertainty continues over the seating of Roland W. Burns, the choice of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to fill President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Due to circumstances related to the criminal case pending against Blagojevich, Senate leaders initially declined to accept Burris' credentials. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid later signaled that he had softened his position and might agree to seat Burris provided Burris met certain conditions.

In Minnesota, the contest between Democrat Al Franken and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman has also not been settled. Franken maintains a slim lead, according to an announcement on Jan. 5 by the state's Canvassing Board, but Coleman has filed a legal challenge that will probably not get under way until late this month. Under Minnesota state law, the winner can be certified until all legal challenges have been settled. …

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