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Burris Looks to Be Sworn In as U.S. Senator

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Roland Burris says he intends to be sworn in Tuesday in Washington, D.C. as the junior senator from Illinois. But Senate Democrats appear determined to stop that.

Burris took a few minutes to speak with reporters Monday at Chicago’s Midway Airport before leaving for D.C. He said his appointment was legal.

BURRIS: I am going there to be seated, I am the junior senator from the state of Illinois.

But the secretary of the U.S. Senate Monday wouldn’t formally accept a nomination certificate for Burris. It was hand delivered by a representative from Governor Rod Blagoejvich’s office. But it was not signed by Secretary of State Jesse White. Burris is scheduled to speak with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday. Reid has said Burris should not be allowed into the Senate because of the federal corruption allegations against Governor Blagojevich. But Reid also has said he’s open to negotiating.

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