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Burris to go to DC as his fate remains in question

CHICAGO—Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris is leaving for Washington on Monday afternoon for a high-stakes showdown on Capitol Hill about whether he'll succeed President-elect Barack Obama in Congress.

Burris, appointed by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was leaving a day after dozens of black leaders and ministers organized by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush gave him a rousing send-of at New Covenant Church on Chicago's South Side.

Also Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the chances of Burris being sworn in are slim. But, Reid said he expected to meet with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Monday evening in hopes "we can solve this issue on a bipartisan basis." Reid added, "I'm an old trial lawyer. There's always room to negotiate."

At the church sendoff, Burris took the stage to a crescendo of drums, organ music and applause as hundreds of supporters cheered his appointment.

"We are hoping and praying that they will not be able to deny what the Lord has ordained," Burris said. "I am not hesitating. I am now the junior Senator from the state of Illinois. Some people may want to question that and that is their prerogative."

Opponents say Burris' appointment is tainted because it was made by Blagojevich, who is accused by federal authorities of offering to sell the vacancy to the highest bidder.

Burris, a former state attorney general, says the appointment is legal and the governor had the authority to do it. He has threatened to sue Senate Democrats if they refuse to swear him in as the chamber's only black member.

Meanwhile, Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero says the paperwork naming Burris to the seat was received by the secretary of the U.S. Senate on Monday but not formally accepted. It was delivered by an official representing the governor.

Reid said there would be "a cloud over anyone that comes from the state of Illinois being appointed by Blagojevich."

The second-ranking Democrat, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, acknowledged that his Blagojevich has the state constitutional authority to fill the vacancy.

"The Senate of the United States has the U.S. constitutional responsibility to decide if Mr. Burris was chosen in a proper manner and that is what we're going to do," Durbin said.

Burris said he attempted to arrange a meeting with Durbin on Monday or Tuesday but learned he was too busy. He said the two made an appointment for Wednesday, the day after new senators are set to be sworn in.

Democratic leaders, however, plan to afford Burris few, if any, privileges even if he were to come to the Capitol with the proper credentials.

Senate officials have said a Democrat will object to Burris being duly sworn with the rest of his class Tuesday and will propose that his credentials be reviewed for a period of time by the Senate Rules Committee. That would give Burris the status of a senator-elect and buy some time as Democrats hope Blagojevich will be removed from office before the committee completes its investigation.

At New Covenant Church, Rush called the Senate the "last bastion of plantation politics." The Chicago Democrat said blacks had been "excluded systematically for too long."

But several people sitting in the pews during the Burris send-off said their support for his appointment has nothing to do with the him being African-American.

"I'm elated, very happy, overjoyed. Burris has served this community for many years," said 66-year-old D. Shepherd, a retired minister from Chicago. "He's the best man under the circumstances; it's not because he's black."

While the Burris furor dominated public discussion, Illinois lawmakers quietly continued work that could lead to Blagojevich being removed from office.

Members of the Illinois House impeachment committee reviewed a 54-page draft summary of the allegations against the Democratic governor. Lawmakers said the summary did not include any recommendations on whether Blagojevich should be impeached. That will come after the panel finishes its fact-finding—perhaps by the middle of this week.

The impeachment committee hopes to learn Monday whether it will be given access to some of the federal government's recordings of Blagojevich. It also wants Burris to testify about his conversations with the governor that led to the Senate appointment.

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Roland Burris is turned away from the Senate.

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United States Constitution Article I Section 5
Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as each House may provide.
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Due to the impeachment proceedings and Blagojevich’s newfound support for a special election, the chances are very good that no one will ever have to answer the question of whether or not Reid actually has the authority not to seat an appointed Senator. On face, this question would appear to be judicial taboo, plainly fitting the parameters for what Federal Judges often call “non-justicable political questions.” But seeing as how it is isn’t very polite to threaten someone with a constitutional power that you don’t have, some people are starting to ask some questions.

In Powell v. McCormack 395 U.S. 486 (1969), the Supreme Court held 8-0 (with Justice Fortas ironically not voting due to his own political scandal) that the House of Representatives did not have the authority to “exclude” a constitutionally-eligible person from serving in Congress. Representative Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY) – who brought the case against the Speaker, the House Clerk, the Sergeant at Arms, and even the Doorkeeper of the House – alleged that the House’s decision to exclude him (as made in House Resolutions 1 and 278, both in 1967) was unconstitutional. Powell, who was accused of misusing travel funds and paying his wife an unearned Congressional salary, fit the constitutional requirements for office as stated in Article 1, § 2, Clause 2. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction; the Appeals Court ruled that it did have jurisdiction, but that the matter was, in fact, a non-justicable political question. The Supreme Court accepted review, and heard arguments on April 21, 1969.

In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Warren wrote that the Court’s analysis of Article I demonstrated that in judging the qualifications of its members Congress is limited to the standing qualifications prescribed in the Constitution. Respondents concede that Powell met these. Thus, there is no need to remand this case to determine whether he was entitled to be seated in the 90th Congress. Therefore, we hold that, since Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was duly elected by the voters of the 18th Congressional District of New York and was not ineligible to serve under any provision of the Constitution, the House was without power to exclude him from its membership.

Thus, it would seem that Harry Reid lacks the authority to refuse to seat a duly-appointed Senator assuming he or she meets the constitutional requirements. The Senate could, of course, vote to expel the member with a 2/3 majority. And it would also be prudent to note that no self-respecting politician would accept a Blagojevich appointment at this point anyway.
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In the end, it appears that this a pretty cut-and-dry sort of thing. Harry Reid either misspoke, intending to threaten an expulsion, or else someone needs the Majority Leader of the United States Senate a copy of the Constitution.



So...the Governor continues to govern in all other areas except this? It appears there is no leg for the Senate Democrats to stand on here. And why should they? This would guarantee them a Dem seat and avoid any chance in a special election. I suppose that Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton agree that Burris should not be seated since there is a cloud over Blagojevich. That must be why we haven't heard from them.

Oh...BTW...

Roland Burris Has Already Constructed His Terrifying Death Chamber

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What a fkin douche, I hope they not only throw him out but that they question the funds used to build that death temple.
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"no self-respecting politician would accept a Blagojevich appointment at this point anyway."

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This would be Burrus thread number 4
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I went down the list, not sorting by date of original post, sorry.
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