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Top Dems Won't Budge On Burris

The Senate's top two Democrats aren't budging on the Roland Burris controversy.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday morning told NBC's Meet the Press that the Senate has the "legal authority" under the Constitution to refuse to seat Burris as the senator from Illinois. And Sen. Dick Durbin, the majority whip, told ABC's This Week that Democrats will not even offer to provisionally seat Burris while the Gov. Rod Blagojevich controversy shakes out.

"We determine who sits in the Senate," Reid said, according to a Reuters transcript. "And the House determines who sits in the House. So there's clearly legal authority for us to do whatever we want to do. This goes back for generations."

 

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