Ending an eight-month odyssey of recounts and court challenges, Al Franken was sworn in as Minnesota’s junior US Senator, filling a seat that has been vacant since former Senator Norm Coleman’s term expired in January.
Franken may be the “60th vote” that is sometimes needed to stop a filibuster on the Senate floor. There are now 58 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator-elect Al Franken made statements to the press before entering a close door meeting. Vice President Joe Biden will swear Franken in as Senator on Tuesday on the Senate floor. Live coverage will begin at 1200pm ET / 1100am CT. Reid urged Republicans to join the Democratic majority in passing upcoming legislation with bipartisan support.
– Noah Kunin, Senior Political Correspondent, 7/6/09
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