Durbin Trying to Arrange Meeting Between Reid and Burris to Avoid Senate Showdown

By Dotcomabc

Jan 3, 2009 2:25pm

What will happen if Roland Burris — the former attorney general of Illinois whom Gov . Rod Blagojevich has appointed to fill out the remainder of President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate term, against the wishes of Senate Democrats — tries to walk onto the Senate floor next week?

"Unless he has the proper credentials, he won’t be able to gain access to the floor," a Democratic Senate aide tells ABC News. "If he doesnt have at least credentials, there is no precedent to allow him on the floor."

Will the Capitol Police physically keep him off?

"Same thing as if you tried to follow a Democratic senator onto the floor," the aide says.

Referring to the Senate sergeant at arms, the aide says that Chief Terry "Gainer, who has known Mr. Burris for awhile, is confident that any potential confrontation can be avoided."

And the Senate majority whip, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., "is working to set up a meeting between Majority Leader Reid and Mr. Burris for Wednesday."

- jpt

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