Senate Deal in Works for Burris

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 7, 2009 8:49am

Would-be Sen. Roland Burris of Illinois is expected to meet this morning with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the senior senator from Illinois Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin.

Senate leaders are still hoping to work out that deal that I first reported on on Monday

The deal is that they would find a way to seat Mr. Burris if he agrees not to run for reelection in 2010. They’re concerned that he couldn’t win that race for the Democrats.

The Lt. Gov. of Illinois is also signaling that he could go along with that deal.

If Burris agrees to that, I think he could get seated in the U.S. Senate.

But so far, Burris not giving an inch. No sign yet that he would accept the terms.

–George Stephanopoulos

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