The new session of Congress starts Monday with somewhere between 98 and 100 Senators:
Potential for even more of a scene: multiple sources note that sitting governors have Senate floor privileges... so Blagojevich could personally escort Burris into the chamber.
“A motion to refer credentials to the committee has the effect of delaying seating,” a Senate Democratic aide said. “The motion is debatable and amendable.”
Another official explained: “That buys us 90 days.”
That should be enough so the senators won’t have to act to prevent Burris from joining the chamber. Blagojevich’s defiance inflamed Illinois legislators, speeding up the impeachment process.
The question then: If new Gov. Quinn makes a new appointment, and Burris argues his appointment is legit, what happens?