Scott Brown to Take Senate Seat as Early as Thursday

February 3, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown may be sworn into the U.S. Senate as early as Thursday, according to Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Official results have been transmitted to Governor Patrick’s office on Wednesday, and if they are certified by the end of the day and transmitted to Sen. Reid’s office, the Senate Republicans will gain a new member on Thursday afternoon. Brown’s seating will give Republicans a 41 member caucus, leaving the Democrats with only 59 votes, which is not sufficient to overcome the Republicans’ record-breaking use of filibusters to block every piece of legislation proposed by the Democratic majority.

Brown and his lawyers had earlier delivered a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick demanding that Brown be seated immediately, because he learned that the Senate would be taking votes in the coming week:

“While Senator-elect Brown had tentatively planned to be sworn into office on February 11, he has been advised that there are a number of votes scheduled prior to that date,” the letter reads. “For that reason, he wants certification to occur immediately.

“As he is the duly elected United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he is entitled to be seated now.”

Brown’s spokesperson said that he is prepared to travel to D.C. tomorrow, if necessary.



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