After digging themselves into a hole, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Majority Whip Richard Durbin caved into the inevitable: Roland Burris will be seated as the junior senator from Illinois.
In a joint statement, the Democratic leaders said:
Accordingly, barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in and formally seated later this week. We are working with him and the office of the Vice President to determine the date and time of the swearing-in.
The Obama-Biden Transition Team also released a statement:
Rep. Maxine Waters, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CQ Politics: