Burris Refused Seat in U.S. Senate

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The new Democratic controlled Congress opened for business with a bang, Tuesday.

Roland Burris, the nominee to become the junior senator from Illinois, was not allowed to take his seat.

The now famous appointed senator arrived at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, to a crush of reporters.

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Burris, made controversial by his appointer Gov. Rod Blagojevich, entered the Capitol with hopes of being sworn in, but instead was turned away.

"I presented my credentials to the Secretary of the Senate and advised that my credentials were not in order and I would not be accepted and I would not be seated and will not be permitted on the floor and therefore I am not seeking to have any type of confrontation," Burris said.

No confrontation, but the spectacle stole the thunder on opening day of the 111th Congress. The business was mostly ceremonial as members in both chambers were sworn in.

After the day's festivities, Congress typically recesses until the new President takes office, but not this year.

Instead, Democratic lawmakers are now rushing to pass an economic stimulus package that could top $1 trillion --designed to jump start the nation's ailing economy.

The plan may enjoy bi- partisan support. Republicans are praising the inclusion of tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses.

But instead of pushing it, for now Democrats are having to address the fallout from Burris.

"Roland Burris has not been certified by the state of Illinois," Democratic majority leader Sen. Harry Reid said. "When that takes place we'll, of course, review it."

Burris will remain in Washington working with his attorneys to win admittance into the Senate.

The former Illinois state attorney general says the law is on his side.

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