Biden says Franken should be in Senate

May 7, 2009 at 1:28 AM

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday it is time for Al Franken to be sworn in as Minnesota's junior senator.

Biden met with Franken in Washington and said afterward that the election and subsequent long-running recount battle were fair and transparent, and that every ruling had been unanimous.

"While Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the hardest-working members of the U.S. Senate, Minnesotans deserve their full representation," Biden said in a written statement.

Franken, a Democrat like Biden, is expected to be finally declared the winner of the race by a margin of just over 300 votes over Republican Norm Coleman, who held the seat the past six years. Coleman is appealing a lower-court ruling in Franken's favor to the Minnesota Supreme Court. If he loses there, he could still pursue an appeal in federal court.

If seated, Franken, a comedic writer, would give the Democrats the 60 members needed to thwart any attempt by the Republicans to kill legislation through a filibuster.

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