Senate GOP To Privately Debate Stevens' Fate Next Week

12/11/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Kathleen Hunter, CQ Staff Congressional Quarterly

Senate Republican Conference leaders have received notice that Sen. Jim DeMint plans to call for a vote next week on ejecting convicted Sen. Ted Stevens from the caucus.

To be ejected from the GOP Conference is not the same as being expelled from the Senate. Stevens, R-Alaska, would remain a senator and retain his floor voting rights, but he would not be able to participate in Republicans-only decisions, such as picking party leaders, and he would lose his committee assignments.

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