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Committee assignments assume Franken will be seated

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican leaders in the Senate are planning for committee assignments that assume Al Franken will be seated as the junior senator from Minnesota, despite the current legal wrangling with Republican Norm Coleman.

The resolution reached on Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would give Democrats in the Senate a three-seat advantage on most committees, with a four-seat edge on Armed Services and the powerful Appropriations Committee.

The committee breakdowns are provisional at this point. The State Canvassing Board declared Franken the winner last week, but Coleman has appealed to the courts.

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