Senate Winner to Miss Part of Lame-Duck Session

November 5, 2010 - 2:32 PM

Mark Kirk

Republican Sen.-elect Mark Kirk greets commuters at a downtown Chicago train station Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, 2010, after defeating Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Springfield, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Republican Mark Kirk won't join the U.S. Senate in time for the start of the lame-duck session, which complicates his pledge to fight any last-minute tax and spending bills.

The postelection session of Congress begins Nov. 15. State officials say Kirk won't officially be declared the winner of Tuesday's Senate race until late November. That should still let Kirk participate in two weeks of the session in December.

Kirk not only won a six-year Senate term, he also won the right to serve out the last few weeks of the current term. His campaign would only say that he "looks forward to being seated as soon as possible."

Congress has a busy agenda in the lame-duck session, including a debate on extending all the Bush-era tax cuts.