Stevens wants Congress to wait out outcome of presidential race

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens is urging congressional leaders to delay until after Thanksgiving a lame duck session that was called to complete work on 2001 funding bills.

Congress is scheduled to return to work Tuesday. But with political tensions running hot, returning to work now would be chaos, he said.

The Alaska Republican chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

''I've spoken to quite a few of them,'' Stevens said at a news conference Thursday. ''I don't think any of them want to come back until the election is over.''

That was a reference to a voter recount in Florida that will determine whether Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Al Gore won the presidential race.

Postponement of the session requires agreement between congressional leaders and the White House. It also would require enacting another temporary measure to keep open those federal agencies whose funding has not been approved.

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