Biden Announces Resignation from Senate Effective Thursday
MSNBC and Roll Call are reporting that moments ago on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) read a letter from Vice President-elect Joe Biden, announcing his retirement from the Senate. Biden has been a senator from Delaware since 1972.
Last month, a Biden spokesperson said the vice president-elect intended to remain in the Senate long after President-elect Barack Obama stepped down from his own seat in Illinois in case he was needed for a “critical vote.”
Now that there seems to be little chance that an economic stimulus package will be ready for a vote before Inauguration Day, it doesn’t look like Biden will be urgently needed in the upper chamber before he takes his new office.
Update: MSNBC reports the resignation is effective Thursday. The headline has been updated to reflect this. Apologies for the omission.