Franken in Washington, says he's ready to work

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) introduces Sen.-elect Al Franken (D-MN) before a meeting on Capitol Hill July 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Al Franken will be officially sworn in as a U.S. Senator today after winning a court decision last month against Norm Coleman in his highly publicized Senate race.

Democrat Al Franken has arrived in Washington offering no jokes &ndash just a promise that he is "ready to get to work."

The former Saturday Night Live performer and satirist made brief remarks after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday. Franken is expected to be sworn in to the Senate on Tuesday after a protracted, eight-month recount, then finally a concession by the Republican incumbent he beat, Norm Coleman.

Franken spoke slowly from a podium in a Senate corridor packed with press. As cameras clicked rapidly in the background, Franken said he wants to be known as Minnesota's second senator, not the 60th Democrat.

He says he will dive in to education, health care and energy issues.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Al Franken has arrived in Washington offering no jokes - just a promise that he is "ready get to work."

The former Saturday Night Live performer and satirist made brief remarks after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday. Franken is expected to be sworn in to the Senate on Tuesday after a protracted, eight-month recount, then finally a concession by the Republican incumbent he beat, Norm Coleman.

Franken spoke slowly from a podium in a Senate corridor packed with press. As cameras clicked rapidly in the background, Franken said he wants to be known as Minnesota's second senator, not the 60th Democrat.

He says he will dive in to education, health care and energy issues.

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