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DENOUNCED SENATOR IS `DEEPLY SORRY’

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Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn., denounced by the Senate for "reprehensible" and unethical conduct relating to his personal finances, apologized for his actions, saying he was "deeply sorry."

In a speech on the Senate floor, Durenberger vowed to "work even harder than I already have to bring about solutions to our national challenges, by bringing to the Senate the best ideas my state - and my experience - can produce.""To my colleagues here, who know me and work with me, I would just say how deeply sorry I am for the painful . . . experience we've just been through, and for the extra burden my misconduct has placed on each of you," Durenberger said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, noted with approv al Durenberger's "resolve to reform," a theme that suffused the Minnesotan's brief floor remarks after the vote.

The 96-0 Senate vote supported the unanimous resolution passed one week ago by the

Senate Ethics Committee that recommended the punishment for evading limits on outside income and other violations.

Denunciation is the toughest sanction - short of outright expulsion - that a senator can receive for wrongdoing.

Durenberger, senator since 1978, and Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, his Republican colleague from Minnesota, both voted "present." Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Brock Adams, D-Wash., did not vote.

In its resolution, the committee said Durenberger used a book deal with a Minneapolis publisher and other financial maneuvers to avoid Senate rules limiting outside income. The scheming - involving more than $100,000 - was "reprehensible and has brought the Senate into dishonor and disrepute," the panel said.

The panel concluded that Durenberger "knowingly and willingly" engaged in conduct that was "in violation of the statutes, rules and Senate standards and acceptable norms of ethical conduct."

In addition to denunciation, the committee recommended Senate Republicans take additional disciplinary action against Durenberger and ordered the third-term senator to reimburse $29,000 plus interest to the Senate and pay $95,000 to charities with which he has no affiliation.