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The Democratic senator of Minnesota is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m., a day after dozens of his colleagues called for him to step down.
WASHINGTON — Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is scheduled to speak from the Senate floor on Thursday morning, a day after his support among Democrats crumbled over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Nearly all of the Senate’s Democratic women — and most Democratic men, including the Senate’s top two Democrats — called for Mr. Franken to resign after a sixth woman came forward to charge that he had made an improper advance on her.
“Enough is enough,” declared Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York.
Mr. Franken’s speech is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.
Over the last three weeks, Mr. Franken has repeatedly apologized for his behavior, although he has also challenged some of the accusations of impropriety lodged against him. Until Wednesday, he had said he would remain in his job and work with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation of his case.
But his Democratic colleagues in the Senate made clear on Wednesday that his apologies and admissions were not enough.
The accusations against Mr. Franken include an episode of forcible kissing on a U. S. O. tour before he was elected and several allegations that he groped women as he posed with them for photographs.

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