Cochran’s future in the Senate in doubt

“The understanding is that he will leave after Jan. 1,” said a Republican senator who serves on the Appropriations Committee. “That’s what most of us believe will happen.”

A spokesman for the Mississippi Republican said Cochran hasn’t divulged his plans.

“Sen. Cochran has not made any statements regarding leaving office. He continues to do his work for Mississippi and the nation,” Chris Gallegos, said.

Some sources in contact with Cochran’s office believe that he might stay until a major government spending bill is completed, which might happen in January or February.