U.S. Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) Wednesday issued the following statement regarding his party affiliation:

"While I am certain that in the future I will often vote with President Bush and the Republicans on many issues, I will not switch to the Republican Party and have no need to proclaim myself an independent.

"I said the day that I came to the Senate that "I will serve no single party, but rather 7.5 million Georgians." That is exactly what I have done every day since, and that is exactly what I will continue to do regardless of the makeup or the leadership of the Senate.

"But a word of warning to my fellow Democrats at this time: What is sorely needed around here is much more getting along and much less getting even. The poisonous partisanship that has pervaded this place on both sides of the aisle must end."