Senate Republicans will meet Jan. 6 to decide whether Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott -- under fire for remarks supportive of the 1948 segregationist camapign of Sen. Strom Thurmond -- will lead them in the next Congress.

The meeting, which was called by Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, will determine whether Lott regains the post he once held.

President Bush has rebuked Lott for comments he made at a birthday party earlier this month for the 100-year-old Thurmond (R., S.C.), who ran for president on a segregrationist platform.