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Senate Proceeding on Jan 6th, 2009 :: 2:48:10 to 3:09:15
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Robert Byrd

2:48:10 to 3:09:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd

2:48:29 to 2:48:49( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: thank thehair. mr. the presiding officer: the senator from west virginia. mr. byrd: mr. president, i thank the chair. mr. president, in my multivolume history of the u.s.

Robert Byrd

2:48:50 to 2:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: man, -- mr. president, i ask consent that the order for the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. byrd: mr. president -- mr. president? the presiding officer: the leader. mr. byrd: mr. president, in my

Robert Byrd

2:49:11 to 2:49:36( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: multivolume history of the senate, i noted that the senate is the anchor of

Robert Byrd

2:49:37 to 2:50:02( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: it is, i wrote, "a morning and evening star constitutional constellation." but today i recall those words

Robert Byrd

2:50:09 to 2:50:31( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: becaus that the united states senate still stands as the great forum of constitutional american

Robert Byrd

2:50:32 to 2:50:54( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: liberty. for five pretty long time. for five decades i have seen

Robert Byrd

2:50:55 to 2:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: this senate weather their storms of adversity, withstand the barbs of cynics and the attacks of critics as it provided continuous stability and

Robert Byrd

2:51:18 to 2:51:41( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: strength for our great country during periods of strife and the united states senate has

Robert Byrd

2:51:42 to 2:52:04( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: served because great setors have always been

Robert Byrd

2:52:05 to 2:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: willing to stay the course through thick and thin and to keep the faith. the senate will continue to do so as long as there are members of the senate who understand

Robert Byrd

2:52:28 to 2:52:48( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: senate's constitutional role and who zealous powers.

Robert Byrd

2:52:49 to 2:53:11( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: it has been said that this institution -- meaning the united states senate -- has a life of its own that may be true. i also know from my 50 years of

Robert Byrd

2:53:12 to 2:53:35( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: service chamber that the life of the united states senate be rooted in the character of the men and

Robert Byrd

2:53:39 to 2:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: during my five decades of service here high honor and the very privilege of serving with some of the finest

Robert Byrd

2:54:03 to 2:54:27( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: greatest senators in history. this distinguished list includes my mentors, senator richard bevard russell, senator lyndon baines

Robert Byrd

2:54:28 to 2:54:49( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: calhoun mansfield. it includes the great margaret chase smith, moment hesitated to follow her conscience.

Robert Byrd

2:54:50 to 2:55:10( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: it included barry goldwater, it included phil graham, both of whom are reagan revolution. it included those giants cht senate, howard baker and mark

Robert Byrd

2:55:11 to 2:55:31( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: hatfield, exemplified stunning political courage. and of course any list of greats must include our own beloved ted

Robert Byrd

2:55:32 to 2:55:52( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: kennedy, who went from beginning of my years dearest friend

Robert Byrd

2:55:53 to 2:56:16( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: it has been an honor, a great privilege to have served these senators, and with so many others who have who still contribute to the

Robert Byrd

2:56:17 to 2:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: senate and to make it the great institution that it has become. i hope and i pray to the good lord that in my 50 years here i've also positive contribution, and i

Robert Byrd

2:56:42 to 2:57:02( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: pray that i will continue to do so. because of the good people of west virginia, my half-century, my 50 years of service in this

Robert Byrd

2:57:03 to 2:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: chamber has allowed the miner west virginia and the wife o

Robert Byrd

2:57:33 to 2:57:53( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: that coal miner andhe son of that coal miner and his wife to have the opportunity to walk with ministers, and to debate with presidents.

Robert Byrd

2:57:54 to 2:58:17( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: i have had the privilege not only to witness but also to participate in much of history. from the beginning, the apex, of

Robert Byrd

2:58:18 to 2:58:39( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: the cold war to the collapse of the soviet union, from my opposition to the rights act to my role in securing the funds for the building of the memorial to martin lunger king, from my support for the war in vietnam

Robert Byrd

2:58:40 to 2:59:00( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: to my opposition to mr. bush's war with iraq and -- i have served here and i have served every blessed minute of it. my half center of service in the

Robert Byrd

2:59:01 to 2:59:22( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: great united states senate has also allowed me to experience profound changes in this institution. un have been for the best. but during my tenure, especially

Robert Byrd

2:59:23 to 2:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: in recent years, has become bitterly partisan. all of us i will not belabor the other than to say that we should do better. i will point out that we must do

Robert Byrd

2:59:46 to 3:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: something about the vitriol before it destroys the senate and the people's faith in the senate. if anyone exaggerating, i'll give just one example.

Robert Byrd

3:00:14 to 3:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: the filibuster is a prime key of the principle of minority in the united states senate. the filibuster is a device which united states senate if that senat

Robert Byrd

3:00:35 to 3:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: his cause is but our partisan warfare has often transformed this unique fundamental senate political weapon which has been abused. as a result, there have lately

Robert Byrd

3:00:56 to 3:01:19( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: been e if this should ever happen vital and historic protection of the liberties of the american people will be lost. the senate will cease to function as the one institution that has provided protection for

Robert Byrd

3:01:20 to 3:01:40( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: the views and the prerogatives of a i lament the ever-increasing costs states senate seat.

Robert Byrd

3:01:41 to 3:02:01( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: in 1958, randolph and i spent a combined 0,000 to win the two united states senate seats in west virginia. today, senators can expect to spend about million.

Robert Byrd

3:02:02 to 3:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: too much of much of a lawmakers' energy are now consumed in raising money for the next election or to pay off the last one. i lament

Robert Byrd

3:02:25 to 3:02:49( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: legislators in both continue to regard the chief executive in a row elevated, a row much more elevated than the framers of the constitution ever intended. the framers of the constitution

Robert Byrd

3:02:50 to 3:03:11( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: did of the united states of having at t attributes of royalty. we as legislators have the responsibility to work with the chief executive. it was intended for this to be a

Robert Byrd

3:03:12 to 3:03:33( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: two-way street, not a one-way street. the senate must again rise up and be the coequal branch of government which the constitution of the united states intended it to be.

Robert Byrd

3:03:34 to 3:03:55( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: i lament the decline of t thoroughness of senate committee hearings. it is classic -- in its classic study, woodrow wilson pointed out that the informing function of congress is its most important function.

Robert Byrd

3:03:56 to 3:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: this was revealed in 1973 when after after hours upon hours of questioning l. patrick gray, president nixon's nominee to be director of the f.b.i. revealed that white house counselor john

Robert Byrd

3:04:21 to 3:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: dean had f.b.i. investigators, thus beginning the unraveling of the watergate coverup.

Robert Byrd

3:04:43 to 3:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: today, with the time restrictions that are in place in senate hearings. i am pleased to say that during my half century in the senate there have also been positive

Robert Byrd

3:05:05 to 3:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: changes in the senate. i would just mention a few. the first is become more open and the senate has friendly.

Robert Byrd

3:05:26 to 3:05:49( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: this was highlighted in 1986 when the television cameras and the american people all across this country could watch u.s. senators debate

Robert Byrd

3:05:50 to 3:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: of the day i am proud to have been a part, though a small of that i'm proud to have been a part of that innovation.

Robert Byrd

3:06:15 to 3:06:38( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: during my tenure here, the senate has become more open it has become more diverse. when i came here in 1959, there

Robert Byrd

3:06:39 to 3:07:02( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: was only one -- one -- one female senator. in the 111th congress are 17 women in the senate. in the 50 years prior to my

Robert Byrd

3:07:06 to 3:07:27( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: service african-american the united states senate. during my 50 years here, three african-americans have bee elected to the senate. this is a small number.

Robert Byrd

3:07:28 to 3:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: but one of those three has now been office in the land, president of the united states. so my fellow

Robert Byrd

3:07:53 to 3:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: come a very, very way. mr. president, let me conclude acknowledging it has been a wonderful

Robert Byrd

3:08:17 to 3:08:37( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: 50 years serving forum of constitution of american liberty. my wife who now sings in the heavenly choir above, i wish she were hear today to say with me

Robert Byrd

3:08:38 to 3:08:59( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: that i look forward -- yes, look forward -- to the amen! am mr. president, that concludes my

Robert Byrd

3:09:00 to 3:09:17( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: remarks. i yield the floor. i say good night t

Kay Hagan

3:09:00 to 3:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

Kay Hagan: remarks. i yield the floor. i say good night t and to all the people suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer:

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