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Senate Proceeding on Feb 25th, 2009 :: 3:22:25 to 3:34:55
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Robert Byrd

3:22:25 to 3:34:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Robert Byrd

3:22:36 to 3:22:58( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: with great respect. the presiding officer: the senator from west virginia. birr by mr. byrd: madam president, i oppose -- let me say that

Robert Byrd

3:22:59 to 3:23:19( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: again -- i oppose s. 160, the strict of columbia voting rights action. i must, i have to review renew my objections to

Robert Byrd

3:23:20 to 3:23:44( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: legislation of this kind. i have to speak, and speak loudly -- can you hear me -- to its flaws as i have done when similar erroneous attempts been made to amend the

Robert Byrd

3:23:47 to 3:24:08( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: constitution with legislation. i have said quarrel is not with the intent of the legislation but with the vehicle, with the vehicle with

Robert Byrd

3:24:09 to 3:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: which congress is seeking to effect or bring about this change. now, what does the constitution say? article i, section 2, of the constitution says this,

Robert Byrd

3:24:31 to 3:24:51( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: now ---it doesn't say that, i say "listen" -- -- and i quote -- "the house of representatives shall be composed of members

Robert Byrd

3:24:52 to 3:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: chosen every second year people of the several states." i repeat "by the people of the several states." the constitution does not

Robert Byrd

3:25:13 to 3:25:36( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: include the residents of the district of columbia in this context as a state. now, we know, or we ought to know from our history books that our foundin fathers

Robert Byrd

3:25:42 to 3:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: a federal city a federal city that would not have to protections of any their visn, the vision of our founding fathers,

Robert Byrd

3:26:07 to 3:26:27( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: government apart from the states is seen in the distinction made in article i, section 8, between the states quotes -- between the states

Robert Byrd

3:26:28 to 3:26:49( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: the "district." thus constitution the district is not a state. consequently, a constitutional

Robert Byrd

3:26:50 to 3:27:13( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: amendment is required to give the district's citizens voting representation in congress. this is a step that ought to be taken. it is a step that i have

Robert Byrd

3:27:14 to 3:27:37( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: consistently supported as far back as 1978. as the majority united states senate. in this body.

Robert Byrd

3:27:38 to 3:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: i listen myself, robert support of and i voted for hj j. res. 554, a joint resolution that proposed amending the

Robert Byrd

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

Robert Byrd: constituti. to provide for representation of the district of columbia. where? in congress. where's that? here. every member of this senate

Robert Byrd

3:28:38 to 3:28:58( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: ascribes tenet, underlying tenet, of our syst namely, united states of america only by the consent of its

Robert Byrd

3:28:59 to 3:29:20( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: citize as expressed through their elected representatives that's us. we're elected representatives. every senator seeks the goal of

Robert Byrd

3:29:21 to 3:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: upholding and perfecting representative form of government.

Robert Byrd

3:29:51 to 3:30:14( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: we seek to affect those rights. in how we seek to effect those rights, how we seek to bring them about. i contend that this is n go about doing it. while the goal in this case is laudable, it is a dangerous

Robert Byrd

3:30:15 to 3:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: course on which we embark. simply passing a law that grants voting rights to an ntsty that is not a state -- to an entity that is not a state is circumventing the constitution.

Robert Byrd

3:30:41 to 3:31:02( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: as john adams noted, facts are stubborn things. let me say that again. as john not robert byrd. "facts are stubborn things." that's right, as i s

Robert Byrd

3:31:03 to 3:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: the senator. facts are suborn things now, whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our pas

Robert Byrd

3:31:26 to 3:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: alter the state of facts and evidence. so i say that this imperfect method of legislation eloyed to amend the constitution already been met with

Robert Byrd

3:31:52 to 3:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: opposition and solid opposition. the anticipates that very ocome by providing for the court's expedited review. legal challenges will sury come quickly, don't doubt it. calling into question the

Robert Byrd

3:32:18 to 3:32:41( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: validity of this the fate -- the fate of the district's long-sought voting rights will be further bogged down in a swamp -- a litigation. providing voting rights for the

Robert Byrd

3:32:45 to 3:33:06( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: constitutional amendment provide the clarity and the constitutionality needed and would also avoid the path of litigation. anything short -- anything short

Robert Byrd

3:33:07 to 3:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: of a constitutional amendment would be insufficient and will certainly set a dangerous precedent. while it is indeed an

Robert Byrd

3:33:30 to 3:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: task to amend the constitution -- and rightly so, thank heavens -- something so critical as representation in the house for the people columbia compels it

Robert Byrd

3:33:52 to 3:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: shortcuts have no place here and in this instance, because of litigation, any shortcut -- so-called -- may turn a long cut, the long way home.

Robert Byrd

3:34:18 to 3:34:40( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: for the very deserved, long-suffering people of the capital city of this country, washington, d.c. i will support the order raised

Robert Byrd

3:34:41 to 3:34:57( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: by senator mccain against the underlying this most crucial issue. i thank the distinguished, very able senator, and i thank the

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