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Senate Proceeding on Jun 28th, 2010 :: 0:53:20 to 0:59:45
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Lamar Alexander

0:52:58 to 0:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator from pennsylvania. i would ask through the chair, is -- i plan to spheek for about fiv-- i plan to spheek for about five minutes. -- i plan to spheek for about five minutes z that leave him enough time? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: thank you.

Lamar Alexander

0:53:20 to 0:59:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:53:22 to 0:53:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in 1980, the republican leader, howard baker, became the majority leader of the united states senate, and robert c. byrd became the minority leader. according to senator baker, he went -- walked to senator byrd's office and said to him, bob, i'll never know the senate rules as well as you do.

Lamar Alexander

0:53:43 to 0:54:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: so i'll make you an offer. i recall a not surprise you if you'll -- i'll not surprise you if you'll never surprise me. senator byrd looked at senator baker and said, let me think about it. and the next morning senator byrd called senator baker and said, it's a deal. and that's the way they operated

Lamar Alexander

0:54:05 to 0:54:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the senate in those four years when senator baker was the majority leader and senator byrd was the minority leader. they operated the senate during that time under an agreement where senator byrd was careful to try to give every senator the

Lamar Alexander

0:54:26 to 0:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: right of amendment. he thought that was very important. in return, he got back from senators who had amendments that many senators thought were frivolous or unnecessary, not germane, senator byrd was able to get an unanimous consent agreement that permitted him toy have a -- permitted him to have a fairly orderly management of the senate, he and senator baker

Lamar Alexander

0:54:47 to 0:55:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: during that time. senator mcconnell a few minutes ago talked about the time senator byrd reexamined the constitution, changed his mind on the first amendment and flag burning. senator byrd and senator baker during that time both read david mccullough's book on the one hand changed they are minds --

Lamar Alexander

0:55:08 to 0:55:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and changed their minds on the panama canal treaty. i never saw senator byrd after i was elected to the senate a few years ago when he did not ask me about howard baker. we will miss senator byrd's milding and his love of mountain music. he campaigned in tennessee a

Lamar Alexander

0:55:30 to 0:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: long time ago for albert gore sr. who was running for the senate, who also played the fiddle. senator byrd played the fiddle on the grand ole opry in nashville, came bac to nashville in 2008 and sank along with a group of fiddlers. a few days later i came to him

Lamar Alexander

0:55:54 to 0:56:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: on the senate floor and talked to him about an old mountain song called "wreck on the highway" made famous in the 1940's, i guess, 1930's. and senator byrd began to sing the song. he knew all the words -- so loudly -- that the staff was afraid the galleries would all notice it.

Lamar Alexander

0:56:16 to 0:56:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: we will miss his love of the united states history, but traditional american history. sponsor of the teaching american history program which is part of the elementary and secondary education act. he has provided nearly $600 million to school districts to imriewft professional

Lamar Alexander

0:56:37 to 0:56:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: development of american history teachers. he and the late-senator kennedy and i were work on a piece of legislation which we introduced consolidating all the federal programs that support the teaching of united states history, hoping that our children can grow up learning what it means to be an american. senator byrd is also responsible for the celebration of september

Lamar Alexander

0:56:59 to 0:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: 17 as constitution day and citizenship day. senator byrd had no time for revisionists who didn't believe america was exceptional. he believed this is one country unified by a common language and a few principles. he did not want our country to become a united nations but always to be the united states of america.

Lamar Alexander

0:57:20 to 0:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: he wanted us to be proud of where we came from, but prouder to be an american. we will especially miss senator byrd's love of and understanding of the united states senate. one of the most special occasions i ever experienced was the opportunity as a freshman

Lamar Alexander

0:57:43 to 0:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator in 2003 to attend an indoctrination, one might say, or orientation would be the proper description of what it means to be a united states senator. senator byrd began by sayin that you are presently occupying what i consider to be hallowed ground.

Lamar Alexander

0:58:04 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and i would like to ask unanimous consent to include in the record following my remarks the remarks of senator byrd at the orientation of new senators on december 3 of 1996. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: senator byrd has hrefrbd long enough to know that, as he put it "as long as

Lamar Alexander

0:58:26 to 0:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the senate retains the power to amend and the power of unlimited debate, the liberties of the pele will remain secure." he believed that when he was lecturing republicans in 2005 who were trying to change the rules when there was a controversy about president bush's appointees to the federal judiciary, and he said the same thing to young democrats who

Lamar Alexander

0:58:48 to 0:59:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: were impatient this year trying to change the rule that would limit unlimited amendment and unlimited debate. his last appearance, perhaps his last appearance in the senate was before the rules committee on may 29, 2010, for his opening statement on the filibuster and

Lamar Alexander

0:59:09 to 0:59:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the consequences warned against a rules change. i'd like to ask unanimous consent to place that statement in the record following my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: i was 12 years old when senator robert byrd was elected to the senate. when i came here as an aide 42

Lamar Alexander

0:59:30 to 0:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: years ago he had been reelected to his second term and was working his way up the party leadership. he was an imposing man, had a wonderful photographic memory. but after one got to know him, especially he was a kind man.

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