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Senate Proceeding on Jun 28th, 2010 :: 2:30:30 to 2:41:35
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Patrick Leahy

2:30:26 to 2:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: serve while senator byrd served in this body. madam president floor. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: madamresident, i appreciate the words of the i recall sitting here on the floor, i tell my friend from

Patrick Leahy

2:30:30 to 2:41:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy

2:30:47 to 2:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: north dakota, he may well have been there too when senator byrd spoke of the pygmy strutting like a colasses, we know who he meant and the effect it i thank him for reminding us of that.

Patrick Leahy

2:31:08 to 2:31:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: madam all of us who served with and knew senator byrd are sa saddened by news of his passing. no senator came to care more about the constitution or to be a more effective defender of our constitutional government than

Patrick Leahy

2:31:31 to 2:31:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the senior senator from west virginia. madam president, how many times have we seen him reach in his jacket pocket and hold up the constitution and he would say, this is what guides me? now, madam president, i say to the judiciary committee today, many of us carry the

Patrick Leahy

2:31:53 to 2:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: constitution and we can turn to it and read from it. senator byrd, if asked, would recite it verbatim from memory from page one straight through.

Patrick Leahy

2:32:14 to 2:32:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and he was a senator's senator. whether it was on the time before he stopped playing when some of us could be at an aevent with him -- an's vent with him where he played the fiddle and now his successor as president pro tem, senatornouye played

Patrick Leahy

2:32:38 to 2:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the piano, playing compensations requiring one hand and the two of them played that in the caucus room now named after our late senator ted kennedy. but i heard him play that in the

Patrick Leahy

2:32:59 to 2:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: happy times, in the enjoyable times when he would try to bring senators of both parties together to just act like human beings. but i also sat here with him when he reminded senators of what the constitution stood for, what our role was in the constitution when he spoke about against -- against going to work

Patrick Leahy

2:33:20 to 2:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in iraq without reason and without a declaration of war. it was one of the most powerful speeches i have heard him give in over 36 years of serving with him i heard many, many speeches. others can speak of his record for time served in the senate and congress, the number of

Patrick Leahy

2:33:42 to 2:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: votes he cast, i think, madam president, him more as a mentor and a friend. i recall in t fall of 1974 having been -- having become the senator-elect and coming down here to talk to senators and

Patrick Leahy

2:34:03 to 2:34:24( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: meeting with senator byrd and senator mansfield. senator mansfield being the leader and senator byrd the deputy leader. i recal told me -- both of themid -- always keep your word. robert byrd -- robert carlyle byrd, if he cave you his word --

Patrick Leahy

2:34:25 to 2:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: gave you his word, go to the bank with with him, but he would expect the same in return, as he should. that is something that we should all be reminded of all of us should seek to achieve. i was honored to sit with him on the senate floor and sitting with him in the same room and engaged in many discussions with

Patrick Leahy

2:34:46 to 2:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the senate or about the rules or the issues of the moment or about our family, sit here and i look at the flowers on his desk, i look the drape on that, madam president, over the many years that i've had the privilege of representing the state of

Patrick Leahy

2:35:08 to 2:35:28( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: vermont in this body, i've had to come on the floor of the senate and seen the traditional drapery a either side of the aisle we've lost dear colleagues. more than that, we've lost dear friends. the friendship is what's --

Patrick Leahy

2:35:29 to 2:35:50( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: party is irrelevant, friendship is what's important. and it tugs at your heart and it tugs at your soul to so it. walking in here and just looking down the row where i sit and seeing , that i don't know when -- seeing that, i don't know when i felt a tug so

Patrick Leahy

2:35:51 to 2:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: strong. marcel and i were privileged to know bob and erma, his wonderful erma. we'd see them in the grocery store in northern virginia. our wives would drive in together for senate matters.

Patrick Leahy

2:36:16 to 2:36:40( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i recall sitting with him office one day when he spoke of the death of his grandson and how it tore him apart. he had been killed in an accident. he had his portrait in his office with black drapery and we sat there, this man who could be

Patrick Leahy

2:36:44 to 2:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: so controlled -- we sat, held hands while he cried about his grandson. and at that time i did not have the privilege of being a grandfather yet. today i think i can more ful understand what he went through. i rember the emotion and the

Patrick Leahy

2:37:06 to 2:37:28( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: strength of this was not the person you saw often as leader of the senate, chairman of a major committee, in control, but a human being mourning somebody very dear to him.

Patrick Leahy

2:37:29 to 2:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: he was a self-educated man. he learned much throughout his life, but then he had mucho teach us all. it was spoken of how he would talk to the pages. but he wld talk to anybody about his beloved senate. and he did more than that, he wrote t defensive history of the sate.

Patrick Leahy

2:37:50 to 2:38:12( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: we -- definitive history of the senate. we all learned from him. he was an accomplished legislator. he was an extraordinary american. as a formal tribute i expect senator byrd would appreciate, let me quote from the funeral oration.

Patrick Leahy

2:38:13 to 2:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: from the history of the war about the inherent strength of democracy, senator byrd was well familiar with this passage. with this relevance for our constitution, our form of government. i heard him use it before.

Patrick Leahy

2:38:34 to 2:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: parglece is way, our form of government does not enter into rivalry with institutions of others. our government does not copy our neighbors, but is an example to them. it is true that we are called democracy for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few. but whether they exist equal

Patrick Leahy

2:38:56 to 2:39:16( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: justice to all and alike in private disputes, a claim of exllence is also recognized. and when a citizen is in a way di the public service not as a matter of privilege, but reward of merit. neither is poverty an obstacle.

Patrick Leahy

2:39:17 to 2:39:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: man may benefit his country whenever the obscurity of his condition. senator byrd believed in this country, madam president. he believed that a youngster who had been adopted, who lived in a

Patrick Leahy

2:39:38 to 2:39:59( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: house without running water, who had to work for every single thing he obtained could also rise to the highest positions in this body, a body that he loved more than any other institution

Patrick Leahy

2:40:00 to 2:40:22( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in our government, save one, the constitution. the constitution was his north star, his lone star. it was what guided him. senator byrd was such an extraordinary man of merit and grit and determination. love of family.

Patrick Leahy

2:40:23 to 2:40:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i caught him sitting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and he could probably tell you how many there were. i rember e widower walking by here and leaning over and saying, how are you? he would say, i'm fine. how's and senators from both sides of

Patrick Leahy

2:40:44 to 2:41:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the aisle coming just to talk with him. he drew strength from his deep faith. he took to heart his oath of support to defend the constitution of the united states. his caree of public service is

Patrick Leahy

2:41:08 to 2:41:28( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: an inspiration to us all. he'll inspire generations of americans to come. sir robert, i say good-bye to you, my dear friend. i'm not going to forget the friendship. i'm not going to forget how you mentored me. but especially i will not forget

Patrick Leahy

2:41:29 to 2:41:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: that iill always cherish even after i leave this body your

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