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Senate Proceeding on Jun 28th, 2010 :: 3:13:35 to 3:21:50
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Barbara Boxer

3:13:33 to 3:13:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: mrs. boxer: thank you. madam president, i know several colleagues have come to the floor today to note the passing of a giant among us, our robert byrd. and i want to take just a moment hereo speak straight from the heart about robert byrd and my experience working with him.

Barbara Boxer

3:13:35 to 3:21:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

3:13:54 to 3:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: as we lack at his desk with the flowers there, we of course think back to not too long ago when we lost kennedy. and i think what distinguishes these two from others is their

Barbara Boxer

3:14:15 to 3:14:37( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: unbelievable, undying commitment to the people they represent and to this country. i really think when all is said and done, that's what it's about. it's not about how long you serve. of course in the case of both senator kennedy and senator byrd it was so long, and senator made history as the longest-serving senator.

Barbara Boxer

3:14:38 to 3:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and that should be duly noted. butt's well beyond that. it's about this fierce sense of fight for your people. that they both had. when i came to the senate -- of course, robert c. byrd was a legend, for sure.

Barbara Boxer

3:15:01 to 3:15:22( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and he always met with the incoming senators to kind of give them the rules of the road about procedure, about how to conduct yourself when you're in the chair, about the dignity of the united state most of all, about reverence for the constitution.

Barbara Boxer

3:15:23 to 3:15:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and, as many know and many saw, the image that i will always have of robert c. byrd is him reaching inside his suit pocket and bringing out the constitution. which along with the bible was what he cherished most. and he taught us that everything

Barbara Boxer

3:15:46 to 3:16:08( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we do here comes from the founders, and he taught us to love and respect this constition. and he did it in a way that was truly insring. i can tell you, madam president, coming from the largest state in

Barbara Boxer

3:16:09 to 3:16:29( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the un we have our share of problems -- we have floods and fires and droughts, we have pests in our agricultural industry, we have problem after problem after problem, earthquakes, need i that -- and every single time we had one of these as

Barbara Boxer

3:16:30 to 3:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: senator -- disasters, senator feinstein and i knew that we had to go to our colleagues and say, understand, california needs the help of the united states government because the damage is so massive and, of course, we all do that because we are the united states of america.

Barbara Boxer

3:16:53 to 3:17:14( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: whenever a state has problems, however, there are times when you don't have an ear that is listening, and senator byrd, as the chairman of appropriations committee, opened his doors to us, opened his heart to us, opened his experience to us. he was always there fours.

Barbara Boxer

3:17:15 to 3:17:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: -- he was always there for us. and i so remember that, time after time ter time. i went to see him about our water problems. we have lots of water problems. we have cities and suburbs that need the water. we have fishermen who need the water. we have agriculture who need the water. all these s

Barbara Boxer

3:17:37 to 3:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: difficult debates over water. and senator feinstein and i, again, have teamed up on this and had a willing listener in robert c. byrd, who understood and who helped us get the stakeholders to the table to find ways to conserve, to preserve, and to increase the

Barbara Boxer

3:17:59 to 3:18:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: supply in a smart way for all those stakeholders. these things are very big to the people of california, who probably have not connected robert byrd to california. but in all of these cases when we were so in need, he was there

Barbara Boxer

3:18:20 to 3:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: for us. and i remember so well his leadership in tr the troops home from iraq. 23 of us stood up and said "no" to that war because we thought -- we thought it meant taking

Barbara Boxer

3:18:41 to 3:19:02( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: our eye off osama bin laden and what was afghanistan and turning around and going into iraq. and we worried very much about what would happen with our troops and that it would be a very long war, and there was no exit strategy.

Barbara Boxer

3:19:03 to 3:19:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and senator byrd organized us, and he opened up his office here in the capitol and said, we need to talk about wayshat we can bring this war to an end. and we need to organize, and we need to talk about what's happening to our troops.

Barbara Boxer

3:19:25 to 3:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: he cared so much. and for me, you know, just to have been in his presence and to watch him work has really been an amazing experience. and so i rise to pay tribute to him, and he has so many wonderful family members who care so much about him.

Barbara Boxer

3:19:47 to 3:20:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: when he lost huge toll on robert byrd rs and yo-- ahuge toll on robert byrd, and you saw it in his face. a light went out inside. and his grandchildren, his children stepped up, but that hole in his heart was there. it was evident to all of us.

Barbara Boxer

3:20:10 to 3:20:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: he stayed here, thick and came this, wheeled in a wheelchair, fading, suffering -- came wheelchair, fading ring suffering to be in this place that he loved so much, so much, that he respected so much. and i say -- and i know -- there there

Barbara Boxer

3:20:32 to 3:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: isn't a member on either side of the aisle that didn't respect robert c. byrd, for his brilliance, for his strength, for his fierce representation of his state, and, by the way, for his extraordinary biography, coming up the way he did.

Barbara Boxer

3:20:54 to 3:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: talk about the american dream a child ofire to the mines, always fought for thos so what a legacy he leaves. i don't have any notes in front of me. i am speaking from the heart today. i will put in the record a more

Barbara Boxer

3:21:15 to 3:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: complete statement, but i did want to make my views known today and send my condolences to the family. it is a great loss for

Barbara Boxer

3:21:36 to 3:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i yield the floor. the presiding officer: without objection, the clerk will call the roll.

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