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Senate Proceeding on Nov 16th, 2007 :: 1:53:28 to 2:06:40
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Tom Coburn

1:51:34 to 1:53:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn

1:53:08 to 1:53:28( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Coburn: is recognized. mr. rockefeller: mr. president, i rise today to wish a very happy birthday on tuesday to my colleague, senator robert c. byrd, and to say a couple of things about him. as the majority

John Rockefeller

1:53:28 to 1:53:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: leader indicated, we had a wonderful reception for him last night. and what was interesting to me was not only the warmth of what it was that those who spoke said about him, but even more important,

John Rockefeller

1:53:28 to 2:06:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

1:53:45 to 1:54:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the fact that in the crowd of 200 or 300, i would say 80% of them had come up from west virginia or were west virginians who had come from other parts of the county. it was -- it was actually the strongest

John Rockefeller

1:54:07 to 1:54:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: statement of the evening because it reflects the love and the respect. and these were people who wouldn't ordinarily do something like this because they have other matters that they might need to attend

John Rockefeller

1:54:22 to 1:54:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to because they're public officials or because they're physicians or scholars or whatever. but they made their way up here so they could pay tribute by their presence -- even though they couldn't

John Rockefeller

1:54:43 to 1:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: say a word -- to senator byrd. and that meant a lot to me, just to understand, as i do anyway, the way people feel. i also want to say that one of the things that i've always most admired about

John Rockefeller

1:55:09 to 1:55:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: senator byrd is that he grew up the hard way. and we've talked about that from time to time, all of us who comment on senator byrd, one birthday to another and how he persevered and how he never grew

John Rockefeller

1:55:29 to 1:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: discouraged, how he had very little means with which to live. but he had something called an iron will and a sense of purpose purpose. it's not entirely clear to me that his sense of purpose was to be

John Rockefeller

1:55:43 to 1:56:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: directed to the united states senate in his early years, when he was working for the military as a shipbuilder, as a meat cutter and doing other things that he needed to do, particularly when he

John Rockefeller

1:56:03 to 1:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: was in west virginia, for the purposes of surviving. but what actually interests me almost the least about next tuesday is that it is his 90th birthday. that's not what i think of when i think of robert

John Rockefeller

1:56:32 to 1:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: c. byrd. i don't think about his age. i think about his absolutely dominant sense of discipline, self-control, purpose and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done to accomplish a goal for west virginia.

John Rockefeller

1:56:48 to 1:57:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: senator byrd and this speaker, this senator -- senator byrd and this speaker, this senator, understand very well how hard it is for west virginia to succeed and to make strides forward partly

John Rockefeller

1:57:04 to 1:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: because of the nature of its topography -- only 4% of the land is flat. that has a very interesting effect, that 4%. and i think senator byrd would agree with me, it causes not only to have to fit in most

John Rockefeller

1:57:22 to 1:57:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of the industry into that 4% but all the -- a lot of the people are -- are fit into that 4%. and, therefore, by definition, the word "community" and from that the word "family" has a powerful,

John Rockefeller

1:57:40 to 1:58:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: powerful meaning in west virginia. i wasn't born in west virginia. i came to west virginia as a vista volunteer and worked in a a -- a very challenged community for two years as a vista volunteer.

John Rockefeller

1:58:00 to 1:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and it was that sense of family, of people looking out for each other that turned my life upside-down and made me want to stay there and fight for west virginia. the phrase "fighting for west virginia"

John Rockefeller

1:58:18 to 1:58:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: is what really sums up robert c. byrd, whether it's his 50th birthday or his 90th birthday. it's never changed with him. to fight for west virginia in our part of the world is a sacred cause. one, because

John Rockefeller

1:58:34 to 1:58:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: it's hard. two, because there's so many people who don't understand west virginia, don't understand west virginians. but then an interesting thing happens. they come to west virginia on a visit. they go to

John Rockefeller

1:58:46 to 1:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the greenbriar -- that doesn't quite count as going to west virginia. but if they come to the rest of west virginia, they're usually overwhelmed. and this is -- this can be reporters, this can be observers, this

John Rockefeller

1:59:05 to 1:59:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: could be people who are doing business or visiting in west virginia. they're overwhelmed by the sense of warmth, honesty, integrity, purpose, for the most part a hard life, a fairly low average family

John Rockefeller

1:59:28 to 1:59:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: income, people living at the margins, some people doing spectacularly well. many of them leave the state. many of them stay in the state. but west virginia takes work, takes hard work, and that is what

John Rockefeller

1:59:46 to 2:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: senator robert c. byrd is all about. and that is what i think of when i think of him on this day, on next tuesday, or any time in the future. the capacity and the love of hard work, it's a requirement

John Rockefeller

2:00:04 to 2:00:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of the senator from west virginia, but it has been the particular domain of the senior senator from west virginia. yes, it is true that he has held powerful positions and does hold powerful positions

John Rockefeller

2:00:24 to 2:00:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: in the united states senate, and what can one make of that? the fact that he's been here and he's earned those positions. but he has done everything in his power to help our people and to help

John Rockefeller

2:00:40 to 2:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: our communities, and that's essentially what i'm here for. but i'm -- i'm just staggered by what he has done. and it's not just the building of roads. that's what's usually associated with -- with

John Rockefeller

2:00:55 to 2:01:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: senator byrd, but it's all kinds of things which when you pick up a local newspaper, somebody, some institution, some college, some volunteer fire department, some research institute at one of our

John Rockefeller

2:01:24 to 2:01:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: universities or colleges has been helped by senator byrd.~ so it's work. it's simply hard work. it's like the memorialization power of memory. if you memorize poems, if you memorize books, if you

John Rockefeller

2:01:53 to 2:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: memorize english poems, it takes a particular type of diligence, far apurpose which he can do on theee brawl theintellectual side and he does it all the time in serving west virginia. i can remember

John Rockefeller

2:02:18 to 2:02:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: in happier days for all of us when erma, his beloved wife was ill. i tried not to call senator byrd too often at home and she would say he was out on the porch having acy gar a cigar and i would

John Rockefeller

2:02:35 to 2:03:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: feel good because it was one of the very few times that i her heard of senator byrd not working but tually sitting on a porch smoking a cigar. he may have been reading the constitution or reading the

John Rockefeller

2:03:00 to 2:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: inside close peed i dictionary, i have no idea, or maybe he was taking a walk with his beloved dog, billy. those things he treasured. he did have his moments of sol solace and solitude and a particularly

John Rockefeller

2:03:21 to 2:03:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: hard blow for him and my wife, sharon, and myself, was the death of his wife. she was the moving wind under his wings. he adored her. we have had many conversations about her. yet, when she passed

John Rockefeller

2:03:43 to 2:04:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: on, it didn't change his nature. it saddened him. he doesn't show his emotions but it didn't change his nature as a worker. so, he will be 90. that should be noted as a fact, on tuesday. but on tuesday

John Rockefeller

2:04:02 to 2:04:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: he will also be an incredible fighter for the people of west virginia. and, yes, the constitution. and, yes, the place of the senate in our pattern of government. fundamentally, his heart, his work, his

John Rockefeller

2:04:23 to 2:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: attention -- over and above what he has given to his family, has been helping the people of west virginia. that's what we're elected to do. we all do it in one way or another. some just do it in a

John Rockefeller

2:04:42 to 2:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: superior way because they have the superior ability and a superior focus and a superior concentration and an overwhelming love for their state which nurtured them, brought them up, gave them the

John Rockefeller

2:05:03 to 2:05:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: values that senator byrd has. senator senator bid byrd, i'm tempted to say here's to you but you don't drink. that's another one of your good characteristics so i'm not going to say that. i'm just

John Rockefeller

2:05:24 to 2:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: going to say i'm extremely proud to be your colleague and i'm just very moved by every aspect of your career. i think, in the broad sweep of america, it matches anybody's. lots of people can make

John Rockefeller

2:05:43 to 2:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: money. they have an idea, they turn it into a product, the product sells, they make a lot of money. and then they go buy houses and do things. very few people have the constancy of purpose and love

John Rockefeller

2:06:09 to 2:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of state, driven greatly by, now, the memory of erma, which is always with you every minute of every day. so i honor you, senator byrd. i do wish you a happy birthday and many happy birthdays to come.

John Rockefeller

2:06:29 to 2:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i thank the president and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: thehe senator from ohio. mr. brown: i ask unanimous consent we turn to transportation and h.u.d. act with 20 minutes of debate on the

Sherrod Brown

2:06:40 to 2:06:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: conference report with the time divided between senator murray or bond or their designees and upon the yielding back of time we proceed to vote on adoption of of the conference report without further

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