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Senate Proceeding on Nov 18th, 2009 :: 0:22:55 to 0:28:20
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John Rockefeller

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John Rockefeller: permitted to speak for up to ten minutes. the senator from west virginia is mr. rockefeller: i thank the presidin officer. mr. president, i could not be prouder to rise today to congratulate a public servant without any peer at all; that being senator robert c. byrd

John Rockefeller

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John Rockefeller

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John Rockefeller: west virginia. on this actually very momentous day -- november 18, 2009 -- my dear friend and colleague becomes the longest-serving member of congress in the history of this nation. and on friday, he will celebrate

John Rockefeller

0:23:33 to 0:23:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: a joyous birthday. we come together today as an institution to recognize that no senator in history has passed more votes or has been elected by his colleagues to more leadership position than robert c. byrd.

John Rockefeller

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John Rockefeller: no one else has signed enormous warmth, tremendous respect and the unwavering admiration that we all share for senator robert c. byrd. i am lucky every day to call senator byrd my friend, as i've been able the senate for the last 25 years and for the preceding eight years when i was a governor.

John Rockefeller

0:24:21 to 0:24:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: but most importantly and most powerfully, mr. president, senator byrd always makes me so very proud to be a west virginian. at our state capital in charleston, they're honoring senator byrd with a special celebration today, and the same is happening in cities and

John Rockefeller

0:24:43 to 0:25:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: communities all across our state. my fellow west virginians are giving thanks to senator voice and for his vision. we're grateful for his strength and his rock-soli principle which has come to define west virginia as surely as our

John Rockefeller

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John Rockefeller: endless hills and beautiful streams. the people of my state love and respect senator robert c. byrd, in part because so many share his very powerful story. so many have battled against the odds and continue to fight every

John Rockefeller

0:25:26 to 0:25:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: day to try to make a better life for themselves and for their community. and they're proud of their state, even knowing that their state is not known by they take pride in their unity. even in this hardest -- even in

John Rockefeller

0:25:48 to 0:26:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the hardest, youngest days of his life, senator robert c. byrd ne it was not his nature. growing up, he faced enormous challenges, but he had something called an iron will and he had a

John Rockefeller

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John Rockefeller: sense of purpose. now, years later, we can sum up that purpose with the phrase "fighting for west virginia." it has always rung true, whether it is his 50th birthday or tph-frbgt his 92 -- or in fact his 92nd birthday, whether he was a freshman in the house or

John Rockefeller

0:26:31 to 0:26:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the senate's longest-serving member. it has never changed with robert c. byrd. his fight for west virginia is fundamental to his world, which is west virginia's world. not just building roads, so often associated with senator byrd, and to be sure those roads

John Rockefeller

0:26:52 to 0:27:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: have transformed our states and connected us with other parts of the nation and to each other, but so much more. when you pick up a local newspaper, always some institution, some college, some volunteer fire department, some research institute at a university or college has been helped by senator byrd.

John Rockefeller

0:27:16 to 0:27:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: it's his job, but it's also his very special honor at which he excels because of his love for west virginia. and now this week, i think of the many birthdays past that he has shared with many of us and with his precious his partner in everything who

John Rockefeller

0:27:38 to 0:27:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: gave him great strength and great faith. it was a little sad to me, and i think to all of us who know him, the cost to him of her

John Rockefeller

0:27:59 to 0:28:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: he changed just a little bit in ways that are hard to explain but ways which are very deep within his soul, because he loved her so much and depended on her so much. so as we mark this tremendous milestone today, she's very much in our hearts. so please allow me to take this

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