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Senate Proceeding on Nov 18th, 2009 :: 0:37:35 to 0:42:25
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Carl Levin

0:37:31 to 0:37:40( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: legislation. we need to pass it and we need to pass it soon. thank you very mr. president.

Carl Levin

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Speech By: Carl Levin

Carl Levin

0:38:04 to 0:38:27( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: i yield the floor. a the presiding officer: the senator from massachusetts is recognized. mr. kirk: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, as the 100th member of the senate, it is my great honor to pay tribute to this body's longest serving member, senator robert c. byrd of west virginia, on the

Carl Levin

0:38:28 to 0:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: occasion of his record-setting ,774th day as a member of congress. i have the fondest memories as a young staffer here listening to the sounds of senator byrd's fiddle wafting the first floor of the russell

Carl Levin

0:38:53 to 0:39:14( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: senate building, and i am proud today as i do most days to wear a wristwatch which was given to me generously by senator byrd over 20 years ago as i was completing my tenure as chairman of the democratic party of the united states.

Carl Levin

0:39:15 to 0:39:36( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: i paid tribute to senator byrd on behalf of myself and the people of the commonwealth of massachusetts, but i also pay tribute on behalf of my predecessor and a great friend of senator byrd's, former senator edward m. kennedy of massachusetts. it is

Carl Levin

0:39:37 to 0:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: and senator byrd didn't always see eye to eye on every issue. senator kennedy used to joke that it was senator byrd who taught him how to count votes in their whip race in 1971. actually, he taught us both how to count votes because i was a young aide to senator kennedy in his whip's office at the time, and it turned out that senator

Carl Levin

0:39:59 to 0:40:20( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: byrd clearly could count votes more accurately than we could. over the years since, senator kennedy was always proud to be in this chamber when his friend senator byrd would speak. as senator kennedy once said, he knew that senator byrd was an expert on the roman senate and

Carl Levin

0:40:21 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: he was sure that senator byrd's wisdom and oratorical skills would make even cicero envious. senator byrd and sator kennedy shared a love of the united states senate, and they shared a love of poetry. and one poem that they turned to

Carl Levin

0:40:43 to 0:41:05( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: over the years was entitled "a psalm of life" by henry wadsworth longfellow. senator byrd, of course, k this poem by heart, and so i need not read it all today. instead, let me just recite the last few stanzas to the senate and for the record as these words sum up the force that is

Carl Levin

0:41:06 to 0:41:26( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: senator bd. "lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. footprints that perhaps another sailing on life's solemn main, a

Carl Levin

0:41:27 to 0:41:47( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: forlorn and ship wrecked brother seeing he will take heart again. let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate, still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait. "throughout his brilliant career, senator byrd has made so

Carl Levin

0:41:48 to 0:42:09( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: many footprints on the sands of time. he has touched, taught, and inspired hundreds of colleagues from every state in the country and thousands upon thousands senate staff members have marveled at his genius, his dedication to the people of west virginia, and his unparalleled service to the senate and to this country. i join all my colleagues in

Carl Levin

0:42:10 to 0:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: wishing him well on this special day in the history of the senate, and i congratulate him on his incredible service to the state of west virginia and the senate of the united states and the united states of america. we thank you, senator byrd, for

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