Robert C. Byrd

Robert Carlyle Byrd was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. Senator Byrd died on June 28, 2010.

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Friday, May 18, 2007
We Must End This Catastrophic, Unspeakable and Ongoing Calamity We Call Iraq
Here we are once again - - déjà vu - - debating supplemental funding for the President's disastrous misadventure in Iraq. Now in its fifth year of occupation, the U.S. death toll in Iraq is over 3,380. The death toll of innocent Iraqis is largely unknown, but it probably numbers in the tens of thousands. The United States of America has spent over $378 billion in Iraq, and we are all familiar with the horrendous tales of waste and abuse by U.S. contractors in Iraq.
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Wednesday, May 02, 2007
President Bush Rejects a Plan for Peace
The following remarks were given in response to The President's veto of an Iraq spending bill passed by both the House and the Senate on May 1, 2007:
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I Hope That We May Find the Courage...
Mr. President, September 11 has come and gone, and as we remember those lost on that fateful day, and contemplate events since the horrific attack, one truth stands out.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
A Call for Debate on National Priorities
Chapter 3, Verses 1-8 of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible begins, "To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." It is time for a national debate, and its purpose is our country's future.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Defending Liberty
The Constitution of the United States of America is sheer genius captured on parchment. The delicate balance of authority -- the system of checks and balances and separation of powers -- has served as the foundation for our liberties, providing for the flexibility needed to accommodate two centuries of change and growth while also inspiring people around the world to strive for liberty.
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Thursday, April 29, 2004
Mission Not Accomplished
Senator Byrd delivered the following remarks in the Senate to mark the one-year anniversary of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, which occurred on May 1, 2003. A year ago, the President of the United States harkened back to his days as an aviator for the Texas Air National Guard to deliver a dramatic, made-for-television speech. Eager to experience the thrill of a carrier landing, the President donned a flight suit, strapped into a jet, and rocketed off into the wild blue yonder for a 30-mile journey.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2004
President Owes America Answers on Iraq
Senator Byrd, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the following remarks regarding the continued lack of security and stability in Iraq. Mr. Byrd also addressed the claim made in a book by Mr. Robert Woodward that the President and his Administration shifted funds without Congressional approval from the war in Afghanistan to prepare for war in Iraq.
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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
A Call for an Exit Door from Iraq
I have watched with heavy heart and mounting dread as the ever-precarious battle to bring security to post-war Iraq has taken a desperate turn for the worse in recent days and hours. Along with so many Americans, I have been shaken by the hellish carnage in Fallujah and the violent uprisings in Baghdad and elsewhere. The pictures have been the stuff of nightmares, with bodies charred beyond recognition and dragged through the streets of cheering citizens.
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Monday, March 01, 2004
A Budget of Gimmicks, False Promises, and Unrealistic Expectations
Senator Byrd delivered the following remarks as the Senate Budget Committee prepares to debate and vote on the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2005. The Budget Committee is expected to work on that budget beginning on Wednesday, March 3, 2004. With the release of the President's budget for the Fiscal Year 2005, and the upcoming markup of the Fiscal Year 2005 budget resolution, it's now clear that the promises made by this Administration during the 2000 election have not been kept.
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Saturday, October 18, 2003
The Emperor Has No Clothes
In 1837, Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, wrote a wonderful fairy tale which he titled The Emperor's New Clothes. It may be the very first example of the power of political correctness. It is the story of the Ruler of a distant land who was so enamored of his appearance and his clothing that he had a different suit for every hour of the day.
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