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Robert Byrd

29 Jun


Photo Credit: Democratic Party– DNC.org

I never always agreed with Bob Byrd. If I was alive during the debate of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I would have been livid about his filibuster. However he will no-doubt go down in history as the intellectual of the Senate. Whether or not you agreed with his all-out defense of Senate privileges like filibusters and the right of a single senator to hold up a president’s nomination, you knew he was legally correct. He also made the system more fair. Because of the rules of budget reconciliation that he wrote, Bill Clinton was able to pass his stimulus in 1993 which created 20 million jobs that decade. Because of Bob Byrd student loan companies will no longer be able to take more than 10% of a person’s income and for no longer than 20 years.

While Senator Byrd’s early life may be, to say the least, disturbing (he was in the Ku Klux Klan in the 1930’s), he is no doubt a changed man, and should be remembered as such.

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