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classicman2
04-09-08, 08:03 AM
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/04/09/byrd-wont-give-up-top-committee-spot/#more-6324


WASHINGTON (CNN) Senior Democratic senators privately considered Tuesday Sen. Robert Byrd's capacity to handle his spot at the top of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, but the 90-year-old lawmaker won't be stepping down from the demanding job, his office told CNN.

Roll Call first reported the discussions by several Democratic senators, and a Democratic aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to CNN the thrust of the newspaper report.

"There are some who have concerns," the aide said. "Ahead of the appropriations season, some people have concerns which leaked out of a meeting."

But the West Virginia senator's spokesman, Jesse Jacobs, rejected talk of replacing Byrd as chairman of the committee.

"Once again, it appears that Washington insiders are practicing what they do best petty rumor mongering," Jacobs said in a statement.


Asked about the report, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he supports Byrd keeping the job through the end of the current Congress in January 2009.

The Democratic aide said discussions have included having other senators on the appropriations committee play broader roles as the Senate begins to tackle the many spending bills on its calendar. The first such measure is likely to be a contentious supplemental Iraq war funding bill expect on the floor in the next few weeks.

"Sen. (Patty) Murray (D-Washington) did much of the heavy lifting last year," the aide said. "Assume that will continue this year."

The matter is sensitive because senators want to show respect for Byrd, the longest serving senator in history who recently returned to work following
a fall in his home.

"Not talking about it," said a tight-lipped Sen. Richard Durbin,
D-Illinois, the number two Democrat in the Senate, when reporters asked him if he's concerned about Byrd's capacity.

In his statement, Byrd's spokesman acknowledged that the senator has been slowed by his injury but said, "he remains focused on the job at hand. Any suggestions that he is not fulfilling his duties as a United States Senator are baseless and untrue."

Byrd, in his ninth consecutive term as a senator since he was first sworn in on January 1, 1959, addressed the issue of his age in a speech on the Senate floor last June.

"I will continue to work until this old body just gives out and drops but don't expect that to be any time soon," he said.
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Apparently this became an 'open discussion' yesterday at the weekly Democratic Caucus.

Question: Which Senator is 'leading' this move to oust Byrd? Obviously it's not the Majority Leader. I suspect the Majority Whip (Asst. Majority Leader) supports Byrd stepping down.

VinVega
04-09-08, 08:35 AM
Does Sen. Byrd even know where he is most of the time?

classicman2
04-09-08, 08:47 AM
He's in possession of his faculties at least as much (maybe more) than some of his colleagues. ;)

I don't believe that's the principal reason for this 'move.' A number of Democrats are frustrated over their inability to get accomplished what they envisioned they would accomplish - mainly in the area concerning Iraq. A fracture or fissure has taken place within the caucus. They're looking for 'solutions.'

I don't see why they would blame Byrd for this failure; but, you know how some folks tend to be.

wendersfan
04-09-08, 08:52 AM
Senator Byrd has certainly been eloquent in his opposition to the Iraq War, more eloquent than most of his colleagues, certainly. But none of the Senate leadership is very inspiring, on either side of the aisle.

classicman2
04-09-08, 08:54 AM
If they managed to 'get rid' of Byrd - guess who would be in line to fill the position?

He's no spring chicken either.

wendersfan
04-09-08, 09:01 AM
The average age of the Democratic members of the Appropriations committee is 69. Byrd is obviously the oldest, at 90, but there are two other members, Inouye and Lautenberg, who are over 80. The youngest member is Mary Landrieu, who is 52.

I wonder if this is the "oldest' committee in the Senate?

classicman2
04-09-08, 09:04 AM
Oldsters are supposed to know how to handle money. ;)

Turd Ferguson
04-09-08, 04:24 PM
He's probably convinced the "white n-----s" are out to get him.

Turd Ferguson
04-09-08, 04:26 PM
I hope he challenges Senator Durbin to a duel for besmirching his honor.

zekeburger1979
04-09-08, 08:54 PM
He's probably convinced the "white n-----s" are out to get him.

http://dumb-shit.net:8085/mike/crap/naggers.jpg

grundle
04-09-08, 09:17 PM
Does Sen. Byrd even know where he is most of the time?


Yes, but the Ku Klux Klan rules require him to keep it a secret.

DVD Polizei
04-09-08, 10:02 PM
Does Sen. Byrd even know where he is most of the time?

That's a BIG negativo, VV.

crazyronin
04-11-08, 07:06 AM
The average age of the Democratic members of the Appropriations committee is 69. Byrd is obviously the oldest, at 90, but there are two other members, Inouye and Lautenberg, who are over 80. The youngest member is Mary Landrieu, who is 52.

I wonder if this is the "oldest' committee in the Senate?


If only we had a graph so we could tell. Paging wendersf...oh, never mind.


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