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Constitution And Citizenship Day September 18, 2006
Robert Byrd, D-WV
"Madam President, yesterday, September 17, the Nation observed Constitution and Citizenship Day. Yesterday, on the Sabbath, the Nation observed Constitution and Citizenship Day. The day marked the 219th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. On September, 17, 1787, 219 years ago yesterday, an extraordinary convention of American statesmen met in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to adopt our fledgling Nation’s fundamental governing principles, codified in the new Constitution. I am happy to glory in my good fortune, the blessing of living in this Nation and under this Constitution—this Constitution which I hold in my hand. I have long been a student of the Constitution, and I do carry it with me, close to my heart. Alexander the Great slept with a copy of the Iliad, written by Homer in the 800s before Christ—a copy of the Iliad under his pillow, they say. I do not sleep with a copy of the Constitution under my pillow, but I carry it close to my heart."
Departments Of Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006—Continued October 25, 2005
Robert Byrd, D-WV
"Congress made a grave mistake on October 11, 2002, in passing the resolution that transferred to the President, any President, the power—how about that, the power—that is not what this Constitution says. This Constitution, which I hold in my hand, says that Congress—that is us, the people’s representatives, here and across on the other side of the Capitol—Congress shall have power to declare war. But what did Congress do? Congress shifted that power to declare war, tucked its tail between its legs, so to speak, and walked off the field, threw its sword in the sand and walked off the field, relegated itself then, now, and forever more, until that law is changed, rendered itself speechless. We wash our hands, Congress washed its hands. Congress washed its hands and walked away from that field, with its broken sword in the sand, transferring to the President the power to declare war against Iraq. And for what? For what? Why did we go there? Well, there are all kinds of reasons now they bring but then it was because there were to be found weapons of mass destruction."
Senate June 30, 2005
Robert Byrd, D-WV
"Let me restate what I have said so many times—so many times—in the past, something that I think people may be finally beginning to comprehend. Article I, section 8 of this Constitution, which I hold in my hand, states that the Congress—hear me—that the Congress, not the executive, shall have the power to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations.” And under Article I, section 7, the Senate is permitted to “propose or concur with” amendments to all revenue bills."
National Intelligence Reform Act Of 2004 October 4, 2004
Robert Byrd, D-WV
"Last Friday, I spoke about the Englishmen who spilled their blood to wrest the power of the purse away from monarchs, over many centuries, in England. Their struggle was enshrined in Article I, section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, which I hold in my hand, the Constitution of the United States—the struggle of Englishmen across many centuries, even prior to 1215 when the barons yielded, the great Magna Carta was agreed to by King John, a mighty monarch. And what does that section 9 of Article I say?"
Celebrating The Constitution September 20, 2004
Robert Byrd, D-WV
"Our Constitution is a remarkable document—truly remarkable, this Constitution which I hold in my hand. It is remarkable for its simplicity, and it is remarkable for its astute understanding of human nature. The governmental structure that was devised in Philadelphia did not depend on extraordinary men in order to work but, rather, the system relied upon the ambitions of many ordinary men to check and balance each other, keeping any one man or any one branch of Government from becoming another tyrant like King George."

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