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A Voice of Dissent: Senator Robert Byrd Makes a Final Plea to Preserve the Constitution

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Leading the opposition in the Senate was Robert Byrd (D-WV) who threatened to stage a filibuster before the final vote. The delay tactic was struck down 75 to 25. Early Friday morning Byrd was joined by 22 other Senators, 20 Democrats, one Republican and one independent voting against the Iraq war resolution.

Byrd has represented West Virginia in Congress for 50 years, first as a three-term Congressman. He has been a Senator since 1958. He is the only person in the nation’s history to be elected to eight consecutive six-year Senate terms.

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  • Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)

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