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Senator Byrd on Role of the Senate

July 2, 2010

In this speech from October 13, 1989 Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) spoke about the role of the U.S. Senate and his fear of the impact that the reconciliation process has upon the Senate. He closed with a quote from Vice President Aaron Burr on the “sanctuary” which the Senate is. His fellow senators rose in unison to applaud Senator Byrd at the end of the speech. It is one of his classic speeches that he included in the third volume of his History of the U.S. Senate.

Senate Tributes to Senator Byrd

July 1, 2010

How-To Video on Clipping and Sharing Video

June 22, 2010

The third in a series of “How To” videos has been released. This video illustrates how to clip, share, and embed video from the C-SPAN Video Library. Find the other previously released videos by searching How To Videos in this blog.

Kagan hearings begin June 28

June 21, 2010

The confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court begin June 28. This will be the tenth Supreme Court justice confirmation hearing to be recorded and indexed in the Video Library. Every one is indexed with full text and speakers so that you can review questions asked of previous nominees.

There are a variety of ways to find them. You can search on the justices name and then narrow to Senate Committee by using the search limiter on the left hand side of the search results page. You can also type in Senate Judiciary Committee and the justices name in search box and you will find them.

Get ready for hearings by researching and watching past hearings.

Senator Byrd on Father’s Day

June 11, 2010

In this excerpt from the Senate floor in 2003, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) talks about his father, actually his uncle who raised him and how he remembers him. He also discusses the history of Father’s Day and reads two poems about fathers.