Bipartisan Policy Center: Senator Pete Domenici Statement on the Death of Senator Robert C. Byrd

Jun 28, 2010, 17:37 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senator Pete Domenici made the following statement on the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd earlier today:

"I worked with Senator Byrd for my entire 36 years in the Senate. Above all else, I found him a man that one could trust implicitly. He and I served together on the Senate Appropriations Committee for many years, where he was a strong advocate for his home state. We both supported local projects for our states and believed that 'earmarks' were not only legitimate, but part of the Senator's duty to his state.

"When the history of the United States Senate is finally written, there is little doubt in my mind that he will go down as one of the greatest Senators. He knew the rules and he played by them. He knew the issues and he fought for them. He understood America's greatness and he heralded it. But most of all, he seemed to always remember the working men and women of his state and this country. He will be missed. I must say, thank you, Robert, for your friendship and leadership."

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center