Robert C. Byrd: Line-Item Veto Speech XIV


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Senator Robert Byrd’s speeches before the Senate exhibited the oratorical skills of nineteenth-century statesmen, complete with flowery rhetoric and grand gestures. He recited poems; quoted historical figures, particularly the Roman statesman and orator Cicero; and frequently used parables from history and classical fairy tales to make his point. His Line-Item Veto Speech XIV, the last in a series of fourteen speeches against the line-item veto that the congressman delivered in the U.S....