Quotes and Sayings about Senate



"I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed."
- George Allen
(Related: History, Action, Failure, Apology, Senate, states, Today, United, Victims)

"Joe McCarthy and his Senate hearings were like witch-hunts."
- Desi Arnaz
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"The Senate is a remarkable institution. It is unique. There is no other body, no other political body, no other democratic legislature in the world quite like the U.S. Senate."
- Max Baucus
(Related: Body, Remarkable, Senate, World)

"I think I can speak for every Senator, saying that he or she ran for the Senate because we want to help make this a better place; that is, we want to help our States and help America."
- Max Baucus
(Related: America, Help, Saying, Senate, states, Want)

"I look at the Senior Al Gore that I had the chance to serve in the Senate with. A great human being. He went down to defeat to this right wing bunch back at the time."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Time, Being, Chance, Defeat, Right, Senate)

"House and Senate Republicans are now united in adopting earmark bans. We hope President Obama will follow through on his support for an earmark ban by pressing Democratic leaders to join House and Senate Republicans in taking this critical step to restore public trust."
- John Boehner
(Related: Trust, Hope, Leaders, Now, President, Public, Public trust, Republicans, Senate, Support, United, Will)

"Tonight, you are hearing from the Democratic women of the Senate... We stand together on so many issues: economic prosperity, quality education for all, protecting a woman's right to choose."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Education, Women, Quality, Hearing, Prosperity, Right, Senate, Woman)

"Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate, using a majority of the senators, to make sure that we get health reform done. We cannot wait another day."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Health, Day, Majority, Reform, Rules, Senate, Senators)

"People just want to hear some common sense... and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Experience, Finance, Government, History, People, Committee, Common sense, First, Senate, State, Want, Woman)

"The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Finance, Money, Women, Office, Reason, Rules, Senate)

"I was the only person of color in the Senate, and my colleagues were Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Trent Lott."
- Carol Moseley Braun
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"I'm a results-oriented person and my Senate record shows that."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Results, Senate)

"When you have a Senate that is 50 Democrats and 49 Republicans and one independent, it's quite obvious that the only way we are going to get something done is if we work together."
- John Breaux
(Related: Work, Democrats, Obvious, Republicans, Senate)

"And in that confirmation process, I sat for 17 hours in front of a senate judiciary committee."
- Stephen Breyer
(Related: Committee, Senate)

"But if I had committed a breach of privilege, it was the privilege of the Senate, and not of this House, which was violated. I was answerable there and not here."
- Preston Brooks
(Related: Privilege, Senate)

"In the United States Senate, we cannot do great things without reaching across the aisle and working together - and I look forward to the challenges ahead."
- Richard Burr
(Related: Senate, states, United)

"Apparently there are some Democratic leaders in the Senate that are running for office who now believe in tax cuts."
- Jeb Bush
(Related: Tax, Leaders, Now, Office, Running, Senate, Tax cuts)

"Though my plans at the moment are vague, I can assure you that I'll never run for the Senate in New York."
- Laura Bush
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"That's what the Senate is about. It's the last bastion of minority rights, where a minority can be heard, where a minority can stand on its feet, one individual if necessary, and speak until he falls into the dust."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Feet, Rights, Minority, Senate)

"My motivation for running for Senate was not for the stature of being a senator, but because I wanted to make a difference on issues I feel passionate about."
- Herman Cain
(Related: Motivation, Being, Difference, Running, Senate)

"I really think the Patriot Act violates our Constitution. It was, it is, an illegal act. The Congress, the Senate and the president cannot change the Constitution."
- Peter Camejo
(Related: Change, Act, Congress, Constitution, President, Senate)

"Lyndon Johnson, as majority leader of the United States Senate, he made the Senate work."
- Robert Caro
(Related: Work, Leader, Majority, Senate, states, United)

"Everyone believed the Senate could not really be led. It used to take so long to rise up through seniority."
- Robert Caro
(Related: Senate)

"The Senate is an unknowing world."
- Robert Caro
(Related: Senate, World)

"The Senate needs 60 votes to pass anything. They have to compromise with liberal Democrats to spend more money. Even though arguably we have control of the Senate, we really don't."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: Money, Control, Compromise, Democrats, Liberal, Needs, Senate)

"We've passed an energy bill in the House, to help us be less reliant upon foreign oil so we can get gas prices down. But nothing happens in the Senate."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: Energy, Help, Nothing, Oil, Senate)

"You need the House, you need the Senate and you need the administration. And absent one of them, you're not going to get a heck of a lot done."
- John Chafee
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"When his nomination comes before the United States Senate, Timothy Batten can count on my strong support... He is the right person for the job."
- Saxby Chambliss
(Related: Job, Right, Senate, states, Support, United)

"Let me be clear: There is no stronger advocate for civil liberties in the Senate than myself."
- Saxby Chambliss
(Related: Civil liberties, Senate)

"In his years in Washington, Senator Kerry has been one vote of a hundred in the United States Senate - and fortunately on matters of national security he was very often in the minority."
- Dick Cheney
(Related: Minority, National security, Senate, states, United, Vote, Washington, Years)

"The danger of what's happening right now in terms of using reconciliation is, the purpose of the Senate is going to be defeated. And that is to bring consensus to big issues in this country so that we have a reasoned and thoughtful approach and that the American public buys into it."
- Tom Coburn
(Related: Purpose, American, Country, Danger, Now, Public, Right, Senate, Thoughtful)

"I'm used to being cut out of the conference meetings, but now they are cutting us out even before the bill's are written or either the House or Senate Acts."
- John Conyers
(Related: Being, Meetings, Now, Senate)

"I think that climatic changes have a natural causes according many geological data... I am very glad to sign the U.S. Senate's report of scientists against the theory of man-made global warming."
- Uberto Crescenti
(Related: Causes, Global warming, Man, Scientists, Senate, Theory)

"Once again, the Republicans in the Senate have rejected an increase in the minimum wage. They support tax breaks for multi-millionaires, but they oppose helping the working poor to earn a decent income."
- Mark Dayton
(Related: Tax, Income, Poor, Republicans, Senate, Support, Wage)

"Prediction? The Democrats will win. I think it will be a close win, both for the House and for the Senate."
- John Dingell
(Related: Democrats, Senate, Will)

"If the president is failing to disclose material facts with regard to legislation being presented to the Congress on a question as important as war and peace, I think it does impair the level of trust that the House and the Senate have for this administration."
- John Dingell
(Related: Trust, War, Peace, Being, Congress, Facts, Legislation, President, Question, Senate)

"When a member of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies."
- Everett Dirksen
(Related: Senate)

"If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay."
- Robert J. Dole
(Related: Feeling, Nothing, Senate)

"As long as there are only 3 to 4 people on the floor, the country is in good hands. It's only when you have 50 to 60 in the Senate that you want to be concerned."
- Robert J. Dole
(Related: People, Country, Senate, Want)

"I am proud to be in the Senate. I have always been proud to be a part of our political system. It is a remarkable privilege to participate in this system of ours."
- Byron Dorgan
(Related: Privilege, Remarkable, Senate)

"And I am saying, how about the other two branches? And putting the pressure on our representatives in the Senate and the Congress, and the court system. They should be counter-acting this corruption, but they are sitting there silent."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Congress, Corruption, Court, Pressure, Saying, Senate)

"And I have been campaigning for the past three months trying to get the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the oversight authority and responsibility to start its own public hearings."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Authority, Committee, Months, Past, Public, Responsibility, Senate, Trying)

"At that point, which would be around February 2002, they came and they confiscated my computer, because, they said, they were suspecting that I was communicating with certain Senate members and taking this issue outside the Bureau."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Computer, February, Senate)

"I didn't get to the Senate by accident."
- John Edwards
(Related: Accident, Senate)

"The Appropriations Committee in the Senate is out of control, out of control on spending."
- John Ensign
(Related: Control, Committee, Senate)

"The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica."
- Frederic William Farrar
(Related: Decision, Guilt, Innocence, Judges, Man, Question, Senate, Worth)

"This has not been a legislative process worthy of the Senate. Members of the Judiciary Committee, as I just said, were implored to save their amendments for the floor. Then, when we got here, we were told no amendments could be accepted."
- Russ Feingold
(Related: Committee, Senate)

"President Barack Obama has it right - there is a lot to change about Washington. The problem is, not much will get changed unless we confront the runaway filibuster in the U.S. Senate."
- Peter Fenn
(Related: Change, President, Right, Senate, Washington, Will)

"When our most important issue is the debt that we're piling on our children and grandchildren, I think it's pretty helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate who has actually managed billions of dollars and knows how to cut billions of dollars."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Children, Debt, Pretty, Senate)

"But ours was intended to be a citizen government. It is what of, by and for the people means. And when our most important issue in California is the creation of jobs, I think it's quite helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate or in the governor's seat who actually knows where jobs come from."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Government, People, Creation, Jobs, Senate)

"The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008, but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest."
- Al Franken
(Related: Home, Politics, Network, Senate)

"We respect the role of the Senate. We respect the authority of the Senate to look at the qualifications of Judge Roberts, and at the end of the day I'm optimistic that if given a fair hearing and a fair opportunity, that he will be confirmed."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: Opportunity, Authority, Day, End, Hearing, Respect, Senate, Will)

"Jim, I'm not aware of any formal requests from the Senate Judiciary Committee for these kinds of documents."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: Committee, Senate)

"I feel very confident that that information should be sufficient for the members of the Senate to make an informed decision about John Roberts' qualifications."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: Decision, Information, Senate)

"All of us who serve in the House of Representatives and the Senate pay into Social Security."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Security, Senate)

"It was an idea we had when Al was in the Senate - to organize and moderate an annual conference that would look at government policy through the lens of the family to help identify ways that the family can be supported and strengthened."
- Tipper Gore
(Related: Family, Government, Policy, Idea, Help, Senate)

"What's going on in the Senate is kind of a politics of escalation. We're getting sort of like the Mideast: pay back everybody when you're in charge."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: Politics, Senate)

"The bottom line is, there have been a lot of nuts elected to the United States Senate."
- Charles Grassley
(Related: Senate, states, United)

"It's like going into the Senate. You know, the first time you get there, you're all excited, "My God, how did I ever get here?" Then, about six months later, you say, "How the hell did the rest of them get here?""
- Mike Gravel
(Related: Time, God, First, Hell, Months, Rest, Senate)

"Unfortunately, actions taken by the Senate ensured that relief from the death tax would only be temporary and that it would come back to life at the full rate again in 2011."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Death, Life, Actions, Tax, Senate)

"I hope that the Senate acts quickly to pass this legislation so that Americans will no longer worry about having to sell the family farm or business to pay taxes after the death of a loved one."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Business, Death, Family, Hope, Americans, Legislation, Senate, Taxes, Will, Worry)

"Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend. Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before, and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy's name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United States Senate and the work completed within its chamber."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Life, Work, Leader, Friend, America, Influence, Name, Public, Senate, states, Today, United, Will)

"That is why I fought against abortion and that is why if I were still in the Senate I would be doing everything I could to defend the sanctity of marriage."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Marriage, Abortion, Senate)

"I am really proud to be a part in whatever way of women becoming active in the political scene. I think it was the first time that people came to terms with the reality of what it meant to have a Senate made up of 98 men and two women."
- Anita Hill
(Related: Men, Time, Women, People, First, Reality, Senate)

"Someone has said the best nursing home is the U.S. Senate."
- Ernest F. Hollings
(Related: Home, Senate)

"It is preposterous that the current members of the United States Senate and all of their predecessors for more than 200 years haven't been able to read the Constitution and do what it says."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Constitution, Senate, states, United, Years)

"The Constitution gives the president the power to appoint, upon the advice and consent of a majority of the Senate, and it plainly does not give a minority of senators any right to interfere with that process."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Power, Advice, Constitution, Majority, Minority, President, Right, Senate, Senators)

"Now I have known Sen. Bill Frist, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, since he was born."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Leader, Majority, Now, Senate, states, United)

"It is plain that, when it comes to inferior officers, Congress itself can pass a law sending these nominees to the President with him having the authority to put them on the bench without the advice and consent of the Senate."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Advice, Authority, Congress, Law, President, Senate)

"I believe the two biggest mistakes made by the Founders were giving Federal judges life-time appointments and permitting them to be confirmed without the agreement of two-thirds of the members of the United States Senate."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Life, Agreement, Giving, Judges, Mistakes, Senate, states, United)

"The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Goodwill, Hell, Intentions, Pretty, Road, Senate)

"You would like me to say that the veil will be ripped from the voters' eyes sometime between now and November, thereby restoring the proper version of Democracy to the House and Senate. I won't say that, of course. The simple reason is, I don't know."
- Gwen Ifill
(Related: Democracy, Eyes, Now, Reason, Senate, Will)

"Mr. Gonzales' failure to respond to questions legitimately posed to him by the Senate raises grave doubts in my mind as to his fitness to serve the people of the United States as their Attorney General."
- Daniel Inouye
(Related: Fitness, People, Failure, Grave, Mind, Questions, Senate, states, United)

"Advice and consent does not mean rubber stamp in the Senate."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Advice, Senate)

"Let there be no reservation or doubt that I believe the Senate should vote on each and every judicial appointment made by the President of the United States and that no rule or procedure should ever stop the Senate from exercising its constitutional responsibility."
- Johnny Isakson
(Related: Doubt, President, Responsibility, Senate, states, United, Vote)

"I never would have believed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate that the U.S. government could buy GM without a hearing, with no vote, yes or no. There are billions and billions of dollars at stake here."
- Mike Johanns
(Related: Government, Hearing, Senate, Vote)

"When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Legal, Public, Senate)

"Amin hid nothing. Everybody knew everything. Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: American, Months, Nothing, Resolution, Senate, Trade)

"The Democrats in the Senate adopted a resolution, an amendment, saying that there should be no Guantanamo detainees brought into this country. So, more and more, we're finding the American people on one side, the ACLU and the troglodytes from the New York Times on the other, where they belong."
- Peter King
(Related: People, American, Country, Democrats, Resolution, Saying, Senate)

"I don't want to bash Bill and Hillary, because they're friends of mine, but I do have a difference of opinion about how to take back the House and the Senate."
- Dennis Kucinich
(Related: Difference, Friends, Opinion, Senate, Want)

"From the beginning, we promised folks that they'll see whatever event we cover in its entirety, from gavel to gavel - whether it's the House of Representatives or the Senate. That's the whole reason for being."
- Brian Lamb
(Related: Beginning, Being, Reason, Senate)

"As a result of this article, I was invited to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy law."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Committee, Law, Privacy, Result, Senate)

"Whatever is dirty, it is women's job to clean up, or drive some man to clean up, and that goes for everything from cellar to senate."
- Agnes Macphail
(Related: Women, Job, Man, Senate)

"Senator, we just don't use that kind of language on the floor of the Senate."
- Mike Mansfield
(Related: Language, Senate)

"You know, there were 29 Democratic votes for censure in the Senate. And if the Republicans had any sense, they would have censured him before the '98 midterm election, and they would have won the election."
- Chris Matthews
(Related: Censure, Republicans, Senate, Sense)

"Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today. I know that because I've had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her."
- John McCain
(Related: Experience, Senate, states, Today, United)

"The Senate is the last primitive society in the world. We still worship the elders of the tribe and honor the territorial imperative."
- Eugene McCarthy
(Related: Society, Honor, Senate, World, Worship)

"Today, Democrats not only have the White House; they have the Senate too. So we have to be realistic about what we can and cannot achieve, while at the same recognizing that realism should never be confused with capitulation."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Democrats, Realism, Senate, Today)

"I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Music, Actors, Artists, Interest, Now, Senate, Want)

"Now that this legislation has passed the House, I look forward to the vote in the Senate that will bring us to Conference, where we can resolve any outstanding issues and make this postal reform reality - for the Postal Service and for all Americans."
- John McHugh
(Related: Americans, Legislation, Now, Reality, Reform, Senate, Service, Vote, Will)

"The prosperity of a nation requires the protection of a senate. Hereafter a national senate may require the protection of a national army."
- Thomas Francis Meagher
(Related: Army, May, Nation, Prosperity, Protection, Senate)

"Americans simply ask for, not just Democrats in the House but also the Senate has asked the President for a clear plan as it relates to dealing with the issue of Iraq and our troops and making sure that we can bring families together in the very near future."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: Americans, Democrats, Future, Iraq, President, Senate, Troops)

"We are worried about the size of the deficit, which is why the president is pleased that the House and Senate have followed his lead in cutting the deficit in half over the next five years."
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: President, Senate, Years)

"The Democrats' plan for 2006? Take the House and Senate and impeach the president. With our nation at war, is this the kind of Congress you want?"
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: War, Congress, Democrats, Nation, President, Senate, Want)

"I will fight in the United States Senate this year to fund a servicing mission to Hubble by 2008, a mission that would potentially increase Hubble's power and efficiency by a factor of 10 and allow us to look back almost to the beginning of the universe."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Power, Beginning, Efficiency, Fight, Mission, Senate, states, United, Universe, Will)

"Reconciliation is a special budget procedure to change entitlement and tax laws. It cannot be filibustered and requires only a simple majority in the Senate to be passed. It is primarily intended for deficit and mandatory spending reduction."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Change, Tax, Laws, Majority, Senate)

"In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate. I had made the decision 12 years earlier, Christmas Day of 1982, just after I had been first elected to a full term, that I would do the best I could for a limited time."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Time, Decision, Christmas, Day, First, Senate, Spring, Years)

"The stronger Hillary is, the weaker she is. The more she seems like a likely presidential winner, the more difficult the senate race becomes in New York. It's perfect."
- Dick Morris
(Related: Race, Senate)

"It is a great privilege for any man to become a member of the Senate."
- Lionel K. Murphy
(Related: Man, Privilege, Senate)

"Guess what - I am one of the ONLY senators in the whole United States Senate that is computer literate!"
- Patty Murray
(Related: Computer, Senate, Senators, states, United)

"If the Republicans get control back of the United States Senate, we will no longer have a check and balance on the White House, on the Republican Congress."
- Patty Murray
(Related: Control, Balance, Congress, Republican, Republicans, Senate, states, United, Will)

"Well, you know, I think in conversations with members of the Senate and others, they all recognize that the issue of immigration is important. It's important to our nation, it's important to our public safety, it's important to our security, it's important to our economic well-being moving forward. And it's not something that's going to go away."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: Nation, Public, Safety, Security, Senate)

"The nation will be shaped for decades by decisions that are made by President Bush and the Senate about the future of the Supreme Court."
- Ralph Neas
(Related: Court, Decisions, Future, Nation, President, Senate, Will)

"One of the great privileges of being a part of the Senate, it being the greatest deliberative body in the world, is out of the discussions of ideas, hopefully truth can ultimately be achieved."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Truth, Ideas, Being, Body, Senate, World)

"My State Senate district was in the northern part of Oklahoma and they were redrawing the districts."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Senate, State)

"I think there's bipartisan support in the Senate to pass a good reform bill."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Reform, Senate, Support)

"We further decree that the Senate of the United States elect a prominent Democrat as their presiding officer, to act as President until the next election, and to reconstruct the Cabinet according to our wishes hereafter to be declared."
- Joshua A. Norton
(Related: Act, President, Senate, states, United, Wishes)

"Since I'm the president and Democrats have controlled the House and the Senate, it's understandable that people are saying, you know, 'What have you done?'"
- Barack Obama
(Related: People, Democrats, President, Saying, Senate)

"I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Marriage, Act, Constitution, Defense, Senate, Vote, Will)

"What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Power, Senate, Worry)

"Congress and the White House are working out their scheme for pushing through a healthcare 'reform' bill that has more pages than the U.S. Constitution has words. I guarantee you that not a single member of the House or Senate has a complete understanding of that legislation any more than they understood all the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act back in 2001."
- Butch Otter
(Related: Act, Congress, Constitution, Healthcare, Legislation, Senate, Understanding, Words)

"Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Applause, Laws, Senate)

"Let's clean up the Senate and return to politics of common ground."
- Mark Pryor
(Related: Politics, Senate)

"As a Democrat in this Senate, I felt aggrieved by some things the other side has done. I have no doubt they feel aggrieved about some of the things we have done."
- Mark Pryor
(Related: Doubt, Senate)

"The thing is, if you control the Senate meetings, you control the gavel. And the gavel is a very important instrument... an instrument of power. An instrument that establishes the agenda."
- Dan Quayle
(Related: Power, Control, Meetings, Senate)

"The American people do not like privatization. They are afraid of the debt the president's willing to do. And they don't like benefit cuts. And everyone here should understand all 45 Senate Democrats are united. We are not going to let this happen."
- Harry Reid
(Related: People, American, Debt, Democrats, President, Senate, United)

"People in Nevada know me from the street to the ring to the Senate chambers. I've never had to prove my manhood to anyone."
- Harry Reid
(Related: People, Senate)

"I had come to regard the U.S. Senate's rejection of the League of Nations as a tragic mistake."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: Mistake, Nations, Rejection, Senate)

"Prior to that I testified before the Senate subcommittee addressing mountaintop removal."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Senate)

"I made more decisions in a half-day as governor than you can make in a whole week in the Senate... it's too slow for me."
- Chuck Robb
(Related: Decisions, Senate)

"First, I have the privilege of being Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It is not an oxymoron I assure you."
- Pat Roberts
(Related: Intelligence, Being, Committee, First, Privilege, Senate)

"About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Investigation, Prayer, Senate, states, United)

"Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?"
- Will Rogers
(Related: Now, Rome, Senate)

"Well, my constituents are happy that the Republican Party has finally gotten off its duff, seeing that we do control the House and the Senate and the presidency, and taken up the issue of illegal immigration."
- Dana Rohrabacher
(Related: Control, Party, Presidency, Republican, Senate)

"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty.""
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Senate, Senators)

"In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Leader, Decision, Fate, First, Majority, May, Presidency, Regret, Senate)

"The U.S. Senate already has one Arlen Specter too many."
- Marco Rubio
(Related: Senate)

"Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are not there by accident. Each managed to get there for some reason. Learn what it was and you will know something important about them, about our country and about the American people."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: People, Accident, American, Country, Reason, Senate, Will)

"A funny thing happened on the way to the election - I got to the Senate first."
- Pierre Salinger
(Related: Funny, First, Senate)

"Too many of my Senate colleagues overdid it. They stayed on too long - napping through committee hearings when they should have packed up and gone home."
- Leverett Saltonstall
(Related: Home, Committee, Senate)

"You know, we have three branches of government. We have a House. We have a Senate. We have a President."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Government, President, Senate)

"When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Body, Laws, Liberty, May, Senate, United)

"It's now up to the full Senate to move swiftly to confirm John Roberts so he can assume his duties and responsibilities as chief justice when the Supreme Court begins its new term in a matter of weeks. We call on the Senate to confirm John Roberts without delay."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Court, Delay, Justice, Now, Senate)

"There is no Senate rule governing the proper uses of the filibuster."
- Tony Snow
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"I hope that as the Senate and the American people learn more about me they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: People, Hope, American, Senate, Will)

"I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President."
- Arlen Specter
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"I am guilty of asking the Senate for pork and proud of the Senate for giving it to me."
- Ted Stevens
(Related: Giving, Senate)

"We believe the Senate language provides for federal subsidies for abortions. Plus there's a language in there where you have to pay one dollar per month, every enrollee, to pay for a fund for reproductive rights which include abortion. And that's totally against federal law. So we are saying take that out."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Abortion, Rights, Language, Law, Saying, Senate)

"My father-in-law was once Chairman of Military Affairs in the Senate, the latter part of the Wilson Administrations. He knew a lot about and was fond of the Army."
- Stuart Symington
(Related: Father, Army, Military, Senate)

"For a long time in American history, people didn't even come up before the Senate. They didn't come before the Judiciary Committee, and up until about 1923, something like that."
- Fred Thompson
(Related: Time, History, People, American, Committee, Senate)

"I shall always be consistent and never change my ways so long as I am in my senses; but for the sake of precedent the Senate should beware of binding itself to support the acts of any man, since he might through some mischance suffer a change."
- Tiberius
(Related: Change, Man, Senate, Senses, Support)

"I will not be responsible for the loss of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate."
- Robert Torricelli
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"The day that I was elected to the United States Senate remains among the most cherished of my life."
- Robert Torricelli
(Related: Life, Day, Senate, states, United)

"He took pride in belonging to the world's most exclusive club: the United States Senate."
- Margaret Truman
(Related: Pride, Senate, states, United, World)

"I may fall here in the Senate chamber, but I will. never make any compromise with any such men."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Men, Compromise, May, Senate, Will)

"All alone in a committee room of the Senate Office Building in Washington, I was reading the dry typewritten pages in an unpublished report of an almost forgotten congressional committee hearing."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Building, Committee, Hearing, Office, Reading, Senate, Washington)

"Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Politicians, Popularity, Senate)

"To put that into some perspective, when Bill Clinton and Al Gore had first taken the idea of the Kyoto Protocol up to the Congress, the United States Senate voted it down 95 to nothing."
- Christine Todd Whitman
(Related: Idea, Congress, First, Nothing, Perspective, Senate, states, United)

"I may have grown cynical from long service, but this is a tendency I do not like, and I sometimes think I'd rather be a dog and bay at the moon than stay in the Senate another six years and listen to it."
- John Sharp Williams
(Related: May, Moon, Senate, Service, Years)