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Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.
Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.
I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense.
The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver.
'Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?' No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country.
Edward Everett Hale
I think the Democrats are catering to them, but, you know, in the entire history of the United States of America, there has never been a judge who has been refused a vote when there was a majority of Senators willing to vote for his confirmation, never in history.
Many senators have developed a canny sense of what will play best for the audience.
I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President.
Cannibals are devouring senators.
Really, life is complicated enough without having a bunch of Senators deciding what we should do in the privacy of our own homes.
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.
Presidents have the right to nominate their own cabinet secretaries. But their nominees don't have a right to confirmation. Senators have a constitutional duty to advise and consent to the appointment of all Cabinet officials. They should take that duty seriously.
I believe if we introduced the Lord's Prayer here, senators would propose a large number of amendments to it.
Filibusters should require 35 senators to... make a commitment to continually debate an issue in reality, not just in theory. The number of votes needed to overcome a filibuster should be reduced to 55 from 60.
Filibusters have proliferated because under current rules just one or two determined senators can stop the Senate from functioning. Today, the mere threat of a filibuster is enough to stop a vote; senators are rarely asked to pull all-nighters like Jimmy Stewart in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'
Senators, like everyone else, want to feel a part of this decision-making process. They want to feel included.
The congressmen and senators used to go have a drink in D.C. They would disagree all day long, but they would find that time to sit down and learn about each other personally. I think that's totally wiped out; I don't think it really exists anymore.
I think that the justices were totally answering the way that they should. I think that the senators, as best I could tell, for the most part, Democrat and Republican, respected that.
I was one of 14 senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act. I thought it was a harsh and unnecessary thing to do to people across this country who care enough about each other to want to be married.
Most people get their politics, obviously, from TV shows about senators or movies about them or... all the day-to-day press and the talk shows.
Most senators are just going to work and trying to do a job.
Well, the senators I've enjoyed working with the most would be Ted Kennedy and Kent Conrad, because they were both either chairman or ranking member of the committee I was chairman or ranking member of. And in both instances they were just great people to work with.
Justices are not politicians. They don't run on a political platform, and senators should not ask them to do so.
Senators will do what they think they need to do to represent their constituents.
Fundamentally, legislation that is historic, that is comprehensive, that has a large number of senators supporting it is more durable.
Let's cause some senators distress.
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
It was important for us to be as supportive as our candidates and as our incumbent senators would have us be.
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