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Tue Nov 16, 2021, 01:11 PM

Leahy gives emotional speech in Senate on retirement plans

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after announcing he will not seek reelection, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont told his colleagues in an emotional speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday that they have become like family to him over the last nearly 47 years.

The 81-year-old Leahy, who as the Senate’s president pro tempore is third in line to the presidency, said that he’s been honored to fight for Vermont and that he did not make the decision to retire lightly.

“Here’s the thing about the Senate. Here’s where small states like Vermont have not just a seat at the table but a voice at the table,” he said, noting that Vermont had championed farm-to-school programs and revitalization of historic downtowns, ideas that gained traction nationally.

He thanked his staff and his family, particularly his wife, Marcelle.



Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., looks down as he speaks during a news conference at the Vermont State House to announce he will not seek re-election, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Montpelier, V.T. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/vermont-patrick-leahy-congress-f5814df1e3d5f02de58e8a7b66f68948

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bucolic_frolic Nov 16 #1
secondwind Nov 16 #2
bucolic_frolic Nov 16 #4
JustABozoOnThisBus Nov 16 #3
twodogsbarking Nov 16 #7
Judi Lynn Nov 16 #5
lastlib Nov 16 #6
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 05:31 PM

1. Another bozo AP headline

If you hadn't heard elsewhere today that the Senator is retiring, you might well think this speech was about 401Ks, IRAs, and pensions.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 05:36 PM

2. Having a bad day? I don't understand your post...


Don't worry, be happy!

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Response to secondwind (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 06:26 PM

4. All you have to do is read the headline literally

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 06:13 PM

3. No worries, I'm sure the senator has a fine retirement plan.

But, this bozo thinks we could do better for everyone than simply Social Security and Medicare. Some, who have never been U.S. senators, are struggling.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 08:01 PM

7. Yep.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 06:35 PM

5. His conscience, his courage, his absolute decency will be deeply missed. ⭐

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 06:44 PM

6. A good man!

We will miss him.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Nov 16, 2021, 08:20 PM

8. Thank you for all of the hard work Sen. Leahy

Hope you have a long happy and healthy retirement!



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