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Former United States Senator from West Virginia.
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ENG: Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. He was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress. Initially elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1952, Byrd served there for six years before being elected to the Senate in 1958. He rose to become one of the Senate's most powerful members, serving as secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus from 1967 to 1971 and—after defeating his longtime colleague, Ted Kennedy—as Senate Majority Whip from 1971 to 1977. Byrd led the ...
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Feds end Byrd scholarship program

With little fanfare or warning, the federal government has cut a scholarship program founded by the late West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd. The $42 million Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship program, which bestows $1,500-a-year grants for four undergraduate years to top performing students, was cut from the federal 2012 budget. According to Ed.Gov, the program in 2010 awarded new scholarship to 7,348 students nationally, totaling more than $11 million. According to the site the program was funding scholarships for an estimated 28,000 students throughout the United States. Education officials ...

Is Byrd The Last Word On Reconciliation?

As the Democrats attempt to ram their hugely unpopular idea of health care reform through the legislative process, there is increased interest in how that process works. There's been plenty of talk lately about reconciliation and how the Obama machine will most likely attempt to mis-use this part of the budget process and that brings us to another little known moment in US Senate history known as the Byrd Rule.Continued...The Byrd Rule, named for Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), was adopted in 1985 as a way to restrict the Senate from adding "extraneous matter" to a reconciliation bill ...

Byrd's-Eye View

February is African American History MonthPart I. West Virginia History MadeWest Virginians are aware that a number of nationally prominent African Americans like Carter G. Woodson and Booker T. Washington are from our State. And West Virginians are aware that many nationally significant events in African American history, like John Brown’s Raid and the founding of the Niagra Movement, took place in West Virginia. This February, I want to recognize African Americans who have made and are making history on the State level.Christopher Payne was the first African American to serve in the ...

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