Mr. President -
I shall support the motion of the Senator from
Vermont. I shall take only a few minutes to give my
reasons for so doing.
Mr. President, I support the motion of censure
of the Senator from Wisconsin not because of his
personal character or because of his private views about
human affairs. I support this motion because of
his official degradation of a power of the Senate by
which he has gravely injured the United States and
the Senate of the United States.
Here at home, the prestige and position of
the Senate has been lowered in the estimation of
our people. Abroad, the power and influence of the
United States -- which in large part depends upon
the respect in which we are held — are gravely
weakened because of the Senator from Wisconsin.
The power which he has abused is a vital
power of the Senate -- the power of investigation
and inquiry. This power lies at the heart of the
Senate's legislative role. To weaken it and to
bring it into disrepute strikes at the legislative
process and power itself.
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