Skip to comments.Iraq spending hearing dependent on Byrdís health, sources say
Posted on 04/15/2008 3:15:25 PM PDT by mdittmar
All eyes will be on Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) Wednesday. The 90-year-old senator is expected to chair a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on an Iraq war spending bill and his appearance should send an important signal as to whether he can continue as chairman.
But that may not happen. At least two Democratic sources said Tuesday that Byrds health remained a question and that staffers had taken the extremely rare step of holding off scheduling a time for the hearing. A notice finally went out at the end of the day, announcing the hearing would take place at noon on Wednesday.
Such meetings are almost always scheduled several days in advance.
It might not happen, said one source prior to the notice going out. Theres nothing concrete or firm.
The exception in Byrds case is significant, another source said, noting that by not scheduling a time, it would have drawn less attention should Byrd have needed to withdraw.
The source said one possibility would be for Byrd to attend the meetings opening, read a brief statement, and depart.
Regardless, both sources say the hearing would be pivotal if Byrd indeed attends. The first source said that how he handles himself could answer a lot of skeptics questions.
The second source said: Everybody believes he should remain in there as long as he can and as long as hes able and tomorrow should be a signal.
Byrd has been hospitalized twice since the beginning of the year. Last week, in a private meeting behind closed doors that touched on other subjects, 15 Democratic senators discussed whether he could continue to lead the committee.
It is a very important hearing, said Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Sen. Byrd has announced that it will be held on Wednesday, and I will be there.
Whether Byrd can or cannot attend, Durbin emphasized that Democrats will help Byrd with the heavy lifting as appropriations season starts.
"Let me tell you, we'll all be there to help all the subcommittee chairs and other members of the committee, Durbin said. We want this done and we want it done professionally, and we're going to help the senator in any way that he wants."
Durbin said the topic of Byrds ability to handle the job wasn't even mentioned at a regular leadership meeting of top Democrats Tuesday morning.
Republicans continue to take a hands-off approach to this issue. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky flatly refused to comment on Byrd Tuesday morning, and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas said the GOP is not involved at all.
It really is an issue the Democrats must be responsible for. They pick the chairmen of the committees, she said. We will deal with whatever the scenario is.
Manu Raju contributed to this story.
If Durbin brings the pillows, Byrd will bring the sheets.
The old boy is close to “buying the farm.”
We want this done and we want it done professionally, and we’re going to help the senator in any way that he wants.”
Sorry dems.....not possible.....
Hey, if we were Code Pink Democrats, we could bundle and help him buy it as soon as possible!
The 90-year-old senator is expected to chair a Senate Appropriations Committee
And I don’t want a damn word from Democrats and their accomplishes in the MSM about President McDole being too old.
And I dont want a damn word from Democrats and their accomplices in the MSM about President McDole being too old.
If Byrd becomes incapacitated does Congress quit and go home-—once and for all?
Byrd looks good in sheets, be they from the KKK or from a hospice for the terminally anti-American.
I wonder how many blacks Byrd’s W. Va Klanners tortured and killed during his leadership period?
There is no statute of limination on murder, facilitation to murder, or conspiracy to commit murder, mayhem, etc.
Maybe we should amend the constitution to provide for yearly elections in cases where the incumbent is over 70 years old. In any other job, the boss can make you retire when you get too old, and many do that on the basis of age, rather than ability to do the work, but his "Bosses" only get the opportunity every six years. Clearly that's way too long in this sort of situation.
Didn't your mama teach you about the difference between what you want and what you're gonna git?
Well, that lesson applies in this situtation.
Or how many Black "ladies" he took to his bed while working in the shipyards, away from where his wife lived, while the real men of his generation were putting their a$$es on the line for our country during WW-II.
I don't think he ever bought anything.
So little time, so much WV left unpaved 8-)
Senator Byrd Senate Session February 5 2008
If he wasn’t a former klansmen I might feel sorry for him.