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ROBERT C. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/20/1991 - HFSID 266075

ROBERT BYRD He congratulates a fellow Senator on pushing a transportation bill through the Senate and offers support for the Senate bill in the Conference Committee. Typed Letter signed: "Robert" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 8½x11. On letterhead of Senate Appropriations Committee, Robert Byrd, Chairman.

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ROBERT BYRD
He congratulates a fellow Senator on pushing a transportation bill through the Senate and offers support for the Senate bill in the Conference Committee.
Typed Letter signed: "Robert" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 8½x11. On letterhead of Senate Appropriations Committee, Robert Byrd, Chairman. Washington, D.C., 1991 June 20. To Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In full: "Now that the Senate has completed action on S. 1204, the Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, I want to commend you on the splendid manner in which you managed this very complex and very vital legislation through many months of hearings, markup, and two difficult weeks of Senate floor debate. Your knowledge, expertise and indefatigable efforts were indispensable during the long and difficult negotiations that were necessary in order to reach the necessary compromises to ensure final passage of the bill. I want you to know that I deeply appreciate your unswerving support of my amendment and of the modifications that were made to it. I wish you well in your Conference with the House and I stand ready to assist you in any manner you may wish in supporting the Senate bill. With kind regards, I am Sincerely," Handwritten postscript in Byrd's hand: "To one whose 'heart is as stout as the Irish oak and as pure as the Lakes of Killarney'-Thank you!" Robert C. Byrd (1917-2010) represented West Virginia in the U.S. Senate from 1959 until his death in 2010 - he was the longest serving member of the United States Congress in history. He has served as Majority Leader (1977-1980, 1987-1988), Minority Leader (1981-1986) and President Pro Tempore of the Senate (third in line for the Presidency, 1989-1995). Between 1989 and 2009, whenever the Democratic Party held a majority, Byrd chaired the power Appropriations Committee. He had clout on other important committees too: Armed Services, Rules and Budget. A master of parliamentary procedures, Byrd knew just how to exploit arcane Senate rules to achieve his goals and stymie opponents. A conservative when first elected, Byrd moved gradually to the left during his Senate tenure. The Americans for Democratic Action, whose scores on Senate voting records are a good measure of liberalism, had rated Byrd at 16% in 1964 (when he filibustered civil rights legislation), rising to 95% in 2005. Byrd was the last surviving Senator to have voted to admit a new State to the Union. Fourteen of his colleagues had not even been born when Robert Byrd entered the Senate. DIRECTLY FROM THE SALE OF THE ESTATE OF DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN. Moynihan (1927-2003) represented New York in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat for four terms (1977-2001). A prolific author, he served in the administrations of four Presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford". When the US House and Senate pass non-identical versions of a piece of legislation, a Conference Committee, composed of members of each chamber, convenes to work out common language, which must then be approved by each body before it can be sent to the President for signature. Estate inventory numbers in upper right (ink) and left margin (stamp). Pencil note in upper right. Horizontal fold crosses signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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