The Weekly Podcast: Best-of Congress Farewell Speeches ’22: Owls, Clowns, Volcanoes and Dilly Dilly

By | December 29, 2022

Missed any of the farewell speeches from Senators and Representatives leaving Congress in 2022?

Good news — Fret no more! The C-SPAN podcast “The Weekly” special farewell-to-2022 episode has you covered.


-Which Senator mentioned owls

-Which Congressman mentioned clowns

-Which Senator had a major piece of legislation named after him — voting for it in one of his final votes

-And which Congressman had a volcano named after him


-Why was Newt Gingrich mentioned in farewell speeches by two Congressmen and one Senator?

– Who mentioned C-SPAN … twice?

-How many direct mentions did Donald Trump get — from Republicans?

-And which other former Republican president got more direct mentions than Trump — from Republicans?

These answers .. plus a whole lot more … in the best-of-117th-Congress-farewell-speeches episode of C-SPAN’s podcast “The Weekly.”

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The rules committee staff takes Responsibility to help manage the daily Infrastructure of the Senate No issues too small or too big From everything from security decisions For the presidential inauguration To a recent call to ask whether we could Release someone's pet Al In the Russell Courtyard So that Al would have a home and we'd All appreciate it that was Senator Roy Blunt Republican of Missouri giving his Farewell speech on the senate floor December 6 2022 You may be saying goodbye to Senator Blunt he gave his first speech on the Senate floor 12 years ago or you may be Wondering what happened to the owl We'll answer that Cliffhanger shortly Because in this episode of c-spans the Weekly it's the best of Congress Farewell speeches 2022 we began with Owls we continue with clowns since the U.S Congress convened on March 4th 1789 12 421 individuals have served as Representatives senators or in both Capacities Many made farewell speeches few Mentioned clowns here's one who did Mr Speaker several years ago I ran into a Former member of the house and I asked Him whether he missed it he answered I Don't miss the circus I miss the clowns Now that I'm in my final days as a

Member and I've reflected on my 16 years Here I'm going to tweak that line I Won't miss everything about the circus And I will miss many but not all of the Clowns I also Now understand why so many People are afraid of clowns that was John Yarmouth concluding his Service as A democratic representative from Kentucky From the neighboring state of Ohio Departing Republican senator Rob Portman Made no comparison to clowns he took a Softer approach to his colleagues Relationships matter in this place I'll Miss my colleagues one consolation is That our retiring class consists of good Friends who I hope to cross paths with In the real world Senators blunt Burr inhofe Leahy And Toomey have all made impressive Contributions in their tender here I'm Thinking maybe we should start a Post-senate support group And come January this place loses a Great intellect and a great friend Ben sass I think Ben you should hold the Meetings at the University of Florida if It's okay Okay done We'll stick with Ohio and move over to The house for remarks by retiring Ohio Republican Congressman Steve Shabbat a Bit of House history he is the last Direct link to the Republican revolution

Of 1994 and Newt Gingrich there's a Chinese proverb may you live in Interesting times my 26 years in Congress have certainly been that I was First elected in the 1994 Republican Revolution Newt Gingrich a contract with America Republicans took over the house For the first time in 40 years which was My approximate age at the time and 73 Freshman Republicans were elected I'm The last one in the house out of 73 and I'll be gone in a few weeks Newt Gingrich got another mention in the Senate in the farewell speech of North Carolina Republican senator Richard Burr Now from that class of 1994 And only three of us left Roger Lindsay And me And my time is short The contract with America created a new Majority Newt Gingrich and Frank Frank Luntz Crafted our unifying message to the American people We came with a commitment not to leave For a hundred days Until we started to change the course of American government Senator Byrd's Mention of Roger was to Mississippi Senator Roger wicker Lindsay is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham And back in the house one more Newt Gingrich mentioned in another farewell

Speech from Louis gohmert the Texas Republican Congressman opened this way This will likely be the last speech that I will be able to give from the house Floor I can imagine there are people Clapping all over that are watching C-SPAN Congressman gumert later added This if somebody's not going to take our Time to talk about these issues and yeah They're usually not much anybody around Here on the house floor but as Newt said You may have 200 000 to 4 million people Watch C-SPAN different times you never Know how many are going to watch but you Can make a difference if you talk about What's important for a democratic Congresswoman Elaine luria of Virginia We'll first hear her meet in house floor Speech March 7 2019 supporting a Resolution condemning anti-Semitism a Resolution prompted by remarks from Fellow democratic congresswoman ilhan Omar I believe that I speak clearly for All fellas Jewish fellow Jewish veterans That this Echoes of language that has Been used to marginalize and persecute The Jewish people for centuries the Recent accusations of dual loyalty call Into question the equal footing of Jewish members in elected office and by Extension all Jews Living in America I'm Proud to vote on this resolution in Condemnation of this rhetoric now nearly Four years later representative Elaine

Luria referenced those remarks in her December 14 2022 farewell speech the First time I stood in this very place to Speak on the floor of the house I Rose As a Jewish woman to speak out against Anti-Semitism which has seen a rapid and Alarming rise and has even reared its Head among our colleagues in this own Chamber in the forms of claims of dual Loyalty to those who show support for Israel Our strongest Ally in the Middle East I look back on that first speech I made As a member of Congress and even more Concerned today about the rising Frequency and pervasiveness of Anti-Semitism implore my colleagues to Continue their quest to root out the Scourge of vile and pernicious Anti-Semitism representative Laurier Then mentioned something more recent her Participation in the January 6th Committee in that first speech I also Mentioned my oath I took to support and Defend the Constitution but little did I Know that two short years later I will Witness an attempt by our own president And his allies to subvert the Constitution and summon a mob to disrupt The counting of electoral votes from a Free and fair election on that day January 6 2021 lives were lost these Hallowed Halls were desecrated and the Strength of our democracy was tested

I've been humbled to participate in Uncovering the facts about that dark day In our history I thank chairman Thompson And vice chair Cheney and my colleagues On the stamp for the January 6th Committee for standing on the side of Democracy congresswoman Lurie is Republican colleague on the January 6 Committee mentioned a Republican President many House Republicans have Not cited in a while George H.W bush Hears retiring congressman Adam Kinzinger where Republicans once Believed that limited government meant Lower taxes and more autonomy Today limited government means inciting Violence against government officials Following the tragic Oklahoma City Bombing former President George H.W bush Publicly refuted those who used fear To gain support In stark contrast our leaders today Belittle and in some cases justify Attacks on the U.S Capitol as quote Legitimate political discourse The once great party of Lincoln Roosevelt and Reagan has turned its back On the ideals of Liberty and Self-governance Instead it has embraced lies and deceit We heard earlier from Senator Rob Portman in his farewell speech he too Mentioned President Bush both presidents Bush we all have our own views and

That's fine and as elected leaders we Certainly have a responsibility to Represent our states In our constituents but I think Sometimes we forget we were also hired To do our best to find that common Ground and to achieve results that's What we're hired to do When I need to be reminded about that I Think about my political Mentor George H.W bush who gave me my first job in Politics first on the campaign Trail and Then in his White House To him public service was absolutely a Noble calling a way to serve And he helped young people like me see That by his example And working for his son George W bush I Witnessed that same commitment to public Service that's two specific mentions of Former Republican president George H.W Bush from Republicans now here are two Not so veiled swipes at another former Republican president Donald Trump also From Republicans but without naming him First Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey For my Republican colleagues let me just Say Our party can't be about or beholden to Any one man We're much bigger than that our party is Much bigger than that We are the political representation of This huge center right Coalition across

America On a good day that's more than half of Americans And second Jamie Herrera Butler the Congresswoman from Washington state was One of 10 Republicans who voted to Impeach Donald Trump after the January 6 Capital Tech she lost in the primary as I depart I would like to offer just a Little bit of unsolicited advice to my Friends here in this chamber one way or Another every single one of us or you Are going to leave office as I'm Preparing to do now and when that Happens you're going to get to ask so Many people are going to ask you what You're most proud of and you're going to Think back with pride about all of the Times that you help someone that you Represent out of a really tough Situation or you'll be proud that you Stood strong for what you thought was Right or you'll be proud of the laws That you passed to help make the lives Better for Americans But let me tell you what you won't think Of That time you tweeted something that got 10 000 likes or that time that you Thought of a really mean clever thing to Say about the other party or the other Team Or those times you told part of the Truth maybe not all of the truth and

Hope that no one was going to ask you What you really meant The people who elect us put their faith In us to represent them and we owe them The truth it and times in especially In The Heat of the Moment the truth is some What the last thing that people want to Hear especially if it doesn't fit their Narrative But that doesn't make it any less true And we don't do Americans any favors if We deceive them or if we stand by Quietly as they deceive themselves Hardcore partisans on both sides will Tell you that their party is blameless And that the other party is the only one That engages in deception but the truth Is there are people in both parties Who've made an industry of it Congresswoman Butler discussed truth so Too did congressman Adam kinzinger had I Known that standing up for truth would Cost me my job Friendships and even my personal Security I would without hesitation Do it all over again I can rest easy at night knowing that I Fulfilled my oath to the office I know many in this institution cannot Do the same Now a demonstration of the range of Ages In Congress Senator Jim inhofe a republican from

Oklahoma has been in office long enough To make an enemy of a major newspaper Fighting for a far left Environmentalists it's no shock to Anyone that the Washington Post has Dubbed me Public Enemy Number One for The radical environmentalists for Decades now and for much of my time in The Senate I was chair of the ranking Member and ranking member of the Environment public Public Works committee most farewell Speeches were delivered in the middle of December Senator inhofe gave that speech On November 16th giving him the Distinction of making the earliest Senate farewell speech for the departing Class of the 117th Congress He earned another distinction a month Later not many members of Congress get To cast one of their final votes on Major legislation named for themselves But Senator inhofe did just that on December 15 2022 the James M inhofe National Defense authorization Act Passed the Senate 83-11 Here's Senate armed services committee Chairman Jack Reed first let me Acknowledge Frankie member inhalf whose Leadership on the armed services Committee and in this chamber has been Monumental for more than 20 years I've Had the privilege of serving with them On the committee in turn we've been

Chairman and ranking member and I'm Honored that this year's bill will be Named the James M inhofe National Defense authorization Act [Applause] Retiring Senator Richard Shelby Republican from Alabama noted how long He's been married 62 years lastly toward The end I also want to thank my family For their enduring support I want to thank my wife Annette who's Here For my wife of 62 years my service here Would not have been possible without her I'm also and immensely grateful for her Dedication to my career and her ambition And ability on her own To break her own glass ceiling in Academia along the way But Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy had Senator Shelby beat by one Year but of course Marcel I was 19. she was 17 when we met I took one look at Marcel and I knew I Wanted to go on every journey together 63 years later We're still in that Journey She's still my closest friend My partner And my anchor From the younger End of the Age Spectrum Rodney Davis the Illinois Republican Congressman was gerrymandered out of Office this is in his farewell speech

But from Final Four remarks he gave During the debate over replacing a Capital bust of Supreme Court Justice Roger Tani with a bust of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall From an exchange he had with much more Senior and long-time Democratic leader Steny Hoyer Mr Speaker before my good Friend from Maryland leaves the floor I Want to ensure That something has entered into the Congressional Record That I Rodney Davis from Illinois was Minus three years old when my good Friend Mr Hoyer was sworn into the Maryland State Senate and you know what To have a friend like steny Hoyer to be Able to go out like I am here in a few Weeks knowing that you have a bipartisan Piece of legislation like this that is Going to make Tani agani when it comes To the statutes here in in the U.S Capitol and to know that we're talking And being able to have that bipartisan Conversation is what I came here to do Congressman Rodney Davis discussed Statues in the capital Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania Conor lamb discussed paintings Mr Speaker this is my last speech and the First time that I walked in here I Looked all around the chamber the way That new members do and it really struck Me that there are only two paintings in

Here they're right behind me now and one Is of George Washington and one is of General Lafayette and I think what Struck me is that neither man Ever served in this house but on that First day I felt like they were looking Right at me and saying we have a message For you Don't take this place for granted Other people had to fight for us to be Able to do what we do in here and on That first day I had no idea that Within Less than three years the D.C police and The Capitol Police would have to fight For us again Right here that hundreds of them would Be injured that some would even give Their lives just so that we could walk Back in that night and do our job we'll End with Senator Patrick Leahy who cast Over 17 000 votes and served with 400 Senators we heard him earlier now we'll Hear from someone else on December 6 2022 in one of his final acts as President protempori Vermont Senator Leahy introduced the guest chaplain Vermont Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Diocese of Burlington Bishop coin offered this brief prayer Let us pray God of Hope and God of Peace From whom all blessings flow May your spirit of peace and wisdom

Descend upon all here present for the Work of the Senate May each of us seek to serve the common Good of all both in our great nation and In the World At Large And send some snow upon the ski slopes Of Vermont soon We ask this in your holy name amen When Bishop Coyne mentioned snow Senator Leahy broke out into a big smile Proof that not only are all politics Local but prayers can be too and now a Bonus clip this year longtime Alaska Republican Congressman Don young died in Office March 18 2022 so no farewell Speech but on December 12 2022 Senator Lisa murkowski also a republican from Alaska gave him a gift his own volcano At least in name I've known his uh I've Known him in his softer side and Certainly in his Gruff and more Explosive side and so as we were looking For something that might be fitting we Look not only mountains but we looked at Mountains that continue to blow their Top to this very day and Selected a a volcano on the Aleutian Islands that is is currently named I Believe it's pronounced Mount cerebus And we have through this this Designation Um Designated this volcano in the Eastern Aleutians after our former congressman

And now the Cliffhanger what happened to That owl we return to Senator Roy Blunt's farewell speech for the Thrilling conclusion Senator Klobuchar And I quickly decided it probably Wouldn't be good for the Russell Courtyard or the owl and so the AL was Not released no word where that owl Ended up That's it for this episode of c-spans The weekly what a hoot we've played the Best of Congress farewell speeches in 2022 now we say farewell to 2022. oh Wait one final bit of business you still Get a bonus clip here Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell saying farewell To his Republican colleague from North Carolina Richard Burr so we thank our Colleague for his outstanding work for Our country And to have it on good authority That our friend is a favorite Catchphrase that he's used to Bid Farewell to his office after they've Spent a long day doing good work So Richard as you like to say Dilly Dilly Howard mortman on behalf of the vast Huge staff of the entire C-SPAN Radio Podcast team if we have time we'll name Every single one of them Kate Mills Shannon Rice hey what do you know we did Have time thanks for listening to the Entire Suite of C-SPAN podcasts

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