tv U.S. Senate Sen. Claire Mc Caskill Farewell Speech CSPAN December 14, 2018 7:48am-8:01am EST
shared facts and shared values, comedy and good-faith. we must argue our positions fervently and never be afraid to compromise. we must assume the death of our fellow man and always look for the good. i think it is significant that those words resonated both with the senator from delaware and with me and i am sure with many others. senator jeff flake always gave his best and he always helped us. i join my colleagues in wishing him and his family well. and more contributions for this leader of many gifts and
determined principles. thank you, mister president. >> it won't surprise colleagues to know, don't like the idea of a farewell speech. and haven't spent a great deal of time contemplating it and i'm not a big fan of the concept. especially since i have witnessed, so many traditions crumble. i can do this without breaking up. and it is full of accomplishments and banks. i'm going to skip half of that. i am extremely proud of my body of work over 34 years of public service. it is for others to judge and i
won't dwell on it today, it is a tangible demonstration of the value of hard work. the wonderful barbara bush said never lose sight of the fact the most important yardstick of your success is how you treat other people, your family, friends and coworkers and strangers you meet along the way. rather than talk about what i have done i will speak a few moments about my family. i have three different families i want to talk about today. my actual family. my family i like to call missouri. we argue about it a lot and my family here in the senate. first my actual family.
because they are the most important. in the words of author andre, without a family, man alone in the world trembles with the cold. i have been warm my whole life. i have not trembled in the cold because i always had my family. my parents taught me that caring about the community was noble and good. and holding office was an honorable endeavor even though my parents were largely spectators and supporters and not candidates or officeholders. they just care and they want to care too. at the risk of going down too many family stories it may explain a lot that my mother -- my dad fell in love with my mom
when he saw her smoking a cigar and belting out won't you come home bill bailey at a party. and my mother said i must say trick or treat and vote for jfk when i was 7. my father insisted that i not only learn the rules of football but also learn to tell a good joke. and to learn to laugh at myself. my siblings, my two sisters, my brother, simply have been the port in every storm. my children, we have a large blended family, many children and grandchildren, close and loving. i adore them all but i need to mention my three children. osten, maddie and lily. they were there from the
beginning. infants in car seats going to political events, toddler's sitting not so quietly as i gave a speech, and amazing troopers in the decade of my career that i was a single working mom working on campaigns. they have forgiven me for the mistress idol and the field trips and they have grown into amazing strong adults who make me very proud. i have 11 going on 12, i can't wait until we are old enough, but my mom used to say to us when we were dawdling and too slow, last one in is a republican.
my husband, joseph. how lucky i am to have him as my best friend. we were married 16 years ago after i was well into my political career and achieved great success in business. he is proud and supportive of me always. integrity, honesty, generosity and heart which is always directed you to do good as you do well. there is my missouri family. i love my state. all of it. every corner of it.
even parts that are not very crazy about me. my honor to work for missourians has been immense. i am incredibly grateful to them for the opportunity i have had to get up every day and work my heart out in an interesting challenging career in public service. and so lucky to have made many good friends along the way. i'm excited that i will have more time for them. david steere said family means no one gets left behind or forgotten and that is how i feel about missouri. that is why my office has tried to help every individual who has come forest for help, every veteran who has needed assistance, everything your caught in social security redtape no matter who they were or where they lived or what their politics were. my staff family. i ask unanimous consent my staff names be entered into the record. >> without objection.
>> my staff here and in missouri, in this job, my previous job and many campaigns. mister bock said it best, the bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. they have been my rock. my compass, my inspiration, and my coach. the best and the brightest, looking not for money or fame but just to make a difference. to my senate staff here today and watching and all the staff in my offices, the prosecutor's office, the auditor's office, legislature, state legislature, i respect each of you immensely.
as you go forth in the world remember the mccaskill office motto. they could cited for you if i asked. if you work hard you can do well. but if you are having fun you will do great. we were happy and it made a difference. george bernard shaw said a happy family is an earlier heaven. working with my staff. finally, to my fellow senators and many people who work here in the senate, i would be lying if i didn't say i was worried about this place. it just doesn't work as well as it used to. the senate has been so enjoyable for me, but i must
admit it put the fun in dysfunction. peter morgan, ann arbor, said no family is complete without an embarrassing uncle. we have too many embarrassing uncles in the united states senate. lots of embarrassing stuff. the united states senate is no longer the world's greatest deliberative body. everybody needs to quit saying it until we recover from this period of polarization and the fear of the political consequences of tough votes. hiding legislation behind closed doors, giant omnibus bills but most don't know what is in them. k st. lobbyists knowing about the textile managers package before even senators. that is today's senate. no amendments. solving the toughest problems will not happen without tough votes.
we can talk about the tough problems. we can visit about them. we can argue about them. we can campaign on them but we are not going to solve them without tough votes. it will not happen. my first year in the senate was 2007. we voted on 306 amendments in 2007. this year as of yesterday, we had 36. that is a remarkable difference. something is broken, and if we don't have the strength to look in the mirror and fix it, the american people are going to grow more and more cynical and they might do something crazy like elect a reality tv star president. i am not kidding. that is one of the reasons this has happened. power has been dangerously centralized in the senate.
we like to say we can't change the rules, just like the house, we are like the house, guys, we kind of our. a few people writing legislation, if you people are making the decisions. we have to throw out the shackles, open the doors of debate, reclaim the power of members and committees and most of all realize that looking the other way and hoping everything will work out later is a foolish idea. ..osh sake, debate and vote on amendments. but with all the problems i outlined, know i love this place and you -- almost all of you. you have filled my life with interesting work and unforgettable memories. we have argued, we have sang, we have fought, we have cried, and we have laughed together just like family. you are famil