tv U.S. Senate Sen. Claire Mc Caskill Farewell Speech CSPAN December 29, 2018 5:27am-5:41am EST
one is access to the democrats. if we had access to republicans, we needed access to the democrats. no controlu have over this. can't ask us to do that because we won't concentrate on it but we won't shy away from it. we have to come out with a product that we feel people on the journalism side and people who watch the senate can say they did not give a wet kiss to the senate, and we did not do a hatchet job either. >> "the senate: conflict and compromise" sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q and a. >> farewell speeches from three senators leaving congress. we hear first from missouri senator claire mccaskill, who bid.her reelection
she is followed by jeff flake speaking about his retirement. after that dean heller says goodbye to his colleagues and reflects on his time in congress. sen. mccaskill: it probably won't surprise my colleagues to i don't like much the idea of a farewell speech. spent a great deal of time contemplating it. i'm not a fan of the concept, but i wanted to respect the tradition, especially since i have witnessed so many senate traditions crumble over the last 12 years. i will do my best to get through this without breaking up. a traditional farewell speech in the united states senate is full of accomplishments and thanks. i will skip half of that. i am extremely proud of my body
of work over 34 years of public service, but it is for others to judge, and i will not dwell on it today other than to say it is a long list and a tangible demonstration of the value of hard work. the wonderful barbara bush said never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people. your family, your friends, and coworkers, even strangers you meet along the way. rather than talk about what i have done, i want to speak for 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
, and my family in the senate. first, my actual family. they are the most important. in the words of an author, without a family man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold. i have been very warm my whole fe. i have not trembled in the cold because i have always had my family. my family taught me holding public office was an honorable endeavor even though my parents were largely spectators and supporters and not candidates or officeholders. they just cared and they wanted me to care too. at the risk of going down to
many family stories, it may explain a lot that my dad fell in love with my mom when he saw her smoking a cigar and belting out, won't to come home, bill daley at a party. my mother said i must say trick or treat and vote for jfk when i was seven. my father insisted i not only learn the rules of football butler to tell a good joke and learn to laugh at myself. siblings, my two sisters and brother have been the port in every storm. largeldren -- we have a family of many children and grandchildren that is close.
i and/or them -- adore them but i need to mention my three children: austin, maddie and lily because they were there from the beginning. going to political events, toddlers sitting not so quietly as i gave a speech and amazing troopers in the almost decade of my career when i was a single working mom hauling them over the state on campaigns. they have forgiven me for the missed recital and missed field trips and the fact that could not be the homeroom mom. they have grown into amazing adults who make me proud. grandchildren, i cannot wait till they are old enough to yell at them. my mom used to say to us, last
one in the 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 he achieved success. he is proud and supportive of me always. he did not bargain for the incredibly unfair treatment we got at his expense because of his business success. let the record of the senate say what my republican colleagues did not during my campaign. thank you joseph, for your integrity, honesty, generosity and your heart, which is always -- has always directed you to do good.
there is my missouri family. i love my state. every corner of it. even the parts that are not crazy about me. my honor for missourians has been immense and i am grateful for the opportunity i have had to give up every day and work my heart out in a challenging career of public service, and so lucky to have made many good friends. i am excited i will have more time for them. family means no one gets left behind and that is how i feel about missouri. my office has tried hard to help every individual who has come to us, every senior caught in social red tape, no matter who they were what their politics were.
and my staff family. staffesident, i ask my names be entered into the record. my staff in missouri, in this job, my previous job and many , richard box said it best. the bond that links your to -- true family is not one of blood but of respect enjoy in each other's life. , my have been my rock compass, my inspiration and my coach. ,he best and the brightest looking not for money or fame but to make a difference. to my senate staff, i am offices,and to all the
county legislature, state legislature, i respect each of you. as you go forth, remember the .ccaskill office motto they could cited for you now. if you work hard, you could do well. but if you have fun, you will do great. we are happy and it made a difference. george bernard shaw said a happy family is heaven. working with my staff was happen. -- have been. dad -- been i would not be lying if i would
say i was worried about this place. it does not work as well as it used to. the senate has been enjoyable for me, but i must admit it put in fun and dysfunction -- dysfunction. no family is complete without a bit -- an embarrassing uncle. we have too many. lots of them there is and stuff. the senate is no longer the world's greatest deliberative oddie and everybody needs to quit saying it to we recover from this period of polarization and the fear of the political consequences of tough vote. bills that most do not know what it is in them. knowing about the taxpayer managers package before senators.
that is today's senate. solving the toughest problems will not happen without tough votes. we can talk about the toughest problems. we can visit about them. we can argue. we can campaign that we are not going to solve them without tough votes. wasirst year in the senate 2007. we voted on 306 amendments in 2007. on 36.ar, we voted that is remarkable. if we do is broken and not have the strength to look in the mirror and fix it, the american people are growing -- cynical andw more ansomething crazy like elect
american tv star president. say we cannot change the world. we are like the house. people are writing legislation. a few people are making the decision. we have to throw off the shackles of careful, open the doors of debate, reclaim the power of members and committees and realized that looking the other way and hoping everything will work out later his fullest. sakes, vote on amendments. know that i love this place and you, almost all of you. you have filled my life with
interesting work and unforgettable memories. we have fought and we have cried and we have left together, just like family. you are family and i will miss you terribly. desmond tutu said god stream -- god's dream is that you and i and all of us will realize we are family, that we were made for goodness and compassion. thank you very much. [applause]