Byrd addresses recent reports on his age

By Cecelia Mason 
Senator Robert Byrd says he felt compelled today to make a speech on the Senate floor about his age.  Byrd, 89, responded to ra ecent Associated Press report that revealed, as he put it, “the shocking discovery that I am getting older.”

Byrd says his age does not affect his ability to do his job.“I still look out for West Virginia. I still zealously guard the welfare of this nation and its Constitution. I still work, every day, to move the business of this nation forward, to end this reckless adventure in Iraq, and to protect, preserve, and to defend the Constitution against those who would reshape it to suit partisan agenda. And I will continue to do this work until this old body gives out. Just don’t expect that to be anytime soon.”

Byrd also discussed a report that compares his signature on financial disclosure forms from years past. He has a condition called essential tremor, and says some days it is worse than others.  Byrd says it should also not come a surprise that he uses canes or isn’t as fast as he used to be.

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