After 36 years, Levin gives farewell debate in Senate

December 13, 2014 - photo frame

This support squeeze from video supposing by C-SPAN2 shows Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. giving his farewell residence on a building of a Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/C-SPAN2)
This support squeeze from video supposing by C-SPAN2 shows Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. giving his farewell residence on a building of a Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/C-SPAN2)

DETROIT (AP) — Carl Levin has given a farewell debate in a U.S. Senate, appealing for bipartisanship and concede in an epoch of domestic polarization.

The 80-year-old Michigan Democrat declined to find re-election after 36 years in Washington. As colleagues watched, he spoke Friday on a Senate building about his staff, his family and decades of work on issues as different as invulnerability spending and Wall Street regulation.

Levin says he loves a Senate and isn’t timid “out of disappointment with gridlock.” But he says a Senate can do better, and bipartisanship “is not extinct.”

Levin praised many Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, his co-worker on a Armed Services Committee. He says he hopes a Senate subsequent year reverses manners that shorten ways to retard certain nominations by a president.

Levin says “excessive use of a filibuster” to hinder President Barack Obama shop-worn a Senate. But during a same time, he says a celebration in a minority in a Senate needs protection.

Levin says: “When concede is thwarted by ideological acerbity … a Senate can turn paralyzed, incompetent to grasp a lofty charge a Founders set before us.”

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