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Clinton Bids Farewell to Senate Colleagues

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Thursday, January 15, 2009; 12:17 PM

FORMER SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D-N.Y.): Thank you Mr. President.

And I am so honored to be here at the same time with my friend and a colleague whom I admire so much and have such great affection for -- the Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

I listened with great enthusiasm and a lot of sentiment to the speech that he delivered just a few minutes ago. And the way he evoked the Senate and the relationships that are developed here and the work that is done on behalf of our country was as good as I've ever heard.

And so I am deeply honored and privileged to be here with him and to address this chamber as a senator from the great state of New York, perhaps, if I am confirmed, for the very last time; and particularly amongst colleagues who I have come to respect and like so much, and whose work I believe is always in the best interest of their states and their country, even when we are not in agreement.

I'm gratified by the support and vote of confidence I received earlier this morning from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I am eager, should I be confirmed, to get to work with the president- elect and with the vice president-elect and with all of you.

I have loved being in the Senate. Working alongside public servants of both parties who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to the difficult, painstaking, and, occasionally, contentious work of turning principles into policy and policy into law.


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