Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made history Tuesday, becoming the first senator of the modern era to deliver a Senate floor speech entirely in Spanish as he explained his support for a bipartisan immigration bill up for consideration.


Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Over the course of a 14-minute speech, Kaine said he wanted to use the Spanish-speaking skills he learned working in Honduras in order to explain aspects of the bill to the roughly 40 million Spanish speakers living in the United States.

"El senado ha comenzado un debate histórico sobre una reforma migratoria comprensiva," Kaine said at the start of his remarks. Roughly translated, he said that "The Senate has started an historic debate about comprehensive immigration reform."