Members of US Senate offer tribute to Vice President Joe Biden
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Members of theoffered words of tribute to U.S. Vice President on Wednesday on the floor of the Senate.
Senatorspoke for several minutes, calling Biden a 'champion of the people' and a 'great leader'. Mikulski also praised Biden's wife, calling her a leader 'in her own right.' Senator Mitch McConnell of called Biden a 'real friend and trusted partner.' Although scheduled to run for one hour, the tribute extended beyond two hours.
Two senators mentioned Biden's work on the, and commented on the positive impact made by that legislation. In January of this year, President asked Biden to lead an effort to target diagnosis and treatment. At least two Senators praised Biden's efforts on that program, named the ' ' program.
Earlier in the week, Biden presided over a vote on the1.8 billion bill, intended to fund the 'Cancer Moonshot' effort. Biden's son died of a brain tumor in 2015. Later that evening, Biden told a reporter, "I'm going to run in 2020." When asked later to clarify what he meant, Biden stated, "For President [...] What the hell, man."
- Nicole Gaudiano. "Senators pay tribute to Vice President Joe Biden" — , December 7, 2016
- Mike Debonis. "After Senate tribute, Vice President Biden jokes about 2020 run. Or maybe he was serious?" — , December 5, 2016
- "The Vice President's Cancer Moonshot" — , December 10, 2016 (date of access)