Senate Session

In the tenth of fourteen speeches opposing the line-item veto, Senator Byrd continued to trace the downfall of the Roman Republic and… read more

In the tenth of fourteen speeches opposing the line-item veto, Senator Byrd continued to trace the downfall of the Roman Republic and Senate through a series of civil wars. Sulla, Rome’s first

permanent dictator diluted the senators' and tribunes' power and this process continued as the Senate tried to choose sides among the power brokers waiting for the next civil war. In 60 B.C., Crassus, Pompey, and Julius Caesar agreed to share power in Rome. Thus the Senate had abdicated its duty to defend the Republic as it cowered before these ambitious men who controlled their own personal armies. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Senate Session

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Senate Proceeding
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Senate Proceeding
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Jul 21, 1993

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  • Jul 21, 1993 | 8:58am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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