Byrd To Lie In Repose In Senate Chamber
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
For the first time in a half a century, a senator who has died in office lies in repose inside the U.S. Senate chamber. Colleagues have conferred that rare honor on West Virginia's Robert Byrd, who spent 51 years in the chamber, the longest-serving senator in history. Senator Byrd was 92 when he died on Monday.
This morning, members of the Senate and the House are paying their respects before a public viewing. Byrd's casket will then be flown to Charleston, West Virginia for a memorial service. It will be attended by both the president and the vice president and many of Robert Byrd's admirers from both sides of the aisle.
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