Among the 13 Senators sworn in last January, Sen. Marco Rubio is the only one who has yet to speak on the floor.
“Today, while much of the nation is greatly challenged by recession and joblessness, North Dakota is strong, arguably the strongest we’ve been in our history. The reason is jobs. Last week we learned that North Dakota, at 3.7 percent, once again has the lowest unemployment rate in America,- a distinction we have held since June of 2008.”
“In 1902, the federal government spent 2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. ... This body played a key role in limiting federal government expansion. ... All that changed in the 20th century’s second decade. The Senate adopted the cloture vote, and America adopted the 16th Amendment. The federal government now had the power to tax income, and the Senate had made it easier for government to grow. And guess what, government grew.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.