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Retiring Senator Isakson Thanks Colleagues in Farewell Speech

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who is retiring at the end of the year, thanked his colleagues in a floor speech on Dec. 3.

Isakson, 74, has been struggling with health problems for some time. He has been in office since 2005.

“Its an honor to be here today on whats not my last day but everybody is acting like it. A few months ago I had to announce that after much consideration to be able to serve the people of Georgia, when I knew I couldnt do the job I was going to quit and let somebody do it who wouldnt be hampered. Im not hampered yet. Im pretty tough. But its getting close,” he said.

“I have been here for 15 years. This is the most enjoyable thing I have ever done in my life, to be part of the United States Senate. Politicians get a bad rap, a real bad rap. Some will take potshots at people who are politicians and serve the people in their community. I never do that, not because I am one but because I am one. I know what you have to do. Its a tough job. If its not done right, it doesnt get done the way it should for people there.”

Isakson enjoyed lunch with most of his fellow Senators prior to the session on Tuesday.

Isakson praised Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Mike Pence, who were present, before highlighting his reputation as a member of Congress who could reach across the aisle.

“I want to talk about one subject today and one subject alone. And its going to be short. But there has been something missing in this place. I am given credit sometimes for being a bipartisan person. Sometimes Im known for being a bipartisan or being a softy. Some will say worse than that, but Im not going to do that. But I am a bipartisan person. I never saw people get things done by not agreeing with each other. You have to come to an agreement,” he said.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in Washington, Sept. 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“I made a living selling houses. You cant ever solve a problem if you have two people and you want to agree to a price and agree to a time to move. You have to find common ground. The same thing with a law. If you cant pass a law, you cant solve a problem, just period, end of sentence. If youre one of the people who says my way or the highway, then were all in real trouble. I want to talk about bipartisan. What bipartisan really is—I dont think most of you really know what bipartisan is,” he continued.

“Bipartisan doesnt mean a Democrat and a Republican talk to each other every once in a while. It means that two people come together, probably have differences, probably have a lot of differences, but they Read More – Source

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