"I love the Senate," said Kaufman, whose term will come to an end this November. "It’s not always a beautiful thing and surely is not the picture of a well-oiled machine. But years ago I found a home here."
Kaufman was joined on the floor Sept. 29 by many of his Senate colleagues, including Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), who paid special tribute to Kaufman’s efforts on Wall Street reform and market structure issues, as well as his tradition of recognizing the nation’s federal workforce through his "Great Federal Employees" initiative.
Click HERE to watch his farewell speech.
Sen. Kaufman applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010 (S. 3196) – bipartisan legislation that would encourage candidates and incumbent administrations to engage in transition planning prior to Election Day.
The bill, introduced in April with Senators George Voinovich (R-OH), Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), formalizes many of the recent transition’s successes and provides additional resources to help candidates begin their transition efforts earlier. Senior Delaware Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are also cosponsors.
Click HERE to read an op-ed by Donna Brazile and Ed Gillespie in support of the bill.
Watch Sen. Kaufman's interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft.