What Byrd's Death Means for Financial Reform and Beyond

By John Hudson

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd died Monday at 92. He was an outspoken proponent of legislative power and served in the Senate for 51 years, longer than anyone else in American history. (For more on his legacy, check out Adam Clymer’s terrific obituary in the New York Times). His death comes as Democrats seek to pass financial regulatory reform and are short on votes. His successor will be chosen by West Virginia’s Democratic Governor Joe Manchin, but the timing of that appointment is in question. Here’s the political fallout of Byrd’s death:

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