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Maryland Lawmakers Remember Robert Byrd

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By Greg Peppers

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation are remembering West Virginia Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who died early this morning at the age of 92.

Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings says Senator Byrd never forgot who elected him and fought to improve the lives of West Virginians.

Senator Ben Cardin called Byrd a watchdog of the Senate who fought to protect constitutional powers in a time of growing exectutive branch power.

Senator Barbara Mikulski says when she was a freshman Senator Byrd mentored her on the rules of the Senate and Congressman Chris Van Hollen remembers Byrd as a tireless advocate for the people of West Virginia for over half a century.

Flags at the U.S. Capitol are flying at half staff following Byrd's death.

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