Republican Senator Ben Sasse Officially Leaves U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13:  U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaks while Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Republican politician delivered his farewell address from the Senate floor last week, saying that he never planned on spending a lifetime in Washington after eight years of public service.
  • “That’s not what our founders envisioned for the people they would send to the federal city,” Sasse said. “They envisioned, rather, congressmen, senators, and presidents who thought of D.C. as a temporary stay.”
  • “Washington is a place to do a good bit of neighbor-loving work, but then to go back home to the more permanent work of life and flesh and blood whole communities,” he added.

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