Senate Resolution 463Congressional Record for August 9, 1986
SENATE RESOLUTION 463-RECOGNIZING WILLIAM SMITH "BILL" MONROE ON HIS SEVENTY-FIFTH BIRTHDAY
Mr BYRD. Mr. President I send a resolution to the desk on behalf of myself, Mr. Sasser and Mr. Gore and ask for immediate consideration.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The resolution will be stated.
The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:
S. RES. 463
Whereas September 13, 1986 is the seventy-five birthday of the father of bluegrass music, William Smith "Bill" Monroe:
Mr. BYRD. Mr. President, as I suppose as the U.S. Senate's foremost admirer and lover of Bluegrass music and as a friend of Bill Monroe, as one who has been listening to Bill Monroe's Bluegrass music for almost close to 50 years, as one who has been listening to the "Grand Ole Opry" for more than 50 years, I would like to say that Erma and I join with the two Senators from Tennessee who are co-sponsors of this resolution, and all Senators on both sides of the aisle in wishing Bill Monroe not only a very happy 75th birthday, but also many, many more happy birthdays.
Mr. President, I hope Bill Monroe will be able to continue with his Blue Grass Boys, Bluegrass songs, Bluegrass music to inspire the Nation, old and young, with that music from the Tennessee hills, and may God's blessing continue to be on him as he provides this great recreational music for all the people in the hill country. May we all continue to be inspired by him.
I hope that I may be able to learn a few more tunes from Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys before I lay down my fiddle and bow.
Mr. SIMPSON. Mr. President, I join in the expression of congratulations to Bill Monroe and would say that even though I believe he is a mandolin player, and the Democratic leader is a fiddle player, I am sure that music is important. I believe one of the greatest pieces was Uncle Pen if I recall. We even caught that in Wyoming where we had a bluegrass group called Joe Bananas and the Bunch, Music with Appeal.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The question is on agreeing to the resolution.
The resolution (S. Res. 263) was agreed to.
The preamble was agreed to.
Mr. BYRD. Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote by which the resolution was agreed to.
Mr. SIMPSON. Mr. President, does the Democratic leader have any further business?
Mr. BYRD. I thank the acting majority leader. No I do not.
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