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Franken Knocks Trump, Tells Congress to 'Stand Up for Truth'

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By    |   Thursday, 21 December 2017 03:56 PM

Outgoing Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., blasted President Donald Trump and "his allies in Congress" in his final speech from the Senate floor, The Washington Post reports.

Franken, who is resigning his seat in Congress after he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, ripped Republicans for their stance on Obamacare, climate change, and their recently passed tax bill in his last speech as a senator.

"As I leave the Senate, I have to admit that it feels like we're losing the war for truth," he said. "Maybe it's already lost. If that's what happens, then we have lost the ability to have the kinds of arguments that help build consensus."

Franken asked, "Who will stand up and fight for more honest debate? ... I hope that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will stand up for truth."

He added that "the values being advanced by the president and his allies in Congress simply don't represent my belief that our economy, our democracy and our country works best when they work for everyone."

"The policies pursued by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans today could not stand in starker contrast to the values [that Franken's mentor, the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.,] championed," Franken said. "The values propelling the Republican agenda today are about consolidating political and economic power in the hands of corporations and the very wealthy."

Before he finished, Franken took a chance to thank the lone Republican who remained seated and listening for most of the Minnesota Democrat's speech: Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on which Franken sits.

"I've learned from Republicans. I learned to respect, if not always agree, with their opinions and learned how their backgrounds can lead them to reach, in good faith, a conclusion I could never have imagined," he said. "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for when we've done that."

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Outgoing Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., blasted President Donald Trump and "his allies in Congress" in his final speech from the Senate floor, The Washington Post reports.
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