What We'll Miss and What We Won't

Four retiring Senators with 111 years of combined experience in Congress--Democrats Ernest (Fritz) Hollings of South Carolina and John Breaux of Louisiana and Republicans Don Nickles of Oklahoma and B

TIME: What's wrong with Congress?

Nickles: In the past few years, the Senate has become probably more partisan than I think a lot of us like to see. I hope there will be greater attention focused on being statesmen and Senators, sinking into the legislative process and maybe having partisanship a lot lower [in priority].

Hollings: The body politic has got a cancer of money. I ran in 1998, and I raised $8.5 million. That's about $30,000 a week, each week, every week, for six years. If I missed Christmas and New Year's weeks, I'm $100,000 in the hole. So the...

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